- Grinnell has one dining hall for all of campus. It’s centrally located and is a social hub for students.
- Students share tips about where to sit and how to meet up with friends for meals.
- With many different food stations, like sandwiches, pasta, stir fry, halal, and vegan, students have multiple options. Students share their favorites—like the Carmelita bars.
- And don’t forget to check out the spice rack so that you can kick up the spice however you want!
Your Dining Options
We just have one dining hall on campus, which a lot of people are really surprised to hear, because there are some places that have like 12, or more dining halls. But I really liked that I think it's really fun. The dining hall is absolutely a social hub. I think that's definitely one place that you see a very good portion of campus at once. And so I know that I'm always running into people while I'm there and saying hi to everyone. You can go to brunch on a Saturday by yourself, and then suddenly, all of your friends are also at brunch, and then you just have plans for the rest of the weekend. So I really enjoy just having one dining hall. I really characterize the D-hall as being a place I can meet with my friends, talk to them laugh with them, rather than the food, the food is there. But then just that space is kind of quite freeing. But also if like you are with like a couple other people and you want like a more private setting, or whatever, there's also this space in the back with a booth that I like go into sometimes too. So I think kind of depending on what kind of mood you're in. Maybe a little bit more social, a bit less social or something. There's always like a space to go in the dining hall that feels like a nice kind of community. I think my biggest strategy would be to pick a table, and then you and your friends just always sit at around that table. Because it's so easy. There is you know, a lot of people in the dining hall. And so sometimes it's hard to find your friends. And so if you can just walk in right away and be like, Oh, look, there's already three people at our table. And it's really easy to find people that way. I like to eat dinner early. I think it's a little bit quieter when you first get in. And then-- I think you can find a seat and then everyone will start to join. I enjoy that a lot. The architect who designed the D Hall, I think originally planned it to kind of flow a little bit like a river. And so when you walk in there different stations, and you can kind of go through them a little bit. And then it opens up into the larger seating area. And then also there's a branch that goes upstairs. And so I think it kind of circulates a little bit. I never had the river thing before. But that makes a lot of sense. You do walk in and then on your left, you have one station on the right, there's another station you keep walking through. And there's the options like there's, you know, a very clear path that you can follow. There's some things that are open every day like the sandwiches, the pasta, you can get that on a daily basis as well as burgers, pizza. And we have other options for like people who are vegan in our whole all, gluten free options as well. Yeah, I like the food in the dining hall. There's also a lot of different stations that are open. And so there's a lot of different choices. Oh, there's really something that everyone can enjoy. And don't forget about the stir fry [INAUDIBLE]. That's the key. The line, it's worth the wait-- it's worth the wait. I'm a big fan of breakfast. Not many people go to breakfast, but that's my favorite meal of the day at the dining hall. A big eggs guy. I worked at the saute station, which is the basically like the pasta bar. And after making so many people's pasta, I basically cracked the code on the perfect recipe for me, which is to go to the spice rack. The spice rack severely underused. People sleep on love spice rack. The amount of people that are like this could use a little kick of something, and then just complain about it. When am I there was a whole wall of just spices. Put that in your food, it'' taste so much better. I know my favorite thing to do with the spices is I'll get like a bowl and I'll put like olive oil in , and then I'll put like spices in it like-- I'll put the Cajun seasoning, I'll put like chili powder--it's like so good. It tastes so good. I also think the Carmelita bars are the best dessert in the dining hall. That's like not many people, like a lot of people sleep on Carmelita bars. I don't think you should-- People really sleep on the soups in the dining hall. And I think that's a serious mistake. It's like five or six of them that are like absolutely stellar. And really get left alone. So yeah, no question. It's got to be the soups. I think I think it's the yogurt-- Yeah, I do. I eat this literally every single day sometimes, like every single meal is to take the yogurt or have a little bit of granola and some peanut butter, and then sometimes a banana along with it. So that's that's like my go to meal if I'd like don't know what to eat, but I get by-- literally all the time, like I highly suggest it.
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