Compared to countless other college campus dining options, Macalester offers its students a Grade-A cafeteria. Café Mac offers a huge variety of options for students (and often professors). Students can take a trip around the world during one meal, with different food stations that include a diverse selection of international cuisine. The North Side of Café Mac offers deli items including cold cuts, chicken and tuna salad, hummus, soups, and a well-stocked salad bar. The East Side of the cafeteria offers Italian and Asian cuisines. Chefs constantly bake pizzas in the wood oven, and there are always pasta options available, too. Rice is a staple in the Asian line accompanied by stir-fry, and on occasion, the ever-popular cream cheese wontons or tempura make an appearance. The West Side features the Iron Grill with traditional American food, including hamburgers, veggie burgers, and different types of entrées. The South Side carries a made-to-order burrito station and a curry line that presents brown rice with several different curries. Desserts include cookies, cakes, and a soft-serve machine with ice cream cones for warm days.
Though Café Mac really does offer a smörgåsbord of choices for students, many people soon grow tired of the cafeteria fare. While there are a lot of options from week to week, the food itself seems pretty similar on a daily basis. Students are also frustrated by Café Mac’s strict rules about what kind of food one may take from the cafeteria. Don’t try to sneak a sandwich out because Café Mac workers are known to chase students. Instead, go for a discreet cookie or an ice cream cone.