Off-campus dining options are slim at Kenyon, not that it matters. All meals are included in tuition, and there are no meal plan options. The dining hall caters to all students' needs and is open almost any time you could conceivably want food. However, there are a few options “off” campus if the dining hall becomes boring. Middle Ground Café is located in the center of campus and is a great student hangout. There is no Starbucks for miles, so this is the coffee shop alternative. Serving coffee, panini, milkshakes, and burgers, it provides a welcome alternative to Peirce dining. Middle Ground employs students, so it has a warm collegiate atmosphere, too. Students often sit in the booths to write papers, study, and socialize.
Right down the street from Middle Ground is The Gambier Deli. With all-day breakfast, fresh soups, and sandwiches, this deli is a hit with any college student. The prices can be a little high, though, so it’s best to save it for a treat! Outside dining is popular in the fall and spring months, and students often linger for hours over good food and conversation. Other options within walking distance include the Kenyon Inn, and the VI (Village Inn). Both of these are pretty pricey (even more so than the deli), so students tend to drag their parents for a visit! The food at both is as good as can be expected in such a small town, but for gourmet dining, you’d be better off heading to Columbus. Nearby Mount Vernon offers other chain restaurant dining such as Ruby Tuesday, KFC, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.