honest advice from honestly nice people
By David Humphrey
Hello there. If you’re reading this, you may have already read numerous articles on the Baylor Bound blog. You also may not have. Either way, I can guarantee you that this is the most important blog post that has ever been written on this website.
Food is life. To quote the late, great poet Sir Edgar Allen Poe, “If it weren’t for good food, I would have died of tuberculosis much sooner”. He actually said that. Alright, enough pleasant introductory exposition. I’m here to tell you about what Baylor has to offer in on-campus dining. There are some great treasures, and some great displeasures. I shall now attempt to walk you through them. Our first destination is-
"1845 at Memorial"
Codename: Memo. That’s right, “meme-oh”. Don’t call it “meh-mo”, like the thing that you write to co-workers, and definitely don’t call it 1845. Either way you’ll sound pretentious and wrong.
Overall: The name of the game at Memo is consistency. They have your standard options: grill station, sandwich station, homestyle station, etc. What you get from Memo is a trustworthy promise that no matter what day you go or what time of day it is, you are more or less going to experience the same fairly-decent eating experience. Memo is a great dining hall that you can always have in your back-pocket as a go-to lunch spot, but over time you may grow bored or tired of the food options offered.
Upside: Extremely easy to get to. Flying saucers and Taco Bowl Wednesdays are a must-try. Memo is the only Dining Hall to offer goldfish on their salad bar, and, of course, you must eat copious amounts of Ms. Mei’s cookies every week in order to be an official Baylor student.
Weakness: Beware of the yellow cheese-like substance served at the end of the flying saucer line. This is not queso. I repeat, THIS IS NOT QUESO. After eating here for a while, you become vastly disillusioned with the dining hall and will eventually turn into Jay Gatsby bemoaning himself in regards to chasing the American Dream.
Pizza Ranking: 4th. There is definite room for improvement. Times change, but if the pizza at Memo stays as consistent as the rest of their options, I will not be loading up on it any time soon.
Codename: P-Nasty, P-Classy, P-whatever you want to call it.
Overall: This dining hall gets a bad rep, which is sometimes warranted, but not always. Yes, there will be times when you walk into this dining hall and the quantity and quality of food will be disappointing (I’m looking at you, Sunday Brunch). However, I have found that on numerous occasions this Dining Hall proves to have some of the greatest variety and delectable foods that Baylor has to offer. Take a chance and venture out for lunch here, especially on weeks where large school groups are visiting. P-Nasty knows how to serve a good meal.
Upside: Late Night is a great solution for students to get their fill on food from 8-midnight. This Dining Hall has the greatest dessert variety, and special occasion food days like Wing Wednesday and Angus Burger Tuesday are always good. Also, chimichangas and half decent Queso.
Weakness: Penland suffers from consistency problems. Avoid at all costs on weekends, and when attending Late Night, don’t keep your expectations too high. Food is food.
Pizza Ranking: Second. It can be kind of hit-or-miss here, but when Penland is bowling 300, you know that the pizza is gonna be great as well.
"Brooks Great Hall"
Codename: Just Brooks. Also “Oh yeah, I forgot about that place.”
Overall: The smallest dining hall on Baylor’s campus, Brooks is often overlooked by many students as they hustle to and fro during the school day. The greatest thing Brooks has going for it is its aesthetic quality, because who doesn't want to eat in a place designed after Hogwarts’ Great Hall? Beyond that, the variety at Brooks is slim, and the quality is nothing to write home about. Still, a very convenient and nice place to eat for those living in Brooks College, Brooks Flats or Kokernot.
Upside: Only dining hall with an ice cream cooler, and has a wide variety of fruits for Friday breakfast. Big long tables and quiet atmosphere make it a great place to meet over lunch or dinner with a group of friends.
Weakness: Hard to get to, as you have to walk in and out of the Brooks arch in order to enter the dining hall. Very consistent, which can turn out to be a drawback for those who eat there often.
Pizza ranking: Third. Better than Memo, but not by much.
"East Village Dining Commons"
Codename: East Village, EVDC, or that place next to the business school.
Overall: All of Baylor’s Dining Halls are generally new, but in my opinion, East Village feels like it’s the newest. Its multi-story set-up with numerous indoor and outdoor dining areas make it an interesting place to go eat with a group of friends. The food itself is above par (or under par, if you’re someone who understands how Golf works), and they have certain special menu items that are particularly noteworthy.
Upside: QUESADILLA MONDAY. I didn’t know this existed until second semester of my Freshman year, and I regret the months that I spent living in ignorance. Also, high quality Sunday Dinner is a good option amidst a sea of unsettling weekend meals around campus.
Weakness: Sort of far away from many of the living areas. Minimal options in grill area, and wide variety of foods can be unpredictable from day to day. Weakest dessert option on campus. Also sometimes they run out of guac, which is sad, but better to have guac’d and lost than never to have guac’d at all.
Pizza ranking: First. I don’t know how they do it, but I’ve never walked away disappointed from a piece of East Village pizza. Load up on that parmesan and you’re good to go.
Well there you have it folks. The official guide to eating on campus at Baylor. Are there other places to eat on campus? Yes. Do I care enough to write about those? No. You’ve had Chick-Fil-A before, you know what to expect. All in all, Baylor’s on-campus dining is pretty great, and I hope that you go out and make your own opinions about all of the places I just talked about. Just know that mine are better than yours.
Please let me know of any questions, comments, or grievances you have with me. I may come off as arrogant in this article, but I’m actually a pretty chill dude and I’d love to answer any questions or talk with any of you about Baylor food or life in general. Just go to the contact page up at the top and we’ll get in touch.
Thank you for reading, and I wish you good eating. Sic ’em Bears!
David is a Sophomore University Scholar who loves singing, memes, and talking about himself in the third person. He will be working as a Peer Leader in the Fall, and is very excited to help students as they are making their adjustment to college. He’s also pretty funny (or so I’ve heard) and he’d love to talk with you or answer any questions you have about Baylor.