Holy Cross is pretty average in terms of food. Most students seem to agree that while the food isn’t anything fantastic, it isn’t toxic, either—although one student did say that the food was great! Dining options on campus are fairly limited, with only three dining halls (and only two for freshmen). Upper Kimball is the main dining hall, and it looks like a traditional dining hall from a prep school—long mahogany tables and upholstered chairs. It is all-you-can-eat and serves the traditional college fare, a rotating menu of about 35 days. Lower Kimball is an á la carte dining hall. It serves the same fare all the time—there is a pizza station, deli station, Chinese station, and burger station. They also serve ready-made sandwiches, which are perfect to grab when jetting to class. Crossroads is the third dining hall. It is located in Hogan, and it is only open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It is a popular place for professors to go for lunch. It is also á la carte and carries a more limited fare than Lower does, but it is located closer to some of the dorms. This is a popular place for student groups to conduct dinnertime meetings. There is always something edible in each place—even if it is just a salad or a bowl of Cheerios!
Compared to other, larger colleges, the food at Holy Cross is definitely different—there are no fast food or national chains on campus. The dining at Holy Cross—especially at Upper Kimball—is rather idiosyncratic and therefore more personal and charming. Cafeteria employees frequently greet students by name. Watch for yesterday’s leftovers being re-served as an alternate entrée, and watch out for some crazy chef combinations, such as the infamous “cheeseburger chowder” (which is just cheese sauce with hamburger meat). Overall, the dining at Holy Cross is just average.