Students in the newly renovated cafeteria.

We are passionate about providing our guests with authentic flavors and fresh food that is handcrafted by our chefs every day. Our recipes come to life through the hard work and imagination of our dedicated staff, who use only the best ingredients in the freshest ways possible.

Food is our fuel. We prepare meals that are fresh, made-from-scratch, and cooked in small batches. We want our guests to feel confident that their special dietary needs are met with easy access to nutritional information.

We believe in knowing where our food comes from. That’s why we partner with the finest local, family-owned farms and producers, for a culinary experience that starts right in our own neighborhood.

About Dining at Lake Forest College

Fresh Approach to Food

Our focus is on craftsmanship, and we choose imperfect over standardized food. Our chefs take production into their own hands – chopping, dicing, peeling and cooking from scratch with real ingredients. It’s at the core of who we are, and we embrace it.

How We Keep Our Food Real

  • We’re cracking fresh, cage-free eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All of our pizzas look different because they were made by hand.
  • Our ovens are always roasting the delicious meats and vegetables served as entrees.
  • Our freezers are really quite small. That’s because we only use USDA-inspected, all natural, fresh and never-frozen ground beef.
  • We know you want future generations to enjoy seafood, too, which is why we follow Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines for sustainability.
  • Milk doesn’t travel well – that’s why ours is delivered from local dairy farms.
  • Our cheese comes from animals, not labs.
  • Our fish and chicken tastes better because we bread each piece by hand.
  • Potatoes, delivered fresh from the farm and in their original form, make the best mashed potatoes and fresh-cut French fries.
  • All our food is trans-fat free, however, other fats may still apply. After all, we’re chefs, not magicians!
  • Real soup or sauce doesn’t come from a can, jar or pouch. That’s why ours taste so good. It’s better for you, too!
  • Our deli salads are fresher and healthier because we prepare all the ingredients ourselves. That means hand-shredding cabbage, dicing potatoes and chopping celery.
  • Our freshly sliced deli meats build a better sandwich.
Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall

Affectionately known around campus as “The Caf”

Located in the Mohr Student Center, Hart Dining Hall is the main dining location on campus. Meals are served in an “all you care to eat” style, with specialty foods made fresh daily. Food is made to suit most dietary needs. 

  • soup/salad bar and fresh fruits
  • homestyle foods
  • made-to-order pizzas
  • made-to-order wraps
  • made-to-order saute and grill

Hart Dining Hall is the only spot on campus that uses the “meals” portion of your meal plan.

Academic Year Hours


Monday – Friday:  7:30 am – 9:30 am


Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Monday – Friday: 10:45 am - 2:00 pm


Sunday – Thursday:  4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Located on the lower level of the Mohr Student Center, Boomer’s offers a wide variety of foods. 

Boomer’s offers limited alcohol service to adults age 21 or older.

Academic Year Hours

Food Service

Monday – Friday: 10:30 am – 12:00 am (midnight)
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 pm (noon) – 12:00 am (midnight)

Beer & Wine

Saturday & Sunday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Market at Boomer’s

Located on the lower level of the Mohr Student Center.

Academic Year Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 am (midnight)

Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am (midnight)

Cyber Cafe

Coffee for that early class or late night study session

Located on the first floor of Donnelley and Lee Library, the Cyber Cafe serves specialty coffee drinks, juices, fresh fruit and fresh baked goods. 

Academic Year Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: Closed 
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Deerpath Cafe

Late-night snacks on your part of campus

Deerpath Cafe is located on the first floor of Deerpath Hall on North Campus. 

Academic Year Hours

Saturday – Thursday:  8:00 pm - 12:00 am (midnight)
Friday: Closed

The Paw

The Paw is located on the first floor of the Sports and Recreation Center and offers healthy options such as smoothies, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and protein shakes.

Academic Year Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm