Make the most of your meal plan

The dining center tends to be an overwhelming place; with a plethora of different cuisines and options, deciding what to eat can be tricky. Below are some of the most popular and most delicious meals made right in ISU’s cafeteria.

Orange Chicken

This classic Chinese dish is an Illinois State student favorite. Diners can find this delectable, sweet-but-spicy meal at the Wok station in Watterson for either lunch or dinner.


What’s not to like when you put melted cheese and a tortilla together? Add chicken or beef to make it into a filling meal. Found at the Tex-Mex food station in Watterson. Burritos, nachos and tacos are good choices as well.

(Adam Weiss / Staff Photographer) Mongolian Grill is another popular option at Tri Towers dining center Linkins.

(Adam Weiss / Staff Photographer)
Mongolian Grill is another popular option at Tri Towers’ dining center Linkins.

Mashed Potato Bar

This is truly the definition of comfort food. Satisfy any home-style food cravings by checking out all the choices available at the spud bar in Linkins. Bacon anyone?

Appetizer Bar

Delicious mozzarella sticks, bite-sized, tasty tacos and fried wontons are part of the multi-ethnic culinary mash-up known as the Appetizer Bar at the Linkins dining center.

Salad Bar

For a healthier option, the salad bar at Watterson dining center offers three different kinds of lettuce as well as delicious fixings such as olives, mushrooms, garbanzo beans, carrots and more. There are five or six different salad dressings to try as well. Or mix them together to make your own masterpiece.


The cookies at both Watterson and Linkins are delicious and easy to grab on the go. Choices include chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar cookies with sprinkles and a student favorite — the frosted cookies.


Build an omelette to order at Watterson dining center. Add any favorite ingredients, like mushrooms, ham or bell peppers, and it’s omelette perfection.



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