Off-Campus Dining

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
1,130
Tuition
$24,028
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you want good food, go into the city

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mix of Chains and Local Cuisine. There are a lot of restaurants close by. A good bit of them are chain restaurants, a few are fast food, and some are locally owned restaurants. I'd say it's a good enough mix of pricing and food options. No student discounts anywhere, though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Pittsburgh. LRC is located about twenty five / thirty minutes from downtown Pittsburgh - so off campus dining is not limited. And not only are we a short distance away from downtown, McKnight road is also the closest main road to La Roche, and has many options including Chipotle, chinese food, indian cuisine, Sonic, and a wide variety of Eat 'n Parks. There isn't a student discount for just LRC students, but a couple places have college discounts where you need only show your student ID. Some of the best places to go downtown are places you've never heard of, so it's best to check things out for yourself! Accessibility could be an issue if you don't have a car, but friends usually carpool.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Ok – There are few restaurants around. Is more of a commuting campus

Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: McKnight has so many places to eat. I love Sheetz.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 438th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 812nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Pennington
Hometown
Zelienople, Pa.
Major
Writing/French minor
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Craving pancakes? How about fettuccine alfredo? Salad? Fast food? Whatever your dish of choice, the Pittsburgh area offers it! There are many great dining opportunities near La Roche College, including a wide range of chain restaurants, such as Olive Garden, T.G.I. Friday's, Eat'n Park, Denny's, Wendy's, and McDonald's. If you're in the mood for Mexican, there are plenty of places nearby—Mad Mex and El Campesino are two favorites. Students willing to travel from the quiet setting of La Roche into downtown Pittsburgh will find an even wider range of ethnic and exotic foods, including Indian, Syrian, Greek, Japanese, and Arab.

The biggest drawback to off-campus dining is the College's suburban setting and lack of public transportation, which means that to get to a restaurant, students must either have their own car or befriend someone with one. The only restaurant that students are able to walk to safely is North Park Lounge Restaurant, which is directly across the street from campus. Walking on the roads that lead to other area restaurants is not only illegal but very risky due to the high volume of traffic. But once a student finds a way to get off campus, there are places that are cheap, expensive, and in between for people in all financial situations.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Eat`n Park
  • North Park Lounge Restaurant
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Eat`n Park
  • McDonald's
  • Wendy's
Best Asian
Sesame Inn
Best Breakfast
Eat `n Park
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
The Cheesecake Factory
Best Healthy
  • Panera Bread
  • Pita Pit
Best Late-Night
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Eat'n Park
Best Mexican
Chipotle
Best Pizza
  • Luciano's Pizza
  • Papa John's Pizza
Best Wings
North Park Lounge Restaurant
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Chipotle
  • Olive Garden
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Bob Evans
  • Bravo Cucina Italiana
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle
  • Denny's
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Lone Star Steakhouse
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pita Pit
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Sheetz
  • T.G.I. Friday's
Did You Know?
  • In Pittsburgh, if someone orders a steak or chicken salad, it comes with french fries on top.
  • Some foods to get their start in the 'Burgh include Klondike ice cream bars, Heinz ketchup, and Clark candy bars.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
9805 McKnight Rd.
(412) 366-6828
www.gianteagle.com
Daily 24 hours
Kuhn's Foods
4801 McKnight Rd.
(412) 369-8781
www.kuhnsmarket.com
Monday–Saturday 6 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Eat`n Park - Mall side
Food: American
7370 McKnight Rd.
(412) 366-6220
www.eatnpark.com
Price: Less than $15
Eat'n Park - North Hills
Food: American
7671 McKnight Rd.
(412) 364-1211
www.eatnpark.com
Price: Less than $15
El Campesino
Food: Mexican
4771 McKnight Rd.
(412) 366-8730
elcampesinospgh.com
Price: Less than $15
Fox and Hound English Pub & Grille
Food: Pub food
8000 McKnight Rd., Suite 2002
(412) 364-1885
www.foxandhound.com/
Price: Less than $18
Cool Features: There are pool tables and plenty of sporting events shown on the TVs here.
Luciano's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1411 Duncan Ave.
(412) 366-2244
www.lucianospizzanorthhills.com
Price: $10–$30
Mad Mex
Food: Mexican
7905 McKnight Rd.
(412) 366-5656
www.madmex.com
Price: Less than $15
Cool Features: Take the time to read the menu—it's hysterical!
North Park Lounge Restaurant
Food: American
8701 Babcock Blvd.
(412) 364-9878
northparkloungerestaurant.com
Price: Less than $15
Cool Features: Get a MVP card if you plan on becoming a regular here—you will be treated with cool rewards.
Rico's Restaurant
Food: Italian
1 Rico Ln.
(412) 931-1989
www.ricos.biz
Price: Less than $35
Cool Features: Great place for special occasions
Sesame Inn
Food: Asian
711 Browns Ln.
(412) 366-1838
sesameinn.com
Price: $10–$20
Sushi Tomo
Food: Japanese
4812 McKnight Rd.
(412) 630-8666
www.sushi-tomo.com
Price: Less than $25
Willow
Food: American
634 Camp Horne Rd.
(412) 847-1007
www.willowpgh.com
Price: Less than $35

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 9 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 11 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 18% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 45% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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