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Campus Food

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is good, I like how it isn't all fast food and there are healthy selections.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is all pretty good! The only problem is that the meal cards don't discount the price and it's a little expensive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Expensive, but it's delicious! Besides the chinese food, that is. The chinese food is abominable.

College Sophomore

Campus Food: I don't really eat on campus but from what I have heard from others the food is pretty good. There are a lot of options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I enjoy eating on campus! The food is good, but sometimes a little over priced.

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When it comes to eating, the University Food Services has two major pluses: convenience in location and delicious food. For many BYU-Idaho students, there are a handful of places to eat only a walk away, but none are as close or convenient as the University. BYU-Idaho has five main locations for dining. Most are simply convenient spots for a quick meal or a snack to tie you over between classes, studying, and getting back home. Others, like the new cafeteria the Crossroads, serve students during major meal times.

Since moving and remodeling the BYU-I food court, many students have complained about meal prices. Just to give you a better idea of the University Food Services costs, the University has calculated the average amount of money spent per meal to be $5.50 to $6.50. So, while the University may charge one to two dollars for a single beverage, it is true that you could buy the same drink for a couple cents less at the grocery store. But it’s not the most expensive food option, and it may still be worth it. Look at it this way: you’re paying for convenience and time. Overall, the Crossroads is a great place to meet up with friends and grab a bite to eat from a variety of food options. Also, the school offers Dining Dollars as a way to pay for campus food. By purchasing Dining Dollars in advance, you could get a certain percentage of the cost of food items cut from their price tags.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$2000 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
Freshmen aren't required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Crossroads
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Bambino's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Sausage Biscuit Sandwich
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Burgers
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Whatever you have at your apartment
24-Hour Dining
None because of curfew enforcement.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
There aren't any on-campus locations that solely offer vegetarian or kosher options, but orders can be specially made upon request.
Did You Know?
In 2007, University Food Services decided to change their policy of open hours and close all food venues on Sunday. This is to keep the integrity of the Church's stance on participating in work on Sundays. As a result of this change, BYU-Idaho has increased the locations and ease in acquiring food. Students are encouraged to purchase the food they need for Sunday on Saturday.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Kimball
Location: First Floor Kimball
Food: Sandwiches, soups, fresh salad and fruit, bagels, grab-'n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Café McKay
Location: First Floor McKay Library
Food: Sandwiches, soups, fresh salad and fruit, bagels, grab-'n-go items, desserts, Italian sodas
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Tuesday 2 p.m.-3 p.m.)
The Crossroads
Location: Second Floor Manwaring Center
Food: Tuscan Valley (pizza), Caliente (Mexican), Far East Fusion (Asian), Stacks & Wraps (fresh made-to-order sandwiches and wraps), Grand Teton Grill (burgers and fries), Chef's Point (country homestyle cooking), Harvest Hills Bakery, salad bar, dessert bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Garden View Café
Location: Ricks Building
Food: Sandwiches, wraps, salads, drinks, pastas, soups, bread sticks, Italian sodas
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
I-Vending
Location: At least one vending machine per building generally by entrances.
Food: Food, snack, and drink machines
Hours: Vending machines are available when buildings are open.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 96 responses

  • 28% The Crossroads
  • 15% I don't really eat on campus, it's too expensive.
  • 13% Freshens
  • 11% Chik-Fil-EH
  • 11% Krispy Kreme Donuts!!!
  • 10% I don't really eat on campus, I live off-campus.
  • 5% Market
  • 3% I don't really eat on campus, but it is good
  • 2% Mexican
  • 2% Suishi
  • 1% IBC groups
  • 0% Cinnamon rolls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 82 responses

  • 20% A slight bit expensive and can only be used there.
  • 16% Expensive, only sometimes worth the expense
  • 14% The MC Market is expensive
  • 10% Food Selection
  • 9% Too Expensive
  • 8% Are not affliated with the Meal Plan.
  • 7% Not worth the expense
  • 6% I don't have a meal plan
  • 5% Difficult hours
  • 3% Same price as you pay with cash
  • 1% Meal plans aren't normally used here

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 239 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 59% Everything is acceptable
  • 23% The chinese food
  • 6% Foil-wraped chicken burgers at The Crossroads
  • 4% The overly priced items on the menus
  • 4% Italian
  • 2% Bakery
  • 1% The food is good but some things are over priced

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 73 responses

  • 43% No need to carry around cash or use debit card
  • 14% Dining Dollar Bonuses
  • 12% I would just use my debt card
  • 11% If you do not use all of the $, they give it back
  • 9% You wouldnt have to worry about money
  • 8% I don't have a meal plan
  • 4% Mean plans aren't normally used here.

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