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Nostalgia Lunch at UA Student Union

June 11, 2009

I spent a good portion of my day on the University of Arizona campus yesterday. I was a little hungry and trying to figure out what restaurant to head to for lunch when I decided to just go to the student union to see what’s changed since I graduated oh so many years ago.

Turns out a lot’s changed. It’s a whole new building, in fact. Louie’s Lower Level is gone, The Cellar is still there, but the main attraction is now Dance Dance Revolution. The selection in the food court is a little different with the exception that On Deck Deli is still there: Burger King has replaced McD’s, and there’s now Chik-fil-a, Panda Express, Papa John’s, and a place called IQ Fresh that does wraps and smoothies. I didn’t make it upstairs to check out the cafeteria, but I hear that it’s a bit different as well.

IQ Fresh had the most appeal to me. The concept and restaurant itself are acutally an outgrowth of a student project in the Business College. Kinda cool. They had a wide selection of smoothies with the usual add-ins (protein, vitamins, etc), and with yogurt or sherbet. You do your ordering on a piece of paper and then take that up to the counter. Pick your wrapper (whole wheat, chipotle, spinach, white, etc), and type of wrap. I went with the Thai Chicken Lettuce in whole wheat: grilled chicken, lettuce, carrot, cuke, and bean sprouts with a peanut sauce. I would have ordered extra of the sauce, as it was a little dry inside. Overall, it was very tasty. The standout of the meal, though, were the sweet potato fries. Very crispy outside, light and creamy inside, and not greasy at all. They were really, really good, and worth the trip there.

So where’s that nostalgia that I mentioned? It sounds like everything’s changed, right? Well, yes and no. It was being around all of the students that really did it. Thankfully, there weren’t as many as during the semester, but still enough to cause a buzz everywhere. There was also a mix of college students, admin types, and middle/high school students there for summer programs. It was a lot of fun just being around that energy and excitement, and I was glad I went by there.

If you find yourself near campus around lunchtime, stop in at the student union for a bite. Even if you’re not an alum, it’s a great atmosphere for a little recharge.

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    June 18, 2009 11:00 pm

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    June 22, 2009 4:53 pm

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