Off-Campus Dining

Delaware, OH
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several local places that accept our campus card. Each semester we are given 100 off campus food points and some of the local places will accept those. Its really nice! There is a variety from pizza, to burgers, to coffee, to Mexican! There is also a local farmers market that accepts our points.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many places to eat

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The town of Delaware has a few food places that except our OWU swipe card. Because there are only a few places, the food options seem very repetitive and most students complain about this. Also, when using our food points for off-campus food we get charged a 10% fee so the students do not get a discount at all. I feel the university should talk to the owners of these places and get us a discount since the students are the people that buy from these restaurants the most.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The food is good but sometimes overpriced. Some of the restaurants have bad, slow service. We don't get student discount and only some places take off-campus food points, which we don't have many of anyways. The restaurants are all pretty close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are off-campus food points, yum! And if you run out of those most places, even the restaurants are low cost, so go out and enjoy yourself if you get tired of campus dining! Don't look to the fast food chains to quell your midnight rumblies, but look to the town diner instead (my favorite are the pancakes as big as your face for only 3$)!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 300th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 532nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Evan Matthew Reas
Economics/Management concentration
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Ohioans know how to eat well, and it shows, with very good restaurants scattered across the state and its cities. Delaware is no different and offers some good alternatives to eating on campus every day, and what you can't find in Delaware is only 30 minutes away in nearby Columbus. In walking distance, there is pretty much every type of fast food restaurant known to man, and many are open until 1 a.m. to satisfy students' hunger at any time. There are also the classic hometown restaurants that every OWU student needs to experience—notably Bun's and Hamburger Inn. These have all been around for many years in Delaware and exude the small-town atmosphere as soon as one walks in the door. The food is pretty good, although it can be pricey for the average college student.

A student favorite is Vaquero's, an authentic Mexican restaurant with live mariachi music and great margaritas. Some student organizations have even held events here. Numerous good dining options are available on the main street in Delaware, but once in a while, students really reward themselves with a trip to a more classy place in Columbus. Columbus has everything a food connoisseur could ask for, including a five-star restaurant and every type of cuisine imaginable.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Waffle House
Best Asian
Canton Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Hamburger Inn
Best Coffee
The Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge
Best Dessert
Rocky's Gourmet Italian Ice
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Hamburger Inn
Best Mexican
El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Amato's Woodfired Pizza
  • Donatos Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
1808 American Bistro
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Bun's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bob Evans Restaurant
  • Burger King
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Choffey's Coffee & Confections
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Matt's Famous Kabobs
  • McDonald's
  • Old Bag of Nails Pub
  • Opa Grill & Tavern
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
  • Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
  • Starbucks
  • United Dairy Farmers
  • Whit's Frozen Custard

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bueler's Food Market
800 W. Central Ave.
(740) 363-1933
Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
1840 Columbus Pike
(740) 363-4398
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

1808 American Bistro
Food: American
29 E. Winter St.
(740) 417-4373
Price: $15–$30
Amato's Woodfired Pizza
Food: Pizza
6 S. Sandusky St.
(740) 369-8797
Price: $8–$15
Asian Garden Buffet
Food: Asian
8633 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center
(740) 549-1888
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Full buffet and a Mongolian barbecue
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
475 N. Houk Road
(740) 363-9464
Price: $8–$15
Bun's Restaurant
Food: American
6 W. Winter St.
(740) 363-2867
Price: $10–$20
Canton Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
191 S. Sandusky St.
(740) 363-5034
Price: $5–$10
Chandra's Bistro
Food: American
10 N. Sandusky St.
(740) 362-9227
Price: $10–$25
Donatos Pizza
Food: Italian, pizza
122 S. Sandusky St.
(740) 362-0682
Price: $10–$20
El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
259 S. Sandusky St.
(740) 362-0919
Price: $8–$15
Hamburger Inn
Food: American
16 N. Sandusky St.
(740) 369-3850
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: The best spot in Delaware to catch up with local folks
The Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks, sweets
2 N. Sandusky St.
(740) 369-5282
Price: $3–$8
The Old Bag of Nails
Food: American
66 N. Sandusky St.
(740) 368-8083
Price: $8–$15
Red Rock Café
Food: American
837 N. Houk Road
(740) 369-3267
Price: $8–$15
Rocky's Gourmet Italian Ice
Food: Italian ice
120 W. William St.
(740) 362-8000
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Tons of amazing flavors
Food: Sandwiches
16 S. Sandusky St.
(740) 369-7827
Price: $3–$8
Waffle House
Food: American, breakfast
7163 State Route 36 West
(740) 368-8900
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 21 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 29 responses

  • 10% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 55% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 24% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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