Off-Campus Dining

Orangeburg, SC
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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restaurants are chains such as McDonald's, Cookout, and Taco Bell so the prices are the usual amounts. The restaurants I just listed, plus a Dominos and Chinese restaurant are located about 2 blocks from campus so those are convenient. If you want fancier cuisine like Applebee's, iHop, or Cracker Barrel you'll have to drive about 5 minutes from campus. To my knowledge, none of the restaurants in town offer student discounts. The variety sucks but the most delicious restaurant is Mr. Hibachi, a Japanese restaurant.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's not much option of food around town. After awhile it's just the same stuff over and over again.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I believe there should be more restaurants versus fast food places. That's how I gained so much weight freshmen year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: orangeburg has a good bit of choices in food near the schools. some places are 24 hours

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have the regular places that every town have. McDonald's, Chinese and the Cookout. That's the most popular and it within easy walking distance.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 311st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1424th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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When the dining hall on campus closes at 6:30 p.m., off-campus dining takes off. Students generally resort to the nearby fast food joints to satisfy their late-night cravings, especially when final exams come around. Luckily, many restaurants are within walking distance, but students with cars can go as far as their taste buds take them.

There are many options to choose from because there is a variety of established restaurants in this small town. The cost of off-campus dining is also reasonable for students, but many just stick with dining on campus during the day because of its convenience. Another “trick” the University uses to get students to eat more meals on campus is making them pay for their meal plans at the beginning of each semester. As a result, many students would rather save a buck or two and eat the food they already paid for on campus. Nevertheless, off-campus dining has become a major part of students’ lives, especially at night—true nightlife is lacking here, so going out to eat gives students something to do. Whether it’s a quick coffee run or a special date, the options are there. However, be prepared to be back by 12 a.m.—or even sooner—because many of the local restaurants close at that time.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • IHOP
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
China Town
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • McDonald's
  • Waffle House
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Applebee's
  • McDonald's
  • Sonic
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
  • McDonald's
  • Wendy's
Best Mexican
Taco Bell
Best Pizza
  • Domino's
  • Papa John's
  • Pizza Hut
Best Wings
  • Applebee's
  • Wing Station
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Applebee's
  • Captain Pete's
  • Fatz Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Applebee's
  • Fatz Café
  • Ruby Tuesday
Other Places to Check Out
  • Papa John's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Subway

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1370 Chestnut NE, Orangeburg
(803) 531-0670
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Dollar General
1730 Russell St., Orangeburg
(803) 536-3090
Daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Piggly Wiggly
1645 Russell St., Orangeburg
(803) 534-7708

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: American
2360 Chestnut St., Orangeburg
(803) 535-0051
Price: $7-$15
Captain Pete's
Food: Seafood
661 John C Calhoun Dr., Orangeburg
(803) 539-9100
Price: $10-$15
China Town
Food: Chinese
1736 Russell St., Orangeburg
(803) 531-9266
Price: $5-$10
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1738 Russell St., Orangeburg
(803) 531-2883
Price: $5-$15
Fatz Café
Food: American
3575 Saint Matthews Rd., Orangeburg
(803) 534-8000
Price: $7-$15
Food: American, breakfast
2567 North Rd., Orangeburg
(803) 536-2881
Price: $5-$10
Food: Fast food
595 John C Calhoun Dr., Orangeburg
(803) 536-1111
Price: $1-$7
Ruby Tuesday
Food: American
724 Citadel Rd., Orangeburg
(803) 531-0022
Price: $7-$15
Food: American
2564 North Rd., Orangeburg
(803) 534-5070
Price: $1-$7
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican
695 John C Calhoun Dr., Orangeburg
(803) 534-9598
Price: $1-$7
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
3695 Saint Matthews Rd., Orangeburg
(803) 536-5481
Price: $5-$10
Food: Fast food
746 John C Calhoun Dr., Orangeburg
(803) 536-3594
Price: $1-$7

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 51 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 58 responses

  • 19% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 50% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 24% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 7% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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