If you've been a part of this faculty as long as I have, you've no doubt realized that a neverending stream of work is another constant to life in addition to death and taxes. Regardless of how much work you have to do, the best way to deal with it is to get the hell out of the lab or the library or whichever crummy, little study hovel you happen to use and do something you actually enjoy. This means one thing... good food with good company.
Being in my final year, I have hit just about every major restaurant in the KW area and noticed a running trend: the food gets better the farther you are from campus! While this predicament is nothing shy of a gigantic pissoff, particularly considering I don't own a vehicle, I have in my travels found the few good dining locations that ol' KW has to offer that do not require you to be an Olympic triathlete to reach in a reasonable amount of time. While the following list is not comprehensive, it should have something everyone can enjoy; albeit, potentially tough on the pocket-book.
Sole Restaurant & Wine Bar — Born out of one of the old Seagram's Distillery buildings comes a restaurant that has received rave reviews from KW critics. Between the wine selection, main menu, and one of the best; albeit, a bit pricey, Saturday and Sunday brunch menus in town, for once you will not be disappointed with your KW dining experience. Oh, and a hint for those of you planning on going to grad school (in which case really you love your math or you just happen to be horribly masochistic), the profs LOVE this place! This place is on the corner of Erb & Father David Bauer, just west of Caroline.
Wildcraft — And now for something completely different... here is a unique KW dining experience brought to you by the Charcoal Group of Restaurants. While still a new name to KW, they offer great atmosphere, service and food, coupled with a very casual "move about the place" sort of dining experience. Located just north of the King & Weber intersection north of Columbia, it's great with both the fine dining and the patio lounging crowds. Reservations are highly recommended, as this place fills up real fast, especially during dinner hours.
Morty's Pub — If you haven't been to this bar at least once, go eat there, now. While the service is typical of most local-to-campus pubs, the wings are nothing shy of god-like, and are reasonably priced if you go after 5pm on Mondays or Thursdays. To those of you sorry folks with night class, enjoy the riveting lectures of the artsies.
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