Off-Campus Dining

Elmhurst, IL
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants appreciate the support of our students, so they will give us free food and let us hold events there to raise money which is cool. There are mostly chains but if you go a little further out you'll find the occasional mom and pop restaurant. On a nice day you can walk into town in about 10 minutes, and its very populated and a fun area. The best places are meatheads and chipotle, and this one mexican restaurant called something like los tapatillos. That place is open super late and has great food.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Since Elmhurst College is close to downtown Elmhurst, there are quite a few local restaurants and different boutiques. However, parking is a hassle.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places for everyone to enjoy.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Elmhurst College is just a few blocks away from downtown Elmhurst. There are some great places to go when you need to get out, including the York Theater, Buffalo Wild Wings and Coldstone. A popular dinner spot for students in Salsaria, a Mexican restaurant with a salsa bar. Or if you take the shuttle to the Terrace Apartments, you can walk across the street to Potbelly or, a little farther, Portillo's. There a a bunch of options no matter which direction you go.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: lots of variety, decent pricing, very close to campus


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 137th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 326th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Colin Ashwood
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Political Science
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The downtown area is a few blocks from campus and has nearly any restaurant imaginable. The Metra train station is right in the middle of it, so you can grab something quick to eat for much cheaper before you go into the city. If you have a little more time, there are countless great sit-down restaurants. You’ll find Italian, American, Mexican, sandwiches, Chinese, and bars downtown. There are also multiple coffee shops, which include Starbucks and Jamba Juice. If you are planning on taking a date out, The Standard is always a nice place, and it isn’t too overpriced. For grocery needs, there are a CVS and a Jewel-Osco.

There are a few must-visit places you need to check out: Lou Malnati’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Egg Harbor, and Hamburger Heaven. Lou Malnati’s makes true deep-dish pizza, which you order out. The Buffalo Wild Wings here is similar to others in its chain but it’s great for a late-night snack. Egg Harbor serves great breakfasts, and Hamburger Heaven serves delicious—but may not be the healthiest—fast food for cheap prices. If Hamburger Heaven sounds too greasy, check out Subway, Panera Bread, or Chow, which is a nice little locally run sandwich place. Overall, downtown Elmhurst ensures that college students won’t get bored with their food.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Egg Harbor Café
Best Coffee
Jamba Juice
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
The Standard
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Standard
Other Places to Check Out
  • Champps Americana
  • Curly's Bar & Grill
  • Denny's
  • Labriola Bakery Café
  • Village Tavern & Grill

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

153 Schiller St., Elmhurst
(630) 530-8790
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Buffalo Wild Wings
Food: American, w\ings
149 N. York St., downtown
(630) 832-2999
Price: $5-$15
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
139 York Rd.
(630) 834-0932
Price: $5-$10
Food: Sandwiches
116 W. Park Ave.
(630) 530-8646
Price: $5-$10
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
116 N. York St., downtown
(630) 530-9300
Price: $3-$8
Egg Harbor Café
Food: American, breakfast
140 Robert Palmer Dr., downtown
(630) 758-1010
Price: $5-$10
Fitz's Spare Keys
Food: American
119 N. York St., downtown
(630) 379-5007
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Bowling alley, bar, and pool table.
Fresco's Mediterranean Café
Food: Mediterranean
143 N. York St., downtown
(630) 834-3333
Price: $5-$10
Hamburger Heaven
Food: American
281 N. York St., downtown
(630) 832-3535
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: There is a walk-up drive thru.
Jamba Juice
Food: Coffee, smoothies
148 N. York St., downtown
(630) 833-0634
Price: $3-$8
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
110 W. Park Ave., downtown
(630) 516-0800
Price: $8-$15
Panera Bread
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soup
108 W. North St., downtown
(630) 833-5001
Price: $5-$10
Rainbow Restaurant
Food: American, breakfast
233 N. York St., downtown
(630) 833-0556
Price: $5-$10
Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
117 W. 1st St.
(630) 832-8326
Price: $8-$15
The Standard
Food: American
116 Schiller, downtown
(630) 941-6400
Price: $10-$20
Food: Baked goods, coffee
164 N. York St., downtown
(630) 834-1326
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sandwiches
113 E. Schiller St.
(630) 530-8845
Price: $5-$10
Two Brothers From Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
128 W. Park Ave.
(630) 833-0414
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 34 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 49 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 45% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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