Welcome Back, BU!

It’s that time of the year again. College students are about to return to the Hub in full force and though they can drive full-time Bostonians a little nuts, they make the city more energetic, so let’s welcome them, shall we? We’ll be offering a series of posts for various colleges over the next week, highlighting our top picks for delivery, study break spots, hangover food, and dining on a parent’s dime. First up today is Boston University, where first-year orientation starts tomorrow.

We’ve basically liked BU ever since the departure of John Silber. We have a longstanding fondness for the Huntington Theatre and we know quite a few people who got a sweet free ride through the college and enjoyed it immensely. We are, of course, less fond of the drunken students crowding the B Line every damn night, but we will be charitable and not judge BU as an institution by the actions of a drunken few (but seriously, guys, if you’re going to puke, DON’T GET ON THE TRAIN). Anyways. BU’s location between Kenmore Square and Allston ideally positions students for some fine eating. Below, our picks for the best bets for the four major college food groups.

Delivery: Angora Cafe makes some damn fine pizza…as well as some mightily tasty paninis and smoothies. The delivery is, by all accounts, very prompt and perfectly suited for the very lazy. You can send an instant message to IMAngora with your order. Convenient!

Study Break Snacks: Sonny, back when we were a young whippersnapper, Kenmore Square wasn’t all fancy-pants like it is now. If we wanted a snack, we had to go take our chances at Deli Haus. Also, we had to walk uphill both ways. In the snow. You young folks can simply amble over to Truly Jorg’s Patisserie and have intellectual conversations over fancy French pastries and lovely coffee. You’ll go soft, I tell you! Soft!

Hangover Food: Chowhounders and commoners alike are raving about Grille Zone. The burgers are juicy, cooked to perfection, and perfect for soothing your angry stomach after your festivities the night before (festivities during which you hopefully did not menace people on the Green Line. Please! Don’t be That BU Student!). The best part? The operations of Grille Zone are entirely green, allowing you to focus all your guilt on the fact that you made out with your roommate’s crush.

On Your Parents’ Dime: Eastern Standard is a near-miraculous oasis of sophistication in an area most frequented for pre-meal beers. Bring the parents to chow down on upscale comfort food and persuade them to indulge in the excellent drinks before dropping the bomb that you’re not exactly pre-med anymore.

Boston University [Official Site]
Angora Cafe [Official Site]
Truly Jorg’s Patisserie [Official Site]
Grille Zone [Official Site]
Eastern Standard [Official Site]

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Welcome Back, BU!