Hello fellow lions, and welcome back to my blog!
This week I went to the Pollock Dining Commons and spent time investigating and trying different foods.
Walking in, you see a list saying that they have a special everyday from food all around the world. A promising start for our variety check box already! For breakfast, they tend to have an omelet station, a waffle station, multiple kinds of eggs, some sort of potato and various baked goods. Occasionally they will have things like bacon, sausage and pancakes. For dinner they tend to have very similar, if not the same, things that they had for lunch. The food from around the world selections were always interesting, though, and was usually the entre that I would choose.
The selections in this dining hall can be healthy, since they do serve things like fruits and vegetables, grilled chicken, and a salad bar. However, they do have a lot of greasy foods like French fries, burgers, hot dogs and pizza. The main entre, which during lunch especially tends to be a burger or something along those lines, which is really not all that healthy. With all that said, it is possible for someone to eat healthy in this dining commons, but they must make the conscious choice to do so.
Taste: to be honest, I didn’t always really like everything I ate. I personally am not a huge fan of cheese, and I found many things that I got to have and excess on it. On the other hand, there were many things that I did like, and many of my friends did enjoy their meals.
While walking around, I did find a gluten free section that had a couple of things like muffins and microwaveable meals. I did not seem to find a kosher, or any other dietary needs sections. Another good thing that I had found that pertained to dietary needs was that on the signs which stated the names of the food they had allergy awareness symbols. As someone with a peanut allergy, I found this to be really helpful.
Throughout the week I went to the Pollock Dining Commons many different times, with different amounts of people each time. No matter how many people we brought, we were always able to find a seat that would fit us all. The chairs and tables in a lot of the seating sections can be moved around to make more room for more people. The most people that I went with to the Dining Commons was 8, and it was not a problem. That being said, it is probably a better idea to go to the Pollock Dining Commons at a time when it is not that crowded if you want to bring a large party, since, depending on the size of your party, you may need multiple tables.
A special thing that I noticed, which may occur in the other dining commons, but as I have not been there yet I am unsure, is that some of the seating areas were themed. Some examples of these themes include a comic book section and a music section.
I hope you found this helpful in selecting your location of your next meal!