Campus Dining

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College Senior

Campus Dining: I live and eat off-campus, generally.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Most of the campus dining is really expensive or unhealthy.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The freshman 15 is more easily attainable than ever

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I manage with the hours and selection, of course it could always be nicer, but it gets the job done.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food choices are by far fantastic. They have something for everyone, and the meal plans are designed to make eating a convenience and healthy part of every student's day.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 545th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 604th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1168th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1311st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1331st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Lewis
Litchfield, NH
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If you live in a dorm as a freshman, which is required for non-commuters, you are more or less required to purchase a meal plan. Students' opinions vary on the quality and selection of food, but most are satisfied with what UT has offered. When you have had your fill of cafeteria food, there are many fast food options. One thing is for certain, you will gain a whole new appreciation for your mother's cooking that you had taken for granted so many years. You will clean your plate, and possibly the rest of the family's plates, during each visit.

Since you will be stuck with the UT Dining Services meal plan, why not make the most of it? The key is to read and understand the meal plan rules. Keep track of your bonus bucks, and eat during allotted dining hours. If you know you are going to need something, such as snacks, and have room to pack them, stock up as much as possible! Finally, remember that bonus bucks do not roll over. If you have $200 left at the end of the semester, it will not be added to the following semester. Take my word for it, the money is not donated to charity and is not tax deductible, so if you don't use it, you have essentially thrown it away.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Breakfast at any of the cafeterias
  • Smokey’s in the UC for lunch
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Off-Campus Dining Network meal plans are available. These act as debit accounts for use at local restaurants. See for details.
Did You Know?
Pay close attention to the meal plan rules. There are only certain hours you can use your daily allowance for meals. Meals not within certain hours are deducted from "bonus bucks." Prices of goods in the small snack shops in and around dorms are highly inflated.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

All-American Grill & Grocery
Location: Presidential Court Building
Food: Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Salad Garden, Smokey's Doghouse, Grille Works, Kettle Classics, grocery/convenience
Hours: (Grill) Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; (Grocery) Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Andy's Pantry
Location: Andy Holt Apartments
Food: Convenience, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Café
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena
Food: American, salad bar, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Einstein Bros, Bagels
Location: Arts and Architecture Building
Food: Bagels, sandwiches, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Hermitage Room
Location: UC top floor
Food: Fine dining
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hess Express Grocery
Location: Hess Hall
Food: Convenience, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
KFC Express
Location: Hess Hall
Food: Fried Chicken
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Mabel's Café
Location: McCord Hall
Food: American, Starbucks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Morrill Dining
Location: Morrill Hall
Food: Restaurant, buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
P.O.D. Market at Laurel Hall
Location: Laurel Hall
Food: Convenience
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Presidential Court Café
Location: Presidential Courtyard
Food: Pan Geos (pasta, Mediterranean), buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Rocky Top Café
Location: University Center
Food: Sbarro's, Quiznos, Burger King, Jump Asian, Fresh on the Go, Mayfield Ice Cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Sidebar Café
Location: Taylor Law School Building
Food: Starbucks, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: University Center
Food: Tortilla Fresca, Tennessee Subs, Woodstone's, The Squeeze, Take One!, It's a Toss Up!, World's Fare, and Smokey's Traditions
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Smoothie King
Location: Rec Sports Center
Food: Smoothies, sports drinks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sophie's Place
Location: Strong Hall
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Sweet Tooth
Location: Presidential Courtyard
Food: Grocery, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Varsity Inn
Location: Gibbs Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 19% Smokie's in the UC
  • 16% Southern Kitchen
  • 13% Fields of Green in the UC
  • 11% Einstein's Bagels in Art and Architecture
  • 11% Chik-fil-A underneath PCB
  • 10% Starbucks in Hodges Library
  • 8% Dippers in Hess Hall
  • 6% Rocky Top in the UC
  • 5% PCB in Presidential Court

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 133 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 best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 44% Always having an option to eat
  • 28% Not having to worry about money
  • 17% There is nothing good about campus meal plans
  • 6% My dining hall is not conveniently located
  • 6% Its very limited though

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Expensive when not on meal plan
  • 38% Dining dollars don't roll over.
  • 12% Few healthy options.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 50% PCB and Morrill dining halls suck.
  • 42% Convenient stores- but even they're not that bad.
  • 8% Non
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