Tulane Campus Dining introduces new dining options

Emma Discher, Senior Staff Reporter

New Orleans is known for its food and Tulane makes an effort every year to keep up with the reputation. This year Dining Services introduced a redesign to Bruff Commons, a campus food truck, a deli-style restaurant in the Lavin-Bernick Center and extended hours in Bruff To Go. 

Rouler NOLA Comfort Food, Tulane’s second and newest food truck, started dishing out its New Orleans-style cooking on Monday with a rotating menu including shrimp po’boys, red bean sausage hoagies and veggie noodle bowls.

“Rouler is designed to be a bonus option for the students who are enrolled on a meal plan,” said Linda Lien-Ribardi, Tulane University dining services marketing specialist. “Unlike Ironsides Waffles, Rouler will offer exclusivity to guests who are enrolled in a meal plan on Tulane’s uptown campus by accepting Bruff Commons meal swipes and WaveBucks.”

Freshman Tracy Trojo picked up a shrimp po’boy with her unlimited meal swipes during the grand opening. She said she appreciated the speed even with a long line of customers.

“I feel like it’s more of a snack because I feel like there are some people who couldn’t come here for a full meal,” Trojo said on the portion size. “I don’t really eat that much for lunch. I probably wouldn’t have come here if I was on a 10 swipes a week meal plan.”

Ironside Waffles, Tulane’s first food truck, recently won a few awards including the Food Management Magazine’s Best Menu award. The success of Ironside in part inspired the opening of a second truck.

Staff member and graduate student Katie Davis said she found the portable nature of the food truck to be a plus.

“Not all of us can make it all the way to the [Lavin-Bernick Center],” Davis said. “For a student option I think it’s good because they can park it on campus closer to where students are. So when you have something like a tailgate … you can move it over to the stadium where everyone else is.”

While Rouler takes campus dining to the streets, a new deli-style restaurant named Pickles serves up New York-style sandwiches in the LBC. Every sandwich, including the Yellow Taxi Turkey, the Fahgettaboudit and the Brooklyn Beef, comes with a side of chips and a homemade pickle. Pickles’ menu rounds out the meal with cheesecake, cannolis and tiramisu available for dessert.

Pickles also offers Boar’s Head deli meats and cheese sliced by the pound for pick up to save students and staff a trip to the store.

Bruff To Go is also expanding its hours to dinner to accommodate quick and convenient bites on Mondays to Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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