Eating at Usdan

So while I’ve been in Usdan, I haven’t yet eaten in Usdan. But nearly everyone I’ve talked to about it has said one thing–the lines are too long. The food’s pretty good, but the lines are too long.

And only about a fourth of the campus is here yet. Eeeek.

However, my housemate Lynn Favin ’08 has eaten from the sushi bar for practically every meal since being here and proclaims that it is quite good.

Are you here yet? What’s your feel for Usdan?

42 thoughts on “Eating at Usdan

  1. Anonymous

    I haven’t been inside, but I love what it does for the feel of campus in general, from the outside…

  2. Anonymous

    I haven’t been inside, but I love what it does for the feel of campus in general, from the outside…

  3. Anonymous

    Allright, how about the feel of the place in general, apart from the food? I think it’s dreadful. Bland, corporate, anonymous. Feels like bad mall. Did it strike anyone else as a bad sign that the very first thing you see upon entering from Wyllis is a huge BofA ATM? Not a bulletin board or even some Wes signage, but an ATM. And that the items for sale at the university shop are for the visitors across the street at the Admissions building, not actual students? It’s just like everything else in the world–the values of commerce and circulation reign supreme. Isn’t this university supposed to be a place of reflection and contemplation? If so, why is this place so damn loud, so damn ugly, and so devoid of the originality that we supposedly value here at Wes?I hope things get a little more colorful as the real year gets started. The present state could just be the result of the finishing construction being (obviously) behind schedle. Q’s: What’s the policy on getting messages on to those LCD monitors everywhere? It would be fun if you could just post your own stuff, or at the very least if the WSA were running it. What’s the new way of addressing people en masse? At Mocon you just stood above everyone and within a few seconds people would start beinging their glasses. What now?Banners? Where are the banners going?How about piping WESU in? Oh, I forgot, that went corporate 10hrs/day a couple years ago, too….

  4. Anonymous

    Allright, how about the feel of the place in general, apart from the food? I think it’s dreadful. Bland, corporate, anonymous. Feels like bad mall. Did it strike anyone else as a bad sign that the very first thing you see upon entering from Wyllis is a huge BofA ATM? Not a bulletin board or even some Wes signage, but an ATM. And that the items for sale at the university shop are for the visitors across the street at the Admissions building, not actual students? It’s just like everything else in the world–the values of commerce and circulation reign supreme. Isn’t this university supposed to be a place of reflection and contemplation? If so, why is this place so damn loud, so damn ugly, and so devoid of the originality that we supposedly value here at Wes?

    I hope things get a little more colorful as the real year gets started. The present state could just be the result of the finishing construction being (obviously) behind schedle. Q’s:

    What’s the policy on getting messages on to those LCD monitors everywhere? It would be fun if you could just post your own stuff, or at the very least if the WSA were running it.

    What’s the new way of addressing people en masse? At Mocon you just stood above everyone and within a few seconds people would start beinging their glasses. What now?

    Banners? Where are the banners going?

    How about piping WESU in? Oh, I forgot, that went corporate 10hrs/day a couple years ago, too….

  5. Anonymous

    Think about the lines at Summerfields. Usually very manageable. But every year the first week it is open the lines are atrocious.Usdan is bad now but it’ll die down. Give it time, then complain.

  6. Anonymous

    Think about the lines at Summerfields. Usually very manageable. But every year the first week it is open the lines are atrocious.

    Usdan is bad now but it’ll die down. Give it time, then complain.

  7. Anonymous

    The food is okay, but the lines are freaking terrible. And the sausage at breakfast was really weird. Supposedly they have a $12,000 sausage machine, but it doesn’t taste like it…

  8. Anonymous

    The food is okay, but the lines are freaking terrible. And the sausage at breakfast was really weird. Supposedly they have a $12,000 sausage machine, but it doesn’t taste like it…

  9. Anonymous

    actually, almost half the campus is there already. frosh (1/4) plus students in many groups/sports (1/6?) are on campus already, with the Butts frosh most likely dining at Usdan for the time being

  10. Anonymous

    actually, almost half the campus is there already. frosh (1/4) plus students in many groups/sports (1/6?) are on campus already, with the Butts frosh most likely dining at Usdan for the time being

  11. Anonymous

    I really don’t think space will be much of an issue. I believe Usdan is the only place open right now? Once things settle down, I’m sure most of the Butts people (and that’s a lot!) will eat at Summerfields, while the upperclassmen will be doing their own thing after they check out the new digs. So really, many people eating there now won’t be…. I hope

  12. Anonymous

    I really don’t think space will be much of an issue. I believe Usdan is the only place open right now? Once things settle down, I’m sure most of the Butts people (and that’s a lot!) will eat at Summerfields, while the upperclassmen will be doing their own thing after they check out the new digs. So really, many people eating there now won’t be…. I hope

  13. Anonymous

    the placing of the drinks is ridiculous, I just grab from the fridge while I’m in line. The VEGAN food is delicious, though and the lines are always short.

  14. Anonymous

    the placing of the drinks is ridiculous, I just grab from the fridge while I’m in line. The VEGAN food is delicious, though and the lines are always short.

  15. Anonymous

    why oh why are the cups so far from the drinks?and why did a piece of grilled chicken, some lettuce, and orange juice cost $11.67?

  16. Anonymous

    why oh why are the cups so far from the drinks?

    and why did a piece of grilled chicken, some lettuce, and orange juice cost $11.67?

  17. Anonymous

    somewhat off topic but… for those of us sophomores (i.e. pratically ALL of us) who have been relegated to the butts – is summerfields open yet? if so is it still good? if not, i fear the one good thing about living in the butterfields is lost…

  18. Anonymous

    somewhat off topic but… for those of us sophomores (i.e. pratically ALL of us) who have been relegated to the butts – is summerfields open yet? if so is it still good? if not, i fear the one good thing about living in the butterfields is lost…

  19. spazeboy

    Pricing is inconsistent. Yesterday I paid for my salad by weight, today I made a small salad and was charged a flat rate. For someone like me who is trying to master the art of eating frugally at Wes, this is really crappy.

  20. spazeboy

    Pricing is inconsistent. Yesterday I paid for my salad by weight, today I made a small salad and was charged a flat rate.

    For someone like me who is trying to master the art of eating frugally at Wes, this is really crappy.

  21. Anonymous

    This is worse than Mocon ever was in terms of times spent in a line. I went for dinner a half hour before closing yesterday (I assume this is considered non-peak hours). I waited over 45 minutes for my food– by the time I got my watery pasta (a function of of the fact this poor chef had to be working so fast he didn’t really have time to be careful), by rice (from another station) was ice cold. There were people at the Mongonlian BBQ who were in line when I entered the room, and were still in line when I left. This is not a function of slow service or inexperienced cashiers (the paying line was actually really fast). It is simply a space issue. The lines run into each other, the exits block up around the drinks (who thought of putting the drinks in a hallway, anyway?), and this is by far the most poorly planned space I’ve seen in a long, long time. PS– The all you care to eat dinner— what a joke! How can you eat all you care to when no rational human being has time to stand in more than one, maybe two, of the lines?

  22. Anonymous

    This is worse than Mocon ever was in terms of times spent in a line. I went for dinner a half hour before closing yesterday (I assume this is considered non-peak hours). I waited over 45 minutes for my food– by the time I got my watery pasta (a function of of the fact this poor chef had to be working so fast he didn’t really have time to be careful), by rice (from another station) was ice cold. There were people at the Mongonlian BBQ who were in line when I entered the room, and were still in line when I left.

    This is not a function of slow service or inexperienced cashiers (the paying line was actually really fast). It is simply a space issue. The lines run into each other, the exits block up around the drinks (who thought of putting the drinks in a hallway, anyway?), and this is by far the most poorly planned space I’ve seen in a long, long time.

    PS– The all you care to eat dinner— what a joke! How can you eat all you care to when no rational human being has time to stand in more than one, maybe two, of the lines?

  23. Anonymous

    As a non-wesleyan student, I am pretty much drooling with jealousy that you can easily get good sushi! Meanwhile, as someone as someone who used to attend wes, I think everyone should think back to mocon during orientation and how the line for it stretched practically to nicolson. Is it ever that bad for the rest for the year? Not even close.

  24. Anonymous

    As a non-wesleyan student, I am pretty much drooling with jealousy that you can easily get good sushi! Meanwhile, as someone as someone who used to attend wes, I think everyone should think back to mocon during orientation and how the line for it stretched practically to nicolson. Is it ever that bad for the rest for the year? Not even close.

  25. Marianna

    It’s kind of absurd that the only get in-get out food option is sushi. And I second all the long lines/no room stuff.

  26. Marianna

    It’s kind of absurd that the only get in-get out food option is sushi. And I second all the long lines/no room stuff.

  27. Anonymous

    There definitely is not enough seating space. I also want more to-go options. Other than that, the food is pretty good and you can tell it’s fresh.

  28. Anonymous

    There definitely is not enough seating space. I also want more to-go options. Other than that, the food is pretty good and you can tell it’s fresh.

  29. Anonymous

    but think about it. 3/4 of the school aren’t here, they will ALL be eating there…..there simply isn’t enough room, let alone stoves, to make food for all those people…

  30. Anonymous

    but think about it. 3/4 of the school aren’t here, they will ALL be eating there…..there simply isn’t enough room, let alone stoves, to make food for all those people…

  31. Anonymous

    Keep in mind that the servers and cashiers are just now learning the routine. The equipment, recipes, registers, etc. are all brand spanking new to them. I have a feeling it will get much better as they get into their new groove.

  32. Anonymous

    Keep in mind that the servers and cashiers are just now learning the routine. The equipment, recipes, registers, etc. are all brand spanking new to them. I have a feeling it will get much better as they get into their new groove.

  33. Anonymous

    There is no hope. When everyone else gets here the building is completely fucked. In addition, it’s insanely easy to take your trays outside, meaning stealing food will be rampant, AND dinner is a meal, what upperclassmen want to pay meals again, where do you get a simple snack, a burrito, a slice of pizza? We can’t ALL go to the sushi bar downstairs…..

  34. Anonymous

    There is no hope. When everyone else gets here the building is completely fucked. In addition, it’s insanely easy to take your trays outside, meaning stealing food will be rampant, AND dinner is a meal, what upperclassmen want to pay meals again, where do you get a simple snack, a burrito, a slice of pizza? We can’t ALL go to the sushi bar downstairs…..

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