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The Independent Voice of Southern Methodist University Since 1915

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The Independent Voice of Southern Methodist University Since 1915

The Daily Campus


Students speak out about food options on campus

Between running to classes, cramming in hours at the library, and finding time to socialize and sleep, we all still need to meet our daily food cravings.

So, where is the best place to go, you may ask.

The Daily Campus’ Man on the Street interviewed SMU students about their opinion. After talking to a number of students, it seems that the consensus ranks our good ole Umphrey Lee at the top of the charts.

“Umphrey is just so overwhelming with all its options, and the quality of food is the best,” said freshman Stephanie Tatum.  

Aside from long lines during the peak breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, and the questionable sushi, Umphrey Lee notoriously has the best variety of healthy foods.

Some of their most popular options include omelets, burritos, an endless salad bar, and of course, their fresh-out-of-the-oven homemade cookies.

In fact, there are so many options that most students don’t know where to begin when they enter the center. “Food at Umphrey needs to be more labeled…It’s hard to know everything that’s offered, ” complains Kyra L. McCarty.

On the other side of campus, South Quad locals rave about the convenience and intimacy of Mac’s Place. Popular for its pizza, burgers and chicken sandwiches, Mac’s offers students a quick and easy option when you’re running to the gym or just not feeling up to the hike to Umphrey.

“I only wish Mac’s Place was open in the morning,” says Bre’ann Berger, echoing the requests of numerous freshman and South Quad residents hoping to grab breakfast on the go.

Additionally, Mac’s Place is a much smaller setting, making it an ideal locale for freshman to meet other freshman in a non-intimidating atmosphere. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight on the weekdays and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends, Mac’s is the place to go for that late night crave or on-the-go meal.

Aside from Umphrey Lee and Mac’s Place, there are numerous hidden dining locations around campus.

For a stop at a quick coffee stop, head to the Meadows Starbucks Cart or Einstein Bagels in the lower level of Cox.

If you’re sick of Umphrey and Mac’s, why not try one of the many fast food options in the Hughes-Trigg Center? If you’re looking for a midday smoothie, head over to the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

If these aren’t enough options for you, there are plenty just a quick walk off campus in Snider Plaza, along Hillcrest Avenue.

For more information on dining locations, hours and options on campus, check out the Campus Dish at


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