When students are ready to go off campus to eat, most head down to the Village. The Village offers some great food, but not a great variety. The Village is the only off-campus food that is a walkable distance away. There is a fair amount of variety a short drive away, but except for the occasional In-N-Out run, students either eat on campus or in the Village.
The Village is not exactly budget-friendly, with several upscale restaurants. Viva Madrid, Tutti Mangia, and the Harvard Square Café are all amazing, pricey restaurants that are best visited on special occasions/when relatives visit. For those on a budget, there are a few options, but not many. Heroes (a local bar/grill), the Mixing Bowl (Thai food), and Round Table (Pizza) are all wallet-friendly restaurants. Most students eat in dining halls and go out for dessert/coffee/smoothies.
There are several coffee shops in the Village (both chain and mom-and-pop shops) which are frequented by students. Jamba Juice and the Claremont Juice Company both have delicious smoothies/fruit drinks. The most popular way to spend cash in Claremont is easily frozen yogurt. There are three fro-yo places within walking distance of campus—21 Choices, Yogurtland, and Razzle Dazzle. Everybody has a favorite (mine’s 21 choices) and any day at any time, they are sure to be crowded with students.