Gourmet Guide

University of Arizona joins the Gourmet Guide

If you're visiting the Tucson campus of the University of Arizona, we've got recommendations for where to find Spanish tapas, a gastropub with artisanal cheeses and salume and "environmentally sound" seafood at an on-campus bistro where you can also order a triple decker grilled cheese and tomato. We've also got best bets for campus staples like pizza, decadent pastries, and the local food with its own fan base -- Eegees, a drink of "brain freezing fruit goodness." Oh, and this is Tucson, so Mexican American food gets a section of its own with three of the best places to find chimichangas, tamale pie and a Sonoran style hot dog. Thank you to University of Arizona's dean of undergraduate admissions Kasey Urquidez and her staffers Rafael Meza and Mary Venezia. Check their recommendations out here

SMU Joins the Gourmet Guide

If you're headed to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, we've got some treats in store for you, thanks to these recommendations from Regional Director of Admissions Rick Diaz and the SMU Admissions office. From breakfast tacos to Blue Bell Ice Cream sandwiches, the great state of Texas is well represented -- BBQ, burgers, Tex Mex and Gulf oysters.  Of course, there's also Italian, Latin, German and American fare to be had, as well. Personally, we're going for the frito chili pie or a Twisted Root burger… or maybe some Texas brisket chili (that means no beans, according to the admission office gourmands!). Take your pick among all their recommendations here.

Drake University Joins the Gourmet Guide

Welcome to the Gourmet Guide, Drake University! Midwestern friendliness and food go hand in hand at the cafes, diners and BBQ joints of Des Moines, Iowa. If you're walking Drake's 150-acre campus, you will welcome having the admission office's inside information for where to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner.  From the pastries and artisanal bread of La Mie Bakery to the seared sea scallops of Centro and the skillets of the Waveland Café -- a favorite spot during the Iowa Caucuses -- there's something for everyone.  How about the They’re Coming to Get You Barbara burger -- ‘two grilled-cheese-sandwich’ bun, American cheese, caramelized onion, bacon, and Zombie sauce -- along with a Wedding Cake milkshake at Zombie Burger?  That sounds like adequate fuel for the college road trip. Check out all their recommendations here.

Brandeis U Joins the Gourmet Guide

Are you visiting Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, on one of your college trips? If so, we now have the best bets for where to dine after you tour the campus of this private research university nine miles west of Boston.  There are recommendations for breakfast -- caramel crunch French toast; lunch -- pad thai, pizza and steak sandwiches; and dinner -- tapas, tostadas de ceviche and sushi, as well as the best places to stop by for coffee, ice cream and burgers, of course. Thank you to Brandeis Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel and students Reed Zukerman and Rachel Nelson! Check out their full reviews here.

The College Road Trip Gourmet Guide


If you're headed out this fall to visit college campuses, make sure you check out our Gourmet Guide. We've got recommendations for where to dine -- fine restaurants to food trucks.  We've asked admission staff, alumni and current students for their best bets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  From pancakes in Nashville and pies in Pasadena  to Belgian bistros in Bryn Mawr and ice cream in Ithaca -- we've got you covered.  Organized state-by-state and by campus, the guide will help you find the perfect cup of coffee, vegan sandwich or best bagel so you can relax and recharge before the next stop at the next campus.

Also, don't forget to check back in with the Guide -- soon to come are recommendations for Duke University in North Carolina, Creighton University in Nebraska, University of Virginia, and Purchase College in New York.  

DePaul University joins the Gourmet Guide

Like all good foodies, the DePaul University admissions staff isn't afraid to forage far and wide. No surprise, as well, since the largest Catholic university in the country, has two Chicago campuses (as well as three suburban locations). Located both in the downtown Loop and on 36 acres in the heart of the near north Lincoln Park neighborhood, DePaul hosts more than 16,000 undergraduates. So check out the Admissions office recommendations for where to eat when visiting. You'll find all of the Chicago standards -- ribs, hot dogs, and pizza -- as well as Korean and Greek restaurants, a seafood diner, and fancy French fare wih a side of celebrity sightings at the Paris Club. Dig in here

Caltech Joins the Gourmet Guide

From California institutions like In-N-Out and Peet’s Coffee to vegan fare, sushi, Argentinean steakhouses and healthy Mexican take-out, we’ve got recommendations for you from the Admissions staff of California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Personally, we would head for the Pie ‘n Burger. What’s not to like at a place with that name! Check all the reviews here in the Gourmet Guide.    

Louisiana Tech Joins the Gourmet Guide

Louisiana-style Cajun cuisine, the "Best Burgers in North Louisiana," and some tart yogurt to top it off. If you're visiting the Ruston, Louisiana, campus of Louisiana Tech University, we've got some recommendations for you. Crawfish, shrimp po-boys, hush puppies, and fried green beans… We wish we were on our way to LA Tech. Check it out here.

Rice University joins The Gourmet Guide

Bound for Houston, Texas, on your college road trip? Well, today Rice University joins the Gourmet Guide.  There's gulf shrimp and blue crab sandwiches, soul food, South American fusion, peach cobbler, catfish and grits (for breakfast!?!) and Nutter Butter ice cream.  Okay, we're really hungry now... Check it out... Rice University From Julie M. Browning, Dean for Undergraduate Enrollment, and Tamara Siler, Senior Associate Director of Admission at Rice University Local Foods 2424 Dunstan Road Houston, Texas Locally sourced gourmet sandwiches, salads, and prepared meals. Here's a hint of what you'll find there: Capered tuna sandwich with tomatoes, crispy onions and hard-boiled farm egg; sides of Tuscan kale with golden raisins and toasted pine nuts;  arugula salad with shrimp, cranberries, Texas honey pecans, pecorino, and lemon-thyme vinaigrette. And… draft root beer from 8th Wonder Brewery. Goode Company Barbeque Three locations in Houston: 5109 Kirby Drive 8911 Katy Freeway 20102 Northwest Freeway How do you like your barbeque? At Goode Company you'll find beef brisket, pork ribs, turkey breast, chicken, Sweet Water duck, and jalapeno pork sausage. Can't decide? Try the combo plates, BBQ po-boys or stuffed barbeque potatoes. There's also a gluten-free menu.