Like most food made in large quantities, Whitman’s food service has its moments of unusual, unidentifiable culinary intrigue, though for the most part, the food is delicious. Whitman offers three dining halls—Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman—all of which are open at least five days a week. In addition to these, Whitman also offers meals from Café 66, located in Reid Campus Center. This café includes a grill, pizza oven, and a weekly option, called Fire and Spice, which is prepared in a wok and can range from stir-fry to fajitas. Since many Whitman students are health conscious, the dining halls make it convenient to eat healthily. Furthermore, there’s a large conglomerate of vegetarian and vegan Whitties, so the dining halls always make an effort to provide for these students. In fact, if students have any special dietary requirements, Whitman is very good about ensuring that these are met. They also make an effort to meet students’ demands for local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients.
Although meal plans tend to be expensive and are required for all freshmen and most sophomores, students pay for what they get—good food at a high price. Many students purchase plans with too many meals, but the most savvy purchase is a combination plan of meals and “Flex Dollars,” which allow students to charge items from the various coffee carts around campus, Café 66, and the dining halls. Students occasionally give the on-campus food a rough review, but only because they haven’t considered the reality that university students face. All in all, Whitman students are some of the best-fed.