I feel really, really lucky to have a space at school where I can sit and have a good meal without having to wait 20 minutes in line, without being elbowed by everyone and their mother, and without being forced to choose something off the menu that will make me worry about my arteries afterwards. I’m talking about The Grad Lounge, located in the Ross Building on the York University Keele campus. Owned and run by graduate students (with the exception of Mike and Paul who run the show day in and day out), it’s a space exclusively for graduate students and 19+ folk as the eatery serves alcohol. Good food that’s affordable and vegetarian and vegan friendly. Now, I may not be vegetarian or vegan (far from it, ha!), but I truly appreciate the lengths eating establishments go through to ensure there are viable options for everyone.
What we have here is a broccoli and cheddar quiche with grilled zucchini and a mixed green salad with sundried tomato dressing. Don’t even get me started on how much the grilled zucchini made me wiggle with joy, oh my golly. What I love about the Grad Lounge is how they consistently rotate between daily specials. You could feasibly find about 3 vegetarian or vegan options off the daily meal (among others for more carnivorous folks) and if none of them suit your fancy, there’s always the permament menu you can order from. And when I say rotate, it means if you miss one of your favourite dishes one day, it’ll most likely come back again the next week, so there’s no need to fret! 🙂
I’m going to be point blank when I say this: if I’m going to be spending $6-$8 on a fast food combo meal that may or may not fill me, I would much rather go to the Grad Lounge and spend the same amount and get a healthy plate of food instead. Yes, of course, sometimes I will have the urge to get a quesadilla from Taco Bell and I will sure as hell enjoy it. But if we’re talking about food from the perspective of it being MORE than just food, I would much rather support an establishment that gives me quality and heart on a daily or weekly basis.
It is really fun eating my way through the menu and taking photos of everything, so this is going to be a weekly fixture on the blog. Every week I am going to feature a menu item from the Grad Lounge until I basically run out, ha! Enjoy!
The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.