Off-Campus Dining

Baltimore, MD
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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the food, and I wish everybody could experience the quality of such food.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good food and awesome restaurants/cafes if you know where to look. Don't be afraid to venture off campus or go more than 10 minutes from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining choices are average.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus dining options (which is a good thing, since there are so few on-campus options). We have everything from a 24-hour Subway to Chiptole and Potbelly to stand-alone restaurants, including Tambers, One World Cafe, Carma's Cafe, and the Papermoon Diner. The stand-alone restaurants and cafes tend to be a bit more expensive than the chains, but they offer Indian cuisine, American diner food, many vegetarian options, and much more!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We end up being always in Chipotle after sophomore year ----- said a senior


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 695th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1076th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Glen Rock, NJ
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
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The off-campus dining choices for JHU students are endless. There are enough restaurants around Baltimore to satisfy even the pickiest eaters, and many of these restaurants are within walking distance of Hopkins. The Hopkins and Collegetown shuttles or access to a car will greatly increase your culinary options. Since Hopkins has such a diverse student body, students go to ethnic restaurants at least as frequently as ones that serve American cuisine. The Charm City Circulator is Baltimore's free bus transportation system that is easily picked up on 33rd Street (Purple Line) and will take you downtown to the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, or Fell's Point. Many students take these buses to save money for their off-campus dining experience.

While at Hopkins, make sure you get out at least occasionally to sample the restaurants Baltimore has to offer. Students mainly cite the lack of time and money as reasons they don’t get out to eat more, not the restaurant selection, but since Baltimore has so many college students and young professionals, there are numerous places where you can get a delicious meal for less than $10. There are even places where you can get a meal for $5 or $6 and still bring home leftovers. If students make the effort to try restaurants around Baltimore, in addition to ones adjacent to Hopkins, they’ll be sure to find a favorite.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Subway
  • University Market
Best Asian
Niwana Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Pete's Grille
Best Coffee
  • Carma's Café
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
  • Carma's Café
  • Freshii
  • One World Café
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
University Market
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Angelo's
  • Hopkins Deli
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Maxie's Pizza & Bar
Best Wings
PJ's Pub
Best Place to Take a Date
Donna's Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Any Inner Harbor restaurant, particularly Little Italy
  • Gertrude's at the BMA
Other Places to Check Out
  • 7-Eleven
  • Boston Market
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chocolatea Café & Tea Lounge
  • Cross Street Market
  • Daily Grind
  • David Chu's China Bistro
  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Dominion Ice Cream
  • Eddie's Market
  • Edo Sushi
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Golden Corral
  • Hard Rock Café
  • The Helmand
  • Iggies Pizza
  • IHOP
  • King Fried Chicken
  • Mama Leah's Pizza
  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
  • The Melting Pot
  • Miss Shirley's
  • Olive Garden
  • Orient Express
  • The Prime Rib
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sandella's Flatbread Café
  • Sofi's Crepes
  • Sushi Garden
  • Tatu Asian Restaurant
  • Thai Restaurant
  • Woodberry Kitchen

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Eddie's Market
3117 Saint Paul St.
(410) 889-1558
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
1020 W. 41st St.
(410) 554-3730
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
2401 N. Charles St.
(410) 261-6110
Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Trader Joe's
1 E. Joppa Road, Towson
(410) 296-9851
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Ave.
(410) 532-6700
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Akbar Restaurant
Food: Indian
823 N. Charles St.
(410) 539-0944
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Great lunch buffet at a good price
Food: Pizza, subs
3600 Keswick Road
(410) 235-2595
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: They have good, cheap subs, but they're really known for their truly giant slices of pizza. One of these could feed a person for an entire day.
Café Hon
Food: American diner food
1002 W. 36th St.
(410) 243-1230
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Authentic working-class Baltimore atmosphere
Carma's Café
Food: American
3120 Saint Paul St.
(410) 243-5200
Price: $5-$10
Charles Village Pub
Food: American
3107 Saint Paul St.
(410) 243-1611
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: College-bar atmosphere; happy hour specials
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
201 E. Pratt St.
(410) 234-3990
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Dozens of different cheesecake types to choose from.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Fast food, Mexican
3201 Saint Paul St.
(410) 662-1701
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Tasty Mexican food right off campus for cheap
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
3201 Saint Paul St.
(410) 889-0488
Price: $3-$8
Donna's Café
Food: Coffee, healthy Mediteranean
3101 St. Paul St.
(410) 889-4449
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Donna herself holds small classes, so you can not only eat her food, but also learn to make it.
Food: Healthy
3113 Saint Paul St.
(410) 467-3737
Price: $10-$20
Gertrude's at the BMA
Food: Fine dining
10 Art Museum Drive
(410) 889-3399
Price: $15-$30
Golden West Café
Food: American, breakfast, vegetarian
1105 W. 36th St.
(410) 889-8891
Price: $5-$15
Holy Frijoles
Food: Mexican
908 W. 36th St.
(410) 235-2326
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Hampden with good food
Hopkins Deli
Food: Deli
110 W. 39th St.
(410) 366-6603
Price: $5-$15
Ledo Pizza
Food: Pizza
3105 Saint Paul St.
(410) 835-2172
Price: $10-$20
Little Italy
Food: Authentic Italian
East of the Inner Harbor, main strip is on Eastern Avenue
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Collection of 18 authentic Italian restaurants with fresh, gourmet food.
Maxie's Pizza & Bar
Food: Pizza
3003 N. Charles St.
(410) 889-1113
Price: $10-$20
Niwana Restaurant
Food: Japanese, sushi
3 E. 33rd St.
(410) 366-4115
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good place to go to escape the dining hall food
One World Café
Food: American, mostly vegetarian
100 W. University Parkway
(410) 235-5777
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Some unusual and creative dishes, many coffee and drink selections
Paper Moon Diner
Food: American diner, vegetarian
227 W. 29th St.
(410) 889-4444
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Interesting atmosphere with multicolored walls and unusual decorations including a large collection of dolls and Pez dispensers
Paul Chen's Hong Kong Restaurant
Food: Chinese
2426 N. Charles St.
(410) 235-8745
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good Chinese food and a great menu of fake meat dishes
Pete's Grille
Food: American, breakfast
3130 Greenmount Ave.
(410) 467-7698
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Great place to grab a good old-fashioned breakfast. The lines can get pretty long, so you might want to wake up early. The good news is that it's within walking distance of Hopkins.
PJ's Pub
Food: American
3333 N. Charles St.
(410) 243-8844
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: "Technically" not on campus, but it is right next to one of the dorms. Great place to grab a slice of pizza, Buffalo wings, or a burger.
Food: Coffee, tea
3201 Saint Paul St.
(410) 235-4653
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sandwiches
3233 Saint Paul St.
(410) 235-0050
Price: $3-$8
Food: American, Indian
3327 Saint Paul St.
(410) 243-5777
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Indian food in a '50s diner
Thai Landing
Food: Thai
1207 N. Charles St.
(410) 727-1234
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good Thai food near campus
University Market
Food: Convenience store
3201 Saint Paul St.
(410) 366-6630
Price: $5-$10
Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop
Food: Pastries
222 Albemarle St.
(410) 685-4905
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: The best place to get a great Italian dessert. It's all they do, and they do it very well.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 63 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 82 responses

  • 11% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 15% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 38% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 37% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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