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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I have a lot of food allergies and the chefs are very accommodating.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bruff (the cafeteria) sucks. The food is always gross and the salad bar is always wilted and just nasty. The pasta bar is pretty good though. Loyola's cafeteria is 100x better even though both cafeterias hire the same company (Sodexo). Wavebucks can be used in the food court, which I do a lot and a lot of close by resteraunts take Nolabucks.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus dining is a hit or a miss, depending on the day. The kitchen prepares fantastic local cuisine some night, and very bland food the next.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: People complain a lot about bruff but you get pretty used to it and its not that bad.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Bruff Dining Hall is good during the first month of every semester and then it's awful. Learning how to cook simple meals for yourself in the dorm kitchens will help you avoid bruff at least a couple of meals a week.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 277th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 308th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 681st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 985th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1157th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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All freshmen are required to have an unlimited meal plan at Bruff, and the sentiments toward this requirement depend on whom you talk to. To some, Bruff is merely a means of eating, and they don’t frequent it more than necessary. For others, Bruff is a great place for socializing and hanging out with friends. Because you can swipe into Bruff up to 99 times a day, many people find themselves running in to grab a drink or some fruit in between meals. Aside from the cultural phenomena of Bruff, there is a wide selection of food ranging from pizza, pasta, and burgers to local-favorite dishes and vegetarian selections. While some complain that the food gets old, the staple foods are always available, and Bruff is constantly trying to improve the quality and selection of its food. The other eateries on campus are set up so that meal dollars (or Greenbucks) buy essentially the same things as real cash. However, for the most versatility it’s best to choose the “debit” option over the Greenbucks system. You can use the cash you put on your student ID to buy much more than food this way, so it’s a lot more convenient (and still safer than carrying cash).

One of the favorites at Bruff is its breakfast buffet, which includes an omelet bar that runs all day on the weekends, and the occasional “theme nights” that have specific types of food, like Asian Fusion for Chinese New Year or Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day. The Rat, in the basement of the LBC, serves WOW Chicken and is one of the few options for late-night cravings. There is also Le Gourmet, which is an organic deli-type establishment that offers a healthy (yet expensive) alternative to other on campus food. You can also always get food delivered or go out to eat if the monotony of Bruff gets to you. Most freshmen will agree that, despite the complaints, Bruff has a special place in their hearts.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5150 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Byblos
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Le Gourmet
Did You Know?
Students have the option of putting "Greenbucks" or debit money onto their Tulane cards to eat in the LBC. It's best to go with the debit option, because you can only spend Greenbucks on food and not for laundry, coffee at PJ's, or at the bookstore.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bruff Commons Dining Room
Location: Bruff Commons, 2nd floor
Food: All-you-can-eat: Cereal, dessert bar, grill, hot meals, salad bar, soup, vegan and vegetarian items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Der Rathskeller (The Rat)
Location: Lavin-Bernick Center, basement
Food: Quesadillas, salads, snacks, wings, wraps
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
The Drawing Board
Location: Richardson Memorial (lower level)
Food: Breakfast, fruit, pastries, salads, sandwiches, snacks, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
LBC Food Court
Location: Lavin-Bernick Center
Food: Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Energy Zone, Euro, Panda Express, Quiznos, Smart Market, Sushi Nori, Taco Bell
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Le Gourmet
Location: Mayer Residence Hall
Food: specialty salads, pastas, prepared gourmet sandwiches, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
McAlister Market
Location: Bruff Commons
Food: Convenience items, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
Reily Smoothie Center
Location: Reily Student Recreation Center
Food: Beverages, fruit, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Bruff
  • 33% Not enough Nola Bucks
  • 6% Bruff meals are over-priced.
  • 6% Only one dining hall
  • 6% Lack of healthy options
  • 6% Overpriced food

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 28% You can use NOLA bucks for crepes and pizza
  • 22% You can swipe older students in!
  • 22% Your Wavebucks roll over to the next semester
  • 17% You can use your wavebucks at Hilell
  • 11% You can choose from a variety of different options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% LBC, Luff
  • 30% Places that take NOLA bucks
  • 30% Le Gourmet
  • 9% Off Campus

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% Bruff


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