For the first time in four years, Bowdoin College’s dining program failed to snag the No. 1 spot on this list — but through no fault of their own. After all, every single menu item here is made from scratch, the two dining halls serve completely different menus, and menus are devised with whole foods, creative recipes, and the skillful use of herbs and spices in mind.
Dining services truly believe that the food on campus should provide more than just a quick meal to satiate the hungry, but rather an overall experience. Bowdoin purchases ingredients locally as often as possible, the on-campus meat shop uses locally raised beef for all of the ground beef used on campus, seafood is from certified local fishmongers, their organic garden doubled in size over the summer, and the bakeshop roasts its own pumpkins grown right in the campus garden for pumpkin pies. They’ve also recently completely upgraded kitchen equipment to be more energy- and resource-efficient, and food waste is composted and/or turned into pig feed. Bowdoin always encourages their students to live a healthy, fulfilled life, which is why the most popular recipes are featured on the dining services website for students to try at home; the dining program even has its own mobile app. Brunswick’s vibrant Maine Street, which boasts a wide variety of restaurants, food trucks, and a popular gelato shop, leads right to the college’s front door.