By: Chandni Jaggi, 1st Year- Epidemiology
If you’re anything like me then you know you should cook, however going to buy food is so much easier. I try to cook and meal prep as much as I can but once midterms week hits I have a hard time finding the motivation to cook. Therefore, I needed to find good restaurants near campus where I could easily grab food to eat at home or in the basement if it’s a late night on campus. There are tons of options at Emory Point (north of campus, about a 5 minute walk from Rollins) and Emory Village (south of campus, about 15-20 minute walk from Rollins). Here are some of my favorites I have found for fast and semi-healthy takeout!
-Chipotle is a easy go-to for me. I have a wonderful love affair with Chipotle. It is always there for me and provides a “healthy,” fast, and easy alternative for me when I don’t want to cook. It is in Emory Village and an easy stop on the way home from class. The line is normally short and they have parking in the front.
-Zoe’s is Chipotle’s next door neighbor. It’s perfect for when you’ve had Chipotle three times in one week and feel like you need to diversify your palette. I went there a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and quickness. It seems like a sit-down kind of restaurant when you walk in so I was worried it would take a while for my food to be ready. My food was ready in under five minutes! I got the chicken shish kabobs. It was a big meal with a full Greek salad, two kabobs and rice so I only ate half and saved the other half for lunch the next day. Leftovers are a definite plus in my book. Protip: it doesn’t look like there are many parking spots but there is a lot of parking behind the building.
-Earth Fare, located at Emory Point, is a local, organic supermarket. On days that I had late labs, I found myself needing a quick place to grab dinner between classes. Earth Fare has tons of prepared foods like mac and cheese, egg rolls, baked chicken, soups, sushi, a salad bar, and lots of other options. It’s a great place to go when I don’t know what I want to eat because they have lots of different options. However, I must warn, whenever I go into Earth Fare I end up buying things I don’t need like pumpkin spice yogurt covered pretzels. Try to be strong so you don’t end up with a ton of snacks that you don’t need…
-Also located at Emory Point, General Muir is a great stop of breakfast. They have a full dining area if you want to meet someone for breakfast in the morning before class. They have lots of different options for a full breakfast. They also have a counter that you can order from if you just want to pick up a bagel and coffee before class. If you end up not buying a school parking pass and find yourself parking at Emory Point often, General Muir is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat before heading to class.
-This isn’t a restaurant, but I highly recommend it for when you want takeout and are already home and feeling lazy. UberEats, if you have never heard of it, is an app you can download on your phone and order food through. It has teamed up with a bunch of restaurants around Atlanta that you can order from and someone will go pick up your food when it is ready and deliver it to you. Plus, it’s super easy to order because you order directly through the app! The app has a bunch of restaurants listed. You choose the restaurant and then the menu will be shown and you can select what you want. It is all done from the app to streamline the entire process. You can also search restaurants by type of food and it will list everything available. It is a great way to find and try new restaurants.