A couple months ago, in a blog post and story, I delivered some bad news: University of Maryland students are eating better than you.

The school had recently opened its new dining hall, 251 North, serving, among other things: Pho style brisket, cornbread-stuffed pork medallions, fire grilled salmon, Pacific Rim noodles and deconstructed cannolis.


(Deconstructed cannoli at 251 North. Yum. (Michael S. Rosenwald))

Now there is fallout.

251 North has become so popular that students are complaining of long lines to get in, according to a report in The Diamondback. The idea that students are griping about long lines for dorm food, given my background in gooey chicken sandwiches and aching bellies during my student days, generates the mental equivalent of heartburn.

Another problem: 251 North’s success has apparently taken away business from Adele’s, the student center eatery that was the first restaurant to offer an upgrade from campus chicken fingers (i.e., crab cakes and steak). Business at Adele’s is down 13 percent this semester.

“We have more capacity at Adele’s than we are currently using, whereas historically Adele’s was typically very close to capacity most of the time,” Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple told the student paper.

“The former stomping ground is struggling,” a former student said in the comments below the story. “This place was my college experience.”

Out: crab cakes. In: Pho style brisket.

College life, circa 2011. When do we go back? When can we be young again? When can I get my hands on another deconstructed cannoli?