It could be worse. That seems to be the attitude most students have about Loyola’s on-campus dining options. This doesn’t sound like the greatest endorsement, but Loyola does try to mix it up a little bit. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available, and the University goes out of its way to bring in various ethnic foods. One day you’ll find burritos, the next hummus and pitas will be on the menu, and the day after that there will be chicken curry. While the Loyola dining experience is certainly not a veritable cornucopia of culinary excellence, it could be far worse.
One of the primary complaints about Loyola’s dining is that the University has its meal plan system set up so that students can’t use it anywhere except in the dining halls and the two on-campus coffeeshops. Most schools will have a program set up with local fast food establishments or family-owned businesses allowing students to use their campus cards to pay for food; this is not the case at Loyola. It is Aramark catering or nothing for students on a meal plan. Also, Loyola’s Jesuit tradition compels it to make all red meat products unavailable on Fridays during Lent. This is just fine for the practicing Catholics among the student body, but they are the minority in the midst of a vibrant, multi-cultured community.