Meal Exchange is an option designed for students who are unable to access the dining hall while it is open for dinner hours. If you miss dinner due to athletics practice, ensemble rehearsals, or any other obligations from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. then you are eligible to order a meal at Big Al’s Grille or Poblano’s between 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
Since this option is in place of swiping into dinner you are not able to swipe into the dining hall for any reason, even if just for coffee, after 4:30 pm. If you are unsure you will like the options at dinner you can access a menu on our website that is updated weekly.
Using this option does not use any Highlander Flex Dollars but does consume one meal swipe, so if you are on a limited meal plan you ought to be cognizant of that. You are able to get meal exchange and buy additional food items such as extra fries or guacamole with your Flex.
To get meal exchange wait in the Big Al’s line starting at 8:00 pm. There will be someone who will ask to see your Student ID to confirm that you have not swiped into dinner. Then place your order at the register and choose from one of the items notated with an asterisk on the Menu. This includes: a beef or Garden® burger, either chicken sandwich option, a three piece chicken tenders, or one option on the Poblano’s menu. Any of the options from Big Al’s comes with a side of fries, salad, or a fruit cup, and both Big Al’s and Poblano’s come with a bottled water or fountain drink.
We are happy to offer this service to help out busy students who need another option than the usual dining hall hours. Of course during meal exchange anyone is welcome to purchase any other options from our menu, and Big Al’s and Poblano’s will be opening back up on Fridays and Saturdays soon!