May 22, 2015

Dining Hall Food at UMD - Part 1

North Campus diner and South Campus diner both offer the same foods (more or less). There are a few more stations and options at the South Campus diner (stir fry/jalapeno grill/sensational salads), but North Campus diner has a station that rotates its offerings weekly (baked potato bar/ramen noodle bar/jalapeno grill/sensational salads). North Campus has SPROUTS, a vegan station, but South Campus doesn't.

These photos were taken at the North Campus diner. Unless specified, you can find the foods in the photos below in both dining halls.

There is a salad bar.

The salad bar has the usual greens and toppings, like tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, croutons, and salad dressing. There's beets, carrots, celery, hummus, jello, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries too.

There's also fruit. On most days, there are grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, and pineapple. If you get to the diner early enough in the day, they have strawberries and blueberries, but they usually run out at/after lunch time. Sometimes, there's canned fruit and applesauce. During the end of spring semester of 2015, they added watermelon to the rotation too.

There's a pasta station. You can pick what meats and veggies you want added into your pasta. There's chicken, sausage, tofu, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, onions, and more to choose from.

You can get either whole wheat or normal pasta. There's marinara sauce, alfredo, pesto, or chipotle pesto sauce to choose from. Some people combine the marinara and chipotle pesto together.

For the pasta station, you don't actually assemble your pasta yourself. There are people who put together your mix-ins and cook (warm up, really) your pasta and sauce together on a hot plate, assembly line style.

Of course, there's pizza. There's pepperoni, sausage, cheese, veggie... For lunch, they have calzones too.

There's a Korean BBQ station. They have noodles, chicken, beef, and veggies. It's sold by weight. This is a North Campus diner exclusive.

The Korean BBQ station offers rice and noodles to go with the veggies and meat.

A lot of beverages are served. There's apple, orange, and cranberry juice. There's also chocolate, skim, soy, and 2% milk. There are coffee machines (on the left) and a specialty coffee maker (think cappuccinos/mochas) on the right side of this photo. There are a ton of soft drinks too  (only Pepsi, no Coke).

There is a value meal that changes daily. Today it was crab cake with pasta and a roasted tomato.

There's also a station called Cluckers. It's offerings are similar to those of Boston Market.

Cluckers offers corn bread, biscuits, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, gravy, collard greens, stuffing, cabbage, corn, green beans, carrots, baked beans, sweet potatoes, and more. (Think Thanksgiving food.)

There's always four soups to choose from in the North Campus Diner (I think there's 2 options instead at South Campus). Chicken noodle, chicken tortilla, Maryland crab, Thai chicken chili, chili, vegan chili, garden vegetable, vegetable and beef, cream of broccoli, cream of asparagus, and clam chowder are some of the soups in rotation.

And of course there's fatty foods! (Hello freshman fifteen!) 

There are chicken fingers and fries. On the weekends, waffle fries are served instead of boring, old rectangular fries.

Part 2 to follow.


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