With almost ten different restaurants on campus for students to eat, take a break, or socialize, there are five certain places the majority of students go, according to JP Singh, UMKC’s dining service general manager.
The UMKC Dining Hall, located on the first floor of the Student Success Center, is the most used food facility on campus. Singh believes this is because of how convenient the dining hall is with its decently priced buffet.
It also might be most popular because the dining fee is covered by the UMKC financial aid meal plan. Stacey Branson, freshman communication studies major, regularly eats at the dining hall because of her financial aid meal plan.
Financial aid does not stop Chick-fil-A, located on the second floor of the Student Union, from coming in second place. This is no surprise since Chick-Fil-A is the 10th most popular fast food chain in America, according to Technomic fact-based consulting and research.
Einstein Bros Bagels, located on the first floor of Royall Hall, comes in a close third. Einstein’s provides an accessible place for students to communicate, or grab a bite to eat or drink, while not straying too far from class.
Following Einstein Bros is Jazzman’s Café and Bakery, located on the second floor of the Student Union. For some, Jazzman’s is a place to get an array of fresh-brewed coffees and smoothies, or grab a fresh-baked pastry and sandwich.
For others, like freshman English major Dylan Sanchez, it is a place to get coffee while enjoying some peace and quiet.
“Einstein’s is too loud and has too many people, so I go to Jazzman’s to get my coffee,” Sanchez said.
Finally, Smart Market Commissary and Snack Shop is the fifth most frequently used food facility. Although the snack shop is not a dining facility, it provides students with a quick and easy place to pick up food, according to several dorm residents.
There are still those who do not like to eat on campus. According to Sarah Filiaggi, junior criminal justice and criminology major, eating on campus is too expensive.
“I like Einstein Bros and Chick-fil-A, but prefer to eat them off campus where the price isn’t as high,” Filiaggi said.
Other dining options on campus include UMKC Café, The Robot Café, HSB Café, Baja Fresh or SubConnection. These facilities are located around campus from the Student Success Center to Hospital Hill.