SLU ranks No. 1 for La. college food _lowres

Photo provided by SLU -- A Southeastern Louisiana University student makes her meal selection at the Mane Dish restaurant in the university’s new Student Union. Southeastern food has been rated best in Louisiana and 77th nationally for the quality of its food by a national college marketing research firm.

Students’ opinions and taste buds earned Southeastern Louisiana University the 2016 Best College Food in Louisiana title and a national Top 100 ranking, too.

The ranking, based on student reviews, takes into account meal plan costs and student access to healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences, a news release said.

At the national level, Southeastern came in at No. 77. No other Louisiana universities made the Top 100 cut.

“With the recent expansion of our Student Union, we set out to completely transform the dining experience on campus,” said Connie Davis, director of the Office of Auxiliary Services. “After much research, we found that trends in campus dining include a central location that offers both healthy and delicious options with affordable variety for the students and campus community. The Mane Dish restaurant has an ever-changing menu that can be customized to the consumer’s preferences. Located in the new Student Union, it’s a great space to relax and enjoy a meal while on campus.”

The ranking was based on survey responses obtained from students at more than 1,700 public and private traditional four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

Among the criteria considered were hours of operation, healthy and organic options, overall quality, and variety of offerings.

Student opinions collected in the survey referred to the many options for campus dining, especially with the addition of the new Student Union; the variety of meals from which to choose; quality and freshness of food; and reasonable prices.

In addition to its Mane Dish dining facility, which offers all-you-care-to-eat meals made on site, Southeastern also maintains a food court, featuring a variety of nationally-based vendors.