Campus dining: Three school eateries worth tracking down
To find unique places to dine, sometimes it pays to go where the students are. These three restaurants, all located within large educational institutions, are redefining school food, and often providing other reasons to linger after a meal.
The Restaurant at CIA CopiaNapa, Calif. Napa owes a big thank-you to the Culinary Institute of America, said Michael Bauer in the San Francisco Chronicle. The national cooking school recently reopened the downtown museum and education center known as Copia, and the complex’s restaurant represents “a big step toward bringing back the crowds.” After visiting the Wine Hall of Fame, diners can order shareable dishes like a $45 whole roast chicken, or choose from dishes circulated on dim sum–style carts, and you’d be “hard-pressed to find a more convivial staff.” 500 First St., (707) 967-2555
B3 (aka Back Bay Beats)Boston. Live music performed by students and faculty is a big part of the draw at this Southern-inspired restaurant housed at Berklee College of Music, said Jacqueline Cain in Boston magazine. Nicolas Swogger’s menu nods to Creole and Cajun cuisine, “but the chef also reaches for spices from Middle Eastern and other international pantries.” 160 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 997-0211
SaveurJoliet, Ill. This lunch-only restaurant keeps very limited hours, but the prices are so low and the food “so dang good” that it’s still a great find, said Vickie Jurkowski in the Chicago Tribune. The chefs are all students in the acclaimed Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts Program, and the menu has “an eclectic, international flair,” ranging from fish tacos with smoked Gouda to seared scallops with champagne-lime–vanilla bean crème. 235 N. Chicago St., (815) 280-1200
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