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Every year thousands of high school seniors are faced with the decision as to where to go to school for the next four years and for most sophisticated teens, food is definitely a factor. We’ve rounded up the top 10 college cafeterias or dining halls in the country to help.
1. Columbia University (New York, New York): Ferris
Ferris Dining Hall offers the basic student necessities such as pizza, pasta and cereal as well as vegan options.
Sample menu: Homestyle Oatmeal, Sausage, Ham and Potato Frittata, Vegan Mushroom & Garlic Pizza, Mexican Pizza, Chicken Noodle Soup, Roasted Salmon.
2. Cornell University (Ithaca, New York): Becker House
The Cornell dining experience includes freshly baked calzones, fresh sushi, and guacamole. There’s also ethnic nights including: Asian, Mexican, and Italian.
Sample menu: Becker Omelet Bar, Cornell Chicken & Rice Soup, Miso Vegetable Soup with Udon Noodles, Dim Sum, Sesame Broccoli & Tofu, Baked Potato Bar.
3. Georgetown University (Washington D.C., United States): Leo’s
Both a formal dining experience and a casual one can be found here. The ground floor even offers a vegetarian/vegan station.
Sample menu: Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Steamed Vegetables, Grilled Cheese, Hamburger, Chocolate Chip Cookies.
4. Manhattan College (New York, New York): Locke’s Loft
Locke’s seems to have an endless amounts of stations, including: Brick Oven Pizza, Exhibition Station (with meals cooked in front of students), Mom’s Kitchen (a do-it yourself station), Very Vegan, Allergy-Free Zone.
Sample menu: Meat Lasagna, Creamy Parmesan Polenta, Sautéed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic & Oil, Assorted Dumplings.
5. Pepperdine University (Malibu, California): Drescher Cafe
The Drescher not only has Chinese staples like beef broccoli stir fry, but it also overlooks the Pacific Ocean! Stations include: Udon Noodle Bar and Asian Stir Fry.
Sample menu: Breakfast Quesadilla, Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, Egg Rolls.
6. University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont): The Marketplace
The Marketplace is popular for meals in between classes. They’ve got sushi, tortillas, and Ben & Jerry’s.
Sample menu: Buffalo Chicken Salad, Egyptian Red Lentil Wrap with Basmati Rice, Beef Soft Tacos with Asian Cabbage Salad.
7. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia): Observatory Hill “O’Hill” Dining Hall
O’Hill has endless food options: stir-fry, pizza, sandwiches, vegan and vegetarian dishes, and grill. There’s also a cereal bar available at every meal. Meatless Mondays offers students the opportunity to take a stand against the environmental issues surrounding the over consumption of meat.
Sample menu: Fresh Salmon, Ice Cream, Ice Milk (less fattening than ice cream), Thai Salad.
8. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee): Grins Vegetarian Cafe
This vegetarian and kosher hotspot pronounced “Greens” is a must-try with rotating options.
Sample menu: Nutella Panini, Strawberry & Yogurt Parfait (honey-flax granola, almonds).
9. Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina): New Pit (North Dining Hall)
The “New Pit,” is the healthier option of two dining halls where options include muffins, fruit, salad bar and grill.
Sample menu: Homestyle Waffles, Cranberry Orange Muffins, Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad, Lentil Salad.
10. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut): Morse and Ezra Stiles
These two dining halls share a kitchen and a wood-fired oven. Students rave about the homemade Greek yogurt offered at weekend brunch.
Sample menu (same for both halls): Raspberry Oat Tea Bread, Barbecued Picnic Chicken, Mushroom Ravioli.