McAlister's is across the street from the Notre Dame main campus, perhaps a ten or fifteen minute walk from the Morris Hotel or the east side of campus. You can eat outside or inside.
When you go in, you line up before a counter and can discuss your choices with the staff, who are helpful and courteous. The selection is not really what I would call "delicatessen," but it is a pretty decent imitation in a city that has never struck me as cosmopolitan. The dishes are well prepared and the quantity of food is more than adequate: we took half our lunch home with us. In such a city as Chicago, or such a university town as Ann Arbor, I would rank McAlister's slightly above average, because there is more competition for the feinschmecker trade (people who are fussy about their food and then consume immense quantities). This was a pleasant experience and I recommend it in preference to any of the lunch places on the ND campus.
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