Every student at Winona State is unique. And although we may have different backgrounds and future aspirations, there’s one thing that always brings us together—food!

We all speak the same language when we’re eating, and it’s important to know your dining options on campus. Whether you’re a seasoned upperclassman looking for a reminder or an incoming Warrior craving to know what’s on the menu, check out this all-inclusive grub guide.

 

Photo by Brooke Powell ’21

 

The 411 on Kryzsko Kash & Meal Plans

Before I begin with the chow breakdown, you need to first understand meal plans.

Every student living on campus must have a meal plan. This is because your meal plan is tied to your housing selection. You can choose a seven, 10, 14 or 19 meal plan. These numbers correspond to the number of meals you get per week in the Main and West Campus cafeterias. Just swipe your student ID, and you’re good to go!

With each meal plan, there’s an included amount of Kryzsko Kash (AKA our on-campus currency). This allows you to eat at other WSU dining locations, such as the lower level of Kryzsko Commons and the library. The rule of thumb is, you’ll have more Kryzsko Kash to spend if you choose a lower meal plan.

Some final key points:

  • If you decide you want more or fewer meals per week, you can change your meal plan. You can increase your meal plan at any time. However, the deadline to request a lower meal plan is on the 10th day of classes each semester. To do this, fill out a form at the Housing & Residence Life Office (it’s super easy!).
  • Any unused meal swipes will not roll over into the next week. This is something to keep in mind when choosing your meal plan.
  • Any unused Kryzsko Kash will roll over into the next semester, but not the next school year. You can also purchase more Kryzsko Kash in $50 increments if you run out.
  • Upperclassmen living off campus can sign up for a Block Plan. This includes 75 cafeteria meals and an amount of Kryzsko Kash of your choice. How much Kryzsko Kash you want—from zero to $250—will dictate the cost of the plan.
  • In case you misplace your student ID, don’t worry! All places on campus that accept Kryzsko Kash also accept regular cash, credit or debit card. 

 

Photo by Ka Vang ’16

 

Cafeteria Dining: All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Yep, you read that right. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite or multiple rounds, there’s no judging! 

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at not one, but two cafeterias. Some students claim the food served on Main Campus is better than that on West Campus. Others say the opposite, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. 

Either way, both dining centers have a variety of yummy options for any foodie who walks in. Take a virtual tour of the Jack Kane Dining Center on Main Campus to explore your options:

 

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Or hop on the shuttle and head over to Lourdes on West Campus to dig in. This is perfect if you want to shake things up or eat in a cozier setting:

Catch a (free!) ride to West Campus on the WSU shuttle, located just outside of Kryzsko Commons. (Photo by Ka Vang ’16)

Lourdes Cafeteria features many of the same food stations as Main Campus. Most students claim the architecture mimics that of Hogwarts from Harry Potter… something you won’t find at the Jack Kane Dining Center. (Photo by Amy Nelson ’20)

 

On-the-Go Grub at Zane’s

Zane’s is located on the lower level of Kryzsko Commons near the Student Union. Zane’s was formerly named “The Smaug,” which some upperclassmen still refer to it as.

There are a variety of food stations at Zane’s, including a mini grocery store called Market 160 in the center. This is great for when you don’t have time to run errands—and convenient, too! 

Take a virtual tour of Zane’s to see what’s cooking:

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Don’t forget to bring your student ID and keep track of your Kryzsko Kash balance. Also, save this helpful visual to remember when certain stations close because they’re not all on the same schedule:

 

Library Study Munchies

Need a caffeine boost to help you get through your study sesh? Visit the Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bagels Co. built-in at the Darrell Krueger Library. Order from a variety of drinks (like coffee and smoothies), bagels and other snacks just the way you like them. 

This pitstop is the best when you need to buckle down and prepare for an upcoming assignment or exam. If you happen to be on your way to Somsen Hall, there’s a cafe just like this one (only a little bit smaller!).

Photo by Brooke Powell ’21

 

If you want to eat out and are in the mood to explore off campus, there are lots of options. From coffee shops to restaurants and bakeries, there’s something in the Winona area calling your name. Heck, we’ve even got a few ice cream parlors up our sleeve, too!

I think I hear the dinner bell ringing—time to eat!

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Hailey Seipel

Hailey is an English: Applied and Professional Writing major with a Mass Communication: Journalism minor who will graduate in 2020. She is from Rosemount, MN, and and her interests include writing, listening to music, hiking, and watching football and basketball.