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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A couple of pretty good joints but that's it.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are maybe three or four places close enough to walk to in town. There's one Chinese place you can order from until around 10 or 11. If you want to eat somewhere else or want some late night food, you either have to drive (or walk an hour if you're really desperate) to McDonalds or you're out of luck.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Middlebury has a nice assortment of restaurants in town, all of which are within walking distance (if you're able to drive, there are several more upscale options). There's variety in terms of style, and the food tends to range from pretty good to excellent.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Very few restaurants to choose from, not much on the menu. Customer service not great. Locals don't really love the students, as in some college towns.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's Vermont and everything is grown local.


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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
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
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?

260 Court St.
(802) 388-1017
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
Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
8 Washington St.
(802) 388-0930
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
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
Price: $5-$10
Fire & Ice Restaurant
Food: American cuisine
26 Seymour St.
(802) 388-7166
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
Price: $5-$10
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
Price: $10-$20
Mary's Restaurant Inn at Baldwin Creek
Food: American cuisine
1868 N. Rte. 116, Bristol
(802) 424-2432
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.
Food: Fast food
280 Court St.
(802) 388-7177
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
Price: $10
Mister Up's Restaurant
Food: American
25 Bakery Ln.
(802) 388-6724
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
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
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
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
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 41 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 45 responses

  • 31% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 53% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 13% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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