Variety and flavor can be hard to come by in Cornell’s only dining hall. However, a little bit of creativity can go a long way toward making any meal more enjoyable. Homemade English muffin pizzas and microwaved nachos are just a couple of the student creations you can find at a meal. The menu rotates on a monthly basis, which means students can know which days will offer a favorite and which days to just go to the Ratt. The limited hours for each meal take some adjustment, but in just a couple of weeks, your stomach will be growling if you haven’t eaten dinner by 5:30 p.m.
The cost and inflexibility of meal plans are often the biggest complaints. Students can choose between one of three identically-priced plans: 20 meals/week, 14 meals/week + $100 in Munch Money (which can only be used in the Ratt), or 180 meals/semester. There is a 7 meals/week plan, but it is only available to students living off campus or with special circumstances, like those students teaching for a semester. The Ratt, a café located on the lower level of The Commons, offers some much needed variety in terms of both food and hours of availability. With a menu of hot items (like chicken strips and cheeseburgers in addition to a much-improved selection of grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, and wraps), the Ratt satisfies cravings for between-meal munchies or a dinner alternative to soft-pretzel Mondays.