Between the cafeteria and other campus eateries, we put together our top recommendations for college foods every student should eat at least once . . . or every Saturday night, whatever floats your boat.

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  • Chinese: A delivery staple, seek out a good Chinese place that will satisfy your craving for crab rangoon at 2:00 a.m. Of course, Chinese food is just the tip of the iceberg these days; with any luck, you'll have a variety of delicious Asian eateries nearby, so you can get Japanese sushi, Vietnamese pho, Thai curry, Indian samosas, Korean kimchee . . .
  • Ice Cream: Whether it's all-you-can-eat soft-serve in the cafeteria or an awesome local dairy scooping hand-churned goodness, ice cream is another area where college students tend to luck out.
  • Mexican: Specifically, burritos, which may or may not be the perfect food. According a recent report from NPR, burrito fast-food chain Chipotle "is growing so quickly that it's opening about three new locations each week." People need burritos; it's a fact of life.
  • Pizza: Somewhere on or near your campus, there will be a pizza place. If the college gods smile upon you, it'll be a good one. First week (first day?) on campus, you should at least figure out where to find, if not visit, the best local pizza joint.
  • Stir Fry: This is a fun, relatively new addition to many college cafeterias. Mix and match your own stir-fry? Umm, yes please! Extra chicken and sauce. And maybe a veggie or two.
  • Tater Tots: Fried potato bits in perfect bite-sized pieces. Top them with chili, cheese, hot sauce, or all of the above.
  • Waffles: Sunday morning brunch in the cafeteria is made approximately 324% better by a make-your-own waffle bar. (In a similar vein, omelet stations are pretty great too!)
  • Wings: Hot. Really hot. Face meltingly hot. However you like your wings, they're a game-day necessity, and you should know how to acquire them at a moment's notice on any given Sunday.
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