Commuter Crossing: Cheap campus eats

CommuterCrossing-nameNo meal plan, no problem! There are plenty of places on campus for a commuter on the go to get cheap, tasty food.

One of the most overlooked eateries on campus is The Owl’s Nest. It is located on the first floor of the Student Center behind the information desk. The Owl’s Nest is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It accepts Dining Dollars, Boro Bucks, cash and credit cards. It is the only place on campus that accepts credit cards.

The Owl’s Nest offers salads and omelets for $5 and soups for $2. It also offers a buffet Tuesday through Thursday. Although the buffet is a few dollars more, the food is definitely worth it. The buffet menu changes daily. It offers take-out and all of the Owl’s Nest’s daily specials online.

If you want something a little more traditional, try Prof’s Place or The Smokehouse. Both eateries are located on the bottom floor of the Student Center. The Smokehouse is located in the food court and is open Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Prof’s Place is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Both places accept Dining Dollars, Boro Bucks and cash.

The Smokehouse’s sides menu changes daily, but a common item like macaroni and cheese, is offered in two sizes: as a side and as a meal. The meal size is very filling and only costs $2.50.

Prof’s Place includes Yella’s Grill and Deli. You can order blueberry, chocolate chip or plain pancakes for about $4 at the grill, in addition to meals like burgers and cheesesteaks. The deli has different made-to-order sandwiches for about $5.50 and $1 more pays for a combo, which includes a drink and chips.

Several buildings on campus, such as Robinson and James Hall, have small eateries for quick bites in between classes. You can grab items like a bagel with cream cheese, fruit and granola parfaits and scones.

If you’re a commuter student on a tight budget, Rowan has numerous dining options to meet your needs. So next time you have five bucks and are looking for something to eat, you have lots of places from which to choose.

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