Best places to eat on campus on a special meal swipe

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

Although the food on campus is massively overpriced, here are some of the best places you can eat at on a special meal swipe:


Dunkin’ (originally known as Dunkin’ Donuts) is located between Constantino’s Market and the CWRU Bookstore. Dunkin’ offers cheap coffee along your way to class. It’s only $1 if you bring your own mug. Dunkin’ also offers a breakfast meal swipe plan, great for getting a quick bite to eat on your way to your 8:30 a.m. class. The meal swipe comes with a medium-sized drink, a sandwich, and a doughnut or hash browns.

Good for: On your way to class 

Rating: 3/5

Tomlinson Marketplace

Tomlinson Marketplace offers a variety of dining options on the meal plan, including Subway, tacos, and the Performance Bowls; The Den offers student late night dining options on their meal swipe menu, great for late night study sessions at KSL or after a night of going out

Tomlinson Marketplace, located in the basement of Tomlinson Hall, is a convenient place to get decent food when you’re on the Case Quad. The food court offers a variety of options, including tacos, a grill station, salads and Subway. On a special swipe, you can get three Barrio-sized tacos with a variety of options of fillings and toppings. Another good meal swipe option is a Performance Bowl. The Performance Bowl includes a salad or carbs base, with added protein and vegetable options. You can also use your special meal swipe at Subway, where you can get a six-inch sandwich, a drink and two cookies or a bag of chips. Note that Tomlinson does close at 2 p.m., and is only open during the weekdays, so you can’t count on eating here in the evening or on weekends.

Good for: When you don’t want to walk to Uptown or when you’re sick of Fribley, Bag-It/Grab-It and Leutner Commons

Rating: 4/5

The Den

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The DEN by Denny’s, colloquially known as The Den, is a great place to hit up after a hard night partying on Hessler Road or a study session at the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) cramming for an 8:30 a.m. exam. Although the options on the meal plan have decreased within the last couple of years (throwback to being able to get a Den Burger or a Guacamole Grilled Chicken Burrito on a meal swipe), the Den still offers a variety of options on the meals plan, including the Grand Slam Combo, Little Den Burger and Southwest Chicken Salad Combo. The Den is open until 2 a.m. every day of week, so it’s a great place to hit up in the afternoon and in the evenings.

Good for: Post-late night study session at KSL/After partying 

Rating: 5/5

The Jolly Scholar

The Jolly Scholar (Jolly) offers decent meal swipe options. You have the option of ordering off the appetizer menu, such as a soft pretzel with queso. All of the meal swipes (except for the milkshake) come with a fountain drink. It’s a quick walk away from KSL and the Tinkham Veale University Center and is perfect for treating yourself to something savory or sweet late at night. Appetizers are available until Jolly closes at midnight on Sundays through Wednesdays or at 2 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.

Good for: Treating yourself

Rating: 3/5