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.

Temple of Zeus Returns as Steady Soup Stop

When Temple of Zeus reopened Oct. 8 after five months without dishing up its signature soups and coffee, it was a joyous day for Zeus staff and regulars — but also the beginning of a slow semester at the cafe.

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In contrast with Zeus’s “bright work areas and healthy local food choices” as advertised on its website, the Syracuse-orange haze and pre-packaged, microwaveable foods in Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe seem like what consumer theorist Alfred Marshall would call a package of inferior goods. But I suppose I resist the argument that Zeus is better than Libe because the justifications only consider the merits of one eatery over the other. Let’s not kid ourselves: Nowhere in the John M. Olin Library outside of free pizza on finals week will you find edible food. But that’s not the point. Libe is where most of us have messed around since freshman year, before we were cool enough to discover Zeus.