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Campus Food

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although I was getting sick of it by the end, for college dining it's pretty good. Especially as a vegetarian, it's nice to be able to eat the majority of the food served, and always have the option for a salad if I'm not in the mood for other foods. Plus it's free. Atwater for lunch is the best, and if you can sneak into the dinners (just pretend you're in whatever club they're hosting it for, you'll rarely get caught) it's really good.

My complaints would be that they don't have a great variety of fruits, dining halls close way too early, and that they literally do not season the food. I mean I know my college is a PWI but is a bit of pepper too much to ask for?

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For a college I don't think you can get any better than Midd. The food is great and there are so many on-campus options! Midd is also very conscious about buying from local vendors. If you are health conscious or have a food allergy you have nothing to worry about! Just beware of Proctor lady! Atwater undeniably has the delicious food if you're willing to wait in line for it. There's also two cafes, a grille, and a sushi bar on campus. Oh and the ice cream is local too!

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)

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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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?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
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
None
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 32 responses

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

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Imitation Ethnic Cuisine
  • 12% The "fish"
  • 12% Breakfast for dinner (b/c of the line)
  • 12% Weekend Dinners
  • 12% Mushrooms
  • 12% Roast beef

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Atwater Dining Hall
  • 40% Late night drunk food at The Grille
  • 13% Ross dining hall for Ross residents
  • 7% Dolci

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 50% The open meal system is awesome!
  • 25% Nothing. It's absolutely phenomenal.
  • 12% The dining halls close way too early.
  • 12% Paying for unlimited meals as a senior

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 64% Unlimited
  • 36% No ID required to enter dining halls
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