Fall semester ushers in a new wave of on-campus foods
Chartwells has changed the look of on-campus eating
Last semester, all the food news was flooded with talk of a new service provider and what they would be bringing to the table. Now, as students await the fall semester, the talk of new food options on campus, brought in by Chartwells, has come into focus. Here are all the new places coming to campus for students to plan their meals around.
Pom & Honey
Replacing Freshii in the Mary Graydon Center is Pom & Honey, a halal and vegetarian-friendly dining option for all students on campus. All the proteins served at Pom & Honey will be halal, and the menu will be full of fresh vegetables.
Pom & Honey will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange, which allows students to use a swipe from their meal plan in exchange for a meal at a Dining Retail location. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday through Thursday and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Friday.
The District Pickle will be coming in this semester as AU’s only 100% Kosher deli. Offering Matzah Ball soup and classic Reubens, this deli will provide grab-and-go options and real meals. It will be where the previous mini-POD was stationed in MGC, which will be accessible for students just passing through or looking to sit and hang out.
The District Pickle will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Monday through Thursday and between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Friday.
Hissho Sushi is among the three new dining options in the Tavern in MGC, AU Student Government President Angela Chen said. It will be offering a variety of authentic sushi and pho, which is a Vietnamese soup made with broth and noodles. This spot will also offer vegan and vegetarian options for students with dietary restrictions or those who are just not keen on raw fish.
Hissho Sushi will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. every Monday through Thursday and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Friday.
For those worried about the absence of Elevation Burger, have no fear: WONK Burger is here. Beyond its name and logo, this new burger joint will be truly an American University delicacy. WONK Burger will be serving meats raised on AU’s Airlie Berkshire Farm in Warrenton, Virginia, including Airlie Berkshire Farm Beef and Black Angus. WONK Burger will also be in the Tavern.
WONK Burger will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. every Monday through Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Friday and between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Sunday.
Also new to the Tavern space is an eatery set to satisfy students for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Absurd Bird will also be great for students to grab a quick sandwich. Each of their sandwiches will come with flavored whipped butters as well as their homemade sauces. Among the other dishes curated for students is the sweet cream biscuits topped with buttermilk fried chicken, which is great for students on the hunt for a savory and sweet breakfast.
Absurd Bird will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. every Monday through Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Friday and between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Sunday.
The Eagle’s Nest and East Campus Market
The Eagle’s Nest Market and East Campus Market will be in lieu of the POD markets in the Bender Pavilion and on East Campus, respectively. Similar to their predecessors, these markets will feature grab-and-go meals and snacks, as well as grocery items, dorm supplies and, of course, F’real milkshakes.
The Eagle’s Nest and Market will both accept Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. The Eagle’s Nest and The East Campus Market will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. every Monday through Sunday.
BUILD: Pizza by Design
BUILD: Pizza by Design will be a dining option within the new East Campus Market across Nebraska Avenue from main campus. BUILD will be laid out like an assembly line, allowing students to curate their own pies with any ingredients of their choosing. Pizza from BUILD will be made Neapolitan-style with a variety of toppings for students to choose from. Each pizza will feature dough made from scratch and garden-fresh local produce. BUILD will be vegan- and vegetarian-friendly.
BUILD will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. It will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. every Monday through Sunday.
Create is set to be AU’s new healthy hotspot, replacing the American Cafe in Kerwin Hall. Its menu will feature smoothies, blended drinks and wellness-centered food brands that will be easy for students eating on the go. Their options will be high in protein and available for students with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and/or lactose-free diets.
Create will be accepting Eaglebucks and Meal Exchange. It will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. every Monday through Thursday and between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Friday.
Campus Coffee & Tea Co.
Replacing the Mudbox Cafe in the basement of Bender Library will be Campus Coffee & Tea Co., a new place for students to grab a snack or drink while they’re studying away in the library. Campus Coffee & Tea Co.’s menu will feature a variety of drinks including coffees, teas and kombuchas. They will have healthy options and seasonal drink offerings, as well as a menu great for grab-and-go foods for the busiest of wonks.
Campus Coffee & Tea Co. will be accepting Eaglebucks. It will be open between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday and between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
Other new options
As of right now, the Megabytes Cafe will remain closed and vacant. Asian Flavors, Subway and Starbucks will stay in the tunnel. Einstein Bros. Bagels will stay in MGC. The Terrace Dining Room will also remain as it is, but with a new look, featured foods and promises to consider student and community feedback regularly.
Students can also now check certain menus ahead of time with AU Dining Services’s new calendar function. This calendar allows users to see the menus from TDR, Einstein’s, Eagle’s Nest, Subway, Starbucks and BUILD on specific dates.
As for off-campus eating, Wawa and Chef Geoff’s will also now be accepting Eaglebucks, Chen said.