Don’t get us wrong, Peirce can be a great place to eat — especially if you follow our advice — but there are some times when, as soon as you take one look at the servery, you just need to cut your losses and go to the classiest place in Mount Vernon. These are some of those times.
- The Trustees/Alumni/Assorted VIPs are coming! — And they’ve taken over everything. I guess we can’t complain when the alumni use the Alumni Dining Room, but come on, Thomas? That’s my place! (Note: the day after the fancy people leave is one of the best times to eat in Peirce, because sometimes they put out the leftover cocktail shrimp/cream puffs/other swanky hors d’oeuvres.
- 12:10 MWF — Because of that trickster the Registrar, everyone seems to have an 11:10 and a 1:10, meaning that approximately 99.7% of the campus is eating at this time. If you’re smart, you’ll design your schedule, and possibly even your major, around being able to eat early and go to class at 12:10.
- 10:28 a.m. on a weekday — Eating breakfast is a very good way to convince yourself you’re a successful person who keeps a normal schedule, and to this end, you rush madly into the servery right before the doors close. And what’s your reward? Half a dozen slightly-squished bagels, the reject bananas, and the three remaining drops of chocolate milk.
- 7:30 p.m. on Saturday — It totally makes sense for dinner to be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every day except one, right? But sometimes you just forget that this is the one day when the doors close at 7:00 (what are we, our grandparents?), and the sense of loss you feel is incomprehensible.
- Silent early breakfasts — The sun has just risen and Peirce has just opened, and the only ones eating this early are busy loathing themselves for scheduling an 8:10 and/or falling asleep in their runny grits. The silence is deafening. Then, you pull out your chair, and SCREEEEEEECH!!! Day ruined.