New year, new dining

Dining services brings barbecue and bubble tea to campus

| August 21, 2017

A students orders lunch at Smoked on their second day open. Photo by Alexandria Sands.

In the back of Prospector, the smell of slowly cooked pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket now circulates the air. This meat is cooked in competition-level smoking equipment for 15 hours before it is served at UNC Charlotte’s newest restaurant, Smoked.

This eatery, unique to the University, is a product of Chartwells and Compass Group.

It’s slow and low with a lot of smoke,” said Brad Green, director of operations for Chartwells Dining. “It gives it a great flavor.”

The decision to add barbecue to the campus restaurants was a result of student’s voice.

Through surveying, dining officials concluded that the student population wanted to have a barbecue restaurant. The cuisine had been successful when served in the dining halls, Green said.

At the same time, they noticed that Zaatar, a Greek restaurant, wasn’t as popular as it’s competitors.

“I don’t think it was a quality product issue,” Green said. “I think it was the cuisine itself.”

It took three and a half weeks for Zaatar to transform into the smoky kitchen.

The restaurant offers it’s three meats smothered in one of their four sauces: a Carolina style vinegar base, a South Carolina mustard based, a traditional ketchup based and a hot sauce. Customers can choose from six sides, all made from scratch in the kitchen.

In the future, Smoked will offer specials such as turkey legs, smoked salmon and ribs.

Bubble tea available for sale in Cone. Photo by Daniel Head.

In addition to opening Smoked, Auxiliary Services made the decision to add a new beverage option to campus, one that would be a portable “refresher” for students coming to and leaving campus.

Bubble Tea on Main Street opened Monday, replacing the sushi station near Panda Express. Customers have the option to order their 16 ounce drink when checking out at Subway or Panda Express and then pick it up, to avoid a wait in two lines.

To be a part of future dining decisions, students can join the dining services advisory board, Food Crew.

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Alexandria Sands Alexandria is the Niner Times' managing editor. She is a senior studying Communications with a double minor in Journalism and Film. Alexandria has reported and photographed for The State Port Pilot, The Gaston Gazette, The Shelby Star and Creative Loafing. When she's not in the newsroom, you can catch her reading a book on Oak Island's beach. Reach her at managing@ninertimes.com or @alexsands_.

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Alexandria Sands Alexandria is the Niner Times' managing editor. She is a senior studying Communications with a double minor in Journalism and Film. Alexandria has reported and photographed for The State Port Pilot, The Gaston Gazette, The Shelby Star and Creative Loafing. When she's not in the newsroom, you can catch her reading a book on Oak Island's beach. Reach her at managing@ninertimes.com or @alexsands_.