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Here are the best places to eat on campus during the EMU renovation



It’s syllabus week. Your first mid-afternoon class ended early. Excited and hungry, you autopilot straight to the EMU for your daily dose of orange chicken to find… massive sheets of white plastic covering your beloved Panda Express, and all your other favorite EMU lunch spots.

Don’t have a panic attack quite yet. While the EMU is under construction, there are still plenty of places on campus to eat. Here are a few favorites:

Marché — One of the best places to grab lunch on campus, Marché has everything the cafés do, as well as extra food items like soup, sandwiches and quiche. There’s also beer and wine for those 21 and over. It’s open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and stays open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. On weekends it’s open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hearth Café — Located in Lawrence Hall, this coffee shop offers all types of coffee drinks, and a small selection of the food you’ll find on any other campus café. It’s spacious and filled with light, making it an ideal study spot as well. It’s open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Daily Grind — This café is located in the basement of the Knight Library. During the week it’s open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., but on Friday it closes at 5 p.m. On Sunday it’s open 12 – 9 p.m.

Common Grounds Café — Get your late night spinach dip and cheesy grillers, as well as your morning smoothies and bagel sandwiches here. Located in Hamilton Hall, it is open 7 – 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. on weekends.

Big Mouth Burrito — Burritos, taco salads, quesadillas, you know the drill. Located in Hamilton Hall and open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fire ‘n’ Spice Grill — Make your own fried rice or chow mein bowl and they will grill it all up for you. Located in Hamilton Hall, open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Grab ‘n’ Go Marketplace — Also located in Hamilton, they have a sandwich station and salad bar, as well as anything you could ever want from the grocery store. Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – midnight. However, some of the food bars’ hours vary. Check their website for more info.

Fresh Marketcafé — Get your rice bowls, pasta, sushi or deli sandwiches here. Located in Global Scholars Hall. Most choices are available 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., though some items such as the bowls and pasta are only available during lunch. On Saturday and Sunday the are open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


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Andrea Harvey

Andrea Harvey

Andrea is an arts and culture editor for the Emerald, and recent graduate of the UO School of Journalism and Communication.