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.