In New Orleans, eating isn’t just something you do; it’s a way of life. The Big Easy boasts over 1,400 restaurants and more James Beard award winners per capita than any other city, but Tulane students also have plenty of on-campus dining options to keep them satisfied. Students can purchase meal plans that allow them to use credits throughout campus, at local eateries near campus, and at a Tulane food truck.
Bruff Commons is the main dining facility on campus. Many freshmen meal plans give you unlimited access to Bruff's all-you-can-eat buffet. Daily offerings include a hot entrée, a sandwich and salad bar, pizza, a made to order pasta bar, an international entrée, fresh fruit, cereal, bagels, an Icee machine, a dessert bar with Blue Bell ice cream, and vegan and vegetarian options.
Located in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, the LBC Food Court has a dizzying array of options, all of which accept your meal plan dollars. Choose from Byblos Mediterranean cuisine, Einstein’s Brothers Bagels, Panda Express, WOW Wingery, Quizno’s, Baja Fresh, Wall of Greens, Freshens Smoothie Company, Café Spice, and Sushi Nori. The food court even offers kosher meals and snacks provided by Tulane Hillel. Fast, convenient and delicious…what could be better?
For something a bit fancier, Le Gourmet is the place to go. Le Gourmet offers an extensive menu of gourmet wraps, sandwiches and salads. You can either order your food to go or enjoy it on the patio right outside. Le Gourmet also has a small grocery area with organic and gourmet items. It’s like a mini-Whole Foods right on campus!
Der Rathskeller, affectionately called The Rat, is Tulane's only 24-hour eatery, located on the Garden Level of the LBC. The Rat houses City Diner, featuring mainstays ranging from omelets, giant pancakes, burgers, po-boysm and crab cakes Benedict to New Orleans classics.
Pecan praline iced coffee and bananas foster café au lait are just two of the unusual and delicious java offerings you’ll find at PJ’s Coffee and Tea. This New Orleans-based coffee shop has three locations on Tulane's campus, and it is a popular hangout and study spot for Tulane students.
The Drawing Board Café gets its name from its location: the School of Architecture. With hot entrées, sandwiches, saladsm and a location right in the middle of the academic quad, the Drawing Board is a convenient place for any student to grab a bite to eat between classes.
Tulane also has its own mini-grocery store right on campus. McAlister Market is where Tulane students go when they are looking to pick up a few grocery items on the run. It has a wide variety of snack and frozen items, kosher and vegan food, and a small selection of fresh produce.
The 10,000-square foot Tulane Hillel offers a kosher "Hillel's Kitchen" with a new menu each day that focuses on locally-grown ingredients. Hillel's Kitchen also offers several vegan and gluten-free food options.
Students also have the option of two on-campus food trucks — Ironsides Waffles and Rouler (pronounced roo-LAY in New Orleans) — both as part of Tulane's meal plans. In fact, Rouler is the nation's first all-meal-plan food truck, which means students may use Wavebucks (like cash) or meal plan swipes there.
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