Welcome Back, MIT!

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 is MIT, where first-year orientation starts tomorrow.

We have no aptitude whatsoever for or interest in math or science, but we still think MIT is pretty neat. We’re obsessed with the OpenCourseWare program, the designer buildings are just plain crazy, and the radio station has moments of total brilliance. If you’re into, you know, technology, we imagine that MIT is a pretty nice place to go to school. It’s definitely a nice place to eat! Not only are the Student Union’s dining attractions far better than most (guys, there’s an Anna’s Taqueria in the student center!), but MIT’s location is also supremely convenient to both Kendall and Central Squares. How lovely! Below, our pics for the four major college food groups: delivery, study break snacks, hangover food, and food purchased by your parents.

Delivery: The beauty of Beauty’s (forgive us) is that their gorgeous gourmet pizzas appeal equally to vegetarians and carnivores. This means that your pepperoni-loving self and your roommate who just started listening to the Smiths and totally realized that meat is murder can happily order together.

Study Break Snacks: A good study break spot should be a little bit of a hike from school, so as to extend the procrastination for the maximum time possible. For this reason (as well as for the reason that it’s crazy delicious), we recommend heading to Toscanini’s Ice Cream for a nice cone during the warmer months and 1369 Coffee House when it’s a little colder. Either should take you a little while to get to from campus and allow you plenty of time to bond with your new friends.

Hangover Food: No matter what preconceptions others might have about MIT students doing chemistry experiments for fun on a Friday night, the students themselves know the truth: MIT has a huge Greek scene and come Friday night, students are more likely to be knocking a few back at one of the frat houses on Mem Drive. When you’ve indulged in a bit too much and you simply can’t deal with one more super burrito from Anna’s, head to Mary Chung Restaurant for a full meal of Chinese delicacies. It’s good for what ails you, even if what ails you is ale (we cannot stop with the punning today, for some reason).

On Your Parents’ Dime: Hey, when your parents are in town, you have to show them a good time, right? Getting a stellar meal for yourself is just a fringe benefit. Your parents will be sure to be floored by your good taste when you make reservations at Rendezvous. Students and parents alike will thrill to chef Steve Johnson’s innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine.

[Photo: UAI 2006]


Welcome Back, MIT!