There's a reason Midwestern cuisine hasn't piqued much interest in any other region of the country, and this reason will become painfully clear once you step off campus for a bite. Most of the local restaurants seem to be competing for the titles of "Least Impressive Atmosphere," "Most Likely to Make You Wish You Stayed Home," and "The Greasy Plate Award." Streamlined and Americanized Mexican and Chinese food is about as close as Richmond gets to international fare. Despite the poor pickings, if you do decide to brave Richmond's dining options, you'll probably want a car. There are some local spots you're sure to visit at some point in your Earlham career: El Rodeo for Mexican food and margaritas, the Olde Richmond Inn for a night with the folks, and 5th Street Coffee & Bagels or Sunshine Café for breakfast and coffee.
All in all, local spots are iffy at best, and Earlham is too small to persuade many owners into having late-night specials or student discounts. Ultimately, you're won't win too many hearts with a date at a local restaurant. You're probably better off going to Kroger or Mejer (better options than the nearby LoBill's) and courting a crush with a homemade meal.