One of the great delights of being a student at Middlebury is great food and leisurely food. The food at Midd is great on a regular basis with student favorites including chicken parmigana, burger day, and our snazzy panini bar. On the desert end magic cookie bars and creemies (soft-serve ice cream) or a scoop of Moose Tracks is always on the menu. Lately the salad bar is featuring new protein options like spicy chicken salad and mongolian beef in addition to all the pasta options that have always been there. Beyond what chefs whip up for us Middlebury students get creative in the dining halls. One of my friends is determined to have chocoalte at every meal so she melts down chocolate chips and drizzles them on everything from orange slices to toast. Another friend tops her waffles with applesauce and I recently ran into a neighbor making his special morning blend of seltzer water, lemon juice and fress-squeezed OJ. The possibilities really are endless, especially with our open dining policy, which allows students to walk into the dining halls any number of times they want to throughout the day. Our meals are prepaid as part of our comprehensive fee which means that we never have to worry about swiping into the dining hall or making sure that we get our money’s worth at each meal. What that ends up meaning for students is that rather than having three neat meals each day many students will have breakfast before their first class, a snack between classes, lunch, first dinner, second dinner, and grab a piece of fruit to take back to their room for later. And you can have every meal with a different group of friends.
In addition to the dining halls, McCollough Social space boasts two fabulous on-campus eateries. The Grille which features a varied menu offering food from Turkey Clubs to a Heart Attack , which is a stack of french fries slobbered with freshly-melted cheese, bacon bits, and chicken finger bites. Yep, it’s sinful. Downstairs teh new student-run Crossroads Cafe is quickly becoming a hot spot on campus with healthier offerings, waffles, smoothies, a create-your-own-bowl menu, cookies from a bakery called Cookie Love, and Stone Leaf Teachouse. The library also has a cafe that’s great for late nights.
Now that the year is winding down and the weather is getting nicer opportunities to celebrate abound. Smaller barbeques are popping up all over campus with Midd Mayhem, an annual all-campus cookout on the last day of classes is right around the corner. It will be complete with a band and inflatable obstacle courses and other such games. We’ve been finding more reasons to head into our favorite restaurants in town, including the Natural Foods Co-op and Two Brothers Tavern. Further out there are some great plcaces that allow you to sit on the dock while you get food and Vermont breweries are amazing. Otter Creek Brewery will even give you a free pint glass for being a 21+ MiddKid.
Vermont is full of tiny gems. Thank goodness VT Restaurant Week starts next week!