Off-campus dining at Luther is like a suit: It fits some to a T, while others will be sorely disappointed. Many restaurants found in Decorah are easy to get into, have reasonable hours, and serve a variety of cuisine. A lot of dining options are great for parties—Sabor Latino, Americana, and Mabe’s will all cater for special events, like a fraternity gathering or a birthday party. There are a lot of commercial chains (McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Subway among them), but many are fast food—you won’t find a Chili’s or Applebee’s in Decorah. Furthermore, many students are forced to choose between Albert’s or the Oaks Steakhouse for a nice “date” dinner; other students simply view the lack of options as an opportunity for a road trip.
Many dining establishments in Decorah also have wonderful drinks, so it’s easy to get a great brew with your meal or a milkshake if you’re underage. The best part about the dining in Decorah is the price. Many restaurants student charges or run specials through the school to provide cheap eating for students. While you can’t always eat at every hour of the day, the timing and closing of most restaurants is reasonable enough to suit even the most late-night of munchies cravings. In other words, as long as you live a normal lifestyle, you can easily find a new favorite food in Decorah.