Restaurant Review: The Century Café


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I hate to admit it, but I’m one of “those people.” When I find something I am passionate about, I rave relentlessly until my friends concede that a show is awesome, or yes, that Tom Hanks is the greatest of all time.

That being said, when it comes to food, I really do not mess around. So sit back, relax and get ready to find out why the Century Café is the greatest place to eat on campus.

Every time I encounter a Shippensburg University student who has never eaten at the Century Café, I die a little inside. Nestled cozily in Old Main, the best-kept dining secret on campus boasts a solid range of breakfast and lunch choices that can quell any craving.

Omelets made from fresh eggs (not the mysterious powdered eggs of dining hall lore), homemade soups, top-notch deli sandwiches and personalized salads are just a few of the mealtime offerings of the Century Café.

If you are looking for a bite to eat before class in the morning, stop by Old Main and check out the impressive list of breakfast sandwiches. If you want some lighter fare, grab a bowl of fresh oatmeal or grits, or simply have the workers at Century toast a bagel to your liking.

For fellow coffee-lovers, be sure to try the blends at this café when you’re not in the mood to wait in line at Starbucks. Try a powerful caffeine boost and delectable flavors are sure to come your way.
When lunch rolls around, the options at Century become even more enticing. Choose from two sandwich specials at the deli bar, or simply create your own. All of the ingredients are arguably tastier than those of the deli bar in Reisner Dining Hall.

To spice it up even more, order a slider of your favorite sandwich and pick up a 12 oz. cup of homemade soup to eat on the side. Move about three feet to your left and you can order the home-style meal of the day.

Ranging from baked tilapia with wild rice to sloppy joes with au gratin potatoes, the Century is guaranteed to hit the mark with its lunchtime offerings.

I like to consider myself an expert on the Century Café, I eat there, on average three times a week, and I am the reigning mayor of that glorious place on Foursquare.

The workers at Century are always a pleasure to see and they never skimp out on portions or forget to ask you if you would “like a pickle with that?”

It is usually not too crowded — hence the whole “best-kept dining secret” thing — and the dining area is relatively quiet — making it a great place to meet for lunch with a friend.

If you have never eaten at The Century or heard of it, you had better try it.

In all seriousness, eating random meals at Reisner everyday or wasting all of your flex at Chickendippity is great, but the Century Café is hands down the best place to eat on campus.

For every one of the reasons I listed above, there are at least five more that make the Century Café stand out so brightly among the dreariness of campus dining. Whatever those reasons may be, you will just have to discover for yourself.


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