Pearson's Cafe

Pearson's Cafe logoOur programs and services are designed to suit all of our customers; from a fun, relaxing lunch with friends, to a casual latté at Mercy Market, or a quick cup of coffee at Brewed Awakenings, or a fun-filled evening at The Chalet, you’ll find all you need at Saint Joseph’s College.

Pearson’s Café in Mercy Hall joins restaurant-style service with on-campus convenience. What’s more, it offers a combination of choices you may never have seen on a college campus before. These choices follow recipes using fresh ingredients, made-from-scratch preparation methods and sustainable practices.

Traditional Dining

Meals served in our dining hall are all-you-care-to-eat style of service. You can choose from a wide variety of delicious entrees including vegetarian, vegan or light selections, seasonal fruits and vegetables, salad bar, deli bar items and desserts. Our menus vary daily, providing selections to suit everyone. We use fresh ingredients and purchase 35% of our food from within the State of Maine. Our featured “Specialty” shops include:

Home - Style

If you are missing your favorite dish from home, this is where you will find it. Every day you will find home-style comfort meals such as meaty lasagna, shepherd’s pie, turkey club, and we always feature a vegetarian or a vegan selection daily. Your meal will be accompanied with your choice of chef’s potato, rice, steamed vegetable or chef’s fancy vegetable of the day. We offer you a well-balanced meal that will certainly leave your mouth watering and reminding you of home.

The Grill

We feature all of your favorite grill items cooked to order just the way you like them. Fresh, local All Natural Black Angus Beef burgers with a choice of 3 different cheeses, sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers, and grilled chicken. Classic grilled cheese, french fries and hot dogs along with a daily grill special such as turkey burger, house made veggie burger, chicken wing or a meatball sub, ect.

Salad Bar

This is the ultimate salad bar, where you can re-create any salad that you have experienced! Choose from a variety of greens, fresh toppings and house-made croutons. We offer produce from local farms, including our own farm vegetables from Pearson's Town Farm located right here on campus , allowing you to receive the freshest product available. Most of our dressings are made from scratch with nine different options to choose from – including low fat and fat free. Seasonal fruit is available throughout the café.

Deli Bar

This is a large self-service deli bar offering you a variety of breads and wraps for you to create your dream sandwich. There are six deli meats including house-roasted turkey and beef, and assortment of cheeses, flavored mayonnaise, hummus, tabbouleh, and roasted vegetables just to name a few. To accompany your sandwich you can choose from one of our two made-from-scratch soups that change daily. One of the soups will be a vegetarian or vegan option.

Pasta Bar

This station will give you a taste of Italy on a daily basis. Serving white and wheat pasta daily, along with fresh baked bread, and accompanying sauces (Always a vegetarian or vegan option). Our pasta sauces are made in-house with the freshest of ingredients.


Try our made from scratch, hand tossed pizza with house-made pizza sauce, local ingredients and your favorite toppings.  We always feature student favorites of cheese & pepperoni along with the speciality pie at each meal.

Gluten Free

Do you have food allergies? At Pearson’s Café, we cater to your needs! We offer delicious gluten- and allergen-free specials every day. Try our house-made marinara sauce, gluten-free pasta, mac & cheese, chicken pot pie, pancake bar, Chinese five-spice grilled chicken noodle salad, and much more! We keep a supply of specialty items in our allergen-only refrigerator, such as gluten-free breads, wraps, dairy-free cheese, a selection ice creams, waffles, granola, jellies, and more! Stop by, introduce yourself to our staff, and let us know what we can do to make your dining experience hassle free.


As the name says, the place to treat yourself to sweets ranging from fresh-baked cookies to pies, cakes and other wonderful goodies.


We offer a variety of choices from: Fair Trade New England coffee, Silk products, Lactaid, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, flavored waters, assorted teas, soda, several different juice options, and hot chocolate.