On-campus dining at Hendrix is quite good. Though Hendrix has only two places to eat at—the Dining Room for meals and the Burrow for snacks and late-night eating—both are widely regarded by students to be superb. The dining staff members are friendly and caring as well as talented and dedicated, and after four years, students will know them on a personal level. There is a wide variety of quality food available in the dining hall, with well-labeled options for vegetarian and vegan students, as well as help for those with food allergies. Occasional special events, such as “Chocolate Extravaganza,” occur in the Dining Room, with decorations and food to match the theme, as well as staff members sometimes dressing up to fit the occasion.
The complaints about campus dining are few and far in between. The most common grumble revolves around hours: breakfast in the Dining Room occurs between 7 and 9 a.m.—too early for many late-rising Hendrix students. Additionally, the Dining Room is only open until 7 p.m. while the Burrow is open until 12 a.m., the latter of which is still considered too early for some who seek midnight snacks. The cafeteria is closed on Saturday nights, and many students skip the Friday dinner, which is always the same and has less options than the other meals. Some also gripe that the meal plans are overpriced, and indeed, getting a smaller meal plan is quite feasible for those on a tight budget. Besides those minor complaints, though, Hendrix dining is exceptional for a college campus, to the point where it’s not unusual for Conway residents to eat at the College eateries.