A&Eats: Creative food options on campus

We all know the feeling. You’re sitting in the library, famished after working on homework all afternoon. You check out the Stav Hall menu hoping, just hoping, that you’ll see the mythical mac and cheese making its once-a-semester appearance. You’re out of luck. Grains has some sort of tagine again and something called a Messy Mike (whatever that means), but fear not! There are several caf creations and heightened-yellow-alert-safe delivery options that can satiate your hunger for food without having to step off campus!


Yes, Oles, DoorDash has arrived in Northfield! Although the pickings are slim, you can get McDonald’s or Taco Bell delivered right to your door! Also, the inflated delivery charges make McNuggets taste so much better.

Gran Plaza

Craving a delicious burrito that’s  not from the tortilla line? How about some guacamole? Well, Gran Plaza in Northfield is the place for you! Gran Plaza has an efficient delivery system to bring enchiladas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas and whatever else your heart — or stomach — desires right to the Hill. Oh, and before you ask, yes, they do give you free chips and salsa.

James Gang

Cage not quite cutting it for you? Or maybe you just ran out of flex dollars? James Gang Coffee House in Northfield is here to soothe all your caffeine cravings! Coffee, smoothies, breakfast pastries, paninis, salads and even fresh fruit cups are all on the delivery menu just waiting to be summoned. The Coffee House has a specific ordering system just for St. Olaf students, so make sure to check out the website before placing your order.

Caf creations

Have you tried a smashed chickpea sandwich? How about peanut noodles? Or a greek yogurt bowl? These caf creations might not hit the spot like slightly lukewarm McDonald’s in a bag, but they can still expand your horizons. For the chickpea sandwich, take chickpeas from the salad bar, smash with mayonnaise and balsamic vinegar and place between two pieces of toasted bread with plenty of lettuce and cucumber. Think chicken salad sandwich, but make it vegetarian. For the peanut sauce, mix all natural peanut butter, soy sauce and sriracha together to make a delicious condiment to top any chicken, sandwich or noodle dish! And finally, greek yogurt, honey and your favorite cereal make for a crunchy and substantive dessert.

Hopefully, we can all get back to seeing Chipotle bags stuffed in  the res hall garbage cans soon, but for now, it’s worth acting creatively and checking out some local options to keep our campus community safe.


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