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Discover the secrets of the Old Gold Swipe
Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Residence Life & Housing
By
Senior Writer
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Welcome, Wake Forest class of 2019, your life is changing dramatically as you face yawning uncertainties each day. You may wonder if you prepared yourself enough for class or if your ride for a party will ever show up, but one essential part of your new life that should never be left to chance is eating well. Take a minute to learn about how to effectively use your Old Gold Swipes. Trust me, your stomach (and wallet) will thank you.

Chick-fil-A: If you’re from the south, you understand. If you come from anywhere else … you’ll quickly learn.

Combo #1 Original chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and a fountain drink:

Cost: $6.64

Bang for buck: Three stars
Healthiness: Two stars
Popularity: Five stars
Overall: Four stars

Combo #2 — Chargrilled chicken salad and a fountain drink:

Cost: $8.25

Bang for buck: Four stars
Healthiness: Four stars
Popularity: Two stars
Overall: Three stars

 

Zick’s: Open until 2:00 a.m., Zick’s is a popular choice after a long night out.

Combo — Two slices of one topping pizza and a fountain drink:

Cost: $8.08

Bang for buck: Five stars
Healthiness: Two stars
Popularity: Five stars
Overall: Four stars

 

Moe’s: An adequate alternative to those facing withdrawl from Chipotle or Qdoba.

Combo #1 — Jr. Homewrecker, tortilla chips and a fountain drink: 

Cost: $8.88

Bang for buck: Five stars
Healthiness: Three stars
Popularity: Five stars
Overall: Five stars

Combo #2 — Ruprict vegetarian nachos, tortilla chips and a fountain drink: 

Cost: $9.09

Bang for buck: Four stars
Healthiness: Three stars
Popularity: Three stars
Overall: Three stars

 

Forest Greens: Easily the healthiest option of all the Old Gold Swipes … believe me, it bugs me too there aren’t more healthy options.

Combo — Custom four topping salad and a fountain drink:

Cost: $9.20

Bang for buck: Five stars
Healthiness: Five stars
Popularity: Five stars
Overall: Five stars

 

Subway: Open 24 hours, Subway is the late night venue for energy restitution.

Combo — Any 6’’ Sub, Chips and a Fountain Drink: 

Cost: $6.44

Bang for buck: Three stars
Healthiness: Four stars
Popularity: Five stars
Overall: Four stars

 

Take Two (Boar’s Head): If you can spare a few extra minutes and wait in line, Boar’s Head offers the best sandwiches and burgers on campus.

Combo #1 — Any sandwich, chips and a fountain drink: 

Cost: $8.63

Bang for buck: Five stars
Healthiness: Four stars
Popularity: Five stars
Overall: Five stars

Combo #2 — A single angus burger, fries and a fountain drink: 

Cost: $7.77

Bang for buck: Three stars
Healthiness: Two stars
Popularity: Four stars
Overall: Three stars

 

Einstein Bros’ Bagels: A great option for those looking to spend their mornings studying in Farrell Hall.

Combo #1 — Bagel with schmear and a medium coffee:

Cost: $4.30

Bang for buck: Two stars
Healthiness: Three stars
Popularity: Four stars
Overall: Three stars

Combo #2 — Deli sandwich and a fountain drink: 

Cost: $9.05

Bang for buck: Five stars
Healthiness: Four stars
Popularity: Four stars
Overall: Five stars

 

Starbucks: Not the best option for those with limited Old Gold Swipes as you are better off using food dollars to pay for coffee.

Combo — A pastry and a tall coffee:

Cost: $4.50

Bang for buck: One star
Healthiness: Two stars
Popularity: Two stars
Overall: Two stars

 

Shorty’s: Known better for their food than their speed, Shorty’s is a great option for those wanting a sit-down restaurant atmosphere.

Daily Old Gold Deals — Monday, triple cheese and tomato basil; Tuesday, BLT + guacamole sandwich; Wedmesday, Shortys dog with fries; Thursday, house, cobb, or apple walnut salad; Friday, grilled ham and pimento; Every day, tenders and fries.