If you live in the Central Neighborhood, you’ll most likely end up in Wright Food Court once or twice (or if you’re like me, everyday!) While gorging yourself on pizza and fries sounds awesome, after the first few weeks of college you’ll be hungry for some new meal ideas, as well as healthier alternatives.
This simple guide will explain every food station, also known as a “concept,” that is available in Wright Quad, as well as provide the most popular item and a healthy alternative.
Crimson Creations – Your go-to for smoothies, coffee, and sweet treats. Baked goods are available here, both dessert and breakfast pastries.
Most popular item(s): Cinnamon sticky bun and donuts
Healthy alternative: Whole grain bagel with peanut butter and honey
Mesa Mexicana – American-Mexican cuisine
Most popular item: Burrito – flour wrap with beef, rice, cheese, salsa, and sour cream
Healthy alternative: Taco salad – lettuce, tomato, corn salsa, chicken and guacamole
Amore Ristorante – Everything Italian including pizza (deep dish and regular), pasta, and salad
Most popular item: Chicken breast and pasta with pesto alfredo and a garlic breadstick
Healthy alternative: Chicken breast and pasta with marinara and a Caesar salad
Charley Biggs – They have all kinds of chicken and side dishes including mac and cheese, potato wedges, mashed potatoes, biscuits, corn, and carrots.
Most popular item: Spicy chicken wrap with lettuce, tomato, and ranch
Healthy alternative: Rotisserie chicken with carrots and corn
Flamingo Grill – Serves all of your breakfast needs (pancakes, sausage, French toast, hash browns, bacon, waffles, eggs, omelets, etc) and made-to-order sandwiches (burgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, etc)
Most popular item: A breakfast buddy with egg, sausage, and cheese on a bagel
Healthy alternative: A breakfast buddy with egg and turkey on an English muffin
(Pro-tip: breakfast is available all day you just have to special order it after 11am!)
Erbert and Gerbert Sandwiches – Also known as E&G, this concept makes gourmet sandwiches on fresh baked bread. They have a wide variety of soups, too.
Most popular item: The Vesuvius – oven baked BBQ chicken, pepper jack cheese, banana peppers, and onion on French bread
Healthy alternative: The Narmer – turkey, tomato, avocado, and lettuce on whole wheat bread
Pacific Rim Asian Cuisine – This is not a concept you want to visit if you’re in a hurry! The food takes time to prepare (about ten minutes on average), but that’s because it is fresh! You can choose your protein, veggies, and rice.
Most popular item: Breaded chicken with broccoli with stir fry rice and teriyaki sauce
Healthy alternative: Grilled chicken with broccoli with brown rice and chili garlic sauce
Classic Comforts – The main entrée and side dishes will rotate each week, which is always a nice surprise.
Most popular item(s): Grilled Chicken breast with mashed potatoes and macaroni & cheese.
Healthy alternative: Grilled chicken breast with wild rice and cooked vegetables.
Salad/Soup/Fruit/Potato Bar – the name is pretty self-explanatory. The salad bar offers a wide variety of toppings and salad dressings. The soup rotates every day, some days it will be chicken noodle, other days it will be chili, and so on. The potato bar offers both baked regular and sweet potatoes with toppings.
Remember, there are other food options available for purchase, such as pre-wrapped sandwiches and fruit/veggie cups (labeled as Good2Go for a meal on the run), chips, granola bars, assorted whole fruits (mainly apples, bananas, and oranges), yogurts, and a plethora of bottled beverages.
Did You Know…
Every IU student receives a FREE 30-minute nutrition session once a semester with a registered dietitian? To make an appointment, call (812)-855-7338.
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