For many returning students you most likely noticed the changes in main dining, the warrior grill, and Pop’s store, and let’s be honest here they aren’t all good changes.
Last year I loved the burrito bar in main dining, I would go about once a week and get a delicious tasting burrito every single time. Since the semester has started I’ve only gone there twice, besides the fact that the burrito bar is somewhat pushed into the corner (not that us having a Vietnamese food place is a bad thing) but the burrito bar used to take up more space, and had a wider selection of food to put inside such as lettuce or jalapenos. The other thing is the last few times I’ve gone to the burrito bar, my burrito hasn’t tasted the same, the meat has been flavorless, more like they just cooked in with no seasonings, and my tortilla has been dry, which makes the entire burrito taste well, bad.
The other changes I have noticed are the menus are a little smaller, as in they are missing items they had last year. Both the menu in main dining and some of those in the warrior grill as well. For example the burrito bar had nachos, tacos, and carne asada fries, there is a chance that they still have these items, but unless you ask for them specifically your choices are limited to burrito bowls, burritos, and salads. The salad bar in main dining has become less, you pay more for the food, but get a smaller salad then you did last year, how is that fair? The grill menu has also changed; they now offer coffee only during the hours of 9 and 11am, I’m pretty sure there are people that want coffee after 11. Their menu has also been cut short, changed and some items replaced. They no longer list the California grilled cheese on their menu (its avocado, basil/spinach, cheese and tomatoes), the different salads, nachos, quesadillas, and fried pickles (which were a new item last year). The new menu mainly consists of burgers, a few different sandwiches, chicken tenders and fries. Yes, there is a chance you can ask for all of these things if you know about them, but any new student wouldn’t know about these items and just be plain out of luck.
Their change in menu whether it cuts down on cost or not, if the quality of food isn’t as good, and if there isn’t as much of a variety then why tease us with these items and then take them away? It is somewhat discouraging their changes making me less likely to go buy the food there. I mean there isn’t even a soda machine in Pop’s anymore, and their selection of food items and such is very small now!! (Sorry I didn’t really go into Pop’s a lot, but I know they’ve downsized a lot).
I say lets make a stand! I’ve talked to friends who have eaten there, and they aren’t happy with the changes to the food and the quality of the food. To make a difference you have to be that difference! There are comment cards in each of the dining areas to leave notice about your food experience, if you aren’t happy fill one out! If enough of us complain they are bound to have to change things for the better, after all we as students are their main customers and if we aren’t happy with the food, then they should know about it.