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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining options are somewhat limited to the dining hall and the Huckleberry Cafe, with that being said most of the food options are decent and balanced meals. occasionally the food options lack but overall the variety is not too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It is okay. Could be better. Closes at 7 which is very inconvenient.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Very Hit or Miss.... mostly miss – I understand that cafeteria food is cafeteria food but I wouldn't feed some of this food to my dog. Sometimes they have ok food but half of it isn't worth eating. General rule of thumb- if you can't ID it, don't eat it. The Huck generally has good food but the choices are limited.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Pretty Good Tastewise but Not Very Healthy – It had mostly good food, but not very healthy food. Sometimes food would be very good, then again, it would sometimes be very bad.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Not the Best School Cafe I've Ever Eaten in, but Overall, It's Not Bad. As on-campus students, we pay a large amount towards our meal plans. As off-campus students, we pay a large amount for a partial meal plan or to just buy one meal at a time. Because of this, I believe that we should get a quality meal that is equal to what we are paying for. While the Montreat cafeteria sometimes does a fairly good job at this, I believe they could make some major improvements in food quality, variety, and most importantly, healthiness.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 615th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 839th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1094th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1108th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1157th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Imari Scarbrough
English and Communications
Grad Year
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Even with differences in opinion about everything else, most graduates and upperclassmen will agree on at least one thing: the food at Montreat has improved. The food service staff makes a visible effort to provide healthy, tasty food to a few hundred students, faculty, staff, and visitors every day. The hours are convenient, easily scheduled around a normal class load, and payment at the front desk in the cafeteria is easy. For students with meal plans, the process is simple: simply swipe your card and go in. It works the same at the campus the Huckleberry Café—depending on students' meal plans.

Although the grill isn't open on weekends—disappointing to many students—it does offer tasty food during the week, American style. While the cafeteria is an all-you-can-eat buffet with an eclectic menu, the grill consistently serves food such as hamburgers, parfaits, fruit, chicken tenders, and more. There are individual tables and booths in the grill, and a large open seating area in the cafeteria. Although there aren't many fresh dessert options at the grill (besides cookies), the cafeteria has a self-serve, all-you-can-eat ice cream bar and a separate dessert bar. While some of the desserts seem to be "recycled"—students can recognize the blend of Monday's cookies and Tuesday's chocolate pudding—most of the desserts are fresh and delicious, ranging from pies to cookies to pudding. There is generally a sugar-free option, too. Drinks in the cafeteria are easy to access, with two, long rows of drink dispensers, in addition to sugar and creamers. Although this is cafeteria food and it probably doesn't hold up to your mama's cooking, it is still decent and a welcome treat from ARAMARK, the food service company.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3800 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A meal plan is required for on-campus students.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Howerton Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Huckleberry Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Cereal
  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Waffles
  • Yogurt
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken
  • Chicken pesto
  • Lasagna
  • Mexican
  • Pasta
  • Sandwiches
  • Spinach dip and pita chips
  • Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chocolate
  • Food from the grill (until 10 p.m. on weekdays)
  • Gummy bears/worms
  • Ice cream
  • Microwaveable mac 'n cheese, soups, etc.
  • Popcorn
  • Ramen
  • Snacks from vending machines
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None. Denny's does offer a student discount when you show your student ID card, though.
Special Options
  • If students have diet concerns (e.g., allergies, vegetarian, gluten-free), the cafeteria staff is glad to accommodate. They will take notes about your concerns and make sure that there are food options available in the cafeteria for you for every meal.
  • Off-campus meal plans are available.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Howerton Dining Hall
Location: Belk Campus Center
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Huckleberry Café
Location: Moore Center
Food: Fair-trade coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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