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Campus Food

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: People like to complain about food on campus, but it's much better than what you'd find at a lot of other schools. Meals in the dining hall can get really repetitive, but there are lots of vegetarian & gluten free options.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food at Mac is great. I think it's of very high quality! There's always fresh fruit at every meal! There are lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. Don't really know about vegan, as I'm not a vegan. Tons of options at lunch, a little less during dinner. There seem to be less options on Friday and Saturday nights, and the cafeteria has weird shortened hours for Saturday dinner. The hardest part for me is balancing the number meal swipes I do each week with the amount of flex points I spend. All first-years have to be on the full meal plans, which is only meal swipes, so that's not something you'll have to deal with at first!

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Our cafeteria is too small for how many people eat at the prime meal times. Also, the food is good but so unhealthy. I lost 15 pounds just from not eating at the cafeteria (even when i was eating very healthy options there!).

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Very good at catering to all kinds of dietary restrictions. Cafe Mac does get a bit boring though but once in a while there's always a great surrounding neighborhood to explore without having to completely unload your wallet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is great! Many options. Limited times to get the food, though.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4656 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All freshmen must have the 19-meals-per-week plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Café Mac Grille
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Chocolate croissant
  • Eggs made-to-order
  • French toast
  • Hash browns
  • Omelets
  • Pastries
  • Sausage/bacon
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • "Breakfast for Dinner"
  • Burritos
  • Caesar salad
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pierogies
  • Tater tot hot dish
  • Veggie wrap
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Appetizer sampler
  • Avocado sandwich
  • Chicken burrito with guacamole
  • Chicken tender melt
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Smoothies
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Coffee News
Did You Know?
  • The best and newest perk about Café Mac is that anyone with meal-plan money on their ID cards can now go out into the surrounding community on Grand Avenue and use that money at participating restaurants.
  • One of the biggest upsides to Café Mac is its attention to detail regarding diet restrictions and sustainability. Have an allergy to nuts or shellfish? No problem! Café Mac always puts out signs next to its menu items that say what's in the food. Café Mac also includes and labels food for vegetarians and vegans. Café Mac also tries to buy its food from as many local food sources as possible.
  • For students living off campus, Café Mac is an expensive option (for those on the "Commuter" plan) in comparison to buying groceries.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Atrium Market
Location: Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Café Mac
Location: Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Food: International cuisine, divided into four "hemispheres"
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Café Mac Grillé
Location: Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, in front of Café Mac
Food: Appetizers, burgers, deli-style sandwiches, desserts, grilled foods, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Scotty's at Leonard Center
Location: Leonard Center
Food: Healthy, organic
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 19% Atrium
  • 16% South side of cafe mac during lunch
  • 16% Scotty's
  • 15% Cafe Mac
  • 15% The Grill
  • 8% Nessie's
  • 6% The Loch
  • 3% App Sampie
  • 2% Avocado Melts

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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