Off-Campus Dining

Location
Middlebury, VT
Undergrads
2,493
Tuition
$44,111
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Other than Mcdonalds which is only accessible by car, the only reliable and tasty option is Magic Wok, a chinese place. Otherwise, when the dining halls (which are mediocre at best at every meal besides breakfast, which is heavenly) close at 8pm, there is no place to get food.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: unlimited on-campus meal plans fix that problem

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The town of Middlebury has a few good restaurants for average prices, but after a while the food can get repetitive.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The town's restaurants are surprisingly high quality, but they are so few that eating out can get repetitive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good, Local, but Repetitive. The food at Midd is generally good. They do tend to repeat meals fairly often, but, even so, options such as the salad bar and panini makers exist to keep your life interesting. They also have a lot of vegetarian options if you're into that.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 391st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 399th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bohree Kim
Hometown
Weston, CT
Major
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
2011
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What Middlebury lacks in nightlife and the hustle-and-bustle factor, it makes up for in off-campus dining. The town of Middlebury boasts nearly every type of cuisine you might crave—except sushi, for which you’ll have to make a trip to Burlington. There’s an Indian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a diner, and so on. Mister Up's and Two Brothers Tavern are essentially the only two popular and affordable hangouts in town, making it difficult for anyone who seeks variety on a tight budget. On the other hand, each one’s list of local brews is extensive and quite good. If you’re really looking for some low-class fun, there’s always McDonald’s on Route 7. Don't go looking for a Starbucks, though, and typically, Middlebury is no fast food hub. It purposefully shies away from the commercialized fast food establishments to preserve its “antique New England charm.”

Most of Middlebury’s greatest restaurants are pricey, but for such a small town, it claims some skilled chefs with savvy dishes. For students living on a small stipend, you may find Middlebury lacking in variety. The delis and bakeries are excellent, however, and the eateries that are there do very well. It’s best to eat on campus most of the time and save up for a couple of marvelous meals a month at one of Middlebury’s upscale establishments, where you can enjoy local recipes, wine, and tasty steak or seafood.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
McDonald's
Best Asian
Magic Wok
Best Breakfast
Middlebury Bagel & Deli
Best Coffee
Carol's Hungry Mind Café
Best Dessert
Middlebury Chocolates
Best Healthy
Starry Night Café
Best Late-Night
Starry Night Café
Best Mexican
Green-Go's
Best Pizza
Ramunto's Silician Pizza
Best Wings
Mister Up's Restaurant
Best Place to Take a Date
American Flatbread
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Storm Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Black Sheep Bistro
  • The Bobcat Café
  • China House
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Otter Creek Bakery
  • Rosie's Restaurant
  • Stone Leaf Tea House
  • Subway
  • Wings Over Burlington

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Hannaford
260 Court St.
(802) 388-1017
www.hannaford.com
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
9 Washington St.
(802) 388-7276
www.middleburycoop.com
Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Shaws
8 Washington St.
(802) 388-0930
www.shaws.com
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

American Flatbread
Food: Pizza, organic bakery
137 Maples St.
(802) 388-3300
www.americanflatbread.com
Price: $7-$10
Cool Features: Restaurant seating is in the oven room, where guests can see the fire and watch the bakers and cooks as they prepare each order. Only locally raised meats and organic vegetables are used, complimented by Vermont cheeses and organic flour.
Carol's Hungry Mind Café
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soups
24 Merchants Row
(802) 388-0101
www.carolshungrymindcafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Fire & Ice Restaurant
Food: American cuisine
26 Seymour St.
(802) 388-7166
www.fireandicerestaurant.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Family-owned for more than 30 years. Come here for the 55-item salad bar, all-you-can-eat shrimp, and old black and white photographs of Middlebury's graduating classes from the early 1900s.
Grapevine Grille
Food: Sandwiches, soup
2369 Route 7 S.
(802) 382-8646
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A great selection of exotic wines and friendly staff compliment daily soup and sandwich specials. Don't forget the takeout dinner specials, which include multiple courses and beverages.
Green Peppers Restaurant
Food: Pasta, pizza, salads, subs
10 Washington St.
(802) 388-3164
www.greenpeppersrestaurant.com
Price: $5-$10
Green-Go's
Food: Mexican
Frog Hollow Alley
(802) 349-5931
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Middlebury's only dedicated burrito cart!
Magic Wok
Food: Asian
1499 Rt. 7 S
(802) 388-0339
www.magicwokvt.com
Price: $10-$20
Mary's Restaurant Inn at Baldwin Creek
Food: American cuisine
1868 N. Rte. 116, Bristol
(802) 424-2432
www.innatbaldwincreek.com
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Foods are crafted with local and seasonal products. The restaurant is set on 25 acres, complete with a classic red barn.
McDonald's
Food: Fast food
280 Court St.
(802) 388-7177
www.mcdonalds.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Middlebury Bagel & Deli
Food: Breakfast, deli sandwiches
11 Washington St.
(802) 388-0859
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Known simply as the "bagel deli," it offers some of the tastiest, freshly made breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and donuts in town.
Middlebury Chocolates
Food: Chocolate
52 Main St.
(802) 349-1510
middleburychocolates.com/our-chocolates/
Price: $10
Mister Up's Restaurant
Food: American
25 Bakery Ln.
(802) 388-6724
www.misterupsvt.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: This favorite student hangout features a summer patio overlooking Otter Creek, great salad bar, and drink specials every day.
Noonie's Deli
Food: Sandwiches, salads, soups
137 Maples St.
(802) 388-0014
www.nooniesdeli.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Overlooking Otter Creek Falls, Noonie's serves pre-ordered 3-foot subs and dessert platters for crowds and offers delivery.
Ramunto's Silician Pizza
Food: Pizza
21 Macintyre Ln.
(802) 388-7755
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Students' top pick for best pizza in town. Make sure to try the Buffalo chicken pizza, and don't forget the garlic and cinnamon knots!
Starry Night Café
Food: American cuisine
5359 Rte. 7, Ferrisburg
(802) 877-6316
www.starrynightcafe.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Fine dining by candlelight with local, seasonal produce. The Starry Night Café also boasts stylish martinis and a descriptive wine list.
Steve's Park Diner
Food: American
2 Merchants Row
(802) 388-3297
Price: $5-$10
The Storm Café
Food: American, vegetarian
3 Mill St.
(802) 388-1063
www.thestormcafe.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Outside deck overlooking Otter Creek
Taste of India
Food: Indian cuisine
1 Bakery Ln.
(802) 388-4856
Price: $10-$15
Two Brothers Tavern
Food: American cuisine
86 Main St.
(802) 388-0002
www.twobrotherstavern.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Two Brothers offers an extensive beer selection, local, live music on certain nights, daily drink specials, a European-style outdoor café, and you'll get $1 off everything on Sundays.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

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How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 59% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 31% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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