Off-Campus Dining

Peoria, IL
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Almost all ethnic places right around campus. Chain food places when venturing out

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: One World Cafe is awesome and I love it! So many options to choose from when going there. I've been there many, many times and still get something new each time. It's great quality and quantity!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The city has a wide variety of options. Restaurants are easy to get to and typically not too costly. Flattop is a favorite of many students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of restaurant around the campus. Some of the restaurants have become tradition. For example, Bacci's Pizza is always a great snack late at night. Because they are open late, this is very accommodating.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few places to eat right off of campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 981st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1040th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Wood
Peoria, Ill.
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Though campus food is mediocre at best, a short adventure off campus to eat is worth the energy and gas money. Peorians love food, and they're willing to share it. From mom-and-pop-type restaurants to popular chains, Peoria has a little bit of everything, and it's not a far drive to find it. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance that represent a variety of nationalities. In a short walk, there's Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and Indian, to name a few. There are also American staples, such as cheap pizza, subs, and burgers in Campustown, just a block from Bradley.

If students somehow can't find something to eat close to campus, a short drive in any direction will take you to a variety of other restaurants, including fast food chains, steak houses, locally owned pizza joints, Chinese buffets, and upscale places you can take your parents to. If somebody would eat it, Peoria probably has it. There are a lot of choices, and it usually doesn't take long to be seated. Peoria prices are cheaper than big-city restaurants, so students won't go broke, either. And if you're not looking for a meal, there are plenty of places where students can grab a cup of coffee or snack and study.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
McDonald's (drive-thru)
Best Asian
  • Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
  • Panda Carry Out
Best Breakfast
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • McDonald's
  • One World Café
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats
Best Healthy
  • Panera Bread
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
Bacci Pizza Express
Best Mexican
La Bamba Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Agatucci's Restaurant
  • Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders
  • Papa John's Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Avanti's Ristorante
  • One World Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Avanti's Ristorante
  • Granite City Food & Brewery
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Burger Barge
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Culver's
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Fieldhouse Bar & Grill
  • Flat Top Grill
  • Golden Corral
  • Happy Fish Sushi
  • Leaves 'n Beans Coffee
  • Olive Garden
  • Panda Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Steak & Fries
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Taco Bell
  • TGI Friday's
  • Wild Berries Restaurant
  • Wingstop
Did You Know?
Burger Barge in East Peoria will serve you if you show up by boat. You can get waited on in a normal manner, but if you have a boat on the Illinois River or know someone who does, you can pull up to the shore, and they will serve you on the water.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Wal-Mart Supercenter
401 River Road, East Peoria
(309) 694-1513
Monday 12 a.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday 24 hours, Wednesday 6 a.m.–12 a.m., Thursday–Sunday 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Agatucci's Restaurant
Food: Pizza
2607 N. University St.
(309) 688-8200
Price: $8–$15
Avanti's Ristorante
Food: Italian
1301 W. Main St.
(309) 674-4923
Price: $5–$15
Bacci Pizza Express
Food: Pizza
1222 W. Bradley Ave.
(309) 676-2222
Price: $10–$20
Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders
Food: Italian
1200 W. Main St.
(309) 671-0544
Price: $8–$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
833 W. Camp St., East Peoria
(309) 699-9464
Price: $8–$15
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
800 Riverside Drive, East Peoria
(309) 694-4460
Price: $8–$15
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Coffee/tea, donuts
613 N. Western Ave.
(309) 676-9506
Price: $3–$8
Granite City Food & Brewery
Food: American
230 Conference Center Drive, East Peoria
(309) 699-8080
Price: $10–$20
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1219 W. Main St.
(309) 637-1104
Price: $10–$15
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
1121 W. Main St.
(309) 673-9999
Price: $5–$10
La Bamba Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1200 W. Main St.
(309) 637-6621
Price: $5–$10
Food: Fast food
1017 W. Main St.
(309) 671-1017
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Another location at 627 N. Western Ave.
One World Café
Food: American
1245 W. Main St.
(309) 672-1522
Price: $8–$15
Panda Carry Out
Food: Chinese
1200 W. Main St.
(309) 637-9388
Price: $5–$10
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches
815 W. Camp St., East Peoria
(309) 694-2222
Price: $5–$10
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
930 N. Bourland Ave.
(309) 673-7272
Price: $10–$20
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
1200 W. Main St.
(309) 672-0674
Price: $3–$8
Food: Sandwiches
1200 W. Main St.
(309) 673-3505
Price: $3–$8
Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats
Food: Frozen yogurt
1200 W. Main St.
(309) 966-2539
Price: $3–$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 36 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 39 responses

  • 13% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 23% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 49% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 15% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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