Dining Hall Comment Wall
Here are your comments submitted through the QR code on dining room table tents and submitted through the form on our website.
- Comments go directly to the managers of the dining hall you select on the comment form – so they have the opportunity to react and respond quickly.
- We have read and are thoughtfully considering all your comments as we plan for upcoming weeks and semesters.
- We have responded to the comments that included an email address and those responses are included below.
Resident Dining Comments
I love the breakfast bacon/sausage egg and cheese on a croissant but sometimes its on the menu and not actually in the diner. I also consistently ask for smaller portions but I’m ignored and end up having to waste food.
Thank you for your comments. Its great to know these breakfast sandwiches have an outspoken fan base. We are having a problem with supply – we aren’t always getting what we order – and are working with this vendor and others to correct it. Thank you for you patience with this
The other problem you brought up is also troubling. We absolutely want you to get enough food but we do not want to waste food! We will include your comment in our staff meetings and training sessions this week. Please stay in touch and let us know how we’re doing!
I’ve noticed that only “cheap” fruit is offered at the dining hall, and it’s not even offered all day. You guys used to add berries in the cups, and now we don’t even get that. Just melons, grapes and pineapples in small cups for a few hours a day. Last year, we used to have fruit available to us all day and now it feels like we have been completely skimped out on that. It feels very offensive, since we pay the same amount of money for our meal plans. I know that adjustments have to be made because of the pandemic, but can we at least get berries? Or have fresh fruit available to us not just at breakfast time?
Commons Shop 10/22
My comment is about the Commons Shop! i just want to say that whoever was working at 9:50 on Thursday October 22nd has always been so polite and in a good mood. i always appreciate it!
Thank you! We will share your compliment with our team member and with their supervisor!
The Cambridge Community Outpost could use some optimization. Being an outpost, they were be better serving the premade salads and meals rather than throwing things together when you come in. The quality of the meals I have gotten there are always lower than that of the diner because they should be making meals, rather just handing them out.
251 North 10/12/2020
My son is a sophomore and lives in the Denton Community. He primary only goes to the 251 dining hall, I believe because it is the one he can get in and out of the quickest. He doesn’t want to be around a lot of people and often goes off hours and to our dismay it appears he is only going twice a day.
My son has an allergy and from last year was use to reading the boards or the sign that had the ingredients on it. On Saturday he called to re-confirm that caraway seeds were ok for him to eat (which they are). It appeared that the kielbasa sandwich he has got several times before was now on different bread. When he go back to his dorm room and noticed the difference in the bread he looked up the ingredients online and it had caraway seeds. Needless to say, he didn’t eat it and opted for the microwave mac n cheese he brought from home. Are these changes of the bread noted in the dining hall or on the packaging? Also, when I ask what he has eaten it seems like it is a lot of sweet sour chicken and general sao chicken. I tell him he is going to grow feathers!! Can you direct me to the online menu for this dining hall. Last year he ate such a variety of different foods and this year I feel like he eats the same thing all the time. I understand you have varieties and he selects what he likes, but were there more options last year and less this year due to Covid?
Thank you for returning the email. He does go for breakfast and then it seems like he goes around 3 or 4 for lunch/dinner. Yes, the Dinner is a larger facility and always had more variety and that is where he mainly ate last year. This year he prefers 251 because there are less students there, less interaction with people. Can you tell what he is eating everyday at East Deli or just that he goes there?
He looked up the ingredients online, I will have to confirm that it said caraway seeds or if he just said that is what it was. He know what they look like. I’m guessing it was multi grain bread that they used. I don’t really know. Are the signs still posted like last year in front of the food? Last year the Diner offered pulled pork a bunch, do they offer that at 251? He can’t eat the bakery items because of his nut allergy, he always stays away from desserts.
I will take a look at the daily menu for 251 and encourage him to eat different things.
Thank you again for responding back to me.
I have three ideas for you.
I based my comment that he eats at the East Deli on the menu. You said he too frequently eats Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken and those items are served almost daily at the East Deli. My first idea is that if he were to visit a different station, he would walk away with a different meal.
Second idea: Is he / are you aware of the “Purple Fridge”? The Purple Fridge is a self-serve freezer in each dining hall (there’s one in the lobby of 251, near 251 Fresh) that stocks allergy friendly foods to microwave, including nut-free desserts.
Finally, in the current situation, The Diner is never even close to crowded. He’d have to walk a little further to get there, but there is more variety. People aren’t hanging out there – they come and go quickly, and especially if he went mid-afternoon as he seems to at 251, he would find that the space is very large and the serving area has plenty of room for generous physical distancing. Maybe he (or you) could look at the menu and when there’s something he likes at The Diner that is not being served at 251, he could make a quick trip over. His call, his comfort level, of course.
I appreciate your speaking up on his behalf. Please let your son know that he can reach out to me with any questions or concerns he has about Maryland Dining. I’d be very happy to talk with him.
Thank you. I will continue to encourage him to go to the Dinner for a change of scenery and a change of meal selections! My son of course just goes with the flow. It is more me wanting him to eat different things, I’m sure!
Can we do a chicken tender and fries day. And an everyday wrap station like 251 North has.
I attend the South Dining Hall, I am wondering if there is a way to include breakfast food such as pancakes, waffles, bagels – things of that sort, all day. Many times I come to the dining hall late for breakfast, however, the kitchen has already switched over to lunch. Additionally, many popular restaurant establishments have taken a similar path with consumers as they want breakfast food all day.
251 North 10/07/2020
The salad bar rarely has what is listed on the online menu. Its nice to have a variety of heathly proteins there, not just chicken strips. Also what happened to pre-made salads? those were very good
251 North 10/07/2020
The desserts have been great so far, besides when they run out at 8:30. I was just wondering if we could ever have ice cream in any of the dinning halls, that would be great!
We are planning a hand-scooped ice cream special! Watch for it a little later this fall.
Would it be possible to have small containers of marinara sauce with the other sauces?
We can’t because marinara needs to be kept hot or cold (and fresh). If you ask at the counter, we are happy to put marinara in a small cup for you.
Last semester I really enjoyed the buffalo fried cauliflower bites that were served periodically at the vegan station. I rarely eat vegan items but those and the vegan cookies were always great! Is there any chance they will be coming back this semester? Thank you for all you are doing, especially recently with reopening the dining room!
Thank you – Great to know that some of our popular food happens to be vegan! When we streamlined services this fall to make sure that we could serve quickly and safely, we had to trim the menu. As the semester moves along, we are putting more and more of the past favorite foods back in the dining halls. You might even have noticed other faves making a return. I’ll share your comment with our culinary team – so keep your eyes open, Buffalo cauliflower and vegan cookies might suddenly appear!
I’ve noticed you guys ONLY serve fruits during the morning (breakfast time). As you guys pride yourself on healthy meals, I feel like fruits should be available all day, just as your desserts are. As much as I love your yummy desserts, fruits are a very important and almost essential part of most peoples diets, to regulate gut and overall health. I find it very sad that it’s not served all day, if dessert can be provided all day, I feel like fruit should be as well.
I really enjoyed having Beyond Burgers last week! I was wondering if you can have other types of veggie burger options for us vegetarians. Often many of the vegetarian options are spicy, and that makes it much more difficult to have any amount of variety in my food.
I’ve also been very glad that I can have a custom salad now, but I was wondering if some kind of protein like black beans could be added to the salad options? I’d love to have some more simple vegetarian protein options.
I’ve also noticed that breakfast hasn’t been fully available past about 10:30. They have usually stopped making the “main” dish. I find it very annoying that I have arrived at the dining hall at 10:30 or 10:40 and cannot get a full meal. In addition, the scrambled eggs irritate my stomach, so when there is no longer an egg and cheese option I have no protein options for my breakfast. This morning, I arrived at 10:32 and they had already stopped making the egg and cheese croissants.
I would really like to see chicken tenders back in the dining halls. I know during a regular semester, everyone would get really excited for “Tendie Day” and I think us students need that pick me up now more than ever. The chicken tenders were the highlights of my dining experience last year and I really miss them. Please bring back chicken tenders!
Hi – We know tendies have a huge, super enthusiastic following — and we want to make you happy! Our biggest worry has been about physical distancing – tendies always cause lines! We fry and fry but just can’t keep up! This week, we gave it a cautious try and served tendies at 251. It went well, and you all seemed really happy to see them. We plan to do it again soon so keep your eyes open!
I know you’ve said multiple times that french fries and tater tots are coming, but I’ve been to the south campus dining hall everyday since the start of the semester and I still have not seen any 🙁 after only eating the healthy ones once or twice a week I’m really craving the real deal full potato fries and tater tots.
Yes, you asked for curly fries and potstickers in the dining halls and I assured you that they would be coming soon. It turns out that “soon” is mid-October. I didn’t fully understand that we have a supply of the veggie fries and rings we need to use first. These were special-ordered when we thought there would be a full campus and must be used while they are still fresh. If you get back to me with your email address, I’ll update you when I have more information.
Thanks for doing a great job transitioning to carryout! The new breakfast sandwiches are great. I like the fried eggs in those sandwiches, but I don’t like the scrambled eggs served most of the time – would you consider serving fried eggs on days when the breakfast sandwiches are not served? I’d also appreciate if the salads changed occasionally. I like salads without cheese, but there’s only one kind of salad (spinach/black olive/red onion/carrot) consistently served without cheese.
If we can make our own vegan wraps, is there any way you guys can bring back deli meat so we can make our own sandwiches again?
Can you serve honey mustard sauce please:)
We have added honey mustard at South!
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