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Broccoli, tortellini, and steak salad at Bowdoin. Yum. 

Daily Meal released its survey last week of the 75 best U.S. colleges for food, and hitting number-one for the third year running is Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine. DM praised its “skillful use of herbs and spices,” its local fishmongers and on-campus butcher shop, and an organic garden that doubled in size over the summer.

Largest scoring state was California, with 14 schools that made the list: USC at #73, UC Irvine at #72, California Baptist U at #71, Cal State Chico at #68, UC Santa Barbara at #54, Harvey Mudd at #47, UC Davis at #43, UC San Diego at #30, UC Berkeley at #28, Pitzer at #27, Stanford at #26, UCLA at #17, Mills College at #12, and Occidental at #8.

University of Washington, which last year clocked in at #60, bettered its ranking this year to #59. Contributing to its score were the registered dietitian on staff, produce grown on campus, and, bien sûr, “access to some pretty amazing restaurants right at their doorstep.”

Let the record show that six of my kid’s 10 prospective colleges are on this list; clearly the spawn of a restaurant critic. I ate at #1 Bowdoin’s dining hall last spring, and found, in lieu of mystery meat, only skillfully used herbs and spices.


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