Meet Good Uncle, the new food delivery start-up taking select colleges on the east coast by storm. The company is more generous than any friendly relative, as they will become your new best friend- a bff that specializes in simply bringing you food, on demand. Good Uncle started at Syracuse by two ambitious students who were determined on elevating the college dining scene. Just this year, they launched on 5 different college campus while being headquartered in New York City. The idea is similar to Uber Eats, but with no delivery fee since the food is all created by Good Uncle through their Michelin starred food mastermind, Erik Battes. They then transport it to one of their many handy delivery spots around the campuses with their super cool fancy food truck-like trucks. Magical- right?
Currently, Good Uncle is only at Colgate, Syracuse, Cornell, Lehigh and UMaryland, but they hope to expand in the near future (that future is very near given their popularity). While you might not be at one of those schools, or might not even be in school, Good Uncle could come to you, and you will then, thanks to me, be in the know (ahead of the game, on the next big thing!). Their food is simply delicious, and definitely beats most food found in college dining halls. It ranges from very healthy options of salad and rice bowls to hangover-cure like foods such as the BBQ plater and the bacon, egg, and cheese brunch sandwich. There’s a wide range which makes it easy for everyone to find something to suit their every desire. Their menu changes monthly, ensuring that nobody gets tired of their extensive menu. With that absent delivery fee, the prices are very reasonable for “to-go”-like food. For a college student’s budget, it is cheaper than eating out at most places with dinners ranging from 7-12 dollars.
So you go to Colgate or any of the other schools that have Good Uncle? Here is what I most recommend.
Tofu and Mushroom Bowl with the Mediterranean Fresh Fix Toppings:
Healthy and trendy, you can’t go wrong with one of Good Uncle’s bowls. The tofu bowl is great for vegetarians and vegans since good tofu is often hard to come by in college. It’s all on a bed of quinoa, and you have the choice of what kind of toppings/salad you want with the bowl. I’m obsessed with the Mediterranean toppings which I get for both the tofu and the chicken bowl. It’s the classic fixings of hummus, tzatziki, pita chips, feta, cucumber and tomato, along with a serving of arugula salad.
Pesto Parmasan Pasta:
Good Uncle really nails the pasta thing which we will all be thankful for when winter comes around (Aka comfort food season). The pesto pasta really hits the spot since they throw in copious amounts of sauce along with a generous serving of melted parmesan cheese. Tasty, yes, and comforting!
Seasonal Açai Bowl:
Ahh the food of the moment (and of instagram), Good Uncle makes it easy to keep up with the trends. Who wouldn’t want an açai bowl delivered on demand? It’s simple, but delicious and makes for a great addition to brunch. The vividly purple base is topped with fruit and granola, and has shredded coconut and almonds mixed into it. Unfortunately, the açai bowl is only available on weekends, but that might be for the best (we probably don’t need an açai bowl everyday!).
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich:
A good buffalo chicken sandwich for me is the ultimate guilty pleasure, and Good Uncle doesn’t let me down with their October special. The chicken is topped with oozy buffalo cheddar cheese and a blue cheese dressing. The bun is a nice soft brioche bun that is sweet enough to pair perfectly with the spicy chicken.
Grilled Chicken Tenders:
Probably Good Uncle’s smartest creation, these chicken tenders are both extremely tasty and healthy. Instead of being deep fried, the chicken is seasoned in a mix of flavorful herbs and grilled to perfection, ready to be eaten with a delicious dipping sauce. The sauces are a highlight since they have a variety to choose from, each unique and amazing. I recommend getting a couple to dunk the chicken into although the chicken is good enough on its own.
To read and find out more about Good Uncle, visit my article for Spoon University here!