The Varsity Inn Cafeteria inside Gibbs Hall is a somewhat unknown source of delectable sustenance on campus. Because it is not a usual residential cafeteria, many students have never eaten there.

“I didn’t know we were even allowed to eat there,” R.J. Vogt, undecided freshman, said. “I thought that cafeteria was just for the athletes, but I hear the food is really good.”

In fact, any university student can eat at Gibbs Hall for either lunch or dinner. Located at the intersection of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Volunteer Boulevard, The Varsity Inn’s hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for dinner.

The Varsity Inn offers a variety of cuisine not found anywhere else on campus. On one day, there were oven-baked potatoes, pork ribs, a sandwich bar, steamed vegetables, hot dogs and hamburgers, and two different types of smoothies.

“Just about every day is a specialty day,” Jacob Bouck, sophomore in aerospace engineering, said. “The cafeteria is definitely the best aspect about living in Gibbs. It’s far and away better than the food I ate all the time last year.”

Gibbs Hall is known for having more unique food choices. For example, students say steak is served at least twice every week and lobster is served roughly once every two weeks.

“It’s easily the best cafeteria on campus,” Grant Self, sophomore in wildlife and fisheries, said. “The staff is deliberate in making the food as quickly but as well as they can. Of course, the food is top-notch. It’s the only cafeteria that served fried alligator the week before the University of Florida game.”

On tours, many students are introduced to Gibbs Hall as “the athletic residence hall,” where most of the football, basketball and baseball players live.

“Most students think that Gibbs is only for athletes,” Bouck said, “but because of NCAA rules, the building technically has to be 51 percent non-athlete.”

One can usually find the wide eatery packed with athletes and non-athletes alike, enjoying homelike atmosphere and a seemingly home-cooked meal.

“The service is great,” Self said. “For the most part, if you need something and you ask a staff member for it, they’ll get it right away. And they always serve you with a smile. It doesn’t seem like as much of a job for them.”

“I plan on going soon,” Vogt said. “Some of my friends have gone over there in the last week, and even though I don’t have the Gibbs plan, I hear the food is absolutely worth it.”