Off-Campus Dining

Tuition (in-state)
$21,302 ($14,240)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Penn State
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you travel, you get more variety. Close off-campus options are so-so.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: You'll find the typical fast food joints that are in any other town. They get very boring after awhile. However if you are able to find a way to travel a bit farther you can find more great options.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many food options close to campus

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a good number of fast-food places. Not too many restaurants and they do not offer student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: because of the college i go to and where it is located we do have a few options for us to choose from and in terms of price i think its great because all we need to do is add lion cash to our ids at school and any place be it fast food or regular restaurants or even grocery stores we can decide to use our lion cash and its an automatic 10% discount from the original price. so i would say it does help instead of having to pay full cost for the meal plan which is restricted to only campus food . the best places to check out with be the pizza places ( pizza hut etc) chinese food and various fast food places ( mac donalds, sheetz ) the do have great choices for college students not looking to spend that much money.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 783rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1164th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Dumfries, Va.
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The city of Altoona has a plethora of places to get great food from many different regions and countries, and many of these options are near campus. The closest places to the University are Mama Randazzo's Pizzeria, McDonald's, Great China, Subway, Tandoor King, Sheetz, Dominic's of New York, and Pizza Hut/Wing Street; all are only about an eight-minute walk from campus. Most restaurants are generally located on or slightly off "The Strip," aka Logan Valley Boulevard. The options nearest to campus are probably best described as typical college student food, and most of the large chain restaurants that many people recognize are also in Altoona.

If you prefer to buy your own groceries, Martin's is a grocery store near campus. Plus, it caters to students by accepting LionCash for groceries. For students without cars, the bus system is a great asset because it makes a number of trips to the grocery store almost every day of the week. When it comes to the prices of dining off campus, the cost at non-franchise restaurants is drastically cheaper in Altoona when compared to bigger cities.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Eat 'n Park
Best Asian
Sakura Japanese Steakhouse
Best Breakfast
Tom and Joe's Diner
Best Coffee
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble
Best Dessert
Gardners Candies
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Best Mexican
El Campesino
Best Pizza
Mama Randazzo's
Best Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Finelli's Italian Villa
  • Red Lobster
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Denny's
  • Hooters
  • McDonald's
  • Original Italian Pizza
  • Panera Bread
  • Red Lobster
  • Sheetz
  • Starbucks
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
There are more than 100 restaurants to choose from in Altoona, but some of the best are hard to find.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

200 E. Chestnut Ave.
(814) 940-2550
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: Southwestern
1576 Osgood Dr.
(814) 943-5782
Price: $8-$15
Dominic's of New York
Food: Subs
416 E. 25th Ave.
(814) 944-4290
Price: $6-$9
Cool Features: It's a kiosk, but there is outside seating.
Eat 'n Park
Food: American
Plank Road and Orchard Lane
(814) 943-4070
Price: $7-$15
El Campesino
Food: Mexican
101 Park Hills Plaza
(814) 944-3121
Price: $5-$15
Finelli's Italian Villa
Food: Italian
1808 4th Ave.
(814) 943-8510
Price: $9-$15
Gardners Candies
Food: Candy
Logan Valley Mall
(814) 944-5725
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: There's another location in Logan Town Centre.
Great China Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
525 E. 25th Ave.
(814) 941-8780
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There's a buffet.
Hoss's Fresh Food Outlet
Food: Buffet
1401 2nd Ave.
(814) 695-1436
Price: $10-$20
Mama Randazzo's
Food: Italian, pizza
1600 Broadway
(814) 943-9011
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: Really close to campus; huge strombolis.
Milillo's Pizza and Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian, pizza
182 Falon Ln.
(814) 944-6240
Price: $7-$12
Cool Features: Delicious homemade bread.
Pan Asia Noodles and Restaurant
Food: Chinese
415 Orchard Ave.
(814) 201-2072
Price: $5-$9
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
3300 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
(814) 941-2100
Price: $7-$15
Food: Mediterranean
1302 Logan Blvd.
(814) 946-8811
Price: $6-$12
Cool Features: They sometimes have coupons for student discounts on the website.
Sakura Japanese Steakhouse
Food: Japanese
415 Orchard Ave.
(814) 941-8588
Price: $12-$24
Cool Features: Hibachi/teppanyaki grill means you get entertainment with your food.
Food: Sandwiches
501 E. 25th Ave.
(814) 949-8839
Price: $3-$7
Cool Features: Very close to campus.
Tandoor King
Food: Indian
519 E. 25th Ave.
(814) 941-5464
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Bollywood movies play while you eat.
Tom and Joe's Diner
Food: Diner
1201 13th Ave.
(814) 943-3423
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Cheap prices and great people.
Food: Chinese, Japanese
601 Logan Blvd.
(814) 942-3322
Price: $8-$14
Cool Features: Sushi bar.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 31 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 34 responses

  • 12% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 12% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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