One of the most popular questions asked on my tours is about the food. Parents want to make sure their soon-to-be college kids are going to be well fed…and for good reason! Short of actually trying the food for themselves, I decided: what better way of getting to know Lewis food than through a food review?
It was Monday night, and I was taking a break from studying for an Econ test. It was getting late and I wanted something more fulfilling than a microwavable meal or a cold sandwich from the convenience store. Around here, there is one place on campus that immediately comes to mind when we think “late dinner”: Grill 155, better known as “The Den.” Its reputation stems from the fact that it is open until midnight every day of the week.
Located in the lower level of the Student Union, The Den is a favorite among Lewis students craving something delicious and greasy. Upon entering, one picks up on the fun, laid back ambiance of a burger joint. Because of its location, sounds of billiards balls, arcade games, and laughter provide the atmosphere for your meal.
After looking over the menu of chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, and hot beef sandwiches, I settled on the special: The Angus BLT Ranch Burger. I also decided on some fries and chicken wings to go with it. The stocky Italian guy with an accent further added to the burger joint feel that was almost too perfect. He didn’t keep me waiting too long and was quick in getting my order in.
While I was waiting, I chose a fountain drink to go with my meal. The Den is one of the select few locations in America where Pepsi chose to test one of their new vending machines. Its touch screen allows you to mix different flavors with popular Pepsi products. I poured out my regular: lemonade with raspberry.
I got my food after a 5-10 minute wait. Burgers usually take a bit longer because they are grilled. Looking over my order, I saw a decent sized burger loaded with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ranch sauce. After my first bite, I decided that it tasted just as good as it looked. The beef was good quality and had the taste of actual meat (unlike the substitutes we have all gotten all too used to.) The toppings were fresh and the bacon was delicious.
Although the burger was big enough to satisfy most people, I moved on to the fried additions to my meal because I am a college student and like to enjoy my speedy metabolism while I have it. The fries were well seasoned and served as a great addition to the Angus BLT. This time they came out crispy (just the way I like them). The six chicken wings were delicious, and the buffalo and ranch dipping sauces I chose complimented them nicely.
Sitting back and loosening my belt after my meal, I thought about my previous experiences here. In my three years at Lewis, The Den has been the reliable option. Their food has always been consistent and the service decent. I have never been left waiting to order my food or pay. The wait can be a bit longer, which is why I like to stress that it is a “burger joint” not a “fast food” place on my tours.
Another perk of Grill 155 is that if you’re in the mood for dessert, or just want to make the healthier choice, it is located in the same area as the NRgize Cafe. Because of my aversion to lactose (and/or “healthy food”) I’m not a regular, but from the smoothies I’ve shared with friends, I’d say that they are delicious and made with fresh ingredients.
Atmosphere gets 4 out of 5 Bedchecks. It is loud, fun, and a great place to go with friends for a good meal, arcade games, and laughs.
Cleanliness gets 5 out of 5 Bedchecks. The kitchen staff all wear gloves, hair nets, and the tables are wiped down regularly.
Food gets 5 out of 5 Bedchecks. It all tasted great and is well above what I expect school food to taste like.
Service gets 4 out of 5 Bedchecks. The employees are good at their jobs and won’t delay in getting your order in.
Prices get 4 out of 5 Bedchecks. They are a bit high, but that is to be expected from a college food service.
All in all, I give The Den 4.5 out of 5 Bedchecks. The food is great and you will find yourself going back again and again. I know I do!