The Campus Epicurean April 20 - 26

If you have a tasty dining hall recipe, send it to and it will be featured it in this column (You will receive credit as the creator of your dish, of course). There are weekend mornings when I wake up and roll over to squint at the clock, only to groan after realizing that I have just missed brunch.  Almost every CMC student is bound to find him or herself in this same situation.  So, in the spirit of minimizing the decision-making that your groggy brain would have to deal with, here is some crisis preparedness training for just such a moment:

Let's pretend you just woke up and think you've missed brunch.  What should you do?

Step 1: Have you really missed brunch?

Collins may close at 12:30, but other dining halls offer more reasonable brunch hours.  Mudd closes at 12:45 and Frary closes at 1:00.  If you wake up at 12:31, not all is lost.

Step 2: Ok, so you really have missed brunch.  What now?

If you have woken up after 1:00pm, you can still get food.  Here are the two questions to ask yourself: Do I want to pay for my food with flex or cash?  Can I make it down to the village?brunch01

Flex Options:

The Coop opens at noon on weekends and is your best bet for getting a filling meal on campus after the dining halls close.  The Coop can make amazing sandwiches if you customize them properly.  If you are unsure how to order a sandwich, follow the helpful guide taped to the counter.  Be sure to remember that you can have your bread toasted and your meat grilled.  You can also ask for avocado and/or bacon.  Here is my personal favorite: Sourdough bread (toasted) with turkey (grilled), swiss cheese, avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise and mustard.

The Grove House also opens at noon on weekends.  You can get cookies, bagels, coffee, juice, tea and lemonade there.  The Motley opens at 11 on weekends and offers similar fare.

Real Money Options:

If you feel like transporting yourself to the village for a late brunch, you have a plethora of options to choose from.  For a reasonably priced, diner-style brunch, try my personal favorite: The Village Grill (on Yale and 2nd).  For a bagel sandwich, try 42nd Street Bagel (also on Yale, next to Rhino Records).  If you want to shell out some serious cash, try Le Pain Quotidien (next to the movie theater) or Walters (on Yale between Bonita and 4th).  These are only a sampling of the options in the village.

And now, on to the menus for the week:


Start your week off at Scripps on Monday with a Crispy BLT Chicken Sandwich from the Grille, or eat healthy at the Caesar Salad Bar.

If Scripps seems too far away, you can meander over to Collins for a Turkey Club from the Expo and Beef Nachos at the Options.  Gyros will be available at the Grill.


Calling all those with avidly adventurous appetites, Collins is serving "Crepe Expectation- Prawn Crepe and Tofu Crepe" this Tuesday.  While it seems overwhelmingly likely that these will be gross, not to mention the Collins menu could be lying about the crepe flavors, there is a chance, however minute, that prawn and tofu crepes could be so strange that they actually work (I mean, theoretically one of the Collins dining hall staff has tried these and liked them enough to actually serve them).  Those of you brave (or daft) enough to eat outside the box can join me at Collins.  Collins will also be serving Philly Cheese Steaks.

Alternatively, if the thought of prawn crepes turn your stomach, you can go to Frary for Taco/Burrito/Quesadilla Tuesday.


Wednesday features a much more conventional set of dining options: dueling Japanese nights.  Head to Collins for the best Sushi on the 5C's or venture to Frary for Teryaki Chicken, Shrimp Tempura, Sticky Rice and Sushi.


This Thursday Collins will be serving its tasty Southwest Chicken Wrap at the Expo, "Taste of Europe- Spaghetti al Ranceto" at the Expo (which could be good, the fact that it could be plausibly mistranslated "Rancid Spaghetti" notwithstanding).  The At Home will feature Meatloaf and Chicken & Penne Casserole.  Put a piece or two of Collins meatloaf between two slices of bread with lettuce tomatoes and mayonnaise for a nice meatloaf sandwich.  The chicken casserole might seem uninspiring, but casseroles are a traditional strong suit for dining halls and cafeterias and Collins is no exception.

If none of the above sounds appetizing, try Mudd's Burrito Bar or Scripps's Red Curry Stir-fry Pork.


Mudd is really knocking this Friday out of the park with Individual Pizza's, Carne Asada Tacos, Chicken Tenders, and Clam Chowder.

If you don't want to go to Mudd, try Scripps for their sushi night.


This Saturday, Scripps takes the cake (or should I say the steak).  Scripps will be offering Steaks Cooked to Order as well as Chipotle & Cheese Quesadillas.


Beat the crowds up to Mudd on Sunday for Steaks Cooked to Order, Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp, Corn on the Cob and a Baked Potato Bar. Go early rather than late.  Few people get motivated enough to go to dinner right as the dining hall opens.

Frary has also started to cook steaks to order, but their steak is rather disappointing.  Last Sunday they had a great Chicken Wrap, but it remains to be seen what they will offer this Sunday.

Pitzer always has great Macaroni and Cheese for those who are tired of dining hall steak.

That's all for this week.  Thank you for reading!