Five stars for Roosevelt’s cafeteria

Darlene Leal

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The chicken fingers at the Roosevelt University cafe are delicious. Photo by Darlene Leal. 

The Roosevelt Cafeteria is inviting. In open space filled with buzzing students that are all loudly speaking about their classes, personal issues or rushing to finish their homework.

There is always a line for the RU cafeteria, so you know it’s the hottest thing
around. There is a variety of choices, and they offer both breakfast and
dinner! They have brand names all around the cafe area ranging from Doritos to Frosted Flakes. And everything is quickly accessible for the RU students to grab.

The actual cafe is set up for there to be a swift quickness – the student goes in one way, looks at all their options and leaves to wait in the – usually – one open aisle.

There is a variety of tables to choose from, some more comfortable than others. Some of the seats even have the straight view of the “L” train trudging on to the Harold Washington Library stop or leaving downtown. The “L” train noises are also a part of the experience. The loud creaks and twists of the “L” are pretty much unavoidable if sitting by the cafe windows.

Now, to the meal. The chicken tenders and fries were cooked right in front of the customer, if they choose so to wait for their food. The cook is pretty attentive. They don’t make you wait too long for ordering. If it gets crowded, they do tend to lose sight of who has ordered and who has not.

The meal is given in a white container which makes it easy to eat on the go, if one so chooses to. Who needs plates?

The price for chicken tenders, fries and a bottled soda will cost the student up to 11 dollars. Word of advice, only go there on special occasions. This is a “treat yo’ self” meal.

The chicken tenders are savory, slightly crisp and overall decent. But, they do lack a certain “oomph.” The fries are the plain Janes in the scenario, but nobody wants over-salted fries or under salted, so they just may be the true winners in the meal.

Five out of five Torches

*This is an article from the Scorch, the annual satire issue of the Torch*

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