The quality of campus food service is a common target for complaint and ridicule among students, but Pomona actually does a pretty good job. No, it's not gourmet, nor probably even commensurate with your dear mother's cooking, but Pomona's dining halls offer a large variety of dining options. Students particularly laud the design-your-own meals, which range from pizza to stir-fry and have become more and more of a fixture in recent years. The option of attending the other colleges' dining halls also provides some needed variety. The dining hall staff also goes to great lengths, unfortunately with very mixed results, to meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions.
Pomona dining inspires mixed reviews. There are a staggering amount of options, but you get a nagging feeling that the food just isn't that fresh. However, preparing meals, day in and day out, for 1,400 hungry students with a whole slew of dietary preferences and restrictions must be a staggering task. There is a good dynamic between Frary and Frank dining halls, the former being an enormous, cathedral-esque hall, the latter being far more modern and varied in design. Vegetarians and vegans certainly won't starve, though they may end up eating a lot of plain pasta and bagels. Nightly "Snack," a sort of ad-hoc meal each weeknight from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, not only provides late-night sustenance, but serves as a sort of social event, as well. One thing you can definitely say for the dining hall staff is that they try very hard to mix things up. However, they are consistently inconsistent, which can at times be very frustrating for an on-campus diner.