It is time to talk about one of my favorite a-la-carte dining facilities to eat at on the Towson University Campus and that is the one and only Susquehanna. Us students tend to refer to it simply as “Susq” which is located on the second floor of the University Union next to another dining Facility Patuxent.
I’m not sure if it is the great location or just the different stations that are offered and not available anywhere else on campus that makes Susq such a hot spot, but whatever it is it is almost always packed when it is open!
Susq has a Chick-fil-A, New York Deli & Salads, Steaks & Stuff Grill, Kappa Sushi, Pazzeli’s Pizza, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays an action station is offered. In the center of the facility there are different stations called Ladles Kettle Kreations, Outtakes, and the Tiger fresh Bakery.
Susq is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. I will say that you probably will not want to go during the time range of 11:30ish to 1 because it will take you a while to get your food and through the lines to pay. You might also be sitting on the floor or outside because all the tables will be full.
But like I said above this is the only place on campus that you can get Chick-fil-A and sushi, so it is pretty awesome. For the purpose of this blog though I am going to take you through what I believe are the healthiest options to eat at Susq!
Here is the absolute best advice that I can give you to start out with……Freshman are you listening? If you are do not, and I repeat do not eat Chick-fil-A every day. I know that it is very tasty and hard to resist, but try your best to do so!
Now that I got that out of the way let me take you through the different stations. I think that one of the best places to start is the New York Deli & Salads. Here you will definitely get your fill of food.
Lets start with the sandwiches shall we? Here you have the choice to build your own sandwich, or choose one off the menu.
If you are building your own sandwich then I would suggest to make a wrap instead or choose a multi grain or wheat roll instead. Those breads tend to be healthier than white or focaccia, which are also offered.
Once you have your base the chef’s will tend to load your sandwich up with meat and cheeses. For healthier options I suggest asking them to limit the amount of meat and try no cheese. But if you must have your cheese fill, from what is offered your best bet is to go with the swiss!
Once you have your sandwich picked out and your meat, try to load up on the vegetables! Ask them to load up on the lettuce, tomatoes, onions and even avocado! On the topic of toppings, make sure to not load up on the condiments or try using no condiments at all. If you need to add condiments to your sandwich they do offer a low-calorie and herb mayonnaise!
If you want to choose from the signature sandwiches I would say the healthiest choice would be the Central Park Garden. On that sandwich is marinated mushrooms, green pepper, cucumber, muenster cheese and tomato on multi grain bread. Sounds good doesn’t it?
The best part with the sandwiches is that you also have the choice of two sides. This is the perfect opportunity to get some fruit, pretzels, or a whole kosher pickle.
Now lets move on over to the salad line if that is what you are in the mood for. Even though you think all salads are healthy this is false! There is a right and a wrong kind of salad. The healthiest salads are loaded with extra vegetables and don’t add items that are loaded with calories like cheeses, breads, and thick creamy dressings.
The healthiest salad that you can get at Susq has to be between the Veggie Delight, and the Citrus Asian. The Veggie Delight has mixed greens, spinach, roasted vegetables, parmesan and chick peas with a citrus vinaigrette dressing.
The Citrus Asian salad comes with mixed greens, mandarin oranges, chicken, carrots, red onion, peppers, crispy noodles and almonds and comes with a citrus vinaigrette.
The best part is you can tell the chef’s any way that you want your salad, whether that is changing up the dressings or just not getting all the ingredients.I don’t know about you, but now I am craving a huge healthy salad!
In my opinion the New York Deli is the healthiest place to eat, but there are other healthy options at the other stations also. For example if your in the mood for sushi you can walk over to Kappa Sushi, and order the Avocado Roll, or the Cucumber Roll. They are the healthiest rolls because all they have are vegetables in the center. You can also get a side of seaweed salad.
It has been found that most sushi isn’t bad for you, but you just have to make sure that you are choosing the right kind of sushi. For instance stay away from the sushi that has all kinds of deep fried elements to it. Other than that, you should be good to go!
Even if you are absolutely craving Chick-fil-A you are in luck, because they have healthier options too. Instead of getting fries and chicken nuggets, you can get the Grilled-Chicken-Salad instead. You can also get the Grilled-Chicken Sandwich that comes with lettuce and tomato!
The absolute best part about Susq has to be the center stations. This is where you can create your own mixture of yogurt, fruit and gronola. You can add as much of any of the ingredients that you want.
Also on either side you can choose to pick up pre-packaged food like sandwiches, salads, yogurt, fruits and so much more.
I hope that I have helped persuade you to try out Susq whenever you are in the union, or on campus during the day! There are healthier options everywhere you just have to make sure that you are adding the right ingredients!