- Category: Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
- Published: 02 April 2014
Restaurant Offers Unique Menu and Beachside Dining Experience
It is hard enough waking up for an early morning class, let alone doing it with a smile on your face. You are running too late to get coffee, lines at the Dining Hall or the Rebecca Stafford Student Center are too long and those granola bars you bought two months ago have lost their flavor. The promise you made to yourself to get a bagel after class comes to a quick halt when you realize you are sick of the same old thing.
If this sounds like you then The Turning Point, located just a few short minutes from campus, is about to change your life. Open seven days a week in Pier Village from 8 am to 3 pm, The Turning Point shows people breakfast and lunch in a whole new light.
A senior health studies major Molly Maher said, “I think The Turning Point is a great place to go to lunch with friends. The food is always good and the service is great. There is another location in my hometown that I am excited to try as well.”
As soon as you walk into the restaurant, the smell of espresso enters your nose and wakes you right up. With a full espresso bar, this place has got it all for coffee lovers. Not into coffee? You should try a Hershey’s Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle to finish it off. At just a low $2.35, this is something hard to pass up. Different flavored teas are also available for those to enjoy.
When it gets too hot to even think about coffee or hot chocolate, the menu includes smoothies, iced tea and even frozen hot chocolate. Your day will begin to take a turn from that miserable 8 am class before you even order your food.
A sophomore chemistry major Christina Giuliano said, “I love The Turning Point’s frozen hot chocolate. You can have it in the winter and summer and it’s always just as good.”
The drinks are just a pregame for the flavorful breakfast and lunch offered. From French toast to sensational salads, brunch has never looked so delicious.
Customers have the choice to start off with fruit parfaits, a small salad or homemade soups, which even includes chili as a selection.
Then comes the main course. The opportunities to make you full are endless with options like waffles, omelettes, pancakes, salads and wraps.
A house favorite is the Banana Foster Waffles, which include split bananas, rum sauce, homemade waffles and pecans.
Looking for something light? The menu offers a Fresh Fruit Bruschetta which is a mixture of diced pineapple, mango, strawberry and mint. This is served with a side of cinnamon pita points for convenience and tastiness.
If you are not in the mood for breakfast, the Lobster Quesadillas is a unique lunch option. Filled with lobster, avocado, spinach, mangos, onions, cilantro and cheeses, it is worth the $14.95.
You may not be adventurous enough for the quesadilla, but there are other options. A classic at The Turning Point, the Chicken Pesto Panini has grilled chicken, zucchini, roasted red peppers, fresh mozarella and a basil pesto spread. There is also a wide selection of burgers, wraps and even vegetarian options.
Megan Eustice, a sophomore health studies major, thinks the Turning Point has the right concept in mind. She said, “I like The Turning Point’s concept of breakfast, lunch and brunch. It is convenient with morning classes, and the food is really good.”
Trying to stay in the fit family? The Turning Point offers a “Good For You” section under their breakfast choices. Oatmeal and egg white omelets make for better choices when you want to lose those few extra pounds that the Dining Hall food has made you pack on.
With its beachside location, the restaurant will make you want to stay even longer to admire the atmosphere and view. With 100 seats inside, and 50 seats outside, you may begin to feel you are at a resort instead of a restaurant right near the University.
The Turning Point is the perfect place for an early breakfast or a meal right after class or a run on the beach. No matter when you go, The Turning Point is bound to turn your day around.
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