Paws cuts tenders
Last year, Amanda Lynn Borror enjoyed Paws fries and chicken tenders on weekends. She found out when she returned to Towson that her favorites were gone.
“I’m really upset and disappointed to come back to Towson and see the change,” she said. “It’s just really upsetting to see something you’re so familiar with change without any warning.”
Paws Café in the University Union changed its menu, along with Ptux, The Fine Arts Café, and The Den.
“We revamped the menu for the [Paws] grill.” Campus Executive Chef Chris Shoul said. “We felt that it was time for a change. We ran the old menu for two years.”
Paws Manager James Kelly said Paws added a California turkey club sandwich, a Caribbean jerk salmon sandwich, chicken and waffle fritters, Old Bay fries, pepperoni flatbread pizza and a Kansas City BBQ chicken sandwich.
They also replaced the chicken tenders with chicken nuggets, changed the fries from the old crispy one to a softer regular fries and are now using handmade burgers instead of frozen burgers.
“With the addition of chips and a pickle with each menu sandwich it offers a better value for our guests,” Shoul said.
Junior Amanda Rock said she likes the changes to Paws menu, and wasn’t sad to see the crunchy fries go.
As a Marylander, she said she enjoys the Old Bay fries.
“It looks like it’s a wide variety,” she said.
There are new gourmet grilled cheeses, as well as panini sandwich options on the Ptux menu.
The Fine Arts Café is now named Pure and incorporates foods that are local, organic, sustainable and fresh.
The Fusions station at The Den has a permanent menu after running four different concepts throughout the school year to see what students wanted, Shoul said.
“We decided to take the ‘greatest hits’ for each of those concepts and meld them into one permanent menu,” Shoul said.
Shoul said dining services usually keep the most popular items and drop the ones that aren’t doing well. They look at reports of the most and least purchased items and decide what needs to be changed.
“In the case of Paws this year, we took one of our more popular menus items and put a spin on it to make it even better,” he said. “We have developed a new tender fritter that combines the flavors of the fried tender and a Belgium waffle. Not only is this a more intriguing menu item it adds a certain signature to the tender served in Paws compared to those we serve everywhere else.”
Although Borror thinks it’s good that Towson is encouraging change and does like the new chicken wings, she said there are too many problems with the new menu after they took out staple college items such as the fries and the tenders.
“The new menu makes me not even interested in going to Paws,” she said. “It’s just not worth it because they don’t have anything special anymore separating them from other places near, and on campus. I just want my Paws fries back.”