20 Minute Radius: Best Burgers (and Alternatives)!

Stock image of burgers with a side of French fries.

Happy National Burger Day! Today we looked for some of the most bun-tastic burgers on campus and nearby. Finding your perfect burger, fries, and shake spot is a great way to explore Gloucester County. Smashburger, Alumni Grill, Five Guys, and Burgerzoid are all less than 20 minutes away from Rowan and all four offer more than just burgers!

Storefront image of Alumni Grill.

Alumni Grill is located directly on campus down Rowan Boulevard and features memorabilia from local schools and colleges!

Holding a burger up to the photo of Bunce Green inside Alumni Grill.

Alumni Grill offers a black bean patty and gluten-free buns! You can also use Rowan Bucks or Dining Dollars at Alumni Grill 🙂

Holding up a burger to the Alumni Grill sign.

We recommend the Black and Tan burger, which has fried onions, pepper jack cheese, and the beef patty includes bacon and is seasoned perfectly! 

Exterior of Smashburger fast food restaurant in Glassboro.

Next, we have Smashburger on right Delsea Dr. in Glassboro.

Jen enjoying her burger from Smashburger while wearing a yellow Rowan shirt.

Having the Classic Smash, Smash Fries and any shake is always solid! 

Nick and Jen enjoying burgers and a shake inside Smashburger.

You can customize your burger to make a “Jersey Burger” by adding bacon, blue cheese, grilled onions, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Exterior of Five Guys burger place in Sicklerville, NJ.

Five Guys is located in Sicklerville, 15 minutes away from campus! 

Marian holding up a burger in front of the Five Guys fast food place while wearing a yellow Rowan Blog shirt.

All the toppings (except for the cheese) are free at Five Guys!

Glowing Five Glows logo inside the store.

Five Guys offers veggie options, hot dogs and milkshakes.

Bright green Burgerzoid sign over the store.

Burgerzoid is also located in Sicklerville, only 13 minutes from Rowan. 

Onion rings on top of a burger with a side of fries from Burgerzoid restaurant.

Burgerzoid is new to the area and offers veggie burgers as well as crazy milkshake options!

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Marian Suganob, public relations and advertising graduate

Photos by:
Nick Flagg, senior theatre and advertising double major with concentrations in theatre ed, acting/directing, & musical theatre

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20 Minute Radius: 5 First Date Ideas in Glassboro

Sure, watching Netflix is cool and all, but here are five first date ideas that are a lot more fun! 

1. Breakfast at Dawn to Dusk Café

Rise and shine! Going on a breakfast date is a great way to start the morning. I would recommend Dawn to Dusk Café. Located right on Rowan Boulevard, this is a great, convenient spot to take your date on campus. They accept Rowan Bucks and dining dollars, so no money, no problem. Their menu offers a wide range of breakfast and lunch options, fancy coffee drinks and a great outdoor seating area. If you check out this spot, I recommend the banana and Nutella waffles with a side of home fries. Chef’s kiss! 

Dawn to Dusk on Rowan Boulevard.

2. Exit 4 Escape Room

Scared your date will be awkward and want to break the ice? Visit the Exit 4 Escape Room on Rowan Boulevard. They have four different rooms you can book, which include Ben Franklin’s Inferno, The Police Station, Cain of the Jersey Devil and Three Suns Cantina. These rooms give participants an hour to solve puzzles and find clues to ultimately “escape.” This is a great date idea because you can work together, invite other friends for a double date and be occupied the whole time. They also accept Rowan Bucks, so it doesn’t break the bank. I’ve escaped from all four rooms and have had so much fun every time I’m there. Exit 4 is the perfect first date spot.

Loredonna and friends at escape room

3. Visit the Rowan Art Gallery

Want to do something a little more sophisticated for your first date? Visit the Rowan University Art Gallery. Located on High Street, this local spot is perfect to do something unique for a first date. Art in this museum is from emerging local and nationwide artists. This is a great place to talk and take cute first-date pictures. Since it’s an art gallery, get a little dressed up and walk around to see the beautiful pieces on display. The Rowan Art Gallery is free to Rowan students, which makes this a savvy first-date option. 

rowan art gallery

4. Liberty Virtual Reality 

If you’re looking to have fun on your first date, visit Liberty Virtual Reality on Rowan Boulevard. This is a great interactive entertainment experience that is sure to impress your date. They offer a zombie fighting simulation, a snowball fight, laser tag and a virtual Angry Birds game. Liberty Virtual Reality is a great way to let loose and have fun on our first date. Use your Rowan Bucks at this spot, too! 

Rowan Boulevard/virtual reality

5. Alaura Kitchen Homemade Ice Cream

Leave campus for date night and visit Alaura Kitchen Homemade Ice Cream. Located in the quaint, beautiful town of Pitman, this spot is perfect for a date. After walking around the shops and restaurants of Pitman, stop in and get delicious treats at Alaura’s. They offer a small bites menu that has fries, grilled cheese, hotdogs and other yummy food options. You can’t leave this place without dessert, though. Alaura’s offers a wide range of hand-dipped ice cream flavors that are sure to please your date. 

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Julia’s Corner: My Favorite Microwavable Foods

a photo of julia sitting outside the Rec Center

Headshot of Julia, who is smiling and has long blond hair.Recent grad Julia McAleavey shares guidance through this advice column for incoming students. A student with well-rounded experience, Julia earned a bachelor’s in advertising this spring. She transferred to Rowan her sophomore year, after another school wasn’t a great fit. While at Rowan she started as an exploratory studies major, unsure of what to major in. She’s lived both on campus and off campus, held student worker jobs and internships, and participated in clubs and sports.

Rowan offers plenty of dining options for first-year students and beyond. Between all of the stations at the Holly Pointe Cafe, the eight or so restaurants in the Marketplace, and everywhere you can use your Rowan Bucks and Dining Dollars at, the options seem endless.

Soon, however, you will become tired of eating the same five things in the cafe, and you probably used all of your Rowan Bucks three weeks in. With all of the studying and activities you’re involved in, eating may even seem impossible. As a freshman, you unfortunately do not have your own kitchen, but as a new transfer you might. In either case, you have this magical device called a microwave that you can cook plenty of substantial foods in (I know, I couldn’t believe it either).

Here are some of my favorite foods that I made in my microwave freshman year.A double room set up in Willow Hall at Rowan University.

Kraft Easy Mac n Cheese: If you don’t make this in your microwave during college, did you even go? Kraft Mac n Cheese cups are the best microwavable dish. The best part about them is that they’re so easy to make, a toddler can do it. The directions are right on the cup and your food is ready in minutes! They are also inexpensive, come in bulk, and are easy to store in your room. (Editor note: remember to put water in your Easy Mac – not doing so is one of the leading causes of fire alarms in the dorms. Yes, really.)

Chicken Nuggets: Since you have the mini fridge right under your microwave, you can absolutely keep some chicken nuggets in there. They are quick, easy, and a classic that never gets old. Just make sure to read how long to cook them for so you don’t undercook them. 

Pizza rolls/Bagel Bites: Another classic, childhood favorite item. They can easily be stored in the mini fridge and are ready to eat in minutes. Pizza rolls and Bagel Bites make the perfect snack or light lunch when you need something fast. 

Duncan Hines Cake in a Mug: Perfect for when you need a little comfort food. It is like baking a fresh cake at home, but you have the convenience of making it in your microwave (just don’t forget to pack a mug!) They come in so many different flavors, it makes it almost impossible to choose! My favorite is the banana bread, just to make it a little easier for you. Duncan Hines Cake in a Mug

In all honesty, I highly suggest utilizing the cuisine Rowan provides for you most of the time. There are times though, where you are busy studying or need to rush around from work to class, and that just isn’t possible. These microwavable foods are great options and are super easy to make. Enjoy them!

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Freshmen, Don’t Freak! It’s Easy to Eat

Luckily, there’s an endless amount of food options on campus, so eating all three meals a day is never an issue. Figuring out where to go can definitely be overwhelming, so freshmen, have no fear, your meal guide is here. 

Location: Chamberlain Student Center
The Market Place: Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m to 8 p.m.

The GrubHub app must be downloaded to eat from all locations on-campus, The Market Place, Prof’s Place, Einstein Bagel Bros, Au Bon Pain, We Proudly Brew Starbucks & Holly Pointe Dine In or To Go. Just download this app, set up your Rowan Card (and your bank card if you aren’t ordering off your meal plan) and order your food. You will get an estimated waiting time for your meal followed by a notification when your food is ready.

Student browsing pastries at Market Mullica Hill at Rowan University.

The Market Place food options include:

BRKFST & Co. – all day breakfast

Freshens – Smoothies, wraps & more

Crust – Pizza, handhelds & pasta

Bowl Life – Allergy friendly foods

Sono – Latin foods

Smoked – Meats & all the fixing

Chef Jet – Asian cuisine

Pop Up – Always something new! Varies from Mediterranean cuisines to vegetarian-friendly foods

Peet’s Coffee and Tea (serves breakfast sandwich combo meals, available on meal exchange, coffee and pastries): Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.| Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Photo of Peet's Coffee in Rowan University's Student Center.

The Owl’s Nest (an à la carte dining restaurant, open to students, with the essential 3 S’s: soups, salads and sandwiches): Monday – Friday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. 

During Student Center construction beginning in summer 2022, these next businesses have moved from the lower level to The Market Place. 

ROGO (basically our Rowan Wawa): Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Prof’s Place (Grill Nation and Jersey Mike’s): Seven days a week, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Sushi Do: Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Photo of Jersey Mike's Subs in the Student Center at Rowan University.

Location: Holly Pointe Commons
Holly Pointe Dine In (or To Go): Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo of pizza from Holly Cafeteria at Rowan University.

We Proudly Serve (located in Holly Pointe): 9am-9pm

Location: Engineering Hall
Einstein Bros Bagels (located on the first floor, facing Rowan Hall): Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo of Enstein Bros. Bagel in Rowan University's Engineering Building.

Location: Science Hall
Au Bon Pain Express (healthy choices, comfort food and sweet treats): Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Robinson and James Hall
Owl’s Express Cafe, great for a quick snack grab: Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owl’s Express in Robinson Hall has been temporarily closed. Owl’s Express in James Hall will remain open.

Location: Business Hall
Saxbys Coffee, located on the first floor, serves up all-day breakfast, teas, smoothies and signature drinks.

See our video on this student-run business here:

Location: Rowan Boulevard 

Chickie’s & Pete’s

Playa Bowls

LaScala’s Fire

Student's enjoying Cookie Munchers on Rowan Blvd.
Students enjoying Cookie Munchers on Rowan Blvd.

Pizza Hut

Dominos

YOGO

Cookie Munchers

Rowan Barnes & Noble 

Mexican Mariachi Grill

Alumni Grill

7-Eleven

Ry’s @ Rowan

Oishii Ramen

Dawn to Dusk Cafe

Location: In Glassboro

Angelo’s Diner, Peter & Sons Sandwiches, Gino’s Pizzeria, Italian Affair Restaurant, Jimmy John’s, Landmark Americana, Monarch Diner, Nick’s Pizzeria & Steakhouse, Peking Buffet, Samurai Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Saladworks, Smashburger, Tokyo Mandarin, Little Sicily Pizza, Thai Thai, Tomo Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Co. — to name a few!

Meal Plans:

First-year students can purchase an All Access Meal Plan, or a 14 Weekly Meal Plan. An All Access Meal Plan provides you with access to each meal period at any of our on campus dining locations, while a 14 Weekly Meal Plan provides you with two meal swipes a day. Glassworks Eatery at Holly Pointe Commons is the campus All You Care to Eat dining location. Download the Dine on Campus app and “know before you go” to see daily menus and nutritional information. Looking for traditional retail options where you can use your meal plan? Select from a variety of Meal Exchange options at locations all across campus including the Market Place, Profs Place, James Hall, Sushi Do, and more. A meal exchange allows you to get a full meal for no additional cost at another dining location. Meal exchanges are considered “meal swipes,” so you won’t be able to use it again until the start of another meal period.

Period

Time

Breakfast Period #1

7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Mid-Morning Period #2

9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Lunch Period #3

11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mid Afternoon Period #4

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dinner Period #5

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Late Night Period #6

9 p.m. -1 a.m.

Dining Dollars vs. Rowan Bucks:

Dining Dollars are flexible spending dollars that can be used for dining purposes ONLY. They can be used at any on campus dining location and at select Rowan Blvd. food vendors. This ensures that you always have dollars for food.

Rowan Bucks can be used for anything, at any on-campus dining location and at over 80 vendors throughout the Glassboro community. I like to save my Rowan Bucks for my Walgreens trips, drive-through runs to Wendy’s or sushi from Samurai.

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Story by:
Alyssa Bauer, senior public relations major

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