Friday, September 1, 2017

University of New Orleans Makes Dining Easier and More Enjoyable With Extended Hours and Increased Offerings

Mango and strawberry smoothies. Smoked salmon crepes. Vegetarian Thai coconut curry. Hot barbecue pork sandwiches. Breakfast at midnight.

Dining at the University of New Orleans has never been easier, more delicious or more nutritious.

New this semester, students have access to 24-hour dining at The Sandbar, smoothies and fresh rolled sushi burritos at Jamba Juice, food trucks serving up some of the tastiest dishes in town, increased vegetarian options at The Galley, extended hours at Chik-Fil-A and 24-hour weekend shopping at the Pontchartrain Hall Convenience Store.

The newly opened Jamba Juice in the Recreational and Fitness Center is offering healthy fare to students on the go, with its hours mirroring those of the full-service fitness center. Moe’s Southwest Grill is expected to open in The Cove by the end of September. And, since classes started, food trucks from Smokin’ Jo’s, Crepes A La Cart, Dat Dog and Sweet Daddy’s have been on rotation at the library quad and The Cove Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when weather doesn’t interfere.

Ernesto Perez, a sophomore exercise and physiology major, walked out of the Rec Center with a Jamba Juice Mango-a-Go-Go smoothie in hand. As a commuter student, he said he normally stops into a P.O.D. Express convenience store for an apple or Vitamin Water. But after a workout on campus, he likes that he now has the option to grab a cool, nutritious treat.

New this year, The Sandbar is open 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. during the week and noon to 6 a.m. on weekends, offering an exclusive late night breakfast menu. As last year, other dining options include Subway in the UC, Sushic in The Cove and the Brewed Awakening coffee shop featuring Starbucks coffee in the UC and Earl K. Long Library. Through the mobile Tapingo app, campus diners also have the option of ordering their food ahead of time for pick-up.

Miyana Solomon, a freshman biology and pre-med major who lives on campus, said she has already made a weekly habit of hitting up the Sweet Daddy’s food truck for macaroni and cheese. New to UNO’s campus dining scene, she said she’s been satisfied with the offerings at The Galley, where she typically eats all her meals.

Click here to find complete information on UNO’s campus dining landscape, including hours, menus and meal plans.