Consuming Vegan in the UCSB Eating Halls

The viewpoints revealed in this post are the author’s very own and also do not show the sights of Her University.

In between the anxiety of mosting likely to course and also the mayhem of being social, it seems like I am continuously leaping about and also using up every offered ounce of power I have. Something that maintains me going, that I am generally expecting, is my following dish. While I like getting hold of a bite in IV with good friends or perhaps making an evening of all of it by heading midtown, one of the most hassle-free and also affordable choice (at the very least when staying in the dormitories) is to head to among the eating commons. Yet, as a result of my vegan diet plan, I do not constantly have the most convenient and also most pleasurable time. Below is an introduction of my experiences with UCSB’s 4 eating commons as a vegan, consisting of several of my favored dishes at each.

Portola Eating Commons

Having actually stayed in the Santa Catalina dormitories throughout my fresher year and also the start of my student year, I am familiar with Portola. I have to state, having the eating hall in such close distance was incredibly wonderful, particularly on days that I did not wish to jump on my bike. 

As I sadly needed to find out by hand, Portola was incredibly irregular with vegan-friendly dishes. Some days there would certainly be just fruit and also salute for morning meal, while on various other days they had a range of plant-based recipes to pick from, consisting of baked products. I likewise discovered that on numerous weekdays when they marketed having peanut butter banana oats (my individual favored eating hall dish) offered, I would certainly utilize my dish swipe just to figure out they did not have it. 

As for lunches and also suppers, I discovered that Portola was rather trusted with vegan dishes at lunch, yet there were some days when the pickings were slim. Supper was commonly a miss out on, with the only offered hot-food alternatives commonly being rice and also veggies (possibly a potato). My favored vegan Portola dishes would certainly need to be the previously mentioned PB banana oats, tortilla soup, and also sticky toffee dessert.

De La Guerra Eating Commons

The agreement amongst my good friends and also me—varying from vegans to predators—is that De La Guerra (DLG) is without a doubt the very best eating commons at UCSB. Not just does its area near the UCen make it very easy to stop by in between courses, yet it likewise has an excellent, constant selection of dishes and also foods. Particularly, I enjoyed mosting likely to DLG due to the fact that I constantly recognized there would certainly be a lot more considerable vegan alternatives offered than, state, at Portola.

As for morning meal goes, I am not certified to speak with that of DLG. As a matter of fact, I never ever consumed morning meal at any type of eating hall apart from Portola merely as a result of its range from my dormitory. It deserves keeping in mind, however, that from looks of the food selection online (it is incredibly very easy to seek out the everyday eating commons food selections!) I never ever really felt specifically obliged to see DLG throughout morning meal time.

Lunch was a totally various tale. I enjoyed going to DLG for the Taqueria specifically. Whether it was for a pre-made veggie burrito or to put together a taco myself, I recognized there was constantly mosting likely to be something for me to consume. If I wasn’t in the state of mind for that, the majority of days there were vegan hamburgers and also french fries that I can order. A lot of various other vegan dishes remained in turning at DLG, also.

Like with morning meal, I did not see DLG for supper merely as a result of its range from me, yet taking a look at the food selection revealed me that their supper alternatives were mainly resemblant of lunch. The very best vegan dishes at DLG, in my viewpoint, were absolutely the veggie burrito and also the crinkle-cut french fries. I likewise enjoyed when they had plums as a fruit choice!

Carrillo Eating Commons

In all sincerity, I have actually just ever before seen Carillo as soon as. This has not as much to do with the food selection as it makes with it being a little bit out of my method. From taking a look at the food selection, I saw that there were a reasonable quantity of vegan alternatives offered. Nevertheless, it constantly looked like though they never ever fairly meshed to make an actual dish. Instead, it appeared as though if I had actually consumed there, I would certainly have had a hodge-podge dish. There’s absolutely nothing incorrect with that said, simply not always my favored method to go.

Ortega Eating Commons

Last on the checklist is UCSB’s only takeout-style eating hall: Ortega. Since the food selection is fairly steady, with just a number of “specials” exchanged out every week, it looks like they are instead conscious of consisting of at the very least one choice that fits nutritional limitations. Their routine vegan alternatives consist of a salad and also a tofu tikka masala. It is very important to keep in mind, however, that while there is a salad choice weekly, the kind of salad often alters, and also it is for that reason not constantly vegan. In between both routine alternatives, I like the tikka masala.

They likewise sometimes have vegan specials, although not weekly. Several of the previous ones I took pleasure in consisted of a tofu quinoa harissa dish and also pineapple fried rice.

They likewise revolve with their treat alternatives; with just one vegan treat, this indicates that it is not constantly offered. When it is, however, I extensively appreciate their banana bars, as do most of my non-vegan good friends. Also when it is not offered, however, you constantly have the choice to purchase fruit with your dish if you are food craving something wonderful.


Overall, while the vegan experience in the UCSB eating commons is much from excellent, there are absolutely some standout dishes that made a hit.

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