Off-Campus Dining

Location
Lakeland, FL
Undergrads
2,185
Tuition
$27,930
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cafeteria food is alright, it's not god awful. Plus there is a starbucks on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Harry's downtown is the best! There is also a lot of chains like McDonalds, Wendys, Moe's, Chipotle, Hooter, etc. There is a lot of different food options.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly just fast food, Taco Bell, Chipotle.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't use off-campus dining options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants in Lakeland. The downtown area has many local restaurants that will give student discounts. There are many of the familiar restaurant chains also.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1113rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Ferguson
Hometown
Orlando
Major
Communication
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Lakeland has a wide variety of restaurants, especially for how small the city is. There are many fast food and sit-down options, all very close to the school. As such, there is an option for any occasion, whether it is a date night or just a quick bite before class. The close proximity to campus is a good thing because there are no fast food restaurants on campus. If a student is looking for a place to eat, going down one of the main streets, such as US 98 or Bartow Road, has many restaurant options. There are also several shopping areas that are surrounded by places to eat, so a shopping trip could be combined with a meal off campus.

Besides fast food fare, there are also many small, locally-owned restaurants. This variety is good when family or friends come to visit a student because the student can share a restaurant that is unique to Lakeland. Lakeland has a couple of options for healthy dining, but there aren't many. If students wish to cook for themselves, the area is close to rural areas, so there are farmers' markets from time to time, when fresh produce is available; especially around the different seasons (such as strawberry season), fresh produce will be plentiful.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
Gosh!
Best Breakfast
Fat Jack's Deli & Pub
Best Coffee
Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro
Best Dessert
Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro
Best Healthy
Subway
Best Late-Night
Steak 'n Shake
Best Mexican
Tapatio's
Best Pizza
Palace Pizza
Best Wings
  • Beef 'O' Brady's
  • Hooters
  • Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro
  • Palace Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Good Buddies BBQ
  • Mimi's Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Beef 'O' Brady's
  • Good Buddies BBQ
  • Hooters
  • Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill
  • Mimi's Café
  • Palace Pizza
  • Tapatio's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Publix
1617 Bartow Rd.
(863) 682-0131
www.publix.com
Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wal-Mart
3501 S. Florida Ave.
(863) 644-5676
www.walmart.com
Daily 24 hours
Winn-Dixie
2630 US Highway 92
(863) 665-4752
www.winndixie.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soups
205 E. Main St.
(863) 682-1210
www.blackandbrew.com
Price: $5-$8
Fat Jack's Deli & Pub
Food: Breakfast and sandwiches
2940 S. Florida Ave.
(863) 687-0262
Price: $9
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Food: Burgers, fries, hot dogs
2641 S. Florida Ave.
(863) 686-5552
www.fiveguys.com
Price: $10
Gosh!
Food: Asian bistro and sushi
4742 S. Florida Ave.
(863) 701-9818
store6.geomerx.com/gosh/
Price: $15
Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
Food: Seafood
101 N. Kentucky Ave.
(863) 686-2228
www.hookedonharrys.com
Price: $10-$18
Moe's Southwest Grill
Food: Southwestern
1326 Town Center Dr.
(863) 616-9700
www.moes.com
Price: $9
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
3911 US 98 N
(863) 858-3876
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10-$15
Red Lobster
Food: Seafood
3706 North Rd. 98
(863) 815-0774
www.redlobster.com
Price: $12-$25
Sonny's Barbecue
Food: BBQ
3611 U.S. Hwy 98 N.
(863) 853-8283
www.sonnysbbq.com
Price: $9
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Burgers, chicken, fries, shakes
819 E. Memorial Blvd.
(863) 683-9352
www.steaknshake.com
Price: $5-$10
Subway
Food: Subs
905 E. Memorial Blvd., suite 2
(863) 859-1400
www.subway.com
Price: $3-$8
Zaxby's
Food: Chicken
4510 US Hwy. 98 N
(863) 816-9900
www.zaxbys.com
Price: $7

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

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Excellent
  • 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 57 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 26% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 49% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 19% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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