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Campus Food

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Plenty of options with the varying dining halls and plus 7 locations

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For on-campus meals, it isnt the worst food possible. But there are better options not tied with the meal plan.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It depends on what you like to eat and if what you can.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I only ate in the dining halls my first year, but I pretty much ate in Colonnades 3-meals a day. The food gets repetitive, but there are enough options to keep from being bored. The food is good quality compared to other schools. Once I got a block meal plan, I started eating mostly at retail spots like fresh, acorn, qdoba, etc. They don't ever change the menus, but they have a lot of choices and are the best quality food on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is sometimes repetitive and the places are closed a lot of the time.

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There tend to be jokes among college students that campus food is just plain awful and that one of the reasons why the “Freshman 15” exists is because everyone tends to eat fast food because it’s the most edible stuff on campus! At Elon, this is not true. Yes, like any other college campus, there are rumors about the food, as well as the group of students who cannot find a single good thing about the on-campus meals. But on the whole, Elon has had a lot of success with their meal plan program and the food they serve through Aramark. There is a variety of foods, so each student is accommodated, from the student with stomach problems to the pickiest vegetarian—all needs can be met.

The extensive dining Web site offers daily menus and nutritional information for all on-campus dining establishments. And of course, if what’s on the menu doesn’t please you, there is always fast food in Octagon Café, including a pizza bar, Chick-fil-A, Grille Works, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! Pan-Geos, which is connected to Octagon, has a wrap, pasta, and salad bar that's updated daily. Downstairs Colonnades offers boar's head sandwiches for two meal swipes, as well as a salad bar for personalized orders. In Upstairs Colonnades, Harden and Upstairs McEwen are all-you-care-to-eat and carry what you would see in a normal college cafeteria—salads, desserts, cereals, entrees, etc. The food is amazingly good. Varsity is the new sit-down on-campus restaurant that serves food off the grill. It has banners of all the colleges in the Southern Conference, and the walls are decorated with blown-up photos of Elon athletes in action for a sense of sports pride. Brown & Co has great food, as well. The Acorn acts as the campus coffee house, providing sushi, soups, personalized sandwiches, muffins, croissants, bagels, and all different flavors of Starbuck’s coffee. Next to Octagon is Freshens, a smoothie and frozen yogurt place that accepts meal plans and meal dollars. It’s delicious!

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4944 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Acorn Coffee Shop
  • Brown & Co.
  • The Colonnades
  • Octagon Café
  • Varsity
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • B. Christopher's
  • Beef O'Brady's
  • Benjamin's Seafood Room
  • B's Bistro
  • Buffalo's Bar and Grill
  • Center City Cafe, Greensboro
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Colorado Cafe
  • Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill
  • Dan Thai
  • Dolly's Pizza
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Donato's Pizza
  • Grioli's Italian Restaurant
  • Ham's Restaurant
  • Irazu Coffee
  • La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
  • Little Italy
  • McDonald's
  • Mike's Deli
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Panchero's Mexican Grill
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Peking House Restaurant
  • Quiznos
  • Red Bowl Asian Bistro
  • Red Bull Tavern & Grille
  • Rum Runners
  • Sal's Italian Restaurant
  • Sandy's Steaks & Subs
  • Season's Buffet
  • Sidetrack Grill
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Southbound Sandwich Works
  • Steak N' Shake
  • Subway
  • Tokyo Express
  • University Grill
  • Victoria's Pizza
  • Wholly Guacamole
  • Wing Zone
  • Wings To Go
Special Options
Those who have special diet needs can have meals made specifically for them. Students with special needs can contact the Food Service Director at (336) 278-5333. An appointment can be made with the regional Dietician for further assistance in special needs.
Did You Know?
  • You can find out all the nutritional information you want at the Elon University Dining Services Web site. They even have links to other sites, such as Panera Bread and Chick-fil-A, so you can get information about those foods. Just visit www.campusdish.com/en-US/csse/elon.
  • Want to see what is going on at one of the dining halls? Go to www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSSE/Elon/NewsEvents/Webcams.htm and you can watch a live Webcam video of what's going on at your favorite place to eat!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

1889 Grill Room
Location: Colonnades Dining Hall, second floor
Food: American
Hours: Sunday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Acorn Coffee Shop
Location: 116 N. Williamson Ave.
Food: Coffee, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Boar's Head Deli
Location: Colonnades Dining Hall, first floor
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Brown & Co.
Location: 112 N. Williamson Ave.
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Colonnades Dining Hall
Location: Next to Koury Business Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: Homestyle, International, Mediterranean
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Croutons & Verde's
Location: Colonnades Dining Hall, first floor
Food: Salads made to order
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Danieley Commons
Location: Daineley Center
Food: Deli sandwiches, convenience store items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Downstairs McEwen
Location: McEwen Dining Hall, lower level
Food: Coffee, groceries, sandwiches, snacks, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fountain Market
Location: Colonnades Dining Hall, first floor
Food: Grab n' go items, groceries, produce, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Harden Dining Hall
Location: Northwest campus
Food: Homestyle entrees, salads, sandwiches, soups, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Java City
Location: Koury Business Center
Food: Coffee, cookies, muffins, sandwiches, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Legal Grounds
Location: Elon University School of Law
Food: Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Octagon Café
Location: Moseley Center
Food: Bene Pizzeria, Chick-fil-A, Freshëns, Grille Works, Panera Bagels, Starbucks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m. (hours vary by station)
Pan Geos
Location: Moseley Student Center
Food: Pasta, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Upstairs McEwen
Location: McEwen Dining Hall, upper level
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Varsity
Location: McEwen Dining Hall, lower level
Food: American
Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

Student Polls

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 32 responses

  • 15% The dining halls are only open for a few hours
  • 13% Freshman have to buy "unlimited," very expensive
  • 11% I wish all dining halls served breakfast.
  • 10% Not enough healthy options for food
  • 10% There is no 24 hour dining hall
  • 8% Not a lot for those with dietary restrictions
  • 8% No breakfast on weekends
  • 7% There are no options for breakfast before 8am
  • 7% Breakfast
  • 6% Brunch on the weekends doesn't begin until 11 am
  • 3% Everything, bad food, choices suck
  • 1% There are lots of options
  • 0% Expensive meal plans

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 16% Colonades
  • 13% Qdoba
  • 12% Plus 7
  • 11% Chick-Fil-A
  • 10% The retail options on the meal plan
  • 8% Lakeside
  • 8% Freshii
  • 7% Greenworld
  • 5% Varsity
  • 5% Acorn
  • 4% McEwen
  • 3% Boar's Head in downstairs Colonnades

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 67 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 34 responses

  • 25% +7 is heavenly
  • 24% Many options for food
  • 20% The new Qdoba
  • 9% Unlimited swipe access
  • 9% Late Night on Thursday-Saturday nights
  • 7% Freshii
  • 4% Nothing
  • 2% Standard dining halls and retail food included

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 29% McEwen is "hit or miss," usually a miss.
  • 24% Mccewen
  • 20% The food is generally hit/miss.
  • 10% Lakeside
  • 7% Colonnades upstairs and McEwen dining hall
  • 5% Chick-fil-A
  • 5% Buisquitville
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