In House Eats: Lunch on Campus

Fork in the Road

Are you looking for a tasty bite to eat? Do you detest the lengthy walk from the west side of campus to the SUB? Well, then MSU has the place for you: Fork in the Road — a.k.a. “that food truck by Montana Hall.” If you haven’t checked it out already, put it on your “before I graduate” bucket list. Though the menu options are limited, what Fork in the Road does serve is incredibly delicious. If you’re looking to indulge, check out their hearty Cubano sandwich, loaded with slow-roasted pork, ham, cheese, pickles and a garlic sauce. Other stand-outs include their Slider Duo — two miniature cheeseburgers served with your choice of toppings — and their delectable chicken skewers. Fork in the Road’s prices are as reasonable as its portions, so you’ll definitely feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. It’s also the perfect place to grab some food if you like eating outside — take advantage of it before campus freezes over.

Fork in the Road moves around campus and has variable hours, but is usually in front of Montana Hall for lunch 11 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Check facebook.com/MSUFork for location and hours updates.

 

Avogadro’s Number

My Tuesdays are hectic. I’m stranded on campus from 1 – 9 p.m. Due to this, and the fact that I live off campus, I get hungry. While I could be a go-getter and pack a lunch, my brain always seems to neglect that as an option. This makes me eat somewhere on campus or starve. Given that I have at least forty years of life left (hopefully), I choose not to starve. To ease my inevitable starvation, I usually choose to eat at Avogadro’s Number.

If you don’t know where Avogadro’s is, it’s in the space between the Procrastinator Theatre and the Union Market. In my humble opinion, Avogadro’s has the best food on campus. They serve primarily wraps and sandwiches, but they also have a small pre-made section where you can buy something quick and get on your way. It’s also affordable — all of their sandwiches and wraps are around $6, and they have a wide selection of drink choices. I usually spend about $9 to get a wrap, drink and some snack food. While most of the campus food tends to be greasy, Avogadro’s tends to be good for you. I would recommend Avogadro’s to anyone who is looking for a quick, affordable bite to eat.

Monday –Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m.

 

Sola Cafe

With the opening of Jabs Hall came a new and interesting dining option on the MSU campus, and unlike every other dining locale, this one is forcing us into the 21st century with online pre-orders and in-person iPad ordering. There aren’t any signs to let you know, so just stand around awkwardly until you figure this out, then finally step up to the Ipad and place your order, no human interaction necessary.

However, once you get through the actual ordering, you have found yourself at possibly the best dining option available on campus. With the exception of the beverage and coffee menu, the mini Sola Café does not have every item the Sola at the corner of Kagy Boulevard and Willson Street has, but they’ve chosen the most delicious, quick food items to satisfy college students on the go.

Open every weekday at 7:30 a.m., the mini restaurant serves breakfast until 3 p.m. which makes it not only one of the few breakfast locations on campus, but also the latest breakfast option. Cold lunch items — wraps, cold sandwiches and the salad bar — are available all day and hot lunch items are served until 3 p.m. They also provide catering for meetings and cakes of all kinds as long as the order is placed two days in advance.

In classic Sola fashion, the bagels (which can be served with cream cheese or in a deliciously prepared bagel sandwich) are made fresh by their bakery, along with all the pastry items. There’s a mini version of the café’s iced tea bar along with their famous and delectable grass-fed beef chili.

If you can make it down to Jabs Hall do it; the mini Sola Café is not to be missed. Just don’t waste too much time trying to use the iPads; you can always ask the employees for help. Online orders can be placed at solacafe.com.

Monday – Friday  7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Union Market

The Union Market has three main food locations, as well as a smattering of other miscellaneous food options. The most well-known vendor is the Union Market Grill. Nothing unusual or exotic here — this is the spot if you want some good old-fashioned American food. Burgers, fries and chicken strips are the focus at the grill, and for college food, they are actually quite good.

Across from the grill is Pacific Rim Marketplace, an Asian self-serve market. The food is a mix of various Eastern cuisines, and is a fairly good imitation of actual Asian food. Of course, it can’t be called 100 percent authentic, but it’s also not advertised as such. They also have takeout boxes if you happen to be in a rush.

The other named location is Sabroso’s, a Mexican grill. They serve everything from enchiladas to burritos to vaguely authentic quesadillas. The food is fairly tasty, if a bit Americanized — and if you have an idea what you’re looking for, they do have some options that are closer to Mexican street food than Taco Bell.

There is also oatmeal, a salad bar with a passable selection, soups, fruit baskets, several soda and coffee machines and a few other small options.

All in all, the Union Market is a pleasant, if unexciting, place to eat. The ambiance couldn’t exactly be called intimate — the tables are often quite full. The meals run about $7 on average, which isn’t bad compared to “real” restaurants. The food isn’t gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, but if you want a quick, reasonably priced meal without any bells or whistles, you can’t go wrong upstairs.

Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

SUB downstairs

At some point or another we all get tired of dining hall food. I’m sure that we all get cravings for food that is bad for our health, but so good for our tastebuds. We desire the diversity and there are many options beyond the dining halls on our beloved campus, many housed in the SUB’s bottom floor..

Wild Flour Pizza and Pasta is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Bozeman and especially on campus. True to its name, Wild Flour serves both delicious pizza by the slice and made-to-order pasta as well as breadsticks and salad.

Next to Wild Flour is Bobcat Grill. The Grill is home to a variety of burgers and a few sandwiches. Those burgers can be served with fries or tater-gems. The burgers and tater-gems are fairly good — not the best you will ever have, but still good. The Grill also now serves breakfast. You have a choice of things like omelettes, pancakes, and the like. I have yet to try the breakfast, but hopefully it is as good as I have heard.

Now that you have had lunch would you care for some dessert? There are two other food shops under the SUB. The Sweet Shop will give you that sugar rush you are looking for. Freshens is a smoothie and ice cream shop connected to the Sweet Shop, ready to satisfy your every craving.

Wild Flour: Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bobcat Grill: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Sweet Shop: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Freshens: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.