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Campus Food


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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls serve unhealthy food and most of the time, the food doesn't look anywhere near appetizing. Whenever we students go to a restaurant that does allow us to use dining dollars, it's only for a fourth of the cost and the food serving is so low that it could be considered a snack. Most of the better stores don't allow us to use our dining dollars.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: this is UT's only downfall...not many good places to eat on meal plan

3 College Junior

Campus Food: While the dining halls are located throughout campus, the variety and health of the food is very limited and scarce, despite the amount of money we as students place into the area. The best place, by far, on campus is Field of Greens. The downside of it are the hours of operation and not open on the weekends. If field of greens ever closes, they will have hundreds of UT students to deal with.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Aramark is the worst. Everything is overpriced and of poor quality.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in PCB is ok at best. The meal equivalency is way too low. The unlimited meal plan doesn't mean you can go anywhere at anytime and get something to eat. You also can only use your meal equivalency at only one place in each meal period. The PCB should be open to at least nine o'clock.


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If you live in a dorm as a freshman, which is required for non-commuters, you are more or less required to purchase a meal plan. Students' opinions vary on the quality and selection of food, but most are satisfied with what UT has offered. When you have had your fill of cafeteria food, there are many fast food options. One thing is for certain, you will gain a whole new appreciation for your mother's cooking that you had taken for granted so many years. You will clean your plate, and possibly the rest of the family's plates, during each visit.

Since you will be stuck with the UT Dining Services meal plan, why not make the most of it? The key is to read and understand the meal plan rules. Keep track of your bonus bucks, and eat during allotted dining hours. If you know you are going to need something, such as snacks, and have room to pack them, stock up as much as possible! Finally, remember that bonus bucks do not roll over. If you have $200 left at the end of the semester, it will not be added to the following semester. Take my word for it, the money is not donated to charity and is not tax deductible, so if you don't use it, you have essentially thrown it away.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Breakfast at any of the cafeterias
  • Smokey’s in the UC for lunch
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Off-Campus Dining Network meal plans are available. These act as debit accounts for use at local restaurants. See for details.
Did You Know?
Pay close attention to the meal plan rules. There are only certain hours you can use your daily allowance for meals. Meals not within certain hours are deducted from "bonus bucks." Prices of goods in the small snack shops in and around dorms are highly inflated.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

All-American Grill & Grocery
Location: Presidential Court Building
Food: Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Salad Garden, Smokey's Doghouse, Grille Works, Kettle Classics, grocery/convenience
Hours: (Grill) Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; (Grocery) Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Andy's Pantry
Location: Andy Holt Apartments
Food: Convenience, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Café
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena
Food: American, salad bar, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Einstein Bros, Bagels
Location: Arts and Architecture Building
Food: Bagels, sandwiches, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Hermitage Room
Location: UC top floor
Food: Fine dining
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hess Express Grocery
Location: Hess Hall
Food: Convenience, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
KFC Express
Location: Hess Hall
Food: Fried Chicken
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Mabel's Café
Location: McCord Hall
Food: American, Starbucks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Morrill Dining
Location: Morrill Hall
Food: Restaurant, buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
P.O.D. Market at Laurel Hall
Location: Laurel Hall
Food: Convenience
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Presidential Court Café
Location: Presidential Courtyard
Food: Pan Geos (pasta, Mediterranean), buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Rocky Top Café
Location: University Center
Food: Sbarro's, Quiznos, Burger King, Jump Asian, Fresh on the Go, Mayfield Ice Cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Sidebar Café
Location: Taylor Law School Building
Food: Starbucks, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: University Center
Food: Tortilla Fresca, Tennessee Subs, Woodstone's, The Squeeze, Take One!, It's a Toss Up!, World's Fare, and Smokey's Traditions
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Smoothie King
Location: Rec Sports Center
Food: Smoothies, sports drinks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sophie's Place
Location: Strong Hall
Food: Buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Sweet Tooth
Location: Presidential Courtyard
Food: Grocery, grab-n-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Varsity Inn
Location: Gibbs Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 170 responses

  • 15% Chik-fil-A underneath PCB
  • 12% Starbucks in Hodges Library
  • 12% Southern Kitchen
  • 10% Einstein's Bagels in Art and Architecture
  • 10% Any of the places in the UC
  • 7% PCB in Presidential Court
  • 7% Fields of Green in the UC
  • 6% Smokie's in the UC
  • 6% Dippers in Hess Hall
  • 5% POD Meal Equivalency
  • 4% Twister Taco in Brown Hall
  • 4% Rocky Top in the UC
  • 1% Panda express
  • 0% Raising Canes
  • 0% Dunkin' Donuts Under Vol Hall
  • 0% Any place on the strip
  • 0% Mables on the Ag Campus
  • 0% Raising Cane on the strip
  • 0% Mabel's Cafe
  • 0% Einstein's Bagels in Haslam Business Building

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 277 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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