There are lots of decent restaurants in Ithaca. So, on Parent's Weekend at Cornell, I was less than thrilled when my son suggested one of the school's cafeterias. Though I'm aware that Cornell has a reputation for good food, it's still a college cafeteria, and brunch in a college cafeteria isn't my idea of great dining.. What a pleasant surprise! It won't get a Michelin 3 star rating, but for $10, it was a great deal. Food quality was very good, variety was unbelievable, and quantity was all you can eat. I concentrated on the Asian food area (complete with chopsticks), though the omelets and baked goods looked very good too. The cafeterias are quassi-independent and their offerings vary. We ate at Community Commons though I'm told the one at Robert Purcell Center is even better. No, you don't need to be accompanied by a student, you just need $10 per person.