Since the on-campus dining sucks so badly, it's a good thing that there is a huge variety of places that students can frequent should they need to escape the horrors of ODU's unsafe cafeteria food. There are a wide variety of restaurants for practically everyone, and genially priced as well (read: cheap). Almost every student you talk to-unless they don't like Thai food-will tell you that Bangkok Garden is, well, bangin'. Go during lunch hours, and you'll pay half of what you'd pay for the same portion at dinner (and get a small salad and an egg-roll on top of that). Doumar's has tasty burgers for practically nothing, and Kincaid's has tasty burgers in exchange for your life's savings.
Even though MacArthur Center is kind of far away in respect to most of the restaurants near campus, it does have a nice selection of hotspots like Max & Erma's and Chili's. Not all students can afford to constantly go out to eat or drive/walk the distance to get to an actually okay restaurant, but when faced with the danger of on-campus dining, off-campus dining is such a refresher. And since most of the students at Old Dominion University have cars-or they most definitely know someone with a car-it's not like they can't make the trip to get to a restaurant. And even if they couldn't, Ghent is close enough for them to walk, and with the variety of prices, it's just not that bad.