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Best On-Campus Eats: Chick-Fil-A

By Caroline Hiel

Located on the first floor of Russell House, Chick-fil-A consistently draws in long lines of hungry students, making it one of the most popular restaurants on-campus. It’s really no surprise that Chick-fil-A has been voted as the best on-campus eats at the University of South Carolina. You really can’t go wrong with chicken nuggets, crispy waffle fries, and a refreshing lemonade or sweet tea ... right?

Although the Russell House location offers a more limited menu than other stand-alone Chick-fil-As around Columbia, you can still get all of the fan-favorites. Breakfast meal swipe options include the chicken biscuit or 4-count Chick-n-Minis, with a side of hash browns and a small coffee, of course. For lunch and dinner, a single swipe can get you the classic Chick-fil-A sandwich or 8-count nuggets, complete with a side of delicious waffle fries and your choice of drink. If you’re looking for a lighter option, you can opt for the Market Salad, which includes grilled chicken, fresh fruit, and a zesty apple cider vinaigrette dressing — again, all for a single meal swipe.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, Chick-fil-A’s hand-spun milkshakes topped with whipped cream and a bright red cherry are a go-to. The cookies & cream shake is by far my favorite, and I know it helped me get through some long nights of studying my freshman year!

Running late to your next class or too hungry to wait in line? You can order ahead for pickup by ordering through the Grubhub app. Grubhub allows you to pay with meal swipes or meal plan dollars if needed. With fast, friendly service, there’s no better place to get some great chicken. So, treat yourself and grab your next on-campus meal at Chick-fil-A in Russell House. Unfortunately, you’ll have to venture out and try a different on-campus restaurant on Sundays though!