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Campus Food


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4 College Junior

Campus Food: It got better the past few years.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's alright if you have nothing else to eat. It's campus food.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is TERRIBLE. I play D1 athletics, still gained weight. Salad bar= nonexistent. Veggies= pure butter. Not worth 3,000. Makes me outraged.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good but there are very limited options.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: It's campus food. It's no better or worse than other schools, I think. If you don't like it, you can always cook in your dorm.


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Campus dining at Canisius is not the best. Food selection mostly involves some sort of cheese, grease, pasta, or sauce. There is always a salad bar, but that's about where the exotic supply of "vegetables" ends. Fruit is also hard to find. There are little pre-made snack cups with sliced fruit, raw vegetables, and the like, but it is annoying not to have any good, solid meals that represent more than one or two food groups. 

Meal plans can have varying amounts of meal "blocks" and "Griff Bucks," which can be spent on mostly anything: Tim Hortons, vending machines, snack bars, and coverage if your meal exceeds a "block." Typical meal plan cost ranges from $3,000 to $4,000 per year. Subway is a recent addition to campus, which opens up some slightly healthier options. Subway is not affiliated with meal plans, though, meaning you need cash, credit, or debit to buy its food instead of your ID card.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5060 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All freshmen living in Bosch, Frisch, or Dugan have to participate in Griffin A, B, or C meal plans for the first and second semesters.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Economou Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Iggy's
  • Subway
  • Tim Hortons
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Made-to-order omelets
  • Tim Hortons bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Buffalo chicken salad
  • Chicken fingers
  • Pasta
  • Quesadillas
  • Salad
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Burgers
  • Chicken fingers
  • Coffee
  • Doughnuts
  • French fries
  • Onion rings
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Buffalo Pizza (1769 Main St.)
  • CVS (1678 Hertel Ave.)
  • Dagwoods and More (Main and Delavan)
  • Elmwood Taco & Sub (937 Elmwood Ave.)
  • Just Pizza (300 Elmwood Ave.)
  • Zetti's (3500 Main St. and 976 Elmwood Ave.)
  • Zonies (1122 Elmwood Ave.)
Special Options
Being a small school, Canisius does not offer many official special dining options. There is a new "Terra Ve" vegetarian program, though. Other than that, a student with dietary restrictions (kosher, halal, etc.) is very much on his or her own to determine what to eat and what not to eat.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Old Main Building
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Economou Dining Hall
Location: Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center, main floor
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Palisano Pavilion, second floor
Food: Burgers, quesadillas, salads, wings
Hours: Daily 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Old Main Café
Location: Old Main Building, lower level
Food: Bagels, fresh fruit, sandwiches, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Street Side Café
Location: Palisano Pavilion, lower level
Food: Coffee, ice cream, snack foods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Old Main Building
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tim Hortons
Location: Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library
Food: Coffee, specialty drinks, baked goods, soup, sandwiches, wraps, panini
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 49 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 16 responses

  • 25% Limited choices
  • 22% The required freshmen plans
  • 19% Not so good food
  • 14% It can be very structured
  • 8% Honestly unless you eat like crap everyday..
  • 8% Too much pizza
  • 3% I get sick to my stomach almost every time I eat

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 34% Tim Hortons
  • 31% Subway
  • 12% Iggys
  • 9% Old Main
  • 9% Dining hall
  • 3% Overpriced.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 56% Dining Hall
  • 17% Food is fine
  • 17% Iggy's
  • 6% Science Hall Cafe
  • 6% Oh my gosh. Worst. Food. Ever. You will get fat.

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

  • 48% Tim Hortons
  • 24% Starbucks
  • 19% Dining hall buffet
  • 10% But still not that good.. over priced, fattening.
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