The food at ODU is all managed by Aramark catering company, and though it may be psychosomatic, it feels like you can taste that even in the franchise chains. Even the nuggets at Chick-fil-A will leave you smacking your lips, like “I taste…cafeteria….” Still, ODU makes a recognizable attempt to provide students with diverse and healthy choices, as well as a few popular fast food chains.
In the cafeterias, there are several themed stations. You have your high school cafeteria throwbacks, like the sandwich and pizza stands, as well as a main dish area and a salad bar. In at least one of the cafeterias, Café 1201, there is also a Veggie Bar, which provides students with a meat-free meal option. Still, most students will tell you that the cafeteria food is pretty bad, and after eating it every day, you will probably grow to hate it. But it is a convenient way to get a balanced, hot meal without any of the work of cooking or cleaning up yourself. And, for an average of about $7 or $8 a plate, you get a lot more than what you would get at a fast food or takeout restaurant.