Update Jan. 14, 12:30 p.m.
After this story published, Cal Poly Corporation spokesperson Yukie Murphy emailed Mustang News with this statement:
“Customers can request that their meat be served rare, medium, or well done – however they would like it.”
How rare is too rare?
A photo posted on Facebook over the weekend shows what appears to be near-raw meat served at 19 Metro Station, one of the main freshman dining halls on campus.
Captioned “Gourmet extra rare meat courtesy of metro,” the photo drew nearly 100 likes as of Monday morning, as well as some less-than-favorable comments toward the restaurant.
“Dear god.. I feel like there are sanitation regulations that this is breaking..,” one commenter wrote.
“If you listen closely you can still here it mooing,” wrote another.
Theodore Tan, a computer science freshman who posted the photo to the Cal Poly SLO Class of 2017 Facebook page, said the meat was served to him at dinner Friday night.
The photo, he said, was not edited.
“There’s rare steaks, then there’s more than rare,” he said. “It’s like the inside was basically not cooked at all.”
A Campus Dining spokesperson did not reply to an email requesting comment over the weekend.