Cornell Dining: 29 Eateries and Endless Options

This week, junior Dylan Van Duyne discusses part of the reason he loves Cornell so much: the food. For those of you who are visiting campus and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the variety of options for finding a meal or a snack on campus, here are 10 recommendations for the best items and the best places to eat!

By: Dylan Van Duyne ’18

Cornell University was recently ranked #3 in the country by the Princeton Review for college dining, and with 29 on-campus eateries, there is unbeatable quality and diversity of food on campus. Here are just some of my recommendations:

  1. Open Face Salmon Club and the Tofu Sandwich from Café JennieCafé Jennie, located at the top level of the Cornell Store, has some of the best ambiance on campus. It’s home to an affordable and delicious salmon sandwich (which is certainly hard to find anywhere else on campus!), and its new tofu sandwich addition is a solid vegetarian option as well.

    Café Jennie

    Café Jennie

  2. Salad and Pasta from Atrium Café: Prepare for leftovers! Atrium Café, located in Sage Hall, offers one of the best deals on campus. You’re sure to be very full after you’re done with either of these meals!
  3. Chicken Panini from Goldie’s Café: This sandwich has it all: pesto, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, and roasted tomato on crispy warm Panini. Yum!
  4. Pollo Loco from Cornell Dairy BarIf you’re out by the Dairy Bar, consider picking up this sandwich along you’re your ice cream! It’s got chicken, cheese, chipotle garlic aioli, and cole slaw on ciabatta bread.
  5. Chicken Quesadilla from Trillium CaféIn what is undoubtedly the busiest café on campus, the quesadilla line is one of the shorter waits. Trillium is located in Kennedy Hall, just below one of the newly opened eHub collaborative spaces.
  6. Panera Mac & Cheese from Libe CaféFor all of the students spending late nights in Olin Library, especially during finals, the recent addition of the mac and cheese has been a real game changer.
  7. Egg Sandwich from Temple of ZeusTemple of Zeus offers the best egg sandwich I’ve ever had, hands down! This space, located in newly finished Klarman Hall, is a great spot to camp out and study while enjoying a meal with friends.

    Temple of Zeus

    Temple of Zeus

  8. Fresh Fruit Smoothie from Mac’s CaféMac’s Café in the Statler Hotel makes the best smoothies on campus by far!
  9. Sunday Brunch at Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC)Dim sum + pancake bar + breakfast sandwiches = everything a freshman (or a nostalgic upperclassman) could ever wish for from a brunch. If you’re on campus visiting and want to experience a dining hall over the weekend, I suggest you get there early to beat the rush for the dim sum line!
  10. Taco Tuesday at Flora Rose HouseIf you’re on West Campus exploring upperclassmen housing, try Rose House’s Taco Tuesday offerings – it’s the best dinner option for anyone on West Campus!

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