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Campus Food


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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Bird Feeder is open Thursday- Saturday nights. It's great after a night of drinking and partying to grab some greasy food to help you sober up before bed!

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are four places to eat with your student meal plan at Elizabethtown: the Marketplace, Jay's Nest, the Birdfeeder, and the Blue Bean. While there isn't much edible health food in the main cafeteria, they have some favorites among students like the carrot cake, a token treat for visiting prospective students. Don't miss out on wing night in the Jay's Nest once a semester

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is better than you would expect. The food variety is very good, and the food at the Jay's Nest is excellent.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: At first I loved the food, but now I'm pretty sick of it. I have three meal swipes per day, and I never use more than 2 on the same day (some days I don't even go at all). It's decent tasting, but there's just something about it that makes me lose my appetite sometimes. It's also kind of difficult to eat healthy, especially since I'm a picky eater.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good food good variety. Visitors are always impressed


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The food at Etown is very good. It’s not gourmet, but they make a real effort to try and create some new and flavorful dishes for the students. The menu runs on a cycle, so a lot of the main meals will be repeated. However, there are a lot of stations, so if students don’t want to have a repeat meal, they can easily check out the other stations. Etown tries to have meals that cater to different cultures. There is always a vegetarian option, and students worrying about kosher foods can either request a special meal plan through the administrative offices or simply ask the servers about the preparation of the food. 

Meals plans are pre-purchased so it’s a swipe of the student ID card to get in. Students are allowed to swipe in a couple of guests, so long as they don’t do it too often. Otherwise, it can get expensive to eat in the Marketplace for people paying with cash, but the prices aren’t bad considering that the Marketplace is a buffet. The Jay’s Nest is very reasonable for cash payers. Items are regularly priced like they would be at a grocery store, and the made-to-order food is relatively cheap. For students, it is easy to go through Jay Bucks pretty fast if they eat in the Jay’s everyday.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4750 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
For the first semester, all freshmen are put on meal plan B. This allows for 220 meals in the Marketplace, or main dining hall, which equals out to about two meals a day. This plan also includes $150 in Jay Bucks, allotted money for the college retail food store. After the first semester, freshmen can request a meal plan change to either plan A or C. Plan A gives 320 meals and $50 in Jay Bucks, and Plan C gives 160 meals and $275 in Jay Bucks.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Marketplace is the general favorite because it does have the most variety. The Blue Bean , although not a dining hall, has the best coffee and milkshakes. The Jay's Nest has the best grilled food and quesadillas.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Blue Bean is the favorite place to go for coffee and milkshakes. The Jay's Nest is the best place for grilled sandwiches and pizza.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Egg breakfast sandwiches
  • Egg Jay (from the Jay's Nest)
  • Peach oatmeal
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken parmesan
  • General Tso's chicken
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Popcorn shrimp
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
The Jay's Nest
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • If a student does have special dietary needs or specific allergies, the college will stock food especially for him and have it stored in the back where it will be reserved for his use only.
  • The college does not deliver food to the dorms, but students can call ahead and have food made ready to go in the Jay's Nest.
  • There is always a vegetarian option in the Marketplace, from tofu to eggplant lasagna.
Did You Know?
Etown holds a few themed dinners throughout the year, including a Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Pirate's Day, and Mardi Gras dinner. They switch it up every year, so no one knows what dinners they'll decide to host. They do go all out for these themed dinners, including decorations (banners, art, candles, confetti, and statues), parades, and costumed staff. Dining Services, with the aid of the theater department, even created their own ship with working canons for Pirate's Day.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Blue Bean Café
Location: Brossman Commons, first floor
Food: Gourmet coffee, milkshakes, sweets
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Jay's Nest
Location: Brossman Commons, first floor
Food: Made-to-order deli, grill, pizza, quesadillas, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Marketplace
Location: Brossman Commons, second floor
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-7p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 55 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 food options on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 47% Jay's Nest
  • 26% The Birdfeeder (Jay truck)
  • 21% The Marketplace
  • 6% Food trucks (every few weeks)
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