The Best Bites in Virginia Tech Dining Centers

Virginia Tech Dining Services offers superior dining facilities with a wide range of choices.  Because there are many great options in our dining centers, it may be hard to differentiate between “good bites” and “best bites.”  The “best bites” are those foods that can be consumed as part of a well-balanced and nutritious diet; not to mention they are loaded with great flavors!  By choosing foods from Virginia Tech’s “best bites,” you can enjoy deliciously prepared meals that both you and your body will love. See the locations and options of “best bites” below! Plus, check out our back to school newsletter for some of our favorite “best bite” recommendations.

D2 Best Bites

  • Whole wheat rotini pasta with marinara sauce
  • Salad bar with low-fat dressing (use minimal cheese, croutons and bacon bits to save on fat and calories)
  • Yogurt bar (top with fresh fruits and nuts)
  • Sweet potato fries (high in vitamin A)
  • Lemon herb rotisserie chicken
  • Chicken chili (high protein)
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Asian vegetarian stir-fry
  • Steamed vegetable of the day
  • Breakfast quinoa with raisins (gluten free choice)
  • Milk station (choose low-fat or skim)
  • Egg white and veggie omelet (offered all day!)

DX Best Bites

  • Y.E.S. to-go items

Deet’s Place Best Bites

  • Tomato basil soup (lowest sodium soup offered)
  • Veggie bagel sandwich (lowest calorie sandwich)
  • Edamame bowl (high protein snack)
  • Classic oatmeal cup
  • Y.E.S. to-go items

Hokie Grill & Co. Best Bites

  • Chik-fil-A ® grilled chicken sandwich
  • Chik-fil-A ® Market salad (made with grilled chicken, fruit and nuts)
  • Pizza Hut veggie lovers personal pan pizza (lowest-calorie pizza choice)
  • Blue Ridge roasted turkey
  • BBQ baked beans (good source of fiber)
  • BBQ green beans
  • Chef salad with low-fat dressing
  • Strawberry & cream cup
  • Broth-based soups
  • Y.E.S. to-go items

Dunkin’ Donuts Best Bites

  • Multigrain bagel (highest fiber bagel)
  • Egg white turkey sausage or egg white veggie flatbread (high in protein)
  • Egg and cheese on an English muffin or ham, egg and cheese on an English muffin
  • Wake-up wraps
  • Original oatmeal with dried fruit topping (high in fiber)

Owens Best Bites

  • Pasta with marinara sauce (gluten free pasta also available)
  • Asian blend veggie stir-fry with rice (Bowl Dynasty)
  • Sub with lean ham, turkey, or roast beef on wheat (light cheese and spreads)
  • Franks Deli veggie sub
  • Chicken burrito bowl (lite cheese and sour cream)
  • Veggie burger (Farm and Fields)
  • Carved turkey breast
  • Oh kale smoothie (most nutrient dense smoothie available)
  • Salad bar with low-fat dressing (lite cheese, croutons and bacon bits)
  • Broccoli raisin salad
  • Vegetable dumplings w/o dipping sauce (Bowl Dynasty)
  • Szechwan shrimp stir fry (high in Vitamin A)

Squires Best Bites

Au Bon Pain

  • Southwest chicken salad (light dressing)
  • 12 veggie soup
  • Italian wedding soup
  • Turkey chili
  • Turkey or roast beef on multigrain bread
  • Egg whites, cheddar and avocado on skinny wheat bagel (high in protein)
  • Low-fat berry muffin with whole grains
  • Strawberry & Greek nonfat yogurt parfait

Burger ‘37

  • Ancho turkey burger (load up on veggie toppings)
  • Rice and bean burger
  • Sweet potato fries (good source of Vitamin A)

Turner Place Best Bites

Atomic Pizza

  • Margarita pizza with lemon oil
  • Tomato and fig balsamic sourdough pizza
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Caprese salad

Bruegger’s Bagels

  • Whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese
  • Egg white and cheese on a skinny bagel
  • Skinny zesty egg white sandwich
  • Tarragon chicken salad sandwich
  • Garden vegetable soup

Dolce e Cafe

  • Spinach and feta crepe (lowest crepe in fat and calories)
  • Steamed eggs (high protein snack)
  • Y.E.S to-go items

Jamba Juice

  • Fruit and Greek yogurt bowl (lowest calorie energy bowl)
  • Steel-cut oatmeal (all flavors under 350 calories!)
  • Kale ribbon breeze smoothie
  • Carrot orange fusion smoothie
  • Fruit and veggie smoothies (try out the Berry UpBEET, Apple ‘n Greens, Tropical Harvest, or Orange Carrot Karma smoothies for 2 whole servings of fruit and 1 serving of veggies in each!)

Soup Garden

  • Make your own salad and pile on the veggies (hold the cheese and croutons)
  • Broth based soups (Turner broths are homemade and lower in sodium)
  • Add grilled salmon, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp or grilled steak to your salad
  • Try one of the numerous vinaigrette dressings


  • Ask for a whole wheat tortilla or burrito bowl when ordering
  • Taco salad w/o the shell (limit sour cream and cheese)
  • Black or pinto beans (good source of fiber!)
  • Fajita or grilled veggies

Fire Grill

  • Baked beans (great fiber source)
  • Spicy green beans and zucchini
  • Orange scallion rice
  • Green beans with orange butter
  • Baked summer squash
  • Citrus sweet potatoes (good source of vitamin A)
  • Mustard tarragon carrots
  • Grilled salmon
  • Grilled Thai peanut chicken
  • Grilled mustard glazed chicken breast (low fat, high in protein)
  • Jamaican jerk pork loin (high in protein, low in saturated fat)
  • Grilled chicken with sweet chili sauce

Origami Grill

  • Tuna sushi roll
  • Spicy scallop sushi roll (lowest calorie sushi)

West End Market Best Bites

Bistro Firenze

  • “Small plate” whole-wheat pasta with marinara sauce or vegetable primavera (gluten free pasta available)
  • Four-cheese pizza (lowest-calorie pizza and a good source of calcium)

The Cutting Edge

  • Roasted turkey on cracked wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and onions
  • Vegetable panini
  • BLT

The Fighting Gobbler®

  • Veggie burger
  • Grilled chicken sandwich

JP’s Chop House

  • Broiled Italian tomato half
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Fingerling sweet potato
  • Daily steamed vegetable
  • Roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy
  • Daily fish offering (for heart healthy fats like omega-3’s)

Leaf and Ladle

  • Flatbread with veggies
  • Asian edamame rice bowl (good source of protein)
  • Power green salad with pomegranate dressing
  • All-American tossed salad with light dressing
  • Fresh fruit bowl
  • Fat-free Italian dressing (best dressing choice)


  • Individual oatmeal cups (many flavors available)
  • Carrot apple juice (excellent source of vitamin A)
  • After eating a variety of nutritious foods, it is okay to treat yourself to a dessert!  Sharing dessert with a friend is a great way to cut the calories and fat in a large portion.
  • Rice Krispie® treat
  • One scoop of ice cream
  • Fudge brownie (share with a friend!)

Wrap World

  • Ask for no rice to moderate carbohydrate intake
  • Chicken fajita wrap
  • Grilled veggie wrap (ask for no oil to reduce the calories)
  • Wraps can be prepared “naked” by asking your server for your wrap in a bowl

VT Dining Services Food Trucks

Periodic Table

  • Vegetable madras noodle bowl
  • Thai peanut pork rice bowl (lowest sodium bowl)

The Grillfield

  • Pescado asado taco (lowest taco in fat and calories)
  • Buffalo cauliflower taco
  • Churro tots
  • Tofu poutine conewich (offered on the late-night weekend menu)

Now that you’ve become familiar with the “best bites” offered at Virginia Tech dining facilities, you can select more wholesome and nutrient-dense foods.  Remember, however, that adding condiments and other items can alter nutrient values.  Go light on sauces and dressings.  Load up on veggies when building your own sandwich, burger and salad for optimal vitamin and fiber benefits. But most importantly… enjoy your meal!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TRB  |  February 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Don’t forget the wholesome and healthy soups at ABP: Chicken Noodle and other non-cream based soups tend to be loaded with fiber and protein whilst eliminating the extra saturated fats and calories.

    Harvest Cookie at “Wired” in West End is a great dessert choice.

    The green tea’s at Deet’s provide a flavorful way to get antioxidants and a healthy time release of caffeine (non-herbal teas)

    Now that Owen’s had the Farm and Fields project, a varying selection of natural and organic foods keep the health seekers happy.

  • 2. Virginia Tech Dining Services Administration  |  February 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you for your comment. While some of the soups at ABP are low-fat and/or low-calorie, they are very high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which is a very dangerous condition. Additionally, not all of these soups are high in protein or fiber; therefore, other food products may be a better alternative.

    The harvest cookie at West End is made with whole grain flour, but it also contains butter and oil. If you must choose a cookie for dessert, then this would be the best option; however, it is still high in fat, especially saturated fat, and calories. The better, healthier dessert options that we listed above should be chosen before any cookie, as they are healthier overall.

    Green tea is full of antioxidants, which does make it a good choice.

    Regarding Farm and Fields, it is important to remember that just because something is natural or organic does not mean that it is healthy! Natural and organic refer to the way that a food is grown and/or processed, not the way the food is actually prepared. Organic and natural foods can still be very high in fat, calories, and sodium, just like conventional foods can be. Please do not confuse organic or natural to mean healthier in the terms of fewer calories, fat, or sodium; this is a myth.

  • 3. healthy soup recipes  |  May 20, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Thanks for those brilliant soup recipes. I would surely try them out.

  • 4. healthy soup recipes  |  May 30, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Hope I can also try these dish out. They sound very delicious

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