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Campus Food

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Few healthy options at most places. While Andrews has different food options, most of them are fried and/or greasy. The Vdub is not open on weekends, which is inconvenient. The only things available at Andrews after around 7 or 9 (don't remember which) are pizza and lo mein, which are not healthy. The salads there also aren't great, and the sushi is wildly expensive. The fruit is usually pretty banged up too. The Ratty can be okay, but usually the meals aren't great.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not the best quality of food. Fruit is usually not ripe. Not a lot of healthy food options (limited types of fruits available). Should rotate fruit availability because I am allergic to almost every fruit they offer.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good, and there are many options to satisfy those with dietary restrictions.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The Ratty provides decent daily options, however, they can get monotonous quite easily.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are three main dining halls, and another that is more like a cafe. between these there are enough options to satisfy your cravings. by the end of the semester you get kind of bored with the food, but not because it tastes bad, it just gets a bit repetitive. but overall, not bad at all.

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While most schools have contracted with Marriott or fast-food companies for their dining needs, Brown prides itself on maintaining a University-run food service. Why exactly this is a source of pride is another question entirely. The main dining halls—the Ratty and the V-Dub—serve what can only be described as average food. Chances are, you won’t return home for the holidays demanding your mom cook more like Brown Food Services (BFS). A lack of variety and the inability to use credits in real restaurants close to campus can be frustrating. The few cafés and restaurants run by the University are equally frustrating because they are more expensive than independent cafés and diners on Thayer and Wickenden Street. The Brown meal plan feels more like a middle school lunch program than a welcomed dining experience.

Year after year, the Ratty is the butt of new and old jokes, but as demonstrated by the Ratty Recipe Repository, many Brown students embrace the standard cafeteria-style eating. Besides, the meal plan provides much more than hot food every day. The meal plan is a state of mind. From your first week on meal plan, you will undoubtedly enjoy meals with friends, meet lots of new people, and sing karaoke with your fellow Brunonians at the V-Dub. Good or bad, surviving meal plan freshman year is a defining experience and undoubtedly a right of passage. In time, however, you’ll find the right balance of splurging for off-campus meals and eating creatively at the dining halls. Students who are off the meal plan might enjoy better food, but it is costly and time-consuming to fend for yourself.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4420 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • The Blue Room
  • The Gate
  • The Ivy Room
  • Josiah’s
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
If you don't feel like eating the regular dining hall food, a good number of restaurants have very central locations on campus. In addition, a number of trucks and food carts come out around mealtimes. Overall, there are plenty of options and variety to keep things fresh.
Did You Know?
There is a Ratty Recipe Repository link off of Brown's Daily Jolt Web site which has student-submitted recipes for meals using ingredients in the University's cafeteria. Recipes include "Curry Chicken Salad," "Fruity Desert Crepes," and "Macaratty and Cheese."

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Blue Room
Location: Faunce House, the Main Green
Food: Sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Campus Market
Location: Under the Blue Room
Food: Cereal, dairy, dry goods
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Gate
Location: Alumni Hall, Pembroke campus
Food: Pizza, subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Ivy Room
Location: Wriston Quad, below the Ratty
Food: Omelets, pizza, salad, smoothies, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Josiah's (Jo's)
Location: Middle of Vartan Gregorion Quad
Food: Grill, soups, sushi, wraps
Hours: Daily 24 hours (food is not available 2 a.m.-6 a.m.)
The Sharpe Refectory (The Ratty)
Location: Wriston Quad, main campus
Food: Grill, kosher meals, trattoria, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Verney-Woolley Dining Hall (The V-Dub)
Location: Emery-Woolley Hall, Pembroke Campus
Food: Fruit station, sandwich station, vegetarian meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 51 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 15 responses

  • 29% Jo's
  • 19% Verney-Wooley Dining Hall
  • 19% Blue Room
  • 16% Sharpe Refectory
  • 6% Fast food
  • 6% The Ivy Room
  • 3% Andrews Commons

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 39% Ratty
  • 17% Vdub
  • 11% Joe's
  • 11% Blue room
  • 11% Andrews
  • 11% Ivy Room

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 74% Flex points-- they roll over!
  • 16% Easier and faster than cooking
  • 5% Sushi!
  • 5% Jo's
  • 0% Andrews Commons

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 16 responses

  • 50% Still expensive
  • 38% Many unhealthy options.
  • 12% Complicated system
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