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Café Opus

May 6, 2008   Last night, my roommate lamented to me, "Oh no… I won't be on campus Thursday. I'm going to miss the last Mango-Brie Panini!"

Reader, you may not believe it, but this is a true travesty. My roommates and I have met at Café Opus for lunch every single time they have served Mango-Brie Paninis this year. I offered to save a panini for Erin in the fridge — and she almost accepted. Though a cold, hard Brie sandwich has nothing on the toasty deliciousness of a fresh panini at Opus.

Café Opus is located on the first floor of the Dark Side arts complex. It's a big, open room filled with plush armchairs, comfy couches and a few tables and chairs. When you have reading to do, there is no better place to go.

The Café itself is by far the tastiest place on campus. Though Opus is not part of the meal plan, the prices are very reasonable and they accept all-campus cash as payment. Opus is famed for their cookies (Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter), which are giant, cheap and frequently hot out of the oven. The muffins are also delicious and they offer fruit and candy as well.

The best time to be at Opus is lunchtime. Monday through Friday, they serve a different vegetarian meal for $3.50. Mango-Brie Panini day is by far the most popular. They also serve Spinach and Ricotta Calzones, Onion Quiche, Quesadillas, Falafel Pitas, Mediterranean Platters, Apple-Cheddar Paninis and wraps.

Several professors frequently eat lunch at Café Opus as well. It's a good place to have lunch meetings or conferences with both students and professors. Opus is staffed by Hamilton students, so the music is always young and fun. It's a fairly coveted job on campus.

Since the Science Center opened, we have a new Opus on campus — Opus 2, or O-2 to most (get it? O-2? A science joke... yeesh). It has a different feel compared to the first Opus — the room is much more sleek, and there are many more small tables to work on.

Though I still prefer the original Opus for most of my work, O-2 is a great alternative to the library in terms of study spaces. Now that finals are nearing, every study space on campus is filling up. It's nice to go to one of the more informal spaces to study. Later today, you can find me at Café Opus reading for French and drinking ginger-peach iced tea.