Few underclassmen at Holy Cross eat out regularly. With the exception of Wendy’s, there are no restaurants within walking distance of campus, and even Wendy’s is not an extremely popular option. Nobody listed it (or any fast food restaurants) among favorites in this section, and indeed, all of the restaurants mentioned are ones to which it is fine to bring parents. The off-campus dining situation, like so much else at Holy Cross, depends on the availability of an automobile. Because underclassmen are not allowed to have cars, and going out to eat entails at least a 10-minute drive, the majority of campus dining out is done only when parents or other relatives come to visit. None of the restaurants cater to an exclusively student crowd, and some of the restaurants are places that you would only go with parents—the 111 Chophouse is one of the best and priciest restaurants in Worcester.
For a less-pricey dining experience, any one of Worcester’s diners are awesome. By senior year, most students have found their own particular favorites. No specific diner attracts an exclusively Holy Cross crowd, but going out to breakfast after a long night on the town is almost a Holy Cross tradition. Tortilla Sam’s is another popular hangout among Worcester’s college-aged crowd, mostly because of its BYOB policy. Because of the sheer volume of places to eat in Worcester and the lack of anything in the immediate vicinity of the College, there really are no particular hangouts. Worcester has a growing Southeast Asian population, so not surprisingly, there are many Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. Of course, the old American chain restaurant standbys—such as Piccadilly Pub and Chili’s, among others—have a considerable presence in Worcester. There are so many options to choose from that it would be impossible not to find something here!