Comments of the Coffee House before the re-opening after a major remodeling in 2010.
2005-11-15 23:52:04 They should sell their breakfast burritos and veggie breakfast burritos 24/7. They are really yummy, well priced, and offer a healthy alternative to the greasy pizza. If you're worried about production times, consider hiring someone to come in each morning and mass produce the burritos which can be heated and sold throughout the day with little effort. This is what my old coffee shop did. Worked well. —MichaelGiardina
2005-11-16 16:32:57 I can't believe how much I actually miss eating at the CoHo—even though I'm in LA with hundreds of restaurants around. Something about the atmosphere really grew on me! —ReginaSikora
2005-11-16 16:38:42 The last two times I have had a peice of cake form the COHO bakery it has had no taste and seemed undercooked. Anyone know what is going on? I really like the Funfetti cake but now I am afraid to try again... —MyaBrn
2005-12-12 06:49:50 Can someone in the know please post the hours? Or have I missed the page where the hours are? —NiareeHopelian
2005-12-12 14:12:57 Heard about the CoHo being renovated...Anypne know when/what is going to be done? —MyaBrn
2006-01-04 00:42:23 As far as hours, I remember that on weekdays, the Bakery opens at 7 AM, and Hot Food Line opens at 10:30 AM. —MattNagel
2006-01-15 10:07:45 The lox for their bagels is $2.50. That seems expensive, but how does it compare to other bagel joints? —JohnNapier
2006-02-28 11:01:32 In response to Mya Brn, the renovation is supposedly supposed to be happening...something like fall 2007? I just started working there and I think thats what my trainer said during orientation. And usually a lox bagel sandwich costs about 5 or 6 dollars at local bagel places. —NatalieKitchiner
2006-02-28 12:29:00 The plans for renovation have not been finalized but, the tentative date is summer '07. I'm a sup at the CoHo and also here stuff form the reps of SCORE, the group working out the renovation plans. —JamesSchwab
2006-03-19 20:12:03 When is the new edition of the Coffee House cookbook coming out? I can't wait any longer!!!! —PattyLouieJunior
2006-05-03 22:58:56 There's a CoHo Cookbook?! I recommend the Farfalle Westphalia (does anyone know how it's pronounced). It's THE best hot food item in the BIG Coho. I also like the Deli...pretty worth it :) —DianaLyn
2006-05-03 23:00:24 At the bakery, ask for the BIGGEST piece of cake/brownie/whatever is cut up into pieces. That way, you actually get your money's worth, you know? They look at you funny, but comply :) As for the funfetti cake, buy a box at Safeway/Albertsons for $1 and make it at home!!! —DianaLyn
2006-05-04 09:57:29 The coffee house is one of the few places I've been able to find Blue Bunny ice cream. Blue Bunny makes a flavor called "Birthday Party", which is kind of like funfetti cake in ice cream form, which I believe was to be included in St. Gregory's original list of deadly sins but was somehow left out. —LeightonHinkley
2006-05-08 10:45:15 everytime i get food at the coho, the cashiers are really...rude. they'll tell me how much it costs (or just stick their hand out and not say a thing) and then continue their conversation with the cashier standing next to him/her. ugh. —EmilyTung
2006-08-11 11:47:33 this is really the only place in davis where you can find super cheap healthy fast food. their chinese chicken salad is very good. the place is overall very vegitarian friendly offering tofu dishes, salads, no meat pastas, and vegetarian burritos/quesadillias —MattHh
2006-08-11 12:01:59 Over the next couple weeks a new vegan salad has been introduced; Quinoa black bean salad. It has quinoa which is a small andean grain, similar in texture to cous cous. It has has black beans, corn, cilantro, bell peppers, lime, cumin and olive oil. Quinoa is high in protein, so it can be a very filling meal. —JamesSchwab
2006-08-22 11:33:18 The Coffee House years ago used to be over in East Hall (where Dutton Hall is now). It was a great house and purely a "coffee house" and a place to relax - nothing like the clean, cafeteria feeling of the current Coffee House. What I remember best is the unending coffee refills and huge freshly-made cookies. When it moved over to the memorial union it kept its name, but just wasn't the same. The Coffee House continues to change and morph into something different for each generation of students, but the name is still the same. Interesting. —SharlaDaly
2006-10-15 09:42:27 Has anybody else noticed the aannoying lack of quality control? I've had uncooked scones, stinky yogurt, burnt cookies and unmixed muffins. I appreciate the CoHo's low prices most of the time, but biting into an uncooked scone is just gross. And the fruit parfait are delicious 40% of the time but old, soggy and nasty the other 60% of the time. —AmyGoogenspa
The parfaits should be dated to check for freshness, if not don't eat them.
2006-10-27 15:51:29 I absolutely LOVE the CoHo Bakery lemon bars! So good! —LizCerv
2006-10-30 11:44:13 I like the food, but some of the cashiers seem overly indifferent to their jobs. After I ordered a breakfast bagel without eggs, the cashier both overcharged me (despite the menu being right there) and shortchanged me. Protests only fixed the latter problem. —DanAlcantara
I'm actually very impressed by the friendliness of the cashiers. They always manage to say "Have a nice day" at the end of the transaction. The prices are good, but the food from the pasta area is always either 1) very bland, or 2) somehow simultaneoulsy bland and very spicey (as in heat). How this happens, I don't know. Just don't expect a lot of flavor from those dishes. I haven't tried the burrito area yet, but the pizza and corndogs are good.—YupYup
2007-10-24 22:46:04 For being essentailly just an oncampus cafeteria, I think everything is really overpriced. —DonaldJaye
2007-10-25 04:28:56 are you mad? i always thought the food at the CoHo was dirt cheap comparatively, even with the recent price increase. —KellyCorcoran
2007-10-25 12:41:16 No I'm not. maybe I'm just poor?
Guadalajara sells their burritos for just $1 more and they taste alot better (not to mention they don't come rolled up in a ball with all the filling dripping out). COHO sandwiches are almost $5. I rather have a meal at In-N-Out for $5. Don't get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with the food. there are just better values. and for being a cafeteria, I think it should be alot cheaper. —DonaldJaye
2007-10-25 12:56:39 For what the CoHo offers, the prices are probably the cheapest in town. Ya the burrito makers suck most of the time, but the CoHo offers more than burritos. The idea of the coho is to offer healthy, homemade food that you can't get elsewhere on or near campus. The sandwich is $5 because it uses local bakeries, butchers, cheese makers, and slices the meat and cheese everday. Its not suppose to be fast food, its suppose to be a healthy alternative. Most coho food is made from scratch using organic and local ingredients. If you want cheap, unhealthy fast food, the CoHo is not your place. —JamesSchwab
2007-10-25 20:00:50 its all about the pho with the curry —AlexJohnson
2007-10-25 20:52:17 It's very special to have a place on campus that sells healthy food at a reasonable price, and to have the money going to student employees and organizations. I've been on quite few campuses, and choices are usually go off campus, or stay on campus for fast food or cafeterias run by places like Sodexho. Enjoy it while you got it. —JimEvans
2007-10-26 12:39:37 Second time in a row those burrito makers put pico de gallo in my food. :( What's the point of asking if I want it? —DanielSong
So they're saying "mild or spicy" and you're saying "none", and you pico de gallo? I'm just wondering if you're saying "mild" thinking that means no salsa when really it means mild salsa. —JimEvans
2007-11-15 19:50:42 So these prices are off....espresso drinks have gone up. Also....you have to watch to make sure when you ask for Soy you GET SOY in your coffee! —melissagail
2007-11-17 20:39:42 I updated the prices. Not sure about this soy business. —rubythursday
2007-12-02 12:08:33 Since no one else has metioned it, ask for your breakfast bagel to be rung up as a plain bagel with add-ons of sausage, egg, and cheese. It comes out cheaper. This is also true for just egg and cheese bagels. I always liked to call it the discount for people who can do math.
One cashier tried to tell me that add-ons meant the stuff would come on the side, not on the bagel, (thus I could not get the cheaper price), but the people actually making the bagels hadn't heard of that. —KateBaker
2007-12-12 01:05:27 I live for the pho curry soup. With all the toppings and chicken. I squeeze in the lime when I'm about 2/3 done with the soup, it adds another whole dimension. It's really one of the more remarkable foods I've eaten—in the winter when I feel a cold coming on, a bowl of Coho curry soup resets my immune system. Walking up to the curry soup line makes me salivate, watching them pour the curry and toss in the herbs makes me salivate even more. I love el dente herbs (cilantro, thai basil, green onions).
If you like curry, soup, Thai food, Vietnamese food, try the curry soup. It's really a genre unto itself. I've never seen anything else like it.
I also really like tacos (black bean or chicken) and the meat chili. The Coho is really one of the things that gives me a high level of satisfaction with my life as a UCD student. —TedBuehler
2007-12-15 11:56:56 I'm going to have to second the comment above. The curry is so good at the Coho. I get it with tofu and put in Sriracha and Hoisin sauce with all the toppings. It's delicious and extremely filling because the bowls are so large. I'd also recommend the Taco Salad in the CoHo area, or the Chicken or Steak sandwiches. The coffee is always good too. Ed, the head manager of the coho, is great and really helpful. The blueprint for the renovation is out, if someone could find it and post it that'd be nice. I saw it yesterday and it looks amazing.
Get the curry! —davistudent
2008-01-30 21:09:03 sadly, all that i've tried at the MU have been disappointing. i've had the vegetarian breakfast burrito (overcooked eggs, greasy tater tots, and plasticky cheese); the blue bunny ice cream in chocolate chip (probably the worst ice cream i've ever had. the flavor was completely off. it tasted neither like chocolate nor vanilla and had a grainy texture); blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese (bagel was not too flavorful and didn't have the chewiness i expected; cream cheese didn't have a pronounced strawberry flavor); and a roast beef sandwich on a whole wheat roll (very very salty and chewy roast beef). —QS
2008-01-30 22:03:39 As to QS's comments, they do not make they do not make their own bagels or ice cream (the jalapeno cheddar bagel is the best, only offered some weeks, but its pretty spicy). I agree that the breakfast buritto has gone down hill, ever since they switched the seasoned patatoes for hashbrowns. —MattHh
2008-04-02 21:01:08 I tried the Pho today for the first time, with curry. I was actually surprised to see a combo of Thai curry with Viet noodles. I was expecting authentic Thai green curry but I was really disappointed with the level of spicyness. It tasted closer to water to me with no "excitement" at all. But I understand how the majority of people wouldn't be able to handle what actual green curry is suppose to taste like. —Aarolye
2008-04-09 10:04:06 I have to disagree with people who think the Coho employees are rude. Working in the food business sucks, especially during rush hours, but they almost always smile and say "Have a nice day." —Kiran
2008-05-30 14:08:14 Today, the Pho chicken broth was... ugh! Unusually oily and flavorless. The cooks must have forgot to add key ingredients. I hope this isn't a trend. —AnnieSirrah
2008-05-30 18:02:25 To reply to the above, they probably put too much water in it. The pho soups are add water. —JamesSchwab
2008-06-14 16:13:19 Oh the CoHo. What fond memories I have of this place. I remember always stopping by the bakery/coffee shop for cookies or their scrumptious lemon bars between classes. The burritos were awesome. Tasty and HUGE! Seriously HUGE. I've heard rumors that they are not as big as they used to be. I'm sure they're big enough if you are a person with a normal appetite, but size really does matter to me (heh). The soups were well made. I never really got into all of the slop that they would sell. In my time they had troughs full of mysterious looking stuff —all with tofu and sprouts and such. It seems that they still do and are immensely popular with people. When I looked at the cups full of whatever mess they were selling that day it always reminded me of what my aunt refers to as, "S*** on a shingle". —CurlyGirl26
2008-07-05 15:03:54 Co-Ho is quite gross! Some things are good like their almond croissant and their Non-Authentic Green Curry Pho, but the area with the hot dishes has the worst food ever and it smells in the coho....very sad —islandboy12
2008-08-30 12:36:59 I like the bean burritos here. They are cheap and filling, which is all anyone should expect of cafeteria food. I only wish we could get the option of just plain boiled pintos rather than refried. Still, its the cheapest lunch on campus (2.70$ stuffs me). —ascapoccia
2008-10-16 19:16:50 Why did I only discover the CoHo my senior year?! I eat here almost everyday now and always order the veggie chili or whatever vegan stir fry they have with brown rice. Filling food, good prices, and amazing convenience.
Note: They sometimes add honey to their "vegan" dishes. —CandiceWang
2008-12-15 12:33:45 I love the COHO. The prices are reasonable and the food is pretty good. I like the pho and most of the hot food line items. For some reason though, the pasta has not been that great the two times I've had it (overcooked and drenched in sauce). —DrWang
2009-03-20 15:45:44 Anyone know when construction on the MU will start and end, and which portions will be closed off? —IDoNotExist
My understanding is that it will start sometime in June and the entire hot food line area, bakery, and dining room areas will be closed. —jsogul
2009-03-21 01:49:29 Anyone know why they don't accept REG cards or Aggie Cash, I know that's mostly used by Sodexhoe locations, but how hard would it be to link it up? They already take credit cards. Would seem like a good way to get all the freshman's business. —mperkel
At least for Aggie Cash there is some separate hardware involved. Secondly, if by REG cards you mean Gold Plus, Y2Blue and the like that is a Sodexo only system. On the other hand, if you are referring to student accounts, I don't think that would be in the spirit of what they should be used for i.e. school supplies. —ScottMorgan
Sodexho and the CoHo are direct competitors. Sodexho is not going to allow a direct competitor to use its proprietary accounting system. —jsogul
2009-07-07 12:54:21 Not having the Coho this year is really going to suck, especially for people like me who work in Lower Freeborn and depend on the cheap easily accessible fare the Coho offers. Sure, there will be Coho substitutes in the MU, but it won't be the same. On the other hand, the renovation will be GREAT for downtown businesses. I will probably become a "regular" at 3rd & U and Ali Baba... —jsogul
Wait — is it going to be closed altogether, or just parts of it?? Wah!! —CovertProfessor
What we currently know as the Coho will be gone... and the office space that currently hosts the Post Office, the Aggie Student Store, the Old Post Office, Classical Notes, etc. will be converted to "grab and go" food vendors to replace the Coho. More here: http://theaggie.org/article/2962 —jsogul
2009-08-05 11:43:19 The Coffee House renovation seems like a REALLY bad idea to me. Line efficiency will apparently be improved, but this might save a regular coffee house patron a minute or two per day in exchange for not having most Coffee House services available at all for a year. I would be shocked if the lines at the temporary Coffee House are not much longer, because this won't be a space designed to handle the kind of traffic that the Coffee House normally gets. Food selection (which was already good) will supposedly be increased slightly, at the price of almost no selection for a year. Seating space will be improved slightly too, but this could have been accomplished by adding an additional seating area onto the MU without disrupting existing facilities. Many ASUCD services, such as the post office, will disappear during construction too. Plus, we will lose the best social center on campus for an entire year during the renovation. It doesn't seem to me that there is any real net benefit in doing this, and there is a strong cost in food, services, and socialization in the mean time. —IDoNotExist
Where did you get the slight from? From the plans I saw while working there, the amount of seating will be expanded by about 1/4, which is a bit more than slight (especially given that they have to have room for the growing student body in the future). Also, the areas that customers don't see, like the kitchens and dishwashing area, are being expanded quite a bit too. That whole area was very cramped, to the point of preventing people from being able to walk through during hours when the kitchens were in use. Also, the rambling layout made it hard to organize things like dishware, which, to my recollection, were stored in at least three different places. I know it's an inconvenience, but it isn't the end of the world, and the facilities are long overdue for an update. —JoePomidor
2009-08-05 13:11:31 Seating was difficult to find there only during peak hours at peak times during the quarter. It definitely gets crowded, but surely they could have built an annex to the building without disrupting the activity inside. This could have also included expanded kitchen facilities. —IDoNotExist
The kitchen facilities are all in one area. It would be effectively impossible to expand them while keeping them open. The few services that could continue to be offered in that instance are pretty much equivalent (or perhaps even worse than) the ones being offered at the temporary facilities. —JoePomidor
2009-09-25 23:07:34 It's good to hear about the positive improvements the rennovations will bring, however I do think it's bad timing with the budget cuts that are occurring these days. Also I'm a senior, and a bit dissapointed I won't have access to my favorite campus food for my last year :[
Just found this post at http://daviswiki.org/University_Construction
"Funding for capital projects is separate from funding for salaries. A lot of funding for capital projects comes directly from the state government (some from the federal government) and from private donors. A lot of funding for residence halls comes from a special UC Housing fund. —JeremyOgul "
I'm guessing the new rennovations for the MU are included under capital projects. So before too many posts start popping up here about UCD funding buildings rather than professors and students I figure I'll steal Mr Oguls post. Though from the looks of it [aka the protest rally on thursday 9/24], plenty of complaints have been sent recently to the Governor's office on this very subject [to what effect is unknown for now]. Still, in the end, no more chipotle beef sandwiches or green curry soups for a while.
2009-11-06 14:00:43 i've worked at the coho for the past 3 years, and many of you may think that it was fine the way it was or that all it needed was a little expansion but that's far from the truth. the place was falling apart - ovens broke, sinks broke, pizza equipment broke, the grill was temperamental; it was a mess. this renovation is long overdue. it does suck that it's happening now, as it's my last year here as well, but the renovation is definitely a good thing.
2010-01-06 12:08:31 Maybe I'll work on this page later but it totally fails to reflect the CoHo's current state. I understand the CoHo's need for remodeling due to failing or failed infrastructure, etc. But currently they're only interesting if you want 1) pizza 2) wraps 3) bagels or sandwiches 4) limited pastries. The Pizza place offers most of the hot food though the sandwich place does have a few heated sandwiches (such as the sante fe veggie burger). The pizza place offers salads, chili, quiche, nachos, and popcorn. Their pizza prices are very competitive. Despite all of this, I'm rarely in the mood for any of what they offer. Currently the CoHo is but a shell of its former self and I'm very impatient for things to return to normal. Perhaps if they had a place to get burritos, I wouldn't be so sad. C'mon, rent a taco truck already! —RyanMikulovsky
Agreed, Ryan. Plus the lines are just insane. I'm not going to wait in line for food I'm not that interested in. I say this as someone who was a big fan of the CoHo in its pre-remodeled state. I will say that the bakery items are as good as ever, which is to say, quite good. —CovertProfessor
2010-04-06 16:13:34 When's ASUCD going to take over the Silo too? Sodexho's fast food options over there are pretty horrible:( —JasonMoore
2010-05-17 11:40:21 Probably the best coffee on campus!!! —tedougan
2010-07-29 19:09:47 can't wait for the reopening! —blastoff
2010-10-11 11:28:25 Anybody else noticed the price of coffee went up after they reopened? A large during the summer was $1.75 and now it's $1.90. —ChrisThielen
Interestingly enough, everything else dropped down in price. —hankim
Sorry that statement is incorrect. So far I've noticed the prices of food in the tex mex area (the nachos in particular) has increased. My friends and I are compiling a list of items that have increased in price. —ArianeMetz
2010-10-11 14:38:40 As implied in the above comments, they're open! And as one would expect, they are really busy today. —IAmNewHere