Few Pepperdine students seem to appreciate fully the fine culinary offerings heaped onto their plates by the good people at Sodexho Marriott Services. This could mean one of two things: either a select few of us have very low standards, or the Pepperdine student body has extraordinarily high ones. Still, it's certainly safe to say that Pepperdine can number itself among the better-tasting American universities. The basic meal plan is more than sufficient, even for those who just can't resist getting double heaping portions of the ever-reliable London Broil, or succulent pork tenderloin sliced right before their eyes by the steady hands of the Waves Café personnel. Don't worry, there are also plenty of vegetarian offerings. The "Caf," as students always call it, is the main dining area on campus, and it features many very large windows through which to gaze at the blue Pacific while you chomp your way through a delectable meal. Some might express displeasure regarding the dearth of dining halls, but the one Pepperdine does offer leaves little to complain about.
Just around the corner from the Caf, the Oasis serves pizza and made-to-order sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. Most eating takes place at either the Caf or the Oasis, but the little coffee counters on campus offer pre-packaged sandwiches and salads that are really quite good, as far as pre-packaged sandwiches and salads go. On the downside, to eat exclusively at Pepperdine is not an inexpensive endeavor, and the 1,000-point standard meal plan expires at the end of each semester-whether or not you've exhausted all your points. In keeping with its Christian mission, however, Pepperdine does give students the option of donating those unused points toward food for the needy.