Campus Dining 101

As a college student, you spend a lot of your waking hours on campus. Early mornings and all-nighters in the library require a steaming cup of tea or a mocha latte and busy schedules demand a quick and healthy grab-and-go when you’re on the run. And then there are those days when all you need is a long lunch or dinner with your friends. We all need to eat, and we all want options, so it comes as no surprise that one of the most frequently asked questions prospective students ask is, “How’s the food?”

From the new cafeteria to five other cafes, an acclaimed restaurant, lounge, and a food truck all on campus, USD hosts a wide variety of options for when your tummy is a-rumblin’. On the move? Tu Mercado and La Paloma have plenty of grab-n-go sandwiches, wraps, and salads to eat on your way to class. Have a bit more time to sit down for a meal with friends? Try the made-to-order flatbread in the Pavillion dining area, or soak up some sun on the deck behind Bert’s Bistro with hand-rolled sushi or a burger hot off the grill. Catch dinner (and a show!) at Secret Ingredient, our live-action cooking station in the cafeteria. Have allergies? No problem. USD chefs will personally work with you and point you toward delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options.

Here are just a few Torero foodie favorites:

Live chef demo in the SLP

The SLP (Student Life Pavillion): This is more than just your traditional school cafeteria. The SLP offers twelve different stations each serving up fresh, delicious fare from around the world. From the salad bar to burgers, pizza on homemade wheat dough to bowls of Pho soup, there is something for everyone- and then some! The SLP is a great place to  grab dinner with a group of friends after class. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the famous weekend brunch complete with every breakfast and lunch item you ever wanted. Don’t miss the special holiday dinners! Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are a hit with traditional gourmet holiday dishes. This is also the place to use your meal swipes. Click HERE to learn more about meal plans!

Aromas Cafe is a favorite study spot as well

Aromas: Looking for your morning coffee and muffin, afternoon iced tea, or freshly made sweet or savory crepe? Look no further than Aromas Cafe. This is the go-to spot on campus to grab a mug of something caffeinated and sit and chat with friends or bang out a bit of homework before class.

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Try homemade Quiche or lasagna at La Paloma

La Paloma: With a rotating selection of hot, homemade dishes, delicious pancakes, paninis and specialty sandwiches, La Paloma is a great option for breakfast, lunch, or a quick dinner. The grab-and-go section is perfect for when you need a quick snack. Give the grilled cheese with chicken, tomatoes, special sauce, and avocados a try- it’s a fan favorite!

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Fresh n’ healthy fare at Missions Cafe

Missions Cafe: With a menu complimentary to the fit & active lifestyle of many USD students, Missions Caf is conveniently located in The Valley (the area by Missions A & B, the SAPs, and San Buen dorms) right below Missions gym. Known for serving up healthy options such as smoothies, fresh fruit & veggies, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, you’ll find everything you need for a tasty and nutritious meal. All you sweet tooths, have no fear- their fro yo is sure to satisfy your every sugar craving. Click here to see a full menu.

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lunch in the sun outside Copley Library

Torero Tu Go: USD is jumping on the food truck bandwagon with one of our very own! The newest addition to the dining experience at USD, the Tu Go food truck makes convenient stops at Copley Library and the Alcala Vista apartments during the week. Try the street tacos or grilled vegetable & goat cheese panini.

If you’re mouth isn’t watering yet, click HERE to continue exploring USD’s plethora of dining options.

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