Cat Cavern basically has a large communal dining area with the food in the back of the...cavernous room (pun intended). One has a choice of any (or all) of the following: burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, and a salad bar with fresh fruits and vegetables.
I arrived around 11 a.m., right when the place was set to open for lunch. I opted for Bearcat Grill today, which serves scrumptious burgers and quesadillas.
I ordered the "Build-Your-Own Buffalo Burger" with all the toppings ($6.25): a buffalo patty (local Oregon buffalo), with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, crispy bacon, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, and my choice of cheese (I went with pepperjack cheese today). All the delectable ingredients are encased between a toasted Cascade Baking Company white or wheat bun...I chose wheat.
|Buffalo burger from Bearcat Grill inside Cat Cavern (Willamette University)|
|A decent-sized quality buffalo burger!|
|The awesome cross-section|
Bearcat Grill has several burger choices, which actually surprised me. Perhaps it's partly because I stayed away from the cafeterias in undergrad, opting for (Americanized) Chinese food, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Subway, or Jamba Juice.
Cat Cavern may not have the ambiance of a fine-dining restaurant, but it's still more than acceptable for a communal on-campus cafeteria. Worth the $6.25 and then some. I'll definitely be back for more of what Cat Cavern has to offer! 8.25/10