Hungry As A Bear: Roots and Chutes at the Ratty


Hello! I’m Amy Winkler, a freshman concentrating in Computer Science, and I’ll be writing about two of my favorite things,  food and Brown, for Hungry as a Bear. In this column, I’ll share all of the food related advice I have for enjoying Brown’s cuisine and getting the most out of your meal plan.

Hi all! Hope you had a great holiday season. I’m so excited to be back at Brown for my second semester. And being back at Brown means being back on meal plan. Today, I’m going to talk about the Sharpe Refectory (affectionately called the Ratty), the main dining hall on campus.

The Ratty has all of the options you could possibly hope for: burgers, chicken, salad, cereal, and so much more. But today I’m going to talk about the Vegetarian portion of the Ratty, called Roots and Chutes. I am not vegetarian, but I still enjoy the delicious (and usually healthy) options they have at Roots and Chutes.

For example, you can see my lunch today consisted of butternut squash (one of my favorite foods!) and hummus and pita chips from the hummus bar. I also could have chosen to have raw vegetables or a quesadilla too. The food changes too. One of my friend’s favorite dishes was the pumpkin ravioli in the fall. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or just someone who enjoys the occasional “Meatless Monday” Roots and Chutes has many great options!

If you have any questions or comments about eating at Brown or anything else, send me an email at I would love to hear from you!


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