Reinvented Scotty’s now a popular burrito bar

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Whether you call it the Atrium’s burrito counterpart or Mac’s version of Chipotle, Scotty’s renovation into a burrito bar has been well-received in its first weeks. *Photo by Emma Foti ’17*.

Whether you call it the Atrium's burrito counterpart or Mac's version of Chipotle, Scotty's renovation into a burrito bar has been well-received in its first weeks.
Whether you call it the Atrium’s burrito counterpart or Mac’s version of Chipotle, Scotty’s renovation into a burrito bar has been well-received in its first weeks. Photo by Emma Foti ’17.

Are you hungry for lunch? Not up for the chaos at Café Mac, or the massive line at the atrium? Well, the new Scotty’s is here as another option.

The burrito bar in the Leonard Center took the juice bar’s place and is now serving a variety of beans, meat, salsas and vegetables. What’s great about Scotty’s is that there is no limit to the amount of toppings you can order with a meal swipe. Pile it onto tortillas for a burrito or tacos, or just fill up a bowl with whatever you please. Sides include barbacoa beef, carnitas, fajitas, peppers and onions, cilantro lime rice and ancho chicken.

Royal Dahlstrom, the head chef at Café Mac, worked with the Macalester community to prevent an overflow of students into Café Mac this year. Because this incoming first-year class is Macalester’s biggest one to date, Bon Appetit and the college teamed up to find a solution to this massive influx of students that would be eating on campus. They wanted Scotty’s to serve food that would be more appealing to a wider range of students, and also be a convenient spot where students could grab a meal to go. The juice bar was getting very little traffic, but since Scotty’s reinvention, they are now serving 200-250 students a day.

Scotty's now serves 200-250 students a day, far more than when it was a juice bar.
Scotty’s now serves 200-250 students a day, far more than when it was a juice bar. Photo by Emma Foti ’17.

Because the south side at Cafe Mac has always been one of the more popular stations, and as Dahlstrom put it, “college kids will always love burritos,” they decided to go with the endless options that a burrito bar offers.

Stephen Placht ’18 is a regular at Scotty’s, and appreciates the variety that is available for vegetarians. They offer four types of salsa and various vegetable toppings, as well as protein-rich foods like black beans, pinto beans and guacamole. Placht says the servers are always kind and there’s never a wait, so it’s a great place to stop by for lunch.

Because there are no cooking facilities at Scotty’s, all food is prepared in the kitchens at the Campus Center. This means that Scotty’s adheres to the same values concerning health and sustainability as Café Mac. All pork is crate-free, the beans are bought locally, and all disposable containers, wrappers, utensils and napkins are compostable.

Although there may need to be some improvement with the burrito wrapping, execution is pretty fantastic. Students are always surprised to see how fast the lines moves, and that there there’s no limit to the toppings and sides you can order with a meal swipe. If you are paying in cash or Aux points you’ll have to throw down a couple more dollars for those extra sides, so having a meal plan will work in your favor here.