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Explore campus to find the best places to eat lunch

By Kevin Squires
On May 5, 2014

  • Kirkwood students Zac Dekeyser, engineering tech, and Kevin Urquidez, electrical tech, relax between classes on the second floor balcony near The Café. The balcony is available to those who want to eat lunch or study outside. Kevin Squires


At Kirkwood Community College there are many options for lunch, such as grabbing a slice of pizza, a fresh salad or exploring other items on the menu that change daily at The Café. Students may also choose to bring a sack lunch from home or pick something up from one of the fast food restaurants close to campus.

Once students have their meals in hand the next decision is choosing a place to sit. Many students gather in the commons area just outside The Café, while others may search for a more secluded area.

Whether you want to eat with friends or take a few minutes to yourself, there are a wide variety of places to sit down for lunch or relax between classes. One such area is just above the commons area in Iowa Hall. It is a balcony that faces south and offers students a quiet place to escape. The location is also ideal to see airplanes take off and land from the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Another place on campus where students can sit for lunch is next to the walking track. There is a small covered building with two picnic tables next to Jones Hall that offers a quiet place to escape. 

Students who take classes near the horse barn can enjoy lunch in a park-like setting complete with a water fountain. This is also a more secluded, lesser-known area of campus. 

There are countless other outdoor locations around campus where students can sit for a quick bite or to simply relax. The campus offers many park-like areas complete with benches, shade trees, or sunny spots to fit nearly everyone's preference. So, next time you are on campus for a meal get outdoors and explore one of the many unique places to enjoy lunch. 

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