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Campus Food

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Avoid J&H, but plenty of great options out there.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Even thought there is a decent amount of variety, it is still a college campus so the food isn't wonderful. However, its easy to learn to make the best of it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: JNH had the best breakfast. Cosi had the best lunch.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: decent food options, a lot of variety

5 College Student

Campus Food: Where do I even begin? At the bottom of the J&H dorm is a buffet style dining hall that uses a meal swipe. There are many different food choices there and they are all delicious. Then there are tons of food trucks everywhere with anything one could ever want. The meals at the trucks are relatively cheap (around $5 or so). There is also a bar on campus and you can't beat that.

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Though there are a lot of places to eat at on campus, about half of them don’t accept a meal plan. They either accept cash or Diamond Dollars, accessible with your ID card. Fair warning: don’t get a big meal plan—it’s a waste. The smallest meal plan available is a "block five," which is five meals per week and is only to be used at the SAC or the cafeteria. The largest plan is the Super Value Carte Blanche plan for unlimited feasting. The cafeteria specializes in different cultural foods, as well as the usual pizza, sandwich, pasta, and salad entrées. The student rec center carries fast food restaurants and snacks. Near Anderson and Gladfelter halls, there are pizza stands, Chinese stands, and deli restaurants where students can eat in between classes. The prices are affordable, even for a college student. If you are a fan of water ice, be sure to check out Saadiq’s Water Ice truck, which is parked near the student center.

Temple is always interested in what you have to say about the food places. There are comment cards for the food or service, and most of them are quite amusing. Comments usually sound something like, “What’s that smell?” The best part is that the administration always replies.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3338 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
If living on campus
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Louis J. Esposito Dining Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Maxi's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Hoagies
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Insomnia Cookies
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • 7-Eleven
  • The Bagel Hut
  • City View Pizza
  • Crown Chicken & Biscuit
  • Draught Horse
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Koja Grille
  • Maxi's Pizza Subs & Bar
  • McDonald's
  • The Noshery
  • Owl's Nest
  • Plaza Pizza
  • Qdoba
  • Rita's
  • Rite Aid
  • Subway
  • Wendy's
  • Wing Stop
Did You Know?
Temple has more lunch trucks than actual places to eat on campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Artist's Palate
Location: Tyler School of Art, Pressler Hall
Food: Grab-'n-go
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bean Counter
Location: Temple Towers
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Café 613
Location: Rosen Hillel
Food: New York deli-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fresh Bytes Café
Location: Tuttleman Learning Center
Food: Salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Fox School of Business, Alter Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Louis J. Esposito Dining Center
Location: Johnson/Hardwick Complex
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Lucky Cup Café
Location: Annenberg Hall, Anderson Hall, Beasley Law School, Ritter Annex, TUCC, Wachman Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Night Owl
Location: 1300 Residence Hall, lower level
Food: Grill, pizza, snacks
Hours: Daily 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Paley Perk
Location: Paley Library
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Simply To Go
Location: Gladfelter Hall
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Tech Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 24 hours, Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Valaida S. Walker Food Court
Location: Howard Gittis Student Center
Food: Asian, burgers, Italian, Mexican, pizza, pretzels, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 27% All of the Food trucks everywhere of all kinds
  • 14% The Student Center
  • 11% Morgan
  • 9% Chipoltle
  • 7% Johnson and Hardwick dining
  • 5% Liacouras walk
  • 5% Qdoba
  • 5% Sushi of many different varieties
  • 5% The wall
  • 4% Unlimited ice cream
  • 4% Chipotle
  • 1% Cosi
  • 1% Richie's
  • 0% Qdobo
  • 0% None
  • 0% Food Trucks
  • 0% Richies

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 16% Mystery meat
  • 16% The Chinese food at the sack
  • 16% The mock chinease food
  • 15% J&H
  • 10% I have had no problem with the food.
  • 9% Fried foods
  • 9% J&H potatoes
  • 3% The mock southern cuisine
  • 2% Cosi
  • 1% The sushi
  • 1% Tony Luke's in Lower Morgan
  • 1% The Tokyo campus doesn't have a cafeteria
  • 1% Any meat from the student center
  • 0% All Sodexo Dining Options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 92 responses

  • 20% You do not get a refund for the ones you don't use
  • 18% Theyre expensive
  • 17% The time restrictions
  • 10% I do not have a meal plan
  • 8% Not a lot of places use the meal plan, only DDs
  • 7% They do not carry over if you don't use them all
  • 6% The staff
  • 6% Not suitable for those w/ many dietary restriction
  • 4% Food doesn't taste good
  • 3% Almost no options for weekend/late night dining
  • 1% Hard to downgrade meal plan

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 232 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 90 responses

  • 24% Variety of food options
  • 21% Different places the plan can apply to
  • 20% The food is unlimited at certain places
  • 15% You never go hungry
  • 7% I don't have a meal plan
  • 7% You can swipe for a friend if they come to visit
  • 3% Tons of options
  • 2% There's nothing that hard cash can't do better.

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