Off-Campus Dining

Mankato, MN
Tuition (in-state)
$15,010 ($7,531)
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restaurants are located in a single area, so they are very easy to get to.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: All of the food is extremely unhealthy. Only a couple of places have limited choices for healthy food.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: We have what's called "U-Square" here at Mankato. It's right across the street from campus, has Chipotle, Noodles and Co., Leann Chin, Cold Stone Creamery, Weggy's (a local sandwich shop, great for breakfast), Berry Blends, Jimmy John's, and Boomtown (a local bar). On the other side of U-Square there is also a movie theater.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many options within close proximity

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of places off campus but a lot of it is places I've been to many times such as Buffalo wild wings. Which in a sense is good for me because I love buffalo wild wings.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 354th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1023rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Britt Johnson
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While some students prefer to eat in the cafeterias on campus or make their own food, many enjoy eating off campus, even if it’s only every once in a while. There are many restaurants right near campus; many are chain restaurants that are fast and cheap, but there are also some local spots too. Most restaurants around are also bars, so they stay open fairly late, though this means underage students may not be able to get in. However, if you eat at regular hours, there are many, many opportunities to get some amazing food. You'll find practically everything in Mankato and the other local towns: Chinese, Mongolian, pub food, fast food, coffee houses, Mexican, chain restaurants, local restaurants, and so much more.

There are several popular spots among the students. Cold Stone Creamery is always a favorite when craving ice cream, and it's right down the street. Tav on the Ave is another a popular place. However, practically anything that gets you away from the cafeteria is usually a good choice. Many students here also enjoy cooking and find it cheaper than anything else. There are many international students here, so finding someone cooking up some ethnic cuisine is not hard—as long as they're willing to share!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Asian
Chinese Buffet
Best Breakfast
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
Panera Bread
Best Late-Night
Tav on the Ave
Best Pizza
Toppers Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Buffalo Wild Wings
Food: American, wings
12 Civic Center Plaza
(507) 625-9464
Price: $8-$15
Chinese Buffet
Food: Chinese
1770 E. Madison Ave.
(507) 385-0858
Price: $5-$15
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
1600 Warren St.
(507) 344-8152
Price: $3-$8
Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop
Food: Sandwiches, soup
1780 Madison Ave.
(507) 385-1919
Price: $5-$10
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Food: American, pizza
330 Stadium Rd.
(507) 625-5225
Price: $10-$20
Jake's Stadium Pizza
Food: Pizza
330 Stadium Rd.
(507) 345-5420
Price: $10-$20
Panera Bread
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup
1901 E. Madison Ave.
(507) 387-7694
Price: $5-$10
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
1123 Range St.
(507) 345-5021
Price: $5-$15
Tav on the Ave
Food: American
1120 E. Madison Ave.
(507) 345-3308
Price: $5-$10
TGI Friday's
Food: American
1910 Premiere Dr.
(507) 625-8443
Price: $8-$15
Toppers Pizza
Food: Pizza
1101 S. Front St.
(507) 386-8282
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 39 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 51 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 33% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 18% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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