Having to eat lunch in between classes makes fast-food options, like Chick-Fil-A at the Hub, convenient for time, your empty stomach, and of course, your wallet. But if you’re tired of food from the chain restaurants and dining halls, check out these four hidden on-campus places to grab some lunch.
Some of you might be scratching your heads right now, thinking “where the heck is this?” I’ll give you a hint: art. This hidden cafe is located on the lower level of the Harn Museum of Art.
You can find a decent selection of salads, soups and sandwiches to go along with the fantastic pieces of art. While you’re already feeling a bit classy and fancy for visiting an art museum, the menu includes a few savory dishes as well, including the beloved baked brie. Even if you’re only visiting because of that one Good Life assignment, at least take the trip during lunch time so you can check out the food while you’re there. Plus, there’s even meal plan options. No excuses.
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The Reitz has pretty much everything: Panda Express, Starbucks, Subway, Pollo Tropical, a buffet …wait a sec, a buffet?
You read that right – the Arredondo Cafe can be found on the fourth floor of the Reitz. The menu changes up its soups and entrees every day and can be found up to two weeks in advance on the Gator Dining Services website (just in case you like to plan ahead).
It’s only open for limited hours during lunch on weekdays, but if you have time and an empty stomach, take a table by the window for a great view of campus and dig in.
Discover this cafe at the brand-new Heavener Hall of the business school if you haven’t already. Even though it’s technically part of a franchise, this location is only one of two in Florida. The cafe has plenty of salads, wraps and sandwiches to choose from. Special diets aren’t ignored either, as vegan and gluten-free options are provided. You don’t have to be a business major to see a high return on investment (ROI). Basically, everything on the menu is under $7, so you can certainly get your money’s worth.
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Alright, so maybe it’s not hidden, but Krishna Lunch will always be there for you, rain or shine, with its dependable weekly menu at the Plaza of Americas.
Its vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food shouldn’t scare any meat lovers. On Wednesdays, they serve spaghetti with tofu, which is a popular day for most people. Plus, the almond salad dressing will actually make you want to eat more salad.
Its $5 price is an absolute bargain. Pro tip: go back in line for no extra charge and help yourself to seconds …or thirds-we don’t judge.
Check out these nearby off-campus lunch hot spots. Let’s be honest, since they’re only steps away, they might as well be on-campus: