Off-Campus Dining

Bloomington, IL
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For the most part you can always find somewhere to eat no matter what time of the day.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have our McDonald's, DP Dough, etc. It's great food when you're tired of eating from the cafeteria.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most people simply eat on campus, but there are other options with a decent variety.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not too many places to go if you don't have a car.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Our city is known for the number of restaurants there are. There is a variety of restaurants and prices are reasonable. The locations are very convenient as well.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 159th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 736th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Diego Báez
English Writing
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There is an incredible amount of places to eat off campus. Everything from pizza to Chinese to Thai to sushi to burgers and fries. A number of these places are within walking distance of IWU. Downtown Bloomington is home to a nice mix of affordable, locally owned eateries and franchise restaurants. There are also numerous ethnic grocery stores nearby. There are two Mexican stores, an Indian grocery, and an organic foods store. This makes dining at home an experience as well.

Unfortunately for Wesleyan students, there are many restaurants on the other side of town that a lot of students never experience because they aren't aware of them. Most will never make it to some of the restaurants because they are just too out of the way, but there are so many choices nearby that it really doesn't matter. Most places in town know the location of IWU, so you rarely have to explain to the delivery driver which building of what campus you're on. People say that Bloomington residents dine out more per capita than anywhere else in the Midwest. The combination of a wide variety of restaurants, affordable meals, and easy access makes the same hold true for IWU students.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • First Wok
  • Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Zorba's
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
  • Panera Bread
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
Flingers Pizza & Pub
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Gumby's Pizza
  • Tobin's Pizza
Best Wings
Mugsy's Pub
Best Place to Take a Date
Avanti's Italian Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
  • Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • D.P. Dough
  • Destihl
  • Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream
  • Flat Top Grill
  • Hooters
  • Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
  • Meatheads Burgers & Fries
  • Monical's Pizza
  • Noodles & Company
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Prime Time Pizza
  • Taqueria El Porton
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Common Ground Grocery
516 N. Main St., Bloomington
(309) 829-2621
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
1502 N. Main St., Bloomington
(309) 828-5640
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.
Naturally Yours Grocery
1503 E. College Ave., Normal
(309) 452-3456
Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Alexander's Steak House
Food: American, steakhouse
1503 E. College Ave., Normal
(309) 454-7300
Price: $20–$35
Avanti's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
407 S. Main St., Normal
(309) 452-4436
Price: $8–$15
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
Food: Italian
1501 N. Veteran's Parkway, Bloomington
(309) 661-8322
Price: $10–$25
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
3220 E. Empire St., Bloomington
(309) 661-8027
Price: $8–$15
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
701 S. Main St., Normal
(309) 862-0309
Price: $5–$10
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
301 S. Veterans Parkway, Normal
(309) 807-2945
Price: $3–$8
Food: American
701 S. Eldorado Road, Bloomington
(309) 663-5251
Price: $8–$15
First Wok
Food: Chinese
1415 N. Main St., Bloomington
(309) 821-0039
Price: $5–$10
Flingers Pizza & Pub
Food: Pizza
608 N. Main St., Bloomington
(309) 820-8838
Price: $10–$20
Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
111 W. Monroe St., Bloomington
(309) 821-9797
Price: $8–$15
Gumby's Pizza
Food: Pizza
712 Kingsley St., Normal
(309) 454-8629
Price: $10–$20
Food: American, breakfast
2109 E. Empire St., Bloomington
(309) 662-8895
Price: $8–$15
Jim's Steak House
Food: American, steakhouse
2307 E. Washington St., Bloomington
(309) 663-4142
Price: $25–$50
Kelly's Bakery & Café
Food: Deli
113 N. Center St., Bloomington
(309) 820-1200
Price: $5–$10
Lucca Grill
Food: Italian
116 E. Market St., Bloomington
(309) 828-7521
Price: $10–$20
Mugsy's Pub
Food: American, wings
1310 N. Main St., Bloomington
(309) 827-2628
Price: $8–$15
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
1701 E. Empire St., Bloomington
(309) 663-7375
Price: $10–$20
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches
1401 S. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington
(309) 662-0336
Price: $5–$10
Puran Indian Restaurant
Food: Indian
1704 Eastland Drive, Bloomington
(309) 663-0885
Price: $8–$15
Food: Coffee/tea
101 N. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington
(309) 662-9950
Price: $3–$8
Station Two Twenty
Food: Upscale American
220 E. Front St., Bloomington
(309) 828-2323
Price: $20–$30
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
325 Veteran's Parkway, Normal
(309) 454-2899
Price: $3–$8
Food: Sandwiches
109 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington
(309) 820-1800
Price: $3–$8
Tobin's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1513 N. Main St., Bloomington
(309) 828-0410
Price: $10–$20
Food: Greek
603 Dale St., Normal
(309) 452-1449
Price: $5–$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 25 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 25 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 20% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 36% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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