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After recent delays in changes to GW’s dining system, officials temporarily abandoned their original plans for an all-you-can-eat dining room at District House.
Delayed dining halls and unfinished promises have set the tone for a new chapter of GW dining this academic year during a confusing process of growing pains and slow progress.
GW’s transformative new dining system was slated to launch three new all-you-can-eat dining rooms to combat food insecurity for campus residents, an all-too-familiar challenge among current and former students alike, but the disruption of review of meals raises questions. for all students, especially newcomers. While officials originally said all three dining rooms were scheduled to open this fall, G.W. scrub plans for the all-you-can-eat dining room at District House this summer and the other two planned dining rooms will not be ready for the start of the school year.
We’ve got answers to your questions about campus dining, so here’s what you need to know for next semester.
How does GWorld work for dinner?
Your GWorld Card is your key to food at GW, acting as a debit card for meals, groceries and other purchases at over 80 participating vendors on and around campus. All freshmen receive $2,700 in meal dollars, their form of meal payment, this semester, and all other students on campus receive $1,670. While their allotted meal balance is meant to last each semester, students can add more meal dollars and colonial cash to their account through GW “GET.” app if required.
Not all stores on or near campus accept GWorld, but you can find a Map from participating restaurants online or use the “GET” app to find vendors that accept GWorld. On the plus side, students can link their GWorld card to their Grubhub account, which means you can buy delivery or pickup from any restaurant on Grubhub with GWorld.
How does the new dining system work?
The University announced an “unlimited” dining system with all-you-can-eat dining rooms in August last year. The updates were scheduled to go into effect earlier this semester, but those commitments weren’t met due to global supply chain issues.
The University swapped District House’s all-you-can-eat dining plan, which ousted all basement hallway vendors, with five new vendors ranging from a salad shop to a pizza and pasta restaurant. A month later, officials delayed the opening of dining rooms in the Thurston and Shenkman halls until mid- to late-September and spring 2023, respectively.
Thurston’s dining room feature nine concept food stations for different diets, including a made-from-scratch bakery and an allergen station. The Shenkman Dining Hall will offer seven such stations, including a teaching kitchen where students can learn to cook from trained chefs.
Thurston’s Dining Room and The Eatery at Pelham Commons on the Mount Vernon campus will offer all-you-can-eat buffets for $8 for breakfast, $10 for lunch and $12 for dinner this fall. New vendors in the District open Monday, offering meals consisting of an entrée, side dish and beverage for a price equal to the admission charge at campus all-you-can-eat dining halls, in addition to individual meals from your menu.
For him spring semester, all freshmen living on campus will choose one of three unlimited dining plans, which range in price from $2,700 to $3,100.
What are the best places to eat at GWorld?
For an inexpensive breakfast or lunch, there are few places better than GW Deli, a bodega located on G Street. Keep in mind that while you can find the best bacon, egg and cheese sandwich near campus, it also offers some of the longest lines, often spilling out onto the sidewalk between classes.
As for cheap dining options, Tonic at Quigley’s offers a cheeseburger, a side of your choice, like their self-proclaimed famous tater tots, and a soda or iced tea, all for $10 on Sunday nights between 5-10 p.m. If you’re not looking for a sit-down restaurant, or if it’s after 10 pm: the famous combination of Wawa convenience store and delicatessen and giant slice pizza place Pizza Movers & Calzones are viable options. Both are a longer walk from campus — Wawa is near downtown and Pizza Movers & Calzones is in Georgetown — but both are available for Grubhub delivery.
When it comes time to splurge on dinner, no restaurant is more impressive than Duke’s Grocery, a burger-focused eatery that offers plenty of tasty and delicious dishes. acclaimed options to customers. Duke’s Grocery is located in the Western Market restaurant cluster on Pennsylvania Avenue, making it a convenient place to dine if you’re showing your parents around campus.
Where should I go to the grocery store?
There are three supermarkets within walking distance of campus: Whole Foods Market on I Street, Trader Joe’s on 25th Street, and Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Trader Joe’s offers the ideal intersection of cheap prices, proximity to campus, and high-quality food, but unfortunately it doesn’t accept GWorld. Go to Whole Foods or Safeway if you want to cover your purchases with food dollars.
Whole Foods is significantly more expensive than Safeway, but it’s also much easier to access on campus. Students heading to the Safeway opt for a longer trip loading their purchases into the Circulator to return to the outskirts of campus. If you want to save money and time, the best strategy is to go to Whole Foods for your smaller shopping trips and to Safeway for larger grocery purchases.