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College food has a bad reputation, but these campus dining halls prove that college food can be delicious. At these schools you might find yourself wanting to stay an extra semester or two just to keep using your meal plan.
- West End, Virginia Tech
(The West End, Virginia Tech Magazine)
The West End at Virginia Tech offers students market-style dining with seven stations to choose from. The food and atmosphere are restaurant-quality, contributing West End being named the Best College Specialty Restaurant in the United States. One of the West End highlights is J.P.’s Chop House, where students can use their meal plans to buy fresh lobster.
- Berkshire Dining Commons, University of Massachusetts Amherst
(Berkshire Dining Commons, Umass Dining)
Referred to by students as Berk, this award-winning dining hall offers all-you-can eat meals covered by swipes provided in student meal plans. Berk also offers late-night dining and special events, sometimes with DJs. Busy students also have the option to use a swipe to grab a bagged lunch on the way to class.
- Moulton Union Dining Hall, Bowdoin College
(Multon Union, The Daily Caller)
The Moulton Union dining hall at Bowdoin has something to satisfy every taste, with options like red pepper and tomato soup, charbroiled lemon garlic chicken breast, organic wheat berry and amaranth salad, and New England clam chowder. Health-conscious students will be happy to know that much of the produce is sourced from an on-campus organic garden.
- Trillium, Cornell University
(Trillium Dining Hall, Cornell)
Cornell has over thirty on-campus dining halls, but students rank Trillium as one of their favorites. Here students can choose from one of multiple food stations featuring options for Mexican food, Asian dishes, burgers, and tasty salads and soups.
Bruin Plate, University of California, Los Angeles
(Bruin Plate, UCLA Dining Services)
At UCLA students can choose from “residential restaurants” featuring dishes based on different themes. At Bruin Plate, a student favorite, the theme is fresh meals made with sustainable ingredients. The produce at Bruin Plate is locally sourced and the meat, eggs, and dairy come from free-range farms. Entrees range from grilled pork chops with squash and pears to stone-baked flatbread pizzas.
- The Caf, St. Olaf College
Residential students at St. Olaf College are required to have a meal plan, even upperclassmen. Far from being disappointed, students are happy that they can use this meal plan to get restaurant-quality food at the all-you-can eat Caf. Here, students can choose from eight different food stations that serve items such as burgers, falafel, soup, and even an all-vegan grain station.
- Erdman Hall, Bryn Mawr College
(Erdman Dining Hall, Bryn Mawr)
Bryn Mawr offers students award-winning college dining. Students can choose from tasty paninis and quesadillas or get creative with cold ingredients at the salad bar. The dining hall features frequent theme and holiday dinners. Bryn Mawr dining services are very open to student input, taking suggestions through Facebook, email, or handwritten napkin notes.
- Proctor Dining Hall, Middlebury College
(Proctor Dining Hall, Middlebury)
At Middlebury College meals are included in the tuition, so students have unlimited access to dining hall foods. At Proctor Hall, students can enjoy a selection of hand-carved meats, salad, sandwiches, pasta, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Busy students can grab lunch on the go with one of the portable containers provided by dining services.
- D-Hall Fresh Food Company, James Madison University
(D-Hall, Visit JMU)
At D-Hall, students can enjoy an all-you-can eat selection of sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salad, and dessert. The meals cater to various dietary restrictions with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Nutrition information is listed next to all dishes, so students can make informed decisions for their meals.
The Spa, Colby College
(The Spa, Colby Dining Services)
The Spa is Colby College’s on-campus restaurant. Here students can choose from a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, and parfaits along with seasonal specials. The Spa is also committed to environmental sustainability, using biodegradable packaging and offering students the option to purchase a $2 reusable container that can be used each time food is ordered to go.