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Campus Food

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food that is great, from Eagles Nest, is really expensive and I think the cafeteria could do better.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Whenever I go to the cafe I am never dissapointed. If I need to grab a meal I can always stop by "The Soaring Eagle" or "Eagles Nest" and once again I'm not dissapointed. Overall the food is great and has not caused any problems with me.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food here is amazing there are plenty of options to choose from, and it all tastes great.

4 College Student

Campus Food: At the cafe, it is all you can eat and there is quite a variety. There are soups, salads, fruit, dessert, breads (sandwiches), and whatever hot meals that is being cooked at the different stations. Having flex is great because you can use it to buy yourself a coffee or smoothie or even a meal when you are tired of cafe food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: A lot of the food in the Caf gets old and you start to miss home-cooked meals. Eagles Nest has great burgers, quesadillas, and burritos if you get tired of the Caf. Plus Heritage Cafe just opened up with real fruit smoothies, bowls, and Starbucks coffee so that is pretty great. The Soaring Eagle also has pretty good food.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Biola offers an array of different venues for students to meet and eat at. There's Café Biola, which offers continuous dining during the week; however, some students feel a little strangled by Café Biola's obscure, short hours on the weekends. Nonetheless, it boasts the most diversity in dining on campus, housing several stations to pick from. Perhaps the most crowded area on Biola's campus in the early morning and late at night is Common Grounds, which, as the name implies, is the campus's popular coffee shop. Common Grounds is almost a clone to neighboring Starbucks and better to boot—not only in prices, but also in flavors. Found in the business building, the Talon is another coffee shop with similar services to Common Grounds.

Another heavily populated area is Eagles' Nest, the campus's casual diner. Specializing in many different kinds of burgers and sides, the Nest also has a large bar for Mexican food and offers various kinds of Asian food, such as Mongolian bowls, on certain days. This is a great back-up plan if you've run out of meals for the week or want something instantly on the weekends. Also, for those who have special food preferences, most of the food providers on campus keep vegetarians and gluten-free eaters in mind, as well, when it comes to cuisine.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4368 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Café Biola
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Eagles' Nest
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Taco salad bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Eagles' Nest breakfast burrito
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Students who can't eat gluten will find a home at Biola, as the cafeteria makes sure to make as many gluten-free meals as possible. In addition to this, there are Seattle's Best carts located at several locations on campus to supply coffee for caffeine-lovers.
Did You Know?
The cafeteria has "continuous dining," so you can stay in on one meal point for all three meals as long as you don't leave the café!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Biola
Location: Mid-campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Common Grounds
Location: Mid-campus
Food: Breakfast, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Eagles' Nest
Location: Mid-campus
Food: American, Mexican, Mongolian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Talon
Location: Crowell School of Business
Food: Breakfast, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 30% Cafe
  • 30% Eagles Nest
  • 16% Common Grounds
  • 14% The Soaring Eagle
  • 11% Talon

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 30 responses

  • 29% It's pretty easy to monitor usage.
  • 24% Easy to use
  • 22% All you can eat
  • 20% The 175 meal plan lets you swipe in friends
  • 5% Can swipe in friends or family w/block plan

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 73% Vending machines
  • 18% All the food is good
  • 5% We need more food options
  • 5% Cafeteria

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 27 responses

  • 55% No rolling meals on fixed plans
  • 29% Time restrictions to weekly meal plans.
  • 17% The food options get kind of boring sometimes

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