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Campus Food

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I personally think that the pit has great food considering it's a college dining hall. New pit is even better, though smaller, and the seating at the new pit has a chill vibe that I love! The pod and the sundry are waaay too overpriced, but I love the candy and trail mix they have so I'm never hesitant to buy that! Shorty's does take forever, but being able to use old golds at sit in restaurants and retail places is really nice.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: There are some good options, but it gets monotonous.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For being a small school, I think Wake has a lot of good food options. The Pit can get tired every now and then, but it still has pretty good food. The New Pit consistently has good food, and the food court has everything you would want. Also, having two sit-in restaurants is very nice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Great variety. Pit is okay, lots of options to choose from but not very high quality food. You can use your meal plan at food court restaurants though and each meal plans comes with "food dollars" to spend on snacks and/or delivery pizza if you want.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's fine. I don't really eat on campus much. I am a graduate/divinity student. Zicks has pizza.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Dining at Wake Forest is pretty good. Although it is assumed that food at college is both terrible and bad for you, this is not the case at Wake. The Fresh Food Company (aka The Pit) offers a wide array of options from Mediterranean food (including hummus) to more traditional Southern fare. Vegetarians and those concerned with healthy options should not be worried, as there are healthy meatless options and a salad bar every day.

Reynolda Hall is also home to the Magnolia Room, which offers a refreshing departure from cafeteria-style dining. The "Mag Room" has real glasses and tablecloths, as well as the best sweet tea on campus. Other dining options include a full Starbucks located in the library and a Subway sandwich shop that is open late. However, the most unique option is Shorty's, a full-service restaurant. Shorty's offers a full menu of appetizers, soups, entrées, and even local beers on tap.

Probably the biggest complaint about dining is that you are forced to buy meal plans in large blocks, and some students find it hard to use all the meals. Nonetheless, dining at Wake Forest is solid all around, and the school is willing to listen to student feedback when making their dining decisions.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
17
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4000 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Pit (Fresh Food Company)
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Shorty's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Sandwiches at the Pit
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Subway
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Papa John's Pizza (Reynolda Manor Shopping Center location only)
Special Options
Food dollars can be used to purchase food anywhere on campus and to purchase Papa Johns Pizza off-campus.
Did You Know?
  • Many local businesses in the University Parkway area deliver to campus. Papa John's Pizza, which accepts Deacon Dollars as a method of payment, is always a late-night favorite, delivering well past midnight, as are the many Chinese restaurants in the area.
  • No one at Wake ever buys silverware. Walk into the Benson Center, grab 50 plastic forks, and just walk out.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Campus Grounds
Location: Taylor Lounge
Food: Java City, bakery
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Chick-fil-A
Location: Benson Life Center
Food: Fast-food
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
The Fresh Food Company (The Pit)
Location: Reynolda Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat: bakery, home-style favorites, international fare, Italian, salad bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Freshens Energy Zone
Location: Benson Life Center
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
The Magnolia Room
Location: Reynolda Hall, second floor
Food: Buffet (varies)
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
North Polo Store
Location: North Campus
Food: Snacks, beverages, frozen foods
Hours: Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Shorty's
Location: Benson Life Center
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Starbucks
Location: Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-1 a.m.
Subway on the Quad
Location: Hearn Plaza (The Quad)
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sundry C-Store
Location: Benson Life Center
Food: Convenience store items, salads, sandwiches, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Take Two
Location: Benson Life Center
Food: Deli and grill favorites
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Worrell Grab n' Go
Location: Worrell Hall
Food: Beverages, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Zoca
Location: Benson Life Center
Food: Mexican
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 21% Hilltop Market
  • 17% Shorties
  • 17% Bistro '34
  • 17% New Pit (Hilltop)
  • 12% The Mag Room
  • 8% They all are.
  • 4% Boars head
  • 4% Chickfila

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 41% Rather expensive for "meh" food
  • 24% Convenience stores are overpriced
  • 12% No ethnic or cultural dining options
  • 12% Aramark
  • 12% Meal plans are structured inefficiently
  • 0% Limited options

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% The Pit
  • 40% Shorty's - it takes way too long
  • 10% Nothing sticks out as so bad to be named worst

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 85% The Old Gold Swipes
  • 15% Rollover dollars
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