Life
Discover the secrets of the Old Gold Swipe
By
Senior Writer
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome, Wake Forest Class of 2020. Your life is changing dramatically as you face daunting uncertainties each day.

You may wonder if you prepared yourself enough for class or if your ride to a party will ever show up, but one essential part about your new lifestyle 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’re from anywhere else, you’ll quickly learn why locals crave this fried chicken joint.

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

Cost: $6.64

Bang for buck: 3 stars

Healthiness: 2 stars

Popularity: 5 stars

Overall: 4 stars

Combo #2: Chargrilled Chicken Salad and a Fountain Drink

Cost: $8.25

Bang for buck: 4 stars

Healthiness: 4 stars

Popularity: 2 stars

Overall: 2 stars

Zick’s: This popular pizza spot is open until 2:00 a.m., making Zick’s an ideal choice after a long night out.

Combos: Two slices of one topping pizza or one of the signature flatbreads with a fountain drink

Cost: $8.08

Bang for buck: 5 stars

Healthiness: 2 stars

Popularity: 5 stars

Overall: 4 stars

Forest Greens: Although healthy dining options are scarce, a salad from Forest Greens is both nutritious and delicious. Believe me, it bugs me too that there aren’t more healthy options.

Combo: Custom four topping salad and a fountain drink

Cost: $9.20

Bang for buck: 5 stars

Healthiness: 5 stars

Popularity: 5 stars

Overall: 5 stars

Moe’s Southwest Grill: If you’re facing withdrawal from Chipotle or Qdoba, Moe’s provides an adequate alternative.

Combo #1: The “Jr. Homewrecker” burrito, tortilla chips and a fountain drink

Cost: $8.88

Bang for buck: 5 stars

Healthiness: 3 stars

Popularity: 5 stars

Overall: 5 stars

Combo #2: The “Rupert” vegetarian nachos and a fountain drink

Cost: $9.09

Bang for buck: 4 stars

Healthiness: 3 stars

Popularity: 3 stars

Overall: 3 stars

Subway: Open 24 hours, Subway is the late night venue of energy restoration.

Combo: Any 6’’ sub, chips and a fountain drink

Cost: $6.44

Bang for buck: 3 stars

Healthiness: 4 stars

Popularity: 5 stars

Overall: 4 stars

Einstein Bros’ Bagels: If you’re looking to spend your morning studying in Farrell Hall, Einstein’s is a great option.

Combo #1: Bagel with smear and a medium coffee

Cost: $4.30

Bang for buck: 2 stars

Healthiness: 3 stars

Popularity: 4 stars

Overall: 3 stars

Combo #2: Deli sandwich and a fountain drink

Cost: $9.05

Bang for buck: 5 stars

Healthiness: 4 stars

Popularity: 4 stars

Overall: 5 stars

Take Two (Boar’s Head): If you can spare a few extra minutes to  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: 5 stars

Healthiness: 4 stars

Popularity: 5 stars

Overall: 5 stars

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

Cost: $7.77

Bang for buck: 3 stars

Healthiness: 2 stars

Popularity: 4 stars

Overall: 3 stars

Starbucks: Although it’s not the best option for those with limited Old Gold Swipes, food dollars are a popular currency for coffee.

Combo: A pastry and a tall coffee

Cost: $4.30 – $4.80

Bang for buck: 2 stars

Healthiness: 2 stars

Popularity: 2 stars

Overall: 2 stars

Shorty’s: Known better for its food than its 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 and guacamole sandwich; Wednesday, Shorty’s dog with fries; Thursday, house, cobb or apple walnut salad; Friday, grilled ham and pimento; Every day, tenders and fries.

Cost: $6.19 – $9.38

Bang for buck: 4 stars

Healthiness: 5 stars

Popularity: 3 stars

Overall: 3 stars