There tend to be jokes among college students that campus food is just plain awful and that one of the reasons why the “Freshman 15” exists is because everyone tends to eat fast food because it’s the most edible stuff on campus! At Elon, this is not true. Yes, like any other college campus, there are rumors about the food, as well as the group of students who cannot find a single good thing about the on-campus meals. But on the whole, Elon has had a lot of success with their meal plan program and the food they serve through Aramark. There is a variety of foods, so each student is accommodated, from the student with stomach problems to the pickiest vegetarian—all needs can be met.
The extensive dining Web site offers daily menus and nutritional information for all on-campus dining establishments. And of course, if what’s on the menu doesn’t please you, there is always fast food in Octagon Café, including a pizza bar, Chick-fil-A, Grille Works, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! Pan-Geos, which is connected to Octagon, has a wrap, pasta, and salad bar that's updated daily. Downstairs Colonnades offers boar's head sandwiches for two meal swipes, as well as a salad bar for personalized orders. In Upstairs Colonnades, Harden and Upstairs McEwen are all-you-care-to-eat and carry what you would see in a normal college cafeteria—salads, desserts, cereals, entrees, etc. The food is amazingly good. Varsity is the new sit-down on-campus restaurant that serves food off the grill. It has banners of all the colleges in the Southern Conference, and the walls are decorated with blown-up photos of Elon athletes in action for a sense of sports pride. Brown & Co has great food, as well. The Acorn acts as the campus coffee house, providing sushi, soups, personalized sandwiches, muffins, croissants, bagels, and all different flavors of Starbuck’s coffee. Next to Octagon is Freshens, a smoothie and frozen yogurt place that accepts meal plans and meal dollars. It’s delicious!