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Students Weigh in on Lunchtime Favorites

When upper school students shared their cafeteria favorites in a KN survey, many were in agreement on the top choices. Graphic: Aman Hashim

The Pace cafeteria offers many tasty meals, but students especially enjoy the rodeo burgers, pizza and chicken tenders, according to a survey conducted by The Knightly News. KN recently asked upper school students what their favorite lunches are at Pace and received a total of 97 responses.

It was no surprise to the KN staff that the famous rodeo burgers, with 32 votes, were the favorite. Rodeo burgers are said to be so tasty because of the added cheese and bacon, as compared with the plain hamburgers the cafeteria has served in the past. Chicken tenders and pizza were right behind rodeo burgers, in a second place tie with 19 votes each for best meals in the cafeteria.

Most people choose the cheese pizza over the meat lovers or even buffalo chicken pizza due to its originality. The chicken tenders are covered with a perfectly fried golden crust that puts a savory flavor in your mouth. Breakfast for lunch was slightly behind chicken tenders and pizza with a total of 17 votes. Most of the students particularly enjoy when the cafeteria staff serves french toast sticks and home fries with this lunch. Occasionally the breakfast for lunch meal will consist of chicken and waffles, creating a chaotic lunch line. Corn dogs finished last with two votes, but many students still enjoy them.

The survey also included an “other” category, where students could write in their favorites. Eight students chose this option, with some indicating their fondness for the buffalo wings that have been served in the past. Another popular item is the “Nacho Grande” platter. This meal consists of tortilla chips, ground beef, and queso, with the option of adding other toppings such as salsa, lettuce and tomatoes. The students especially like this dish because it is normally served with a churro sprinkled with cinnamon for dessert.

At least one student wants to see a meal brought back that was served in celebration of the recent Hindu festival of lights. “I especially like the Indian cuisine Pace had to offer on Diwali because it is not something they normally offer and it’s unique,” said sophomore Ben Caldwell. “I tried the Indian food for the first time and it tasted like heaven on Earth. I would really like to see Pace have that more often.”