University of Minnesota Twin Cities


In this edition of Campus Shout-Outs we will be taking a look at the University of Minnesota’s University Dining Services. The University of Minnesota has many dining halls to choose from, and all of them contain the same stations including a salad bar, grill, pizza, and pasta. Despite all these similarities, there is still one dining hall that is favored more than the rest.

This past year, 17th Ave. Residence Hall opened as the wave of incoming freshmen joined the University. 17th Ave. was constructed to add more living and dining space for students on campus. Many students prefer to eat at 17th Ave. because it offers more entrée options, as well as fresh produce.

Kristen Lee, class of 2017, points out, “I enjoy eating there because the portions are set out for us, and they are small controlled portions. The food they offer there provides a balanced meal, and the facility is also kept very clean.”

The dining hall has different food stations and entrees are prepared and plated for the students to grab. A whole meal could be created from the salad bar with the array of fresh vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, green peppers, carrots, and cucumbers. Protein options include chicken, shredded cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and chickpeas. Of course, a plethora of dressings are available to top off your salad but don’t overdo the dressing. Fruit, including melon, orange slices, grapes and grapefruit are also available. Options at other stations include penne topped with tomato sauce, stir-fry dishes and a variety of sandwiches and wraps stuffed with vegetables, tuna salad, or turkey and cheese. The burger and fries station is always an option as is the ubiquitous pizza station found in most college dining halls. Not the healthiest choices, but it’s fine to indulge every once in awhile.


Photo credit: UMN Morgan Harm; Salad Bar Melissa Heller


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