by Brittany Miller – Features Editor
Being stuck in classes on an empty stomach is not the way to stay focused, and most people don’t want to live off vending machine snacks all semester. Campus Dining at Grand Rapids Community College provides students with affordable, ready to-go, food that can prevent the embarrassing stomach growling in class.
Anyone looking for a comfortable place to relax, grab a bite to eat or cram for a big test, should head to the Quiet Cafe. From personal pizzas and hot cups of coffee, to ‘Big As Your Head’ cookies and addicting milkshakes, it has just what students need to settle those early morning caffeine cravings and mid-afternoon munchies.
The Quiet Cafe is open 7 a.m to 6 p.m Monday through Thursday on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, down the hall from the Raider Grille.
Looking for a quick bite to eat between classes, or wanting to mix up your daily meals? The Raider Grille provides a variety of foods for lunch from the chicken bacon ranch wrap with fries to Asian cuisine like sweet and sour chicken. The Grille also provides refrigerated and sandwiches and salads packaged and ready to go.
The Raider Grille is open 10:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, above the Bookstore.
After sitting through a tough government class, you’re definitely going to want a cup of coffee or a snack break. Why not head over to the Sneden Cafe? This dining area provides students with a cold beverage, fresh fruit and let’s not forget the warm and tasty homemade soups and paninis. It’s the the kind open space you need to meet with your friends or study group.
The Sneden Cafe is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, in the DeVos Campus on Fulton St.
Located on G2 of the Main Building, Winchester Alley provides students the option of choosing their regular order or sub of the day at Subway, or mixing it up a bit and getting anything from chili dogs to tacos and even mega muffins and espresso beverages at Patatas.
My advice: try the apple crumb mega muffin warmed up, it’s delicious!
Winchester Alley is a great open space, with various areas to sit by yourself, or with a group of friends. It’s not exactly the best study area, unless you arrive between 7 and 8 a.m.,when it’s the most quiet.
Subway is open 9 a.m to 9 p.m Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m to 2 p.m Friday.
Patatas is open Thursday 7 a.m to 8 p.m Monday through and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Winner of the OpenTable Best of 2014 Diner’s Choice Award, The Heritage Restaurant is staffed by GRCC culinary students and creates a fine dining experience for the community. Pricing for lunch averages between $7 and $12 per person, and dinner averages between $21 and $30 per person. Reservations can be made online with OpenTable, or by calling (616) 234-3700.
Heritage is open for lunch from 11:15 a.m to 12:45 p.m, and 5:30 to 7 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Friday in the Applied Technology Center on the corner of Fountain and Ransom Streets.
The Heritage re-opens for business on Sept. 9. For the full restaurant schedule, visit www.grcc.edu/heritage/.
Art & Bevs Bistro
The Culinary Education program at GRCC gives students another variety of cuisine at Art and Bev’s Bistro, but the food variety doesn’t stop there. Art and Bev’s also features the deli bakery filled with baked goods made by GRCC Secchia Institute’s pastry arts students. Lunch prices for Art and Bev’s range from $4 to $7 per person.
Art and Bev’s Bistro is closed on Mondays, but is open 10 a.m to 1 p.m Tuesday through Friday, and located in the Applied Technology Center.
The Deli bakery is open 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, Perfect timing for an early morning sweet fix.
Art and Bev’s will re-open for business on Sept. 9. The restaurant schedule varies, for a full schedule, visit grcc.edu/artandbevs/.