JMU has lots of hidden food gems, often featuring fresh items like the stir fry shown here.
Photo credit: jmuCampusDish.com.

We all know JMU has the second best food in the country, and we’re lucky to have more than twenty different places to eat on campus.  Yet most of us still get tired of the same food, no matter how many locations there are.  But never fear! ou’ve probably forgotten about a couple of the smaller eateries.  Now when you’re looking for a change, or just a place with a shorter line, simply hit up one of the five places below.

Let’s Go Local

Hidden underneath D-Hall, Let’s Go Local is often passed by.  Open from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, the carry-out, all-you-can-fit-into-a-container style location offers a salad bar, baked potatoes, and tacos daily. Desserts, soups and fruits rotate on a day to day basis.  Most everything is local, and eating there is only a punch (or $10.50 plus tax).

Lakeside Express

On the ground floor of Chandler, past Mrs. Greens, is Lakeside Express.  Decorated like a diner from the eighties, this cute little eatery features pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas, soups and various desserts.  They’re open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and only accept dining dollars, flex, cash, credit or debit (a.k.a.,no punches).

Corner Bistro

Corner Bistro is located in Memorial, which is why if you’re not an IDLS major you’ve probably never heard of it.  They offer sandwiches, soups and desserts and are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Madison Grill

Madison Grill is known for its restaurant-style food with full service and items ranging from steak to lobster.  Located on the fifth floor of Warren Hall, Madison Grill is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for dinner.  Students on a meal plan get 3 punches a semester (extended to be worth $8.50).

Vietnamese Express

Vietnamese Express earns an honorary place on our list.  Though it only opened this year in the Grace Street Market on the second floor of the SSC, it’s often forgotten in lieu of pizza and burgers next door at Bistro 1908 and Chophouse.  Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., this little deli offers Bahn Mi (traditional vietnamese sandwiches), Pho (a noodle soup), Kim Chi (a kind of vegetable dish), Asian Noodle Salad and Spring Rolls.  Next time you want to skip the line, or try something different, consider hitting up the Vietnamese Express or any of the places above.

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