Off-Campus Dining

Beloit, WI
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost around $10. Walking distance is about 20 minutes. I like La Casa Grande

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Walking distance, there isn't a ton. Bushel and Peck's is a nice little restaurant/store. Cafe Fromage is also good and decently-priced. Jimmy John's and various pizza places (national chain as well as locals) deliver, but I think only Papa John's delivers very late. There are some Mexican and Chinese places that deliver. Last week, I went to Little Mexico for the first time. It's not walking distance from campus, but I HAD THE BEST VEGETARIAN TACO SALAD EVER there.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food situation in Beloit itself is pretty dismal, but you can get all the basics delivered (sandwiches, pizza, Chinese, etc) and there's truly some great, authentic, and super cheap Mexican food around if you look for it! (But I'm going to make you look for it.) There's also a much wider variety of options if you widen your search to South Beloit, and if you have a car, there's plenty to eat in Janesville, which isn't that far away.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Especially if you like Mexican food.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants within walking distance- but only local places that are expensive or not open when most students would like to eat there. All the fast food options require driving to, so that can be a disadvantage for non-car owners. There is little variety in the Beloit area.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 781st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1364th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

If you're the adventurous type with no fear of food poisoning or money wasting, I would recommend trying out the diners in the area. You may just luck out and find a hidden gem where some little old lady will cook you up the best cheeseburger and fries for no more than the $3 you have left over from the money your parents gave you the last time you saw them. Or you can take yourself over to Imperial Palace with the rest of the college crowd and bask in the eclectic mix of Asian surroundings and muzak while waiting for your tea to come. Beloit has all the fast food staples, a couple of brand-name diners, and lots of other not-so-sure places you can take your stomach to. Café Belwah is the only really nice place that's very close to campus. The atmosphere is quite pleasant, and the food is superb, especially after a couple months at Commons.

Beloit definitely loses points on lack of choices, but we've already established that the town is less than extraordinary, so it shouldn't come as any big surprise that the restaurant pickings are slim. Madison, Janesville, and Rockford have some pretty good places, though, and it might just be worth the trip to get off campus for an evening and eat a good meal. And you can take the leftovers home for the next time you feel like avoiding the dinner crowd on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Bagels & More
  • Domenico's Restaurant
  • Imperial Palace
  • Palermo Inn
  • Papa John's
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Imperial Palace
Best Breakfast
Brunch at Commons
Best Healthy
Bagels & More
Best Pizza
Papa John's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Café Belwah
  • Domenico's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • El Duranganese
  • Fazoli's
  • India House
  • Riverside Diner
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Suds O'Hanahan's
Did You Know?
Alvarez is technically in "no man's land," lost between the sign that says "You are now leaving Wisconsin" and the one that says "Welcome to Illinois."

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Cub Foods
20 Park Ave.
(608) 365-1299
Keeler Grocery
1303 Keeler Ave.
(608) 365-6606
Wal Mart
2785 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 362-7794

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Mexican
129 Blackhawk Blvd.
(815) 389-4533
Price: $6-$10
Anna Maria's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
823 Gardner St.
(815) 389-2645
Price: $5-$10
Food: American
2680 Cranston Rd.
(608) 365-9156
Food: Roast beef sandwiches, fast food
2900 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 365-5757
Price: $3-$6
Asia Buffet Restaurant
Food: Buffet-style Chinese
2787 Milwaukee Rd #E
(608) 299-0086
Price: $6-$9
Bagels & More
Food: Bagels, sandwiches, salads
324 State St.
(608) 363-1850
Price: $1-$6
Beloit Family Restaurant & Pancake House
Food: American, breakfast
2780 Prairie Ave.
(608) 363-8555
Price: $4-$8
Burger King
Food: Fast food
1450 Fourth St.
(608) 362-0390
Price: $3-$6
Café Belwah
Food: Upscale American
500 Pleasant St.
(608) 363-1110
Price: $8-$45
The Captain's Galley
Food: Deli
305 Oak Grove Ave.
(815) 389-4592
Price: $3-$7
Food: Varied
Ramada Inn, Hwy. 51 & IL 75
(815) 389-3481
Price: $10-$15
Country Kitchen of Beloit
Food: Homestyle
2956 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 362-0777
Price: $5-$10
Culvers of Beloit
Food: Burgers, salads, soup
2676 Cranston Rd.
(608) 365-4400
Price: $2-$7
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream, fast food
1434 Cranston Rd.
(608) 365-4077
Price: $2-$7
Denali's Food & Spirits
Food: Seafood, pasta, steak
443 E. Grand Ave.
(608) 362-5522
Price: $8-$15
Di Sicilian
Food: Italian
1910 Shopiere Rd.
(608) 362-2700
Price: $5-$20
Dog World
Food: Hot dogs
1063 Fourth St.
(608) 363-0990
Price: $2-$5
Domenico's Restaurant
Food: Italian
547 E. Grand Ave.
(608) 365-9480
Price: $6-$17
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2636 Prairie Ave.
(608) 299-3333
Price: $5-$10
D's Snack Shop
Food: Breakfast, burgers, soup
949 Brooks St.
(608) 365-1626
Price: $4-$6
El Jardin Restaurant
Food: Authentic Mexican
2533 Center Ave.
(608) 741-8917
Price: $10-$15
Flying J Country Market Restaurant
Food: American, buffet
16049 Willowbrook Rd.
(815) 389-4744
Price: $5-$10
Gun Club
Food: Steak, seafood
1122 E. Colley Rd.
(608) 362-9900
Price: $15-$40
Gyro House
Food: Gyros
611 Portland Ave.
(608) 361-1152
Price: $3-$5
Hansons Tavern
Food: American, pub
615 Cranston Rd.
(608) 362-8559
Price: $5-$10
Happy Wok
Food: Chinese
1802 Harrison Ave.
(608) 361-9999
Price: $5-$10
Imperial Palace
Food: Chinese
302 S. Park Ave.
(815) 389-8844
Price: $6-$10
Jersey's Bar & Grill
Food: Grill, fried
2750 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 362-8180
Price: $7-$12
Food: Fried chicken
204 Park Ave.
(608) 362-2323
Price: $2-$8
La Casa Grande
Food: Mexican
614 Fourth St.
(608) 361-0011
Price: $6-$10
Mary's Place
Food: Homestyle
1344 Gardner St.
(815) 389-2120
Price: $3-$6
Max's Restaurant
Food: American, BBQ
1055 Gardner St.
(815) 389-0529
Price: $7-$13
Food: Burgers, fast food
1443 Madison Rd.
(608) 362-8718
Price: $2-$6
Old Fashion Bake Shop
Food: Sandwiches, salads
1255 Park Ave.
(608) 365-6461
Price: $3-$7
Palermo Inn
Food: Italian
2791 Milwaukee Rd.
(815) 389-3043
Price: $5-$10
Papa John's
Food: Pizza
326 Blackhawk Blvd.
(815) 389-7272
Price: $5-$10
Papa Murphy's
Food: Pizza
2787 Milwaukee Ave.
(608) 299-1800
Price: $5-$10
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
2747 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 363-7777
Price: $7-$12
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
2787 Prairie Ave.
(608) 365-4221
Price: $5-$10
Prime Time Pizza
Food: Pizza
1753 Park Ave.
(608) 363-7555
Price: $4-$10
Food: Mexican, steak
907 Bayliss Ave.
(608) 299-0036
Price: $6-$12
Food: Deli, salads
260 Shirland Ave.
(608) 365-9399
Price: $3-$7
Taco Bell
Food: Fast-food Mexican
1841 Riverside Dr.
(608) 364-0707
Price: $2-$6
Taco John's
Food: Fast Mexican
147 Liberty Ave.
(608) 365-7055
Price: $2-$5
Tilley's Pizza House & Bar
Food: Pizza
902 Fourth St.
(608) 362-0241
Price: $6-$12
Turtle Creek Book Store
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads
444 E. Grand Ave.
(608) 363-2375
Price: $3-$7
Vince's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
1050 Hackett St.
(608) 362-7258
Price: $5-$10
Food: Burgers, fast food
2800 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 365-3679
Price: $2-$6
Westside Family Restaurant
Food: Homestyle
530 W. Grand Ave.
(608) 365-4949
Price: $5-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 32% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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