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After 3 years at Dartmouth, I've had plenty of time to explore the variety of dining options on campus. In this post, I want to share my experience at Dartmouth's various dining locations, and also some of my favorite restaurants that I've discovered in Hanover and nearby!

The largest dining hall on campus is the 1953 Commons dining hall, also known as FoCo. Once you swipe in as a student, the food is buffet style and you're able to stay for as long as you'd like. They have a wide variety of food that changes every day throughout breakfast, lunch, and dinner to maintain variety. There are also specific stations for people with dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, vegan, and kosher stations. Foco is almost always busy, since it is the primary dining hall on campus for undergraduates—the food quality is pretty good, but can get repetitive. After 3 years at Dartmouth, I don't go to FoCo as much because I eat more at other locations; it's definitely a great dining option on campus.

Another popular location on campus is the Courtyard Cafe, a grill attached to the Hopkins Center for the Arts. They serve burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches, salads, and all sorts of different hot and grilled foods. This is personally one of my favorite spaces to eat on campus since it's very close to my dorm, making it a really convenient location. The food is also pretty good: my personal favorite is the buffalo chicken tender egg burrito with hash browns!

The Collis Cafe is also very popular on campus, and serves a couple staple foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During breakfast time they serve fresh eggs in any form, and at lunch they usually have a stir-fry option and a 'lunch special' that changes every day. For dinner, they always have a pasta station—throughout the day, they also have a smoothie station and sushi station available for students!

Hanover itself is also home to many great restaurants. Tuk Tuk Thai is my personal favorite, as they have delicious Thai food very close to campus. Another favorite is The Box, a food truck that serves San Francisco style Mexican food. However, being that they're a food truck, they unfortunately don't operate during the winter months!

Overall, Dartmouth has plenty of dining options for students, and students navigate dining at Dartmouth differently depending on their needs and preferences. I'm glad to have all these options surrounding food.

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