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Campus Food


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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are three dining halls on campus. Two, Proctor and Ross, are open everyday and located conveniently near the center of campus. The nicest one, Atwater, is open only for lunch, Monday through Friday, and can be found at the corner of campus. The hours for Ross and Proctor are not very convenient. The halls open each day at 7, closed between 2-4p, and then closed at 8p. As an international student from Spain, this is a very difficult schedule to follow. I am accustomed to eating lunch between 2 and 4p and dinner between 9 and 10p. In addition, the course and sports schedules make it difficult to get lunch and dinner while the halls are open. I often miss meals, and not by choice. The food itself is not great. Everyone knows to avoid certain days and certain foods at Proctor, thus the lines at Ross are consistently massive. It is not uncommon to wait an hour in line for dinner at Ross dining hall. I have spent a lot of time at a number of other similar colleges and universities, and I am overall thoroughly disappointed with the food and dining at Middlebury.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It used to be awesome. Churros and quesadillas for midnight breakfast way back in 2006. Last time I had midnight breakfast, it consisted of cold donuts. But, Proctor paninis are super clutch.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: As far as college food goes, Middlebury has it down. It can get a bit repetitive, but - what college doesn't? Overall though, the quality of the food here is amazing, and it's all included in tuition - as much as you want, whenever you want (between 7-11, 12-2, and 5-8 anyway)

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Unlimited meal plan for all, no swipe cards

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: At Midd, dining is included in your comprehensive tuition fee, so everyone eats every meal in the dining halls. There are only 2 (and another open just for breakfast and lunch) so your options are pretty limited.

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Students mostly agree that the dining hall food at Middlebury is better than average. Fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, and pizza are always an option, while lunch and dinner menus can feature anything from fried catfish to London broil, in addition to a multitude of vegetarian options. On weekends, students especially enjoy eating made-to-order eggs for brunch. For those who have dietary restrictions or allergies, the dining hall staff is extremely accommodating. Although some feel that the menus can get repetitive, the only other complaint about dining at Middlebury seems to be the lack of late-night food options. The best part about dining at Middlebury is that meals are included in the comprehensive fee. All students can eat as much as they want in any of the dining halls and go as often as they would like. Food can be taken out with “go” containers, and students are always running into the dining halls to grab coffee, some fresh fruit, or ice cream before their next class.

After recent improvements were made in the past couple of years to Ross and Proctor dining halls, Middlebury reopened Atwater Hall for breakfast and lunch during the fall of 2011. Language tables take place in Redfield Proctor Dining room, upstairs in Proctor. Also, Middlebury's “go” containers are available for a small fee. These reusable bowls with lids are to be used to take food out of the dining hall, and students can trade them in for clean ones the next time they go back.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Meals are included in Middlebury's comprehensive fee.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Proctor Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Grille
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Eggs
  • Granola
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Chicken parmesan
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
"Love Me Tender" at the Grille
24-Hour Dining
None, but the Grille is generally open until 12 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Dolci is a student-run restaurant that offers free dinners once a week (generally on Fridays). The menu is prepared and served by students. Going to Dolci is a fun way to enjoy a nice dinner with your friends, but in order to obtain tickets, you must act quickly! There is a high demand for the limited amount of available spaces. Ticket sign-ups are online and start earlier in the week.
Did You Know?
  • Middlebury was listed as one of the "Top 10 Best College Eats" in 2010 by Parents & Colleges.
  • Twenty percent of the dining hall food is local.
  • All campus coffee is fair-trade.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Atwater Dining Hall
Location: Atwater Commons Dining
Food: Continental breakfast, lunch
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
Crossroads Café
Location: McCullough Student Center
Food: American, deli, coffee, fruit drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
The Grille
Location: McCullough Student Center
Food: American, fast food, Mexican, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Proctor Dining Hall
Location: Proctor Hall
Food: Baked goods, cereal, hand-carved meats and pasta, salad bar, sandwiches, soups, vegan and vegetarian dishes
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Ross Dining Hall
Location: LaForce Hall
Food: Bagels, dessert, entrées ranging from fresh seafood to pasta to steaks, pizza, salad bar, soups, stir-fry, wraps
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wilson Café
Location: Davis Family Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches, tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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