This week at Lenoir, I have seen several different versions of Mexican cuisine served at the World Fare. While the meat morphed from greasy chicken to grainy ground beef, the same unappetizing black beans have been making a continual appearance for four straight days. Though the food may resemble the slop found in a pig trough at the State Fair, Lenoir is convenient and prepaid by our parents. We feel obligated to use up our meals and a parallel obligation to save what minimal pocket money we do have for Thirsty Thursday.

Places like Qdoba or Biski’s might be within your budget, but for those of us unwilling to part with $7, or maybe not even hungry enough for a full meal, there are few smaller items on the menu to fulfill our needs. So what can you do when you cannot stomach Barbeque Monday or Tuesday’s tequila lime shrimp wrap? Never fear Carolina students! Affordable and delicious alternatives to the daunting dining hall really do exist on Franklin Street.

Tucked behind Qdoba on Martin Luther King Blvd. is a great little place to get instant gratification for a cheap price. No, this is not a subsidiary University Massage, but a bustling sushi bar called Kurama. Though usually crowded around dinnertime, I recommend taking a seat in the central island which features a circular conveyor belt. From this vantage point, you are able to watch the sushi chef dice, chop, and roll popular specials at a frenzied pace to be placed on the belt for your convenience. You can simultaneously choose something for your palate and for your price range as the plates are color-coordinated according to cost. The pink dishes are $1, the yellow are $1.50, the pale blue are $2 and so forth and so on up to the $5 gold plate.

If you are a sushi connoisseur and prefer something above and beyond the pink-plated California roll, there are several more elaborate and pricy dishes listed on a board above the chef. The spider roll, consisting of tempura fried shrimp, spicy Japanese mayonnaise, and vegetables, is my personal favorite. Lava rolls, the UNC roll, and spicy crunchy crab are other popular dishes among veteran Kurama lovers.

For those of you who are wary of raw fish, I do not recommend this locale for your dining experience. There are soups and salads on the menu, but not enough to make a full meal out of. I also regret to inform you that the service can be quite slow once the meal is finished and you are waiting for your check. Be assertive and you should not have a problem but I do not recommend stopping by if you are on a tight schedule.

By Madeleine Clark