The Village is the closest place to dine off campus-unfortunately, it is also the most expensive. Going to eat in Claremont usually involves visiting parents, students who have recently hit the lottery (a rarity), or students who already have decent paying jobs (even more of a rarity). There are some places that aren't extremely expensive, but the cheapest option is a two-minute drive to the nearest Del Taco. If you're seeing someone, the restaurants in the Village are a good choice for a sit-down date, that is if you have already grown tired of the outdoor picnic tables at In-N-Out.
Although Claremont tends to be expensive, there are plenty of cheaper and more desirable options if you have a car. Fast food is a few minutes away, and if you feel like it, you can always drive to Los Angeles, where dining options abound. The best off-campus dining for most students, however, occurs during parents' weekend. And the absence of fast food, a college staple, makes it awfully hard on the wallet to eat off campus regularly for most students. If you can get around the cost, Claremont does offer students a fairly healthy selection, in terms of types of food. From Mexican to Chinese to Italian to wings, there are always options available within a 10-minute drive. For more unusual items, however, you will almost definitely have to make a longer, more exhausting trip.