The Commons

Written by on April 12, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(dining.byu.edu/commons) – Provo, Utah

How I heard of this place: Wanting to ensure that we met all of my cousin’s children, we made a special trip down to BYU to partake of their dining experience.

The Commons BYU

Type of cuisine: A cafeteria setting, stations throughout the modern, expansive dining hall include a salad station offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and prepared salads as well as wraps, specialty sandwiches, cottage cheese, cut fresh fruit, whole fruit, potato salad, seafood pasta salad, turkey bacon avocado sandwiches, cranberry almond and spinach salad, and spinach salad, roast beef & pepperjack cheese on ciabatta, southwestern chicken fajita salad, chicken salad on croissant, southwestern salmon salad and oriental chicken salad. The grill serves up hot items off the grill, including hamburgers  & cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, turkey & swiss sandwiches, malibu chicken, buffalo style chicken tenders, grilled cheese sandwiches, foccacia chicken sandwiches, reuben sandwiches, hotdogs & bratwursts as well as fries. The grainery station provides baked goods and desserts including muffins & bagels, waffles, cookies & brownies, cakes, cheesecakes, rice krispy treats, pies & tarts, breads, parfaits & pudding. The Commons also offers a Fusion station with comfort food and warm casseroles with fused flavors from around the world. These include items such as enchilada casseroles, pot pies, Italian sausage lasagna, shepherds pie, macaroni and cheese, beef noodle soup, a baked potato bar, pizzas, poblano chicken soup and flatbreads. The Expo station features Italian favorites and pasta dishes, wuch as chicken chicken strips in southwestern cream sauce over penne pasta, spaghetti & meatballs, fettuccine with a bolognese sauce, Italian sausage in alfredo sauce over penne pasta, chicken in pesto cream sauce over oriechiechetti, carbonara sauce over penne pasta, chicken strips in herb chicken sauce over fusilli and Euro which features international dishes with flavors from the East and the West.
A station fully equipped with a tandoori oven, wok station, and rotisserie offering basmati rice, chicken tacos, meatball subs, kalua pig, tandoori chicken, naan bread, fish tacos, fajitas, Spanish rice, apple braised pork chops, orange grilled chicken, whole seasoned green beans, rotisserie chicken, beef tri-tip santa maria, scalloped potatoes, vegetable tandoori, Szechwan pork stir fry. Not to mention the selection of non-caffeinated beverage options.

Ambiance: Newly remodeled, the tall ceilings with pillar lights hanging from the ceiling, concrete floors and shiny, clean tables throughout the expansive space.

The Commons Seating

What I ordered: For my lunch, I chose a salad, a small helping of the Steak Fajitas with a Fiesta Rice Pilaf and Refried Beans, Beef Nachos and a small serving of curly fries.

The Commons Lunch

What I loved: The Beef Nachos, complete with a topping of pico de gallo and sour cream.

Why I loved it: Everyone is happy with his or her lunch choice – something for everyone!

Cost: Low (included in the cost of student housing/tuition, or as an all-you-can-eat option)

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