a current student here
Most of the time, McKinstry food is average. There have been many cases of food poisoning. Most of the meat is often not cooked properly so it's pink. Sometimes there are campus or holiday or cultural events so they have good food then. The dining hall is quite small so there are times when you won't be able to find a place to sit if it gets busy. Not good for picky eaters due to lack of options and not good for those with food allergies because the menus don't list the ingredients nor do the workers know what's in the food. Options include grilled food, salad bar, fruit, soups, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, international food, and a home cooked meal type of selection.
For breakfast, there is sausage, bacon, eggs, tater tots, hashbrowns, homefries, english muffin sandwiches, fruit, oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, french toast sticks, english muffins, bagels, donuts, muffins, waffles. and sometimes more.
To drink, there is always 2% milk, skim milk, chocolate milk, juices, sodas, fruit waters, tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and regular water.
For dessert, there are pies, cakes, pudding, cheesecake, brownies, cookies, and ice cream.
Buchman Cafe has great food. There are salads and pastas, grilled food, frozen meals, snacks, hot drinks, and more. Staff is friendly and there is decent service. Lucille's Cafe is similar.
Off Campus -
For pizza, your best choice is I love pizza of Troy. It's cheap and tastes amazing.
Other places to check out would be Dante's, Plum Dandy, Red Front, Dinosaur BBQ, Illium Cafe, Gino's, X's and O's Bakery, The Flying Chicken, Brown Bag, and The Whistling Kettle.
If you like popular fast food places or restaurants, there is Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Subway, Taco Bell, Friendly's, Applebee's, Red Robin, TGI Friday's, Chili's, Domino's, Pizza Hut, Arby's and more. In the Spring, there will be a Sonic in Latham.