Not only is Johns Hopkins among the best places to get an education in the nation; it also offers one of the best college dining experiences, according to a list published today by The Daily Meal.
Johns Hopkins ranks 42nd on the website's list of the "Best Colleges for Food" for 2013 and is praised for its social responsibility—"cage-free eggs, hormone-free milk, locally grown produce, and biodegradable products"—and for its menu offerings.
"Serving manicotti puttanesca with a side salad, house-smoked beef brisket sandwich, Texas-style French toast, oven-roasted meatloaf with honey carrots and steamed peas, and a Southwestern barbecue burger, Hopkins has discovered the dining preferences of the student body and catered exactly to their liking," The Daily Meal says of JHU. "This dining program is entirely nut-free, trans-fat-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and kosher-friendly."
In compiling its rankings, site editors studied nearly all of the roughly 2,000 four-year colleges in the U.S. and graded them on five measures: emphasis on health, local sourcing, and sustainability; accessibility and service; events and/or nutritional education; student feedback; and uniqueness or creativity.
Bowdoin College in Maine—which features an on-campus farmers' market, a dining hall food magazine, and menu selections that include mussels in butter sauce, haddock with jalapeños, and roasted root vegetables with polenta—topped the rankings.