Chow Down in Town


Tired of college campus food? Looking for something with a little more color or more variety?

Well, I don’t blame you.

School food can get really old really fast, and more often than not, really boring. A person can only go so long before they drive themselves insane eating the same food again and again. Now, don’t get me wrong. The food on campus is… fine. It’s certainly not a gourmet meal, though.

So, when you need a little something extra to start off your mornings or to help you power through that midday slump, look in town for a great place to eat: The Village Bakery and Café (VBC is located on State Street. If you can’t find it, look behind Starbucks. It’s there, I promise you).

Now, I know what you’re thinking. What does the bakery have that Starbucks doesn’t? Aside from actual parking, a lot! The bakery offers not only coffee, smoothies, and delightful bakery goods such as cookies and muffins, it also has an arrangement of meals to choose from. The menu offers an all-day breakfast menu, as well as a lunch menu. Food is served as soon as the doors open at 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Unfortunately, that means dinner at the bakery is simply not possible. However, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the wonderful delectables you can get there during the day.)

The breakfast menu at the bakery doesn’t consist of donuts and bagels like you’d find at a Dunkin’ Donuts, but rather is filled with items that are much more filling, such as open-faced breakfast sandwiches, yogurt with granola (offered with the choice of fresh fruit), oatmeal, and French toast (offered on regular or cinnamon brioche). And did I mention that all of the bread is freshly made in house? Because it is — which definitely adds a freshness to the ingredients you won’t find much elsewhere.

The lunch menu offers the same variety of fresh ingredients. Lunch includes soups (made in-house every day) with a side of bread, salads served with a side of housemade lemon vinegar dressing, and sandwiches such as turkey or grilled veggie. With both the lunch and breakfast menu, you can also design your own sandwich or meal. Gluten-free? Have your meal on a bed of arugula instead. Don’t like horseradish-caper mayo? Try their basil mayo instead. There are options galore on their menus.

When you’re finished with lunch or breakfast and you’re heading out, grab a coffee and a pastry. All drinks are made to order and their new pastry chef is making wonderful changes in the bakery. If you’re looking for an airy snack, you’ve got to try their french macrons or their soft croissants. Want something with a little more sugar in it to satisfy your sweet tooth? Get a French toast latte to go along with a chocolate mousse bomb.

Trust me, stopping by today will be worth it.

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