The Hill at Stonehill College
1. The Caf
This is the largest place to eat on campus, and it has the most options. Here you’ll be using your meal plan money from your Hillcard. You can eat as many times as you want per day, but just be aware of how much you’re spending. Make sure you don’t run out of money toward the end of the semester, which easily happens to all of my friends, and sometimes me. You can go to managemyid.com to see your balance, and Stonehill will post how much money people with each plan should have per week.
There are different stations where you can order a meal. Vegetarian, international, entrée/main, grill, salad, sandwich and panini station, and of course the beloved bakery are the different options. The food is pretty good and you can usually find something you’ll like. I usually stick to the entrée or international lines. The meals rotate, so after a while it feels repetitive. Don’t worry if you have allergies or restrictions. People in dining services are super sweet and cooks are always willing to work with you.
One of the downfalls to the Caf is the hours. They’re not bad, but sometimes I wish it was open all day. You have to plan your days around when you’re going to eat, especially if you have classes during the majority of a meal time. But, that’s why we have The Hill.
Weekdays: Continental Breakfast, 7:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.; Hot Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Lunch, 11:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Dinner Mon. – Thu., 4:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Dinner Fri., 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Weekends/Holidays: Continental Breakfast, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Hot Brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner, 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
2. The Hill
The Hill is great because it’s opened basically all day. It’s perfect if you get to the Caf as it’s closing right after class. Food here is mostly finger foods. There are burgers (veggie and black bean included), wraps, chicken fingers, quesadillas, salads, etc. Sushi is also available. There are pre-made salads and sandwiches if you’re in a hurry, along with yogurt, fruit cups, and hummus. There are bagels and pastries, but not as much as the Caf. It’s pretty good, but again, it gets old after a while. Sometimes it’s awesome, but it depends on who’s working and cooking. I recommend the garden burger or the veggie wrap, and you can’t go wrong with chicken fingers and sweet potato fries. Here you’ll also be using meal plan money, so beware, because The Hill serves Starbucks coffee. Chai tea lattes and caramel macchiatos can be dangerous.
The Hill has booths and tables where you can do homework, eat, or just hangout. The pool table is pretty popular. There’s usually music playing, or the TVs are on playing a movie, news, or daytime shows. On weeknights or weekends there’ll be trivia or intimate concerts on the small stage inside.
Hours: Sun. 2 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Mon. – Thu. 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sat. 2 p.m. – 1 a.m
3. Dunkin Donuts in the Science Center
You can get breakfast sandwiches, coolattas, donuts and muffins like any ordinary Dunks. The only downfall is that it comes off of your $50 food flex that automatically goes on your Hillcard each semester. If you drink coffee even a few times a week, this will run out fast. You can add money on your Hill dollars. Food flex and Hill dollars go hand in hand, but you have to add the latter yourself. It can be spent at Dunks, the bookstore, or places just off campus like Bertucci’s or Daddy’s Dairy. I usually just pay with cash or my debit card. Or you can ask for your family for Dunks gift cards for your birthday, Christmas, or random occasions. You might be reading this and say that you don’t drink coffee, and that this won’t be a problem for you. I used to be like you until Sophomore year came along. Pretty soon, you too will be sucked into the heavenly, yet costly coffee vortex.
4. Ace’s Place in the library
Ace’s Place is fairly new. It was renovated in summer 2012, and now looks like an actual café. There are tables and booths to sit in. A lot of people like to study in there, and it’s a great place to meet a professor or coworker outside of the classroom or office. Ace’s Place offers Starbucks coffee and beverages, bagels in the morning, cookies, and pastries. There is also trail mix, Panera soup, and other to-go sandwiches and salads. It’s super convenient for someone like me who spends hours at a time in the library. It’s also convenient if you want something small to have on the way to class, as long as your classes are after 10 a.m. At Ace’s Place you’re spending meal plan money.
Hours: Mon. – Thu. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
5. The Sem Caf (The Holy Cross Center)
The Sem is off in the boonies of Stonehill. It’s a place only those who had the opportunity to live there truly understand. It’s a freshman dorm, but I lived there as a sophomore with my best friend who’s an RA. Since it’s pretty secluded, you typically wouldn’t come here for a meal besides Sem Brunch. Plus, you’ll need someone to let you in. This Caf is pretty small, and that’s mostly because it’s typically only for Sem residents. Brunch is popular because it’s amazing. The pancakes are a lot bigger than brunch at the Caf in the commons. You order what you want and they make it for you right there…chocolate chip/banana, blueberry, or m&m pancakes. Enough said. The omelets are also delicious. If you get veggies, cooks put them on the grill before they put them in the omelet, which they don’t do at the commons, and it makes a huge difference. You haven’t lived (at Stonehill, anyway) until you’ve had Sem Brunch.
Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonehill’s Ace’s Place