When it comes to dining on campus, students have selection in locale, flavor and budget
By Chelsea Twiss
For those new to Eastern this fall, becoming familiar with all the dining locations at EWU can be an exciting experience. With great variety in its menus and venues, Eastern provides students with many ways to satisfy their appetites.
Each of the dining locations on campus accept student meal plans and Eagle Cards as a form of tender.
Baldy’s, located in the Pence Union Building (PUB), provides cafeteria style services and a variety of healthy meal options. This includes different meal specials every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Baldy’s also offers a salad bar, as well as other daily menu items.
The Roost puts a fun twist on dining at EWU. Resembling a sports-bar-and-grill atmosphere, The Roost gives diners a full view of the ice rink and cutting edge menu options. Personalized pizzas and sushi nights are just a few of the unique options the Roost has to offer. Located at the recreation center, this restaurant has always been a student favorite.
Swoop’s is a great place to grab lunch with your friends between classes. Students have many options here thanks to their versatile lunch menu. This includes soup bread bowls, monster burritos and a plethora of signature sandwich and burger options. Students dining at Swoop’s have the option to personalize and custom order many items found on the menu.
Main Street Dining at Tawanka Commons is yet another dining location at Eastern. Located on the second floor of Tawanka Hall, this particular location is set up so that students can use a variety of payment options to purchase an all-you-can-eat buffet style meal. Sunday Brunch, with it’s do-it-yourself waffles, made-to-order omelets, and hand-sliced meats, is something to look forward to all week.
Dining Services also offer three different espresso locations around campus. These java joints can be found on the first floor of the PUB, the main floor of the library and the Tawanka Bistro. The Bistro is a sit-down cafe where students can grab a bite of food to accompany their latte or smoothie.
The Eagle Express Mart, located in the PUB, as well as the Morris Street Market, located between the Morrison and Streeter residence halls, are the two store locations on campus available for students to purchase packaged food. Whether students are grocery shopping, stock piling or just grabbing something to nibble on, both markets provide the option of carry out.
Eastern also strives to cater to the unique dietary needs of its student body. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available around campus. Kirsten Bettcher, Dining Assistant Director of Business Services, reports that each eating location on campus provides these special dietary menus.
“We’re always looking for that next trend … because those diets do exist on campus.” Bettcher said.
According to Bettcher, the Roost offers gluten-free pasta, as well as a gluten-free pizza crust. At Baldy’s and Tawanka, signs picturing a carrot signify whether certain dishes are vegetarian friendly. The Eagle Express Mart offers an entire refrigerator full of gluten-free meal options. Bettcher also points out that if these special dietary options are not openly displayed, a manager will always be available for inquiring students.
According to Paul Kile, Assistant Director of Dining Services, Dining Services is offering a meeting for students with special dietary needs to express their opinions and make requests. Requests can be made with himself and other managers on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The time and location has yet to be announced.