The food provided for the students is only prepared with care and presentable when there is someone important on campus or prospective students. The quality of the food served on a daily basis is very poor and mostly unhealthy and unvaried.
The dining hall is the only place where meal plan is accepted. We recently got a new chef for the dining hall, which improved the edibility of the food. Unfortunately, most of it still does not taste very good. Our single dining hall is split into many sections. There's Parkside. This is the main meal option. It can vary from sesame chicken to coq au vin to pulled pork sandwiches. There's almost always a grain and a vegetable along with the main meal options. Many of the times it's some type of potato and sauteed squash. The potatoes aren't usually bad, but the vegetables are either watery or drenched in oil/grease/butter. Sometimes the main meal is good, other times not so much, but eventually you learn what is good and what isn't. Then there's Crunch. This is the vegetarian option. You'll wait in the same line as the main meal line, which is usually very long unless everyone knows the meal option is bad. The options Lyco offers are usually tofu, stuffed peppers, or a grain of sorts. Sometimes it's flavorful, othertimes not. Then there's the pasta line. This is separate from the main meal line. It's whatever pasta they have in abundance that day and two different sauce options. Almost always there is a marinara sauce, the other sauce is either an alfredo sauce, garlic and herb sauce, or meat sauce. This is good for when there's nothing else to eat in the cafe. There's the pizza station as well. There's always plain pizza, white pizza, and pepperoni available. There are two specialties. One is always a pizza. Usually this is a specialty pizza made with the leftover ingredients from the week. For example, if there's taco's for lunch one day, the next day, we'll have taco pizza. The other special is sometimes a pizza, sometimes a calzone, or some type of bread (cinnamon sticks, garlic bread). There's the Grille also. This section has burgers, grilled chicken, french fries and a special, which is usually something fried. The burgers are like hockey pucks, the fries aren't always cooked all the way, but occasionally there's good stuff here. There's a deli sandwich line. This has many different typical deli option which can be toasted also. There's a sandwich specialty for the day, which are often amazing but it's under utilized as no one wants to eat sandwiches for every single meal every day. This line can get crowded when the food options aren't great. In the back is Bravo, which is food made in front of you. These options are SO varied. Usually when our school chooses to be cultured with their food options, Bravo will have it. However, often it is hit or miss, depending on the chef working there at the meal. Some are better than others. Breakfast is served here with eggs anyway with many omelette choices. There's also two soups offered every day as well as a salad bar. One general overall negative thing about the cafe is that there are too often many different Asian inspired dishes due to our high Vietnamese student population. However, it isn't executed properly and it doesn't typically taste good.
JP's/Jack's Corner is the late night spot to eat. Here you can get nachos, specialty fries, smoothies, milkshakes, and other varieties of food. The only issue here is that it is often very expensive. Here flex dollars are accepted as well as cash/credit.
Jasmine's/Cafe 1812 is the coffee stand during the day. It has starbuck's coffee's and teas, but it doesn't make everything starbuck's will make. They have panini's, breakfast sandwiches, and the soups that are offered in the cafe, but you must pay for them. ere flex dollars are accepted as well as cash/credit.
The meal plan options in all honesty are terrible. Your two options are A: Unlimited meals with 100 flex per semester or B: 14 meals per week with $125 per semester. These two options both cost the same in your tuition, so it's much more cost effective to choose plan A.
There are many different types of off campus options which is one good thing.
There is one place to eat for free, which is the dining hall. We also have JP's, which is open after I think 8, and Jasmine's, which is only open during the day, during school hours. You get $100 per semester for these places, and then you can set up your dining options to suit your desire. The food in the dining hall is bland but consistently offers some option, although salads and sandwiches get mundane after a while.