Going the distance for a delectable lunch
By Emily Walker
The noon hour bell rings, instantly flooding the halls with students, Charlotte Smith among them. The race has begun, as if they’d never eaten before. Charlotte Smith walking at maximum speed along the bustling Walkley Road. Finally reaching her destination, she is first in line at Wendy’s as the crowds of students flood in behind her.
This lengthy journey is made by students each day, but why? The answer lies in the lack of options for lunch near Canterbury. These few options leave students with the choice of compromising their punctuality, or eating the few options available in the cafeteria. Not to mention dietary restrictions.
Vegan students, like Emilie Sean, “prefer to go out because there are more options when it comes to what we can eat.”
Three Sisters, the coffee shop across the street, tends to be the go to spot for students with various dietary restrictions like Emilie because the have “different milk options for coffee, vegan baked goods and sometimes vegan salads, but the prices are quite high, yet reasonable for what they serve.”
The cafe is located alongside Circle K and Lorenzo’s, a block of retail that tends to be a busy spot when looking for options. Location is important, however a price tag can easily sway where people choose to eat, especially students, many of whom do not have a steady source of income. Students like Charlotte Smith tend to go to Wendy’s and Tim Hortons because of this.
Sweet treats and french fries are great and all, but it’s not a proper meal for anyone."
“I can’t see myself spending seven dollars on a panini," says Charlotte. "The only disadvantage of going [to Wendy’s] is the walk there, but when you have a ride it’s totally worth it.”
She’s not wrong, the trek is substantial and leaves little time for actual eating, but for the few students with cars the cheaper food is easily achieved.
The price for the cookies makes me sad."
The last resort for many students is the school cafeteria. Nathaniel Liao-Park says “some food is better than others, but the fact that they raised the price for the cookies makes me sad," whereas Emilie referred to the food as “all a shade of brown.”
If the less than glowing opinions do not kill business for the cafeteria, does the circling line cause students to bare the unpredictable weather instead? No, but the “lack of greens,” does turn away some students business.
With Canterbury residing in a mainly residential neighbourhood, there is not much hope of new retail food options popping up in the near future, but students continue to use new technology like Ubereats to feed something of sustenance to their growing brains.
From the words of Emilie Sean, “sweet treats and french fries are great and all, but it’s not a proper meal for anyone.”