All students on campus are well aware of the eating locations that VCU provides on Monroe Park. It’s now February, so by now we should all be aware of where to eat and what gives us the best value for a swipe or a couple dollars.
On MCV campus, there are really (less than) a handful of places that take swipes and dining dollars: Jonah’s Culinary Emporium inside the Larrick Center, Hideaway Café and the Einstein Bros Bagels with Wendy’s inside the hospital.
Hideaway Café, located in the Hunton student center behind Sanger Hall, offers a variety of baked goods, salads, soups and sandwiches with certain items on the menu made available to meal swipes.
And while meal swipes are not at the Wendy’s, RAMbucks and dining dollars are perfectly acceptable.
Next door to the Wendy’s is the Einstein Bros, which holds a meal exchange program almost identical to the one on Monroe Park.
Unlike the restaurant on the first floor of Shafer Dining Court, this Einstein’s is open on the weekend and offers their meal exchange from 5:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and from 2:30pm until close, which is 10:30 p.m. during the week and 9:00 p.m. during the weekend.
If you are willing to spend some of your pocket money on something else, there is a quaint little café on the second floor of the hospital displaying a Subway and an Express Chik-Fil-A, which hold many Chik-Fil-A favorites easily accessible since the entrees are all places upon a tray for customers to grab on their way to the register.
Now, of the three places where you can use a swipe or dining dollars, Jonah’s would be the ideal pick in terms of variety and price.
Jonah’s inside the Larrick center offers grilled entrees, pizza/pasta, salads and soups, stir fry, sandwiches, and desserts, with a Starbucks next door.
Although this may not seem like much, portion sizes at Jonah’s certainly are generous, and all for a swipe too. If you ever stroll into Jonah’s ravenous, get the stir fry – it’ll be more than enough.
In my own experience dining on Monroe Park and at Jonah’s, I’ve noticed a huge difference in food quality, service (which is pretty good, by the way), and price.
So, if you’re into affordable delectable entrees and pleasant customer service, I would definitely point you in the direction of Jonah’s.