Let’s reminisce on the days before I knew what UF was all about. I recall the tour given during Preview (or orientation, for all the non-gators out there), the week before my classes began. I was terrified. My pre-freshman mind was shook; Why were these staffers so enthusiastic? What’s the big deal with the library debate? Who keeps naming our art after potatoes? It was all one giant blur, but among all the chaos there was one thing I distinctly remember: the vegetarian buffet in front of the library. My Preview Staffer told me about it; he said it was cheap, vegetarian, and unlimited. Of course, I was so interested, but it honestly took me a few months to open up to it. The Krishna lunch buffet can be intimidating, but it’s worth it. Here are 5 reasons why you need to give it a try.
1. Enjoy the Florida Weather
Krishna lunch is served outside between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a prime time to sit on the grass, sip on some tea, make some friends, and enjoy the sunshine!
2. Bang for Your Buck
Each lunch costs around $5, but they offer discounted rates for the more lunches you buy. The buffet they serve is unlimited—just hop right back in line. Where else are you going to find a delicious $5 buffet? Probably no-where.
3. Vegetarian/Vegan Options
Krishna is all plant-based, and they offer vegan options too! Here’s to saving the planet and the animals while enjoying a delicious meal, consisting of a main entrée, salad, dessert, and tea.
4. Variety & Consistency
It sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true. Krishna’s meals are specific to the day and are the same every week. Every Wednesday is spaghetti, every Monday is lentil soup, and my favorite day—Tuesday—is always eggplant with Kofta balls. Try each day of the week to find your favorite!
5. The Amazing Service
The people serving Krishna lunch are always serene and kind. They seem to enjoy being there, and they are willing to share information about their philosophies. Once I visited and had a two-hour conversation with the man who served my food—he even gave me a book to read! Their energy is unmatched, and they’re arguably friendlier than the Preview staffers that put me onto Krishna lunch.
Honorable mention: Krishna Salad Dressing. That is all.