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Gila Grill offers classic comfort food on NMSU campus

What do you crave when you miss home and family and need comfort food? Grilled cheese, maybe? If so, or if you simply love a good grilled cheese served up with a smile, a visit to the new Gila Grill at the Corbett Center Student Union Food Court at New Mexico State University must be in your future.

This photo was taken at night, looking through an exterior Corbett Center Student Union window toward the food court.
Gila Grill is open late! Stop by the Corbett Center Student Union Food Court to try Gila Grill's gourmet sandwiches and handcut fries. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

"Gila Grill is a unique dining concept for a university setting," said Vinnie Crispino, Sodexo retail dining director at NMSU. Crispino came up with the idea for Gila Grill, thinking, "What college kid doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich?"

Gila Grill opened in the Corbett Center Student Union Food Court in August, and has been a hit ever since. All sandwiches are cooked to order and are served on the customer's choice of sourdough, rye, Bavarian, honey wheat or white breads, baked on-site daily. While the restaurant offers 11 types of cheese, including vegan cheese, as options for its popular grilled cheese sandwich, it also offers unique items like the Pimiento Mac and Cheese Melt (yes, it is a sandwich), a vegetarian Parma Melt and green chile cheese fries with your choice of cheese. Even the coleslaw at Gila Grill is unique - it contains bleu cheese.

"Although Chik-Fil-A remains number one in sales for the food court, Gila Grill quickly moved into second place," said Katrina Miner, marketing director for Sodexo at NMSU.

Gila Grill replaced Slice of Life Pizza in the Food Court and has far surpassed expectations. Sodexo's regional retail director plans to visit NMSU soon to evaluate Gila Grill as a potential brand to add to Sodexo's family of brands, system wide.

If the food isn't reason enough to visit, stop by Gila Grill from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, for Tattoo Night, complete with DJ entertainment. Free Gila Grill temporary tattoos will be handed out until they're gone.

To view the full Gila Grill menu, visit http://nmsudining.com/documents/Gila%20Grill%20Menu.pdf . Gila Grill is open for lunch Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m.