Based in Bar Harbor, Maine, this college sees food as "an integral part of our community." To drive that point home, every house on campus has a kitchen and dining area for students to build a sense of community when they choose to dine at home.
Blair Dining Hall, the school’s main food facility, is nicknamed "TAB," an acronym for Take a Break. The dining hall never closes and affords students views of sunrise over Frenchman Bay. Here, students can fill their bellies with shrimp cakes, Thai green curry with vegetables, and avocado soup.
One-third of the meals served are vegetarian, though vegetarian and vegan meals are always available. The meals are predominantly handmade, with a focus on local, organic, sustainable food; the meat served is humanely raised, and the seafood provided is sustainable. In addition, the baked goods on campus are made from scratch, and COA strives to feature world cuisines in its menus.
Fun fact: COA spends about $2,000 a year replacing dishes, with mugs commanding the largest share of the money.