Einstein Bros Bagels is one of the campus dining options at UMSL. Photo: Cate Marquis / The Current.


By Anya Glushko, Assistant News Editor for The Current

There are four easy ways to stay healthy and on top of your college career: get enough sleep, study, relax and eat well. The latter can be a problem for busy college students, but conveniently, it is not difficult to find a place to eat on University of Missouri – St. Louis campus. It is important to find a place that suits your taste and demands the best.

South Campus’s Provincial House Dining Hall, which is powered by Sodexo Dining Services, features a rare food-on-demand program. Students can order their meals at a computerized kiosk and have their food cooked almost immediately by Sodexo chefs.

The Provincial House dining hall features an all-you-can-eat buffet setup and offers a wide range of foods to please everybody’s taste buds. Students can get soup, salad, pizza, pasta, homemade desserts and more. Fresh drinks include natural juices in flavors such as grape, orange, apple and cranberry. Many of the entrées include a “Build your Own” option that allows customers to customize their meals. For instance, one can order a sandwich without bread, and it will still be served as artistically as a picture on the plate.

In addition to variety, Provincial House offers unbeatable accessibility for UMSL students and staff.

“It is a convenient place to bring friends and family because it is right next to the residence hall,” Maureen McCarthy, senior, anthropology, said.

“I like eating at Pro Ho because there is a fixed price every time, and you can use your meal plan,” Christian Cohill, sophomore, studio art, said.

North Campus’s Millennium Student Center hosts several fast food options. In the Nosh, there is plenty of selection, from pizza to WOW! Cafe. The Pilot House contains our newest addition, the local Subway. And for a quick breakfast, beverage, or light snack, the MSC second floor offers Einstein Bros Bagels.

“I like the Nosh because there is a large variety to chose from,” Shatera Davis, sophomore, undeclared, said.

The Nosh has several restaurants.  The soup and salad bar offers healthy choices of veggies, homemade soups and fresh baked bread. At Simply to Go, one can grab an already prepared meal, choosing from sandwiches, salads, desserts and microwavable meals. WOW! Cafe is famous for its spicy chicken wings and other southwestern-style meals.

“It is fresh every day; I am sure of this because I work here,” Nikki Malone, a WOW! restaurant employee, said.

The Nosh also offers hot pizza, homestyle cooking and international food to meet a wide array of demands.

Sushi by AFC brings an exotic flavor of oriental culture to the Nosh; it also offers vegetarian options such as cream cheese sushi and vegetable rolls.

The Pilot House looks almost like a concert venue with its prominent stage, spray-painted walls and tables and giant chessboard. Best of all, it hosts a Subway in its club-like underground setting, though some students are unhappy with certain aspects of the sandwich shop.

“We [students] are very upset that we cannot use our declining balance and meal plan at Subway,” Teddy Bondholder, junior, anthropology, said. Ashley Eaton, junior, media studies, promptly agreed.

Getting a cup of coffee from Einstein Bros Bagels is a good way to start a busy college morning. The savory scent of cream cheese and fresh pastries is sure to wake up even the most sluggish student.

“We have a lot of healthy choices—bacon and egg whites, low fat smoothies and other items on the menu that are under 350 calories,” Jennifer Jackson, Einstein Bros Bagels employee, said.

Provincial House Dining Hall is open for breakfast Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., for lunch Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Nosh is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.