Mirror Lake Eatery is the new place to dine on campus with 12 different sauces for their popular chicken tenders. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo Editor

With the revitalization of the new Mirror Lake, students say goodbye to ice cream and hello to chicken tenders.

Mirror Lake Eatery, the new dining facility located in Pomerene Hall, has replaced what used to be Mirror Lake Creamery and is dedicated solely to the wonderful world of chicken tenders.

Over the past year, hundreds of students took part in focus groups to determine the best options to serve in the new dining facility.

The combos are $8 and come with three tenders, french fries and a sugar-glazed King’s Hawaiian Sweet Roll. Students are also able to purchase these items individually.

Chicken tenders are available in three different flavors: original, buffalo and sriracha, along with a selection of 10 different dipping sauces, including a signature Mirror Lake sauce.

One menu item remains the same, however. The student focus groups voted to keep specialty fries served in previous years.

“One of things we found throughout the testing process was that the students loved the old Mirror Lake [Creamery] fries, so we are bringing back the old Mirror Lake fries,” Zia Ahmed, senior director of dining services, said.

The eatery offers a number of milkshake options, ranging from the traditional vanilla and chocolate to limited-time-offer flavors like strawberry cheesecake.

The eatery allows students with dining plans to satisfy their Chick-fil-A or Raising Cane’s cravings while remaining on campus, which will make it a convenient alternative to the High Street fast food fried chicken chains.

Ahmed said the dining facility will be the first to utilize self-service kiosks while also having the option to order online through Tapingo for pickup.

“This is the future and the way students are used to ordering, anyway,” Ahmed said. “So we found it to be beneficial for students.”

Dave Isaacs, communication and media relations manager of the office of student life, said the containers the combos are served in are biodegradable as part of Ohio State’s “commitment to sustainability.”

Ahmed said that changes might be made throughout the year based on student feedback.