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Q:

I love food and cultural-oriented food as well, so what's there to eat at Dartmouth?

A: May Oo Khine

'53 Commons, otherwise commonly referred to as FoCo, is the main dining hall on campus. In fall term of your freshmen year, you will probably be frequenting FoCo habitually because of your first-year dining plan. FoCo serves an all-you-can-eat-buffet where you can easily "swipe" in with your DartmouthID card to enter, get as many helpings as you desire, and stay for as long as you want.

There's really an assortment of food, vegetables, meat, soups, salads, and desserts at FoCo and as you walk around the cafeteria, you can read the menus at the different stations. For example, there's a Flat Top Grill booth where you build your own hamburger or get a stash of curly fries, there's the Stir-fry booth where you can order your own mix of rice, protein, and veggies and top it off with a spicy chili sauce, and there's Ma Thayer's where you can browse through a range of hearty, main dishes. FoCo also provides vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options at the stations in addition to kosher and halal food for all students! For the most part, the main menu at FoCo revolves around American and Western cuisine with a touch of Mexican or Asian cuisine. However, you'll almost always find at least one culture-oriented food on the menu whether it's Pho, a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup, sushi, or Kimchi stew!

Along with FoCo, the two biggest 'cafes' on campus are the Collis Café and the Courtyard Café. Collis is a popular go-to for students who want a quick and filling breakfast with their array of breakfast sandwiches, yogurts, bread and brownies, and smoothies. Their specialty, though, is the custom-made protein stir-fry in which you pick your desired veggies, rice, meat or tofu, and top it off with your choice of sauce such as Szechuan or teriyaki!  On select days, you can also get pork dumplings, mozzarella sticks, and classic homemade soups. The Courtyard Café at the Hopkins for the Arts is known for its salad bar and prepackaged meals ranging from sushi, fruits, wraps, and custom-made burritos. Other popular items on the menu include burger specials, quesadillas,  and sandwiches.

If you're looking for more cultural cuisines, you can definitely look for more options around Hanover! There's Tuk Tuk which has great Thai food that has become a staple at several college events, Jewel of India, well-loved for its delicious curries and entrees, and Han Fusion which serves authentic, spicy Asian dishes!

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