December 7, 2012
UC Davis makes the grade in survey of '52 Best Colleges for Food in America'

Looks like we missed this original announcement, but UC Davis is an especially tasty place to eat. released a survey of the "52 Best Colleges for Food in America" back in September, and UC Davis ranked a very respectable #18.

That was a better showing than such venerable institutions as Stanford University and Yale University - and sorry, Bears, but the University of California, Berkeley didn't even make the cut.

Says the DailyMeal folks: "The dining services team invites guest chefs to present authentic meals from countries around the world, and also hosts diversity dinners. Twice each year, the school's tradition of using local and sustainable food is highlighted at its Farm to College Night."

Given UC Davis' strong agricultural programs, proximity to local farms and its esteemed Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, this all makes sense that students have access to some good food. The sample menu items of honey-nut pancakes and dosas with sambar and chutney sure sounds like better chow than I ate back in the early 1990s, when I was living in UC Davis' dorms. My UC Davis dorm food memories from back then are visions of starch, and that "steak night" was the cue to order a pizza. Can you say, "Freshman 15?"

The biggest UC bragging rights go to UCLA, which ranked #4. The top school was listed as Virginia Tech.

Here's a link to a slideshow for the 52 best colleges for food in America.

Also, what are your own dorm food memories from college - fantastic, or foul? Share them in the comments section.

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