The best thing Hamilton has to offer is the 21 meal plan. Students can come and go as they please. Between classes, you can grab a cup of coffee and still be able to come back an hour later for lunch. Soper Commons has made-to-order sushi and pasta bar on the weekdays. Other options include an omelet and waffle bar for breakfast, grilled chicken and hamburgers all day, and an ice cream station. During all hours of operation, the salad bar and sandwich bar are available from 10 a.m. until closing. In addition, Commons weekday snack time is a great option for students who miss lunch, get hungry between meals, or want to meet friends and professors over a quick bite to eat. Late-night breakfast at the Diner is one of the most popular meals for students. The Howard Diner serves as an after-hours meeting spot on the weekends. Students are often found dancing in the isle or singing from the `50s-style booths to the music blasting from the retro jukebox.
Despite glowing praise of the food, there are a few problems with the dining facilities. A Howard Diner dinner costs six dollars, and with that money, you are limited to a sandwich, fries, and a drink. Equivalency dollars are based on the time of day, which means you don't get the same exchange value at breakfast and dinner. On the weekends, McEwen is closed, and that leaves Commons and the Diner as the only options. Not only is this an inconvenience to students living close to McEwen, but it makes other venues congested and overcrowded, particularly as Commons is the only eating area open for breakfast/brunch.