Brain fuel

Where and what to eat on campus

In the UNR library, a  student makes a purchase at Bytes, a coffee cafe.

In the UNR library, a student makes a purchase at Bytes, a coffee cafe.

Photo By PHOTO by allison young

Like any proper university campus, UNR has no shortage of food options. From tiny cafes to full restaurants, here’s a breakdown of what is offered and what we recommend. Don’t spend all your WolfBucks in one place. You might want to invest in a Lombardi gym pass, too, just to play it safe.

The Overlook

Where: North of Manzanita Lake and left of Frandsen Humanities.

Good for: English majors.

What to get: Soups change daily, but in the fall and winter, get the Italian Wedding soup and ask for cheesy breadsticks. It’s the perfect comfort food.

Open: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Where: Davidson Math and Science Center, main floor.

Good for: Math, science and engineering students.

What to get: Chai and a chiabatta sandwich. Ask for it heated.

Open: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Where: Main floor of the Knowledge Center.

Good for: A pick-me-up before delving into that term paper.

What to get: An iced raspberry mocha. Friendly barista Gonzalo makes it the best—sometimes he won’t let you put a lid on your cup until you take a sip of your drink first and give him a thumb’s up.

Open: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 7:30-5 p.m. Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

D-C Store

Where: Argenta Hall, bottom floor.

Good for: Late night cram sessions or House marathons.

What to get: Chicken strips are a rite of passage for students living in the res halls.

Open: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight. Saturday, 1:30 p.m.-midnight. Sunday, 1:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

The Downunder Café

Where: Argenta Hall, bottom floor.

Good for: Dorm dwellers.

What to get: It’s worth getting up before noon for the awesome breakfast spread, especially the epic omelet bar. Sometimes they also have French toast sticks. Remember those?

Open: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for brunch, 4:30-6:30 p.m. for dinner.

Pathways Café

Where: Center for Molecular Medicine.

Good for: Vegans or organic food fans.

What to get: The Veghead—eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and more veggie goodies doused with a pesto aioli. Get a side of the Totally Tomato Soup, too, if you’re really feeling adventurous.

Open: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Jolt N Java

Where: The pathway in front of the closed Getchell Library building.

Good for: Engineers heading to the engineering quad or to DeLaMare Library.

What to get: Green tea and an everything bagel with cream cheese. And eat it on the steps of Getchell or on the quad for an authentic college experience.

Open: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Las Trojes Express

Where: Ansari Business

Good for: Business majors, or anyone passing through the lower quad.

What to get: A Las Trojes breakfast burrito makes for great pre-test grub—especially for those early Core Humanities classes.

Open: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Northside Café

Where: Fitzgerald Student Services Building.

Good for: Grabbing a snack to console yourself after visiting the financial aid office.

What to get: A piece of cheese pizza and a cup of Seattle’s Best coffee—black, of course.

Open: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday 7:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Joe Crowley Student Union

The Joe has a food court with popular chains, including Einstein Bros. Bagels, Port of Subs, Panda Express and Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen. For fall hours, visit

On the third floor, the Cantina Del Lobo offers Mexican food with special days like Taco Tuesday, Wing Thursday, Burger Friday and $5 Meal Deals. Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.