The best thing about food at George Mason University is definitely the variety. From fast food giants like Taco Bell and Burger King to Mason’s own bar and restaurant, the Mason Rathskeller, there is no shortage of options. La Patisserie, or "La Pat," which features sandwiches and bagels, is a student favorite, and it's crowded during all three meals of the day. In all, Mason offers 27 dining locations in different buildings around campus, including a brand new dining hall, Southside. This all-you-can-eat, buffet-style dining hall is a campus favorite for students with meal plans. While there are lots of options, students say they quickly get bored of the Johnson Center Food Court and opt to go to Southside, which houses six different specialty food vendors under one roof. Without meal plans, eating on campus can get pretty pricey, so the best option for students living in an apartment with a kitchen is to cook their own meals. There are two on-campus convenience stores, which serve as mini grocery stores for students who opt to cook their own meals.
In addition to the Johnson Center Food Court and Southside, Mason has a Starbucks, which is open 24-hours every day of the week except Friday and Saturday, as well as a hot dog cart and cafes centrally located throughout campus—convenient for grabbing a quick bite on the way to class. Ike’s, located in Presidents Park, is a popularly destination for freshmen. The diner is open every night from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. and features a full menu, including student-favorite late-night snack, oreo pie.