Choosing your undergraduate campus may not be an easy decision. You might want to factor in class size, fields of study, extracurricular activities, etc. These decisions are not best made on an empty stomach though. Have you considered what food might be available, or what spots are great to visit off campus? Confirming your acceptance at school is a big decision, and visiting your campus choices will help you decide which place might be the best fit for you.
Summer is a great time to visit prospective schools, so Veritas Prep is starting a summer series with inside information on undergraduate campuses all over the nation. These articles will help you identify unknown places on and off campus, and what you should look for when you’re visiting your possible future school.
To start off, we’ll look at the top 10 college towns with the best food, according to this article from The Daily Meal. Here they are in order:
10. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin, Madison
If you enjoy a good crepe (who doesn’t?), this might be the place for you to study (or eat!). Bradbury’s Coffee provides an environment to study while you enjoy one of the shop’s famous crepes and a latte.
9. Boulder, Colorado: University of Colorado, Boulder
While some people may know Boulder as a college town, others recognize it for its great local food culture. The Kitchen provides a seasonal menu with fresh farm-to-table ingredients to enjoy all year.
8. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University
Whether you’re in the mood for Greek food or an Italian meal, Ithaca has a restaurant for you! Enjoy Greek souvlaki at Souvlaki House, or satisfy your craving of chicken liver pate at Mercato Bar and Kitchen.
7. Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon
Eugene is a vegetarian’s dream when it comes to food. Not only can you find fresh bread and smoothies at Metropol Bakery, but you can also visit Cozmic Pizza for organic pizza ingredients and microbrews. Don’t worry meat eaters for you can have your parents take you to Marche where you can try the pork trio dinner.
6. Burlington, VT: The University of Vermont
American Flatbread is a student’s staple in this town, offering all natural pizzas made in a wood-fired oven. If you’re in the mood, you can also find a fresh sandwich at Red Onion.
5. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina
Most may think Texas is the capital of BBQ, but Chapel Hill certainly has its own to give Texas a run for its money. From biscuits to sandwiches, Neal’s Deli and Farmer’s Daughter have lot of great options for hungry visitors.
4. Oxford, Mississippi: University of Mississippi
As The Daily Meal notes, Oxford is a delicious college town! Not only does Ole Miss hold a BBQ Throwdown in October, you can also find affordable Adouille soup and other southern delights.
3. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
Its location offers fresh seafood that cannot compare at the Blue Point Grill. If you’re a gelato fanatic, make sure to stop by The Bent Spoon and try their lavender mascarpone and other unique flavors.
2. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan
The University Café at the University of Michigan has delectable dumplings for those cold winter nights. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for a one-of-a-kind chocolate and peanut butter milkshake, stop by Pizza Bob’s for a warm day’s treat!
1. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley
With great local bakeries restaurants, you will always find good food and delicious wine in this city. UC Berkeley’s proximity to wine country ensures that you’ll always have a great pairing ready at the table, once you’re of age of course. If Chez Panisse isn’t up your alley, there is always a Chipotle in town!
Good luck with your college visits this summer, and stay tuned for more on our college campus insider posts. Next week, we’ll start off with the University of Michigan.
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