Washington & Lee boasts a fine array of dining options that will surely satisfy even the most demanding foodie. At the core of meal possibilities lies the Marketplace, known almost exclusively as the "D-Hall." Used mostly by first-years, the Marketplace also serves residential advisers, students not affiliated with Greek organizations, and any other community members willing to pay the somewhat steep price for a meal. With its ever-present healthy or heart options, salad bar, Panini grill, and soup options, the Marketplace represents a solid core for W&L dining options. For perhaps a little more quality and choice, there is Café '77 located in the University Commons directly above the Marketplace. With a wide array of sandwiches, salads, and snack items in its inventory, the Co-op (as it is known around campus) serves those students looking for a convenient on-the-hill snack or a late-night repast. Some student favorites here include the sunrise sandwiches and the pizza sticks. Finally, W&L's most recent dining addition, the Hillel House, caters to the kosher and vegetarian audience. Fielding a more eclectic array of dining options, this small café offers many locally produced ingredients in its sandwiches and salads, as well as outstanding smoothies. With these three dining options, a hungry General can surely satisfy even the most eccentric craving.
Meal plans, like many other aspects of W&L life, depend greatly on a student's Greek affiliation. All first-years have a dining plan that guarantees an essentially unlimited number of meal swipes in the Marketplace. For the majority of students who join a Greek organization, they can choose between Greek food or a “flex plan” that affords some on-campus dining. Those upperclassmen who choose off-campus living situations are not required to sign up for any meal plans whatsoever.