Don’t you sometimes get bored with the same old food in the dining hall? Sandwiches and pizza are awesome, but sometimes you crave a little more variety. Here are a few suggestions that will help you appreciate food from different countries:

1. Sushi


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Have you heard tour guides talk about it over and over again? Marist always brags about the dining hall’s sushi station and with good reason–sushi is a very popular dish nowadays, and it’s a nice addition to the somewhat boring dining hall food.

California rolls, vegetarian, and tuna sushi are offered, and it’s nice to get this variety in our food. My only complaint is that it would be nice to have some more tuna inside the tuna roll.

2. Stir Fry


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The dining hall labels one of the chefs’ stations as “International.” Delicious stir fry and noodles can be found there. The line for food is usually pretty long, but isn’t it cool that you can see the food being prepared in front of your eyes? Before you order takeout Chinese food, consider Marist’s “International” food station instead.

3. Fajitas

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This Mexican favorite is sure to form long lines at the serving station. Add some salsa, guacamole, or sour cream, and you have the perfect lunch. Too bad the dining hall doesn’t serve guacamole. It is time to petition for more avocado, am I right?

4. Belgian Waffles


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Thank you, Belgians, for inventing this breakfast delicacy. The dining hall offers you the chance to make your own waffle, with a variety of toppings. You can choose maple syrup or chocolate sauce, or if you want to opt for something healthier, you may choose fruits.

5. Tilapia Provençal

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I’m always happy when the dining hall has fish, and this dish is one of my favorite. It’s a welcome change from the poultry that is served 80% of the time. It combines tomatoes and spices with slightly salty tilapia fish to create a tangy and almost sweet flavor.

6. Chicken Masala


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Fans of Indian cuisine were thrilled to hear of this dining hall dish addition. This dish is popular all around the world, and it consists of curried chicken and rice.

7. General Tso’s Chicken

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Did you know that this dish wasn’t even invented in China? It was actually created in America by a Chinese chef. This dish is salty and it probably contains more than the recommended caloric intake, but who cares?

There are many other ethnic dishes that are included on the dining hall menu, but much less regularly. Some others are the Moroccan salad, Moussaka, Haitian salad, and Baklava. They also have soups such Italian wedding soup and French onion soup. All in all, I think the variety is not too bad (though the execution could sometimes be better).

If you don’t think international food at the dining hall is up to par, you should check out these other international foods: