One of the things that often goes over looked when students are looking at colleges is campus dining. When many students start thinking about college they think about classes, professors, social life, roommates, etc., but lose track of how important food is to a college experience. Think of it this way; you will take 36 classes while you are at Middlebury. You will only live in four different dorms and have four different roommates (at most), but you will eat many, many meals. Let’s do the math. You will be at Middlebury for 30 weeks for four years. Seven days in a week makes 210 weeks and three meals in a day makes 630 meals. If you are like me and you prefer to eat four, five, or even six meals per day, you will be approaching if not exceeding, 1,000 meals during your years at Middlebury College. Sure, the food at our dining halls, Ross and Proctor, is good, but my favorite eating option on campus is The Grille.
The Grille is located on the second floor of the McCullough Student Center in the middle of campus. It is a retail dining option (which means that it does cost money, but believe me, it’s worth it.) At The Grille you can order student favorites such as the Dr. Feel Good (Grilled cheese, fried chicken tenders, and barbeque sauce), the Love Me Tender (Chicken, ranch, tomatoes, and lettuce), or the infamous Heart Attack (I am not even going to attempt to describe the various fats and calories which go into this healthy and nutritious selection.) If you are looking for more traditional options, you can also order subs (my go-to order is a turkey sub, wheat roll, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo), burgers, pizza, etc. The Grille also has vegetarian options and healthier choices if fried meat and cheese is not quite your style.
The Grille is also a hub of campus life. There is a pool table, T.V.’s which are convenient for watching Monday night football, and student dance, singing, and instrumental performances. There is Karaoke, Pub night (on Thursday’s for the 21+ crowd), and so much more. Just last night, two Political Science professors held a special event for the elections. They had a big screen T.V. and a projector set up and were giving running commentary and predictions on the elections for quite a few hours. A couple hundred students showed up for this event (although many left disappointed after the GOP took back the House of Reps.)
The 2010-2011 academic year opened with disappointed over reduced Grille hours, but during the month of November hours will once again be returned to their former length and The Grille will be open until 2 AM most nights. In other exciting Grille related news, the Juice Bar (which is located beneath the Grille and was shut down at the beginning of this year) will be reopening and will be STUDENT RUN. A contest is currently taking place to determine which group of students can create the best financial plan to run the Juice Bar.
So if you are ever in the mood for a study break, some greasy food, a game of pool, singing some karaoke, watching Monday night football, or just hanging out with some good friends, I recommend The Grille (and maybe afterwards a quick trip to the gym to burn some of those Dr. Feel Good calories.)