Off-Campus Dining

Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many dining options off campus. Most of the restaurants are very good about giving student discounts as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many interesting and unique restaurants. There are many options and varieties to choose from.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Once you leave campus there are tons of restaurants to choose from. The hardest part is making the decision of where you and your friends want to go. There are certain restaurants that stay open late because of the amount of studying being done late at night on campus and for those who choose to go out.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You will never go hungry in Tallahassee! The prices are not bad. If I think a meal is a little pricy, then I take part of it home as leftovers. There are a variety of options to eat at, from Cuban to Japanese.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are mostly fast food places around campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 108th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 118th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Hometown
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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It doesn't take long for the call of off-campus food to be heard by the student body at Florida State. There are upwards of 20 restaurants within a five-minute walk off-campus, and these establishments offer a variety of food to choose from. Pizza, buffalo wings, and subs are the most popular choices, but for the more adventurous student a cornucopia of food awaits. Off-campus food selections run the gamut, from pitas and tacos, to gyros and seafood. There are also several vegetarian restaurants if you prefer a greener existence. Remember, Tallahassee is a two-college town, and this means twice as many restaurants to try. However, it is also a political town, and the farther you travel from campus, the more money you are likely to spend on food. To keep it within budget, most students stick close to campus where the dining is cheap and plentiful. Like any good college town, Tallahassee has an army of both locally-owned and chain restaurants encircling the University. The chain restaurants and fast food joints give you just what you expect, and most are within walking distance of the residence halls. The locally-owned establishments can be hit and miss, but if you do find a place that knocks your socks off, enjoy it while you can.

Word travels fast here, and it doesn't take long for a quiet little restaurant to become a standing-room-only, 30-minute-wait madhouse. The Loop, which is right on the edge of campus, is always a good choice for pizza and other Italian specialties. The Main Ingredient can blow you away with its constantly-changing menu and inventive daily specials. Most places are affordable on a student budget, but the farther from campus you go, the higher the prices.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • TGI Friday's
24-Hour Dining
Waffle House
Best Asian
China Super Buffet
Best Breakfast
Waffle House
Best Healthy
The Crepe Vine
Best Pizza
Gumby's Pizza
Best Wings
WingZone
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Bella Bella
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Bennigan's
  • Cabarra's
  • Calico Jack's
  • Chez Pierre
  • Chili's
  • Food Glorious Food
  • Guthrie's
  • Hooters
  • The Loop
  • The Melting Pot
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • On the Border
  • Ruby Tuesday's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Publix Super Market
800 Ocala Rd.
(850) 575-3929
Winn Dixie
1625 W. Tharpe St.
(850) 297-2555

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

4th Quarter Bar & Grill
Food: American
2033 N. Monroe St.
(850) 385-0017
Price: $8-$12
Andrew's Capital Bar & Grill
Food: American
228 S. Adams St.
(850) 222-3444
www.andrewsdowntown.com/capitalgrill.html
Price: $10-$18
Bagel Bagel
Food: Bagels
2401 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 574-1814
www.bagelbagelcafe.com
Price: $2-$8
Bella Bella
Food: Italian
123 E. 5th Ave.
(850) 412-1114
www.bellabellatallahassee.com
Price: $10-$25
Black Dog Café
Food: Coffee, pastries
229 Lake Ella Dr.
(850) 224-2518
Price: $5-$8
China Super Buffet
Food: Chinese
2698 N. Monroe St.
(850) 553-9292
Price: $5-$10
Cici's Pizza
Food: Pizza
800 Ocala Rd.
(850) 580-2424
www.cicispizza.com
Price: $6-$10
The Crepevine
Food: Crepes
2020 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 562-7373
www.thecrepevine.com
Price: $5-$10
Gordo's
Food: Cuban
1907 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 576-5767
www.gordoscubanfood.com
Price: $5-$12
Gumby's Pizza
Food: Pizza
623 W. Tennessee St.
(850) 224-8629
www.gumbyspizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Hopkins' Eatery
Food: Healthy/sandwiches
1840 N. Monroe St.
(850) 386-4258
www.hopkinseatery.com
Price: $5-$8
Jim & Milt's Bar-B-Q
Food: American/Southern
1923 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 576-3998
Price: $6-$10
The Main Ingredient
Food: Multicultural, vegetarian, mix-and-match menu
1710 W. Tharpe St.
(850) 383-8333
Price: $10-$15
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
1641 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 575-0050
www.mellowmushroom.com
Price: $5-$10
Momo's Pizza
Food: Italian
1416 W. Tennessee St.
(850) 224-9808
www.momospizza.com
Price: $4-$8
New Leaf Market & Deli
Food: Sandwiches, salads
1235 Apalachee Parkway
(850) 942-2557
www.newleafmarket.coop
Price: $5-$8
Po' Boys Creole Café
Food: Creole/American
1944 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 224-5400
www.poboys.com
Price: $5-$10
The Rice Bowl
Food: Oriental
3813 N. Monroe St.
(850) 514-3632
Price: $6-$12
TGI Friday's
Food: American
3390 Capital Circle NE
(904) 721-2200
www.tgifridays.com
Price: $8-$15
Torrey's Neighborhood Grill
Food: American
1415 Timberlane Rd.
(850) 893-0326
Price: $10-$15
Waffle House
Food: American
1939 W. Tennessee St.
(850) 224-4922
www.wafflehouse.com
Price: $5-$8
WingZone
Food: Wings
2037 W. Pensacola St.
(850) 576-9464
www.wingzone.com
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 342 responses

Very poor
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 372 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 13% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 44% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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