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.