When senior Kate Scandura was searching for the right college to attend, the school’s quality of dining was an important factor. “It was definitely a plus to hear that Duke has one of the best student dining [programs] in the country,” she said. Now, the California-native and self-described foodie loves visiting the on-campus sushi counter Gyotaku, with its fresh, made-to-order rolls. And Gyotaku’s location—at the newly-renovated Brodhead Center for Campus Life—is another plus of attending Duke. “The Brodhead Center really is state-of-the-art,” she said. “Not only is it beautiful, but there are so many great options, and you can really taste the difference in quality between the food here and some of the cafeteria food at other schools I have visited.” After a $95 million renovation, the Brodhead Center—previously called West Union—reopened in August 2016, with 13 new eateries operated by nine vendors. The building is an architectural marvel, with a spotless glass facade and restored wood beams across the ceiling. The food is similarly top of the line. At Ginger + Soy, students can order dumplings and Asian buns from a custom-made steamer—the only one on a United States college campus, said Rick Johnson, former associate vice president of student affairs for Housing, Dining and Residence Life, when the dining hall opened. Dishes at JB’s Roast & Chops—including paella, London broils and steaks—are prepared over an open wood fire, inspired by a Las Vegas tapas restaurant.