Top 5 On-The-Go Eats Near Campus

By Allison Kamel

Once you find your way to all of your classes, the next most important thing is finding the food. Long days on campus means needing a lot of options for lunch or dinner. You don’t want to get stuck eating the same thing the whole semester. Rather than trying to find food yourself, we have compiled a helpful list for you to consult. Happy eating!

  • On Campus: For food on campus, you have two options: the cafeteria (The Nest) and The Perch, located on the first floor and third floor respectively. The cafeteria offers a range of foods, such as breakfast, pizza/Italian, a salad bar, chicken fingers and deli sandwiches. They also have options like chips, if you just need a quick snack to get you through your next class. The Perch is where you should go when you need caffeine. They serve Starbucks drinks, as well as a small selection of food options, such as fresh baked goods, sandwiches and salads. You can find The Perch on the third floor, all the way down the west hallway.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Located at 305 Waverly Avenue, Dunkin’ is just on the edge of campus, within walking distance of the school. This makes it easy to get to without losing your parking spot, which can be a very important factor in deciding where to eat. Protip: this Dunkin’ Donuts offers a student discount, if you bring your SJC ID card.
  • Staples Shopping Center: The Staples Shopping Center is just across Waverly from the main parking lot. Within the shopping center is Sweet ‘n’ Savory, Patchogue’s creperie (also offers a student discount). They offer a large selection of both sweet and savory crepes, as well as rice pudding. One piece of advice though: don’t go if you’re in a rush. Sweet ‘n’ Savory can take a while to make their food. The crepes are worth it, but only if you have the time. Also located within this shopping center is Wendy’s, a decent option for cheap fast food.
  • Waverly Plaza: Waverly Plaza is located directly across Sunrise Highway from campus. This shopping center offers three options: Starbucks, Panera Bread, and Noodles and Company. The Starbucks has a really nice atmosphere if you and a few friends want to get off campus for a little bit and hang out in a different environment. Panera Bread is a great option if you’re in the mood for sandwiches, soup and, of course, mac & cheese. However, Panera can be on the more expensive side, considering the types of food they offer. Your best option for lunch near the school is Noodles and Company. They offer a pretty wide selection of options, which are reasonably priced, given their quality of food. They are also quick to bring out the food after you order it and tend to not be overly busy at any one time.
  • Gateway Plaza: Gateway Plaza is a huge shopping center, located just past Waverly Plaza. There are five places within the shopping center worth mentioning: Applebee’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Tropical Smoothie, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Bagel Lovers. In addition, there is a McDonald’s in the shopping center for another cheap fast food option. Applebee’s is a great choice if you want to grab dinner with friends after a long day of classes. Plus, if you’re ever at an event that runs pretty late, you can hit Applebee’s for half-off appetizers after 10 p.m. When you need a fun treat to brighten up those first couple of weeks of the semester, Cold Stone is your place to go. With their creative ice cream flavors and toppings, you can never go wrong. Tropical Smoothie is a good place with healthy, well-priced food options. The size of their smoothies will definitely last a class or two. When you’re craving Tex-Mex, Moe’s is where to go. While not as good as some other make-your-own burrito chains, it does have decent food and is located much closer to campus. Finally, Bagel Lovers is your local deli. Their bagels are very good and the pricing is incredible. They have a range of options, from salads to cold cuts and cream cheeses to put on the bagels, making it a nice place to grab lunch. But, just so you know, they close at 4 p.m., so don’t plan on grabbing dinner there.

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