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Tower Dining

I am sure very few people are familiar with this name as it didn’t open until August 18.you. It is a buffet open from 7 AM to 11 PM Monday to Friday and 7 AM to 3:30 PM on weekends.It was built for; but not exclusively for; IUPUI students. The building, a former hotel now offers housing for students as well as class rooms. In addition to the buffet. So this outing is a first in 2 ways. It is the first time we intentionally set out to eat at other than an independent joint and it was also our first foray out for breakfast. Pat had lunch there the first day and was quite impressed.

In all honesty my initial impression was disappointment. The first station I hit was the heat tray station. It features the immediate foods. Scrambled eggs, sausage etc.  It was in total disarray. It doesn’t take much to fluff up a buffet. As for the food. The eggs were quite good. Moist and fluffy. Their sausage was beautiful to look at but only mediocre to eat. They also offered the worse excuse for bacon I can imagine. As for the potatoes. Well they were more hash tan than hash brown.

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While I was eating I was able to look around and realized how large a venue it is. They do indeed have all the bells and whistles that you might expect in a breakfast buffet. They offer a first-rate omelet station. A make your own Belgian waffle area with several toppings and of course a plethora of dried cereals. From granola to Fruity Pebbles.

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After coffee I had a very nicely made egg white omelet, with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and a touch of white cheese.

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So…In a nut shell I think this place has possibilities. It definitely needs some tweaking ( NOT TWERKING). More attention to detail. Maybe a change of product. And definitely the boss needs to put the proverbial clog up some bums. I am pretty sure Chartwells will sort things out. Someone has a lot of money invested in the place. And at $6 and some change it is well worth some patience. I am planning on trying lunch. I hear that is where the action is. They have all of their stations going and it is priced under $8.

On a Sophomoric side note. Pat informed me that University changed the name of the building to Hines Hall, and the 2 letter designation is HO. That gives a whole new nuance to the question. “Where you having lunch”?Tower Dining on Urbanspoon

5 responses

  1. That omelet does indeed look good, but you’re right about the hash-tan. Nobody wants a porcelain potato. That price is crazy cheap, considering IHOP is $11 for bacon and eggs. Was the turkey bacon really that RED?

    August 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

  2. Porcelain potato! Good one. Yes the price is crazy, and yes that was the color of the mystery meat “bacon”. I just call it turkey only because I have no idea what else it could be. But with genetic engineering I guess damn near anything is possible.

    August 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

  3. RickySue

    Binsin, they should have just fried up the squirrels that ran through that boofay!

    August 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    • I think they are saving that for lunch.

      August 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

      • RickySue

        YUM!

        August 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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