Top Five Hidden Gems of Cornell Dining

If you’re keen to discover the tastiest menu items and fit in like a true Cornellian, know that you’re not alone. Thankfully, I’ve compiled a list of the top five hidden gems at Cornell eateries, complete with specific recommendations on what to order, as not all menu items are created equal.

WEIRENS | Jam-Packed: The Cons of Increased Enrollment

This space issue grows beyond North Campus and further leeches into higher branches of student life. Pre-enrollment is a cutthroat click race to get into your classes, where many don’t fully succeed despite clicking “enroll” the second sign-up opens. Collegetown housing for upperclassmen is already a bloodbath, and the new student surge will put further strain on the already struggling housing market.

KEMPFF | The Mail Room: Cornell’s Bureaucratic Nightmare

Although the mail room is a relatively small issue, I believe that it speaks to bigger issues here on campus. I firmly believe that the solution of ordering fewer packages is demeaning and unfair to students. These students are paying remarkably high figures in order to receive their education here. The least Cornell can do is to take care of their mail issue. 

Dining Hall Dinners That Got Me Through CHEM 2080

Despite the general vibe around campus that food from the dining halls has been lackluster, Ally Mark ’24 has found many diamonds in the rough. Here are her top five favorite Cornell dining hall dinners and deserts, like the gouda mac and cheese which helped her dance through the rigors of CHEM 2080.

The Freshman Dining Hall Experience

After waiting in line for 30 minutes, I finally enter the dining hall, ready to scan my Cornell ID via the GET app, a process similar to Apple Pay. I then check-in with the worker indicating if I’ve made a reservation or not. A two-step process, made to be simple and efficient, successfully plays its part. Once the dining hall worker checks that I have a reservation, I am yet faced with another line that wraps around the tables used to seat students. This is another 30 minutes of slowly inching forward towards actual food.