By Katie Cross, GMM reporter

Out with the old, in with the new. As sophomores and upperclassmen mourn the loss of Dobbs, freshmen gladly open their arms to the new dining hall, Southwest. Connected to New Hall, Southwest dining hall opened for the 2017-2018 school year. Unlike the traditional buffet style of most dining halls, Southwest is comprised of multiple restaurant style options. Ranging from Olive and Oil’s gourmet noodles to 1839 Kitchen’s comfort food; the six restaurants available offer something for everyone.

Upon walking in, you’ll see one of the first restaurants in Truffles, a little café grab and go type place. In a hurry? No worries, Truffles is the perfect place to pick up a quick parfait or bagel. One of its biggest attractions is its smoothies, offered in a variety of flavors, the smoothies are a nice refresher during these hot months at the beginning of the school year. The best part of it all is that it accepts swipes, so there is no need to break the bank in order to grab a snack on the fly.

For a more traditional meal, Southwest has five other options including Olive & Oil. Olive & Oil is a mediterranean style noodle bar. Students can choose from a range of noodles, sauces and toppings to create his or her own perfect pasta dish. The sauces, which include alfredo or traditional marinara, are homemade each day to keep the fresh essence alive. Olive & Oil is meant to provide students with a lighter or healthier food option. Although the line can often be lengthy, that just attests to its greatness.

Another popular restaurant option is 1839 Kitchen, which focuses on good old comfort food. For students looking for a home cooked meal, this is the place. Often serving some type of meat, such a rotisserie chicken, accompanied by mashed potatoes and cooked vegetables, 1839 Kitchen is keeping to the dinner classics. 1839 Kitchen does not just do lunch and dinner though, they are cooking up breakfast most mornings too. One of the most popular options is their homemade oatmeal which students can customize with a variety of toppings.

A dining hall could not be complete without a grill. Southwest offers Legacy Grill which is known for its hamburgers, chicken patties and french fries alike. Legacy is not restricted to just the American classics though, they also serve nachos and quesadillas as well, providing a wide variety of options. For students that are not feeling too adventurous, this is a good option.

On the other hand, students that want to be rather healthy will enjoy 1+5+3 Soups and Salads. 1+5+3 Soups and Salads specializes in accommodating students with specific health needs such as vegetarianism or veganism. Students who wish to take a break from the grease of everyday dining hall food can find refuge here. All their soups are handcrafted and their salads are customizable to meet anyone’s needs. This is a good way to have a healthy, yet tasty meal.

Lastly, Southwest offers Tiger Deli, a Philly-style sandwich station. Their sandwiches are premade and are always served hot. Students can customize what toppings they would like on their sandwich. Sandwich lovers will love the gourmet subs through and through. Tiger Deli turns a lunchtime classic into something scrumptious.

Students that have not eaten at Southwest should try it out. With plenty of options, it is sure to please. In my opinion, anyone with a dining hall meal plan lucked out in a big way this year.

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