Dorm food is notorious for being unhealthy and awful-tasting. However, Bucknell Dining Services does an excellent job of providing students with a wide range of food. Both the Caf and the Bison are crowded during mealtime, and they’re definitely the most popular places to eat on campus. Freshmen typically eat in the Caf because they are required to purchase an unlimited meal plan, meaning they can eat in the Caf as often as they want without having to pay when they swipe in; they are required to use dining dollars at Bison, which isn't convenient since the unlimited plan does not include a lot of dining dollars. Upperclassmen prefer eating at the Bison because they generally purchase dining dollars, which is a lot cheaper than the unlimited meal plan.
There’s so much different food to choose from at the Caf—there’s pasta and pizza; homestyle cooking; the Grill, which has any fried food you could possibly imagine; Smart Market, which has salads, fruit, and vegetarian dishes; the salad bar; Pacific Rim, stir-fry, egg rolls; the deli; and an egg bar, where you can have the cafeteria workers prepare your eggs any way you like. After their meal is over, many students hang around to people watch and talk with their friends. The Bison has pre-made food that you can pick up, or you can order something. Wraps, burgers, and quesadillas are all very popular. Generally, eating at the Bison goes faster than eating at the Caf. You can also get take-out if you need to get to the library, have a meeting, or just want to head back to your room. What’s nice about the Bison is it is open until 11 p.m., and when students have varying schedules from day-to-day, it’s nice to know that you can eat earlier or later than usual, and the food will still be fresh.