Off-Campus Dining

Location
Grinnell, IA
Undergrads
1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good, cheap food all around. Better and cheaper than college food.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many choices for off campus dining. Students can go to few fast food restaurants and some chain restaurants, however they still feel that there should be better options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Aside from fast-food, Grinnell is fairly limited in terms of the number of options, but has fairly quality restaurants. Some good restaurants include Prairie Canary, Chuong Garden, Relish, Pagliai's, all of which have good food at decent prices.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus dining is good if you're from small town Iowa and have no other options but if you're from anywhere else (any real college campus) you would expect some more diversity. All ethnic foods here are awful.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several fast-food chains in town such as McDonalds, Taco Johns, and Hardees. However, the town also has a wide variety of family-owned businesses with many options.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 58th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1386th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Akshay Bajaj
Hometown
Mumbai, India
Major
Economics
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While off-campus dining in and around Grinnell is lacking in diversity, it’s certainly a viable alternative to campus dining. It’s easy to find good pizza in town. People looking for a good solid Midwestern meal will surely not be disappointed. Off-campus dining is more of a social event than a culinary adventure. While the pizza at Pagliai’s is awesome and Lonnski's subs are delicious, the best part about going is forgetting about deadlines and enjoying time with friends. It is not uncommon for students to forget, if at least for an hour, that they all have term papers due in the morning.

Furthermore, some restaurants that have been around for a while have become unofficially linked to the College. Saints Rest is owned by a former Grinnell student, and Grinnellians use it as a study haven. You would be hard-pressed to find a customer there around finals week that doesn’t have a textbook. The Phoenix Café is also well known on campus, but it is notorious for its expensive menu, so take your parents. It’s safe to say that ice cream runs to Dari Barn are a Grinnell pastime. Recently, Chinese restaurant Chuong Garden has risen as a viable Saturday afternoon watering/feeding hole. There is a local diner (A & M) where your portions will certainly not be unsatisfying and can serve as the perfect feel-good meal when you finally get sick of the dining hall. The best part about living in a town with a population of 9,000 is that the off-campus dining options are cheap! Unless you meander into the Phoenix, you would be hard-pressed to find a meal for more than $10.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
Chuong Garden
Best Breakfast
A & M Café
Best Coffee
Saints Rest Coffeehouse
Best Dessert
Dari Barn
Best Healthy
Subway
Best Late-Night
Kum & Go
Best Mexican
La Cabana
Best Pizza
Pagliai's Pizza
Best Wings
Grinnell Steakhouse
Best Place to Take a Date
Depot Crossing Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Phoenix Café and Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bourbon Street Restaurant
  • Casa Margarita's
  • Hardee's
  • KFC
  • Lonnski's Pub & Deli
  • McDonald's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell
  • Thai Basil
  • Voodoo Lounge
  • West Side Family Restaurant

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Fareway
727 West St.
(641) 236-3331
www.fareway.com
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Hy-Vee
320 West St. S
(641) 236-6584
www.hy-vee.com
Daily 5 a.m.-12 a.m.
Juli's Health and More Food Store
931 West St.
(641) 236-7376
McNally's Foods
1021 Main St.
(641) 236-3166

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

A & M Café
Food: American
1027 Fourth Ave.
(641) 236-9117
Price: $5-$15
Back Alley Deli
Food: Sandwiches
917 Broad St.
(641) 236-3010
Price: $5-$10
Chuong Garden
Food: Chinese
915 Broad St.
(641) 236-9900
Price: $5-$10
Danish Maid Bakery
Food: Pastries
818 Fourth Ave.
(641) 236-4145
Price: $3-$8
Dari Barn
Food: Ice cream
1810 Sixth Ave.
(641) 236-7828
Price: $3-$8
Depot Crossing Restaurant
Food: American
1014 Third Ave.
(641) 236-6886
Price: $8-$15
Godfather's Pizza
Food: Pizza
800 Fourth Ave.
(641) 236-6516
www.godfathers.com
Price: $5-$10
Grinnell Steakhouse
Food: American
2110 West St.
(641) 236-0555
www.grinnellsteakhouse.com
Price: $10-$20
Kelcy's Fine Foods
Food: American
812 Sixth Ave.
(641) 236-3132
Price: $10-$20
Kum & Go
Food: Convenience store
1002 West St.
(641) 236-3890
www.kumandgo.com
Price: $5-$10
La Cabana Grill
Food: Mexican
915 Main St.
(641) 236-1603
Price: $8-$15
Pagliai's Pizza
Food: Pizza
816 Fifth Ave.
(641) 236-5331
www.pagliais.com
Price: $5-$10
The Phoenix Café and Inn
Food: Upscale restaurant
834 Park St.
(641) 236-3657
www.thephoenixcafe.com
Price: $10-$30
Saints Rest Coffeehouse
Food: Coffee, pastries
917 Broad St.
(641) 236-6014
Price: $2-$5
Subway
Food: Sandwiches
1102 West St.
(641) 236-7884
www.subway.com
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 21 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 32 responses

  • 25% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 22% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 50% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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