Without The Café on the main campus as part of the Iowa Hall renovation project, students no longer have as many options when dining on campus. Currently, on-campus food options include the dining area in Linn Hall, food items the bookstore offers and vending machines. Haley Breeden, Liberal Arts, said, “I don’t eat on campus but I’m told it tastes great… and it smells great.”
Some students have not yet adjusted to the change. Joy Kleveland, community sponsor of the international Christian outreach ministry group The Navigators, said, “I think the new options are difficult to find. It’s not always clear where you can find lunch options and it seems kind of limited.”
Outside The Café hours, there are off-campus food options within walking distance.
Located next to Discount Textbooks is Pancheros Mexican Grill. Pancheros primarily sells burritos and burrito bowls but offers complete customization to the customer. Recently the Pancheros near Kirkwood has started to offer a delivery service however there is a $15 purchase requirement.
Two more options are Jimmy Johns and Subway. Both food chains are sandwich-based yet have some key differences. One difference is that Jimmy Johns delivers and Subway does not.
For a final dining option near campus, there is Paul Revere’s Pizza. While most name brand pizza restaurants do deliver to Kirkwood, Paul Revere’s is the only pizzeria located within walking distance to Kirkwood.
The menu offers not only pizza but also pasta options and if dining for one, a person can buy by the slice. Breeden said, “They always have the food ready when they say they will. Also, always ask for extra parmesan.”
However, even with these dining options, some students such as Jeanine Hardaway, nursing, said she still finds dining options off-campus “are limited as well.”
There are still even more dining options through delivery services and apps like GrubHub. However, depending on the company, delivery fees can cost upwards of $10.