Hopkins’ food ranked No. 2

I’ll have the manicotti puttanesca!

No, wait, I’ll go with the house-smoked beef brisket.

Actually, pretty much everything served up by Johns Hopkins University’s dining services looks delicious.

Choices like these earned JHU the No. 2 spot on a food blog’s list of the 75 “Best Colleges for Food in America.” Hopkins was the only school in Maryland to make the list compiled by TheDailyMeal.com.

The blog appreciated the variety, quality and healthfulness of the food at Hopkins. But the university also got credit for its commitment to sustainability. As The Daily Record reported in November, Hopkins made a commitment to local and responsible sourcing by signing on to the “Real Food Challenge.”

The university uses compostable paper products and to-go packaging. It purchases cage-free eggs and hormone-free milk. It produces food in small batches to reduce waste and composts whatever food scraps are thrown out.

The bloggers also commended Hopkins for “a hotel-quality brunch, food and wine pairings for seniors, themed monotony-breakers each month and cooking classes in on-campus residences that focus on healthy eating.”

Bowdoin College in Maine took the No. 1 spot. I guess that’s what happens when students can get mussels in butter sauce in the dining hall.