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Campus Cafes by Claire

Claire Stephens | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

If you go wandering down the grand spiral staircase of the Mendoza College of Business, adorned with lights and Christmas garland, you’ll eventually find Café Commons, hidden away in the hallways of the basement. It’s a perfect place to get a quick bite, and students and faculty alike come here to enjoy the trendy new furniture and calm atmosphere.

What they’re known for

The sandwich bar gives you all the customization of Subway without having to make the trek to LaFortune. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sandwiches or wraps can be made with your choice of meat, cheese, bread, vegetables and wet salad. For a healthier option, carrots and celery can replace pretzels and chips. For something a little different, the café has specials, including a barbeque beef sandwich, meatball sub or quesadilla.

What else is in stock 

Before 11 a.m., breakfast sandwiches on bagels or croissants are sold – a staple of campus cafes for groggy and hungry students in the morning – and made fresh to order. If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, there are a couple of soup options daily, as well as a combination deal for half a sandwich and a soup. For snacks, there are chips and a good selection of candy. 

Who goes there 

You’ll mostly see business students, including MBA students, frequenting Café Commons, as well as Mendoza faculty members. It’s a good place for a quick lunch or snack to go, but also has a cozy and comfortable sitting area. There are enough tables for big groups, and also bar style seats for a meeting with a professor or for working on your homework. 

What you didn’t know they had 

There is a pretty impressive selection of drinks, considering the size of the quaint café. Different flavors and varieties of milks, juices, energy drinks, Vitamin Waters, Fuse and soft drinks are available. There are also a handful of different coffee and tea options, including flavors like Dark Magic and Rain Forest Nut.