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I'm surprised you feel this way because I decided to become a vegetarian while a student here specifically because the campus offers so many options for vegetarians. In fact, when I'm off campus I have much more difficulty consistently finding safe vegetarian options. In a sense, I really only feel safe as a vegetarian when I am on campus.
Also, I'm questioning your credibility here because I eat at the dining halls very often and the main dining halls (Clark and Fountain) ALWAYS serve AT LEAST ONE entirely vegan entree per meal. Nobody is forcing vegans or vegetarians to eat veggie dogs (which I don't even eat personally). I usually like to get the spinach lasagna (vegetarian but not vegan) or the spinach with brown lentils (vegan), which taste AMAZING! For example, today they are serving a nice three bean veggie chili for dinner (completely vegan) as well as a completely vegan mushroom stroganoff dish. I'd be surprised if any other campus dining entity in the entire nation serves more than one entirely vegan meal for dinner at their dining halls.
Also, I'm surprised that you mention that they rarely serve tofu because they usually have at least 2-3 tofu entrees a week, in fact I eat tofu very often. Tonight they are even serving a tofu dish (Tofu Barley Cous Cous), so it's ironic that you claim they rarely serve tofu just as they are serving tofu! Do you even actually go to the dining halls? They have tofu all the time...
And for the record, the tofu stir fry at Zen Blossom is amazing! The tofu is always pretty crispy and delicious and the veggies are great.
It seems like either you've never actually eaten on campus before or you just had one really bad experience, because I'm very pleased by the campuses vegetarian options. Certainly there are fewer vegan options than would be perfect, but there are many more compared to any average restaurant. I mean, not even McDonalds fries are vegan, but University Dining offers multiple vegan dishes daily, so what's to complain about?
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Written by Matthew J. Cote
Cafeteria food? Gross. This is the normal reaction to most dining halls. NC State does a fair job of keeping up the freshness of foods served and keeps things interesting with events like Sweet Potato Day and Quesadilla Night. Dining hall foods are not the best, but students here have heard worse things about dining halls from other universities, like UNC or Appalachian University. The one thing NCSU must be praised for is the variety of non-dining-hall foods, like those at the Atrium or in Talley Student Center. The only drawback to this is that many students are into the habit of eating late, and the Atrium and Talley both close relatively early.
This is why the University has C-Stores, which are open as late as 1 a.m., that allow students to use cash or swipe their ID card which contains University Board Bucks to buy late-night snacks or dinner. The dining hall isn't bad the first year, or maybe even two, but afterwards, you will learn it is a little cheaper to invest in groceries you want and make your own food, having the occasional bite to eat on campus or out at some of the student-favorite restaurants on Hillsborough Street.
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