Meal Plan: TDR, Tavern, Boxed Lunch
TDR, the main campus cafeteria, always has a great salad bar and a vegetarian/ vegan area which often has pretty good eats. Hummus is a staple here and the servings change every meal. They do a pretty good seitan, tofu, and are pretty creative with their use of substitutes and vegetables.
Breakfast at TDR is nice for vegetarians too, because of the ever-present cereal bar, bagel/toast area and a favorite - the plentiful bins of fried potatoes and scrambled eggs (there's french toast with syrup too). They also have a section that is entirely local, where everything is grown within 150-miles of the kitchen, and this is typically veggie-friendly too. Try their chocolate bread and soups!
The Tavern is less vegetarian-friendly. There are okay veggie burgers, cheese pizza and cheese, black bean or grilled vegetable quesadillas. The Tavern also offers salads, but these salads frequently have chicken on top (which may or may not be a problem) and are frequently sold out.
The Boxed Lunch counter has the option of a wrap filled with roasted vegetables or pasta to go with your soda, cereal, fruit cookies and yogurt. There is also a caesar salad option, but there is chicken on top that can be taken off, depending on how strict a vegetarian you are.
Other Vendors in MGC
Panini Express: The Market Caprese is a grilled mozzarella, tomato, basil, and balsamic dressing sandwich. It comes with a pickle and sweet potato chips and is very tasty.
Field of Greens: An excellent salad bar with a choice of three types of greens and many toppings, from chickpeas, cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms, and cheese. Made-to-order and really affordable for those of us who don't put meat on our salads.
Einstein's: Veg Out bagel sandwich is a real win with the veggie schmear and various greens on a fresh bagel.
The Eagle's Nest is another positive place for vegetarians to eat. Subway serves "Veggie-Max" sandwiches, which include delicious veggie patties, and the rest of the store is pretty much meat-free. A toasted quality bagel, cream cheese and some orange juice can be purchased here in the morning for about three bucks.
Mega Bytes: Pretty decent Indian food on campus that is vegetarian and even vegan-friendly. They also have some sandwiches and veggie samosas.
All in all, AU is on its way to becoming a great campus for vegetarian eaters, but the constant lack of vegetarian salads is very inconvenient, though this is usually only a problem with quick bites to eat. TDR and The Eagles Nest are very supportive. Though it can depend on whom you ask, most vegetarians agree that AU has a very good selection. There's always off-campus dining, too.