Off-Campus Dining

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Erie is actually pretty decent when it comes to food. Buffalo Road (<5 minutes from campus) has all your fast food joints: Mcdonald's, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, etc. If you want sit down restaurants head for Peach Street. You'll find Quaker Steak, Five Guys, Chipotle, Golden Corral, as well as the Millcreek Mall. As far as smaller non-chain restaurants there is Nunzi's (Italian), The Breakfast Place (self-explanatory), and others.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food choices on campus are up to par, so I would rather eat on campus. Less expansive too!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Chain fast food dining is the cheapest.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple of places to check out that very good. There is a lot of the usual fast foods and restaurants. There is also some local places that I haven't heard of that are very good. There are all kinds of cuisine. The prices are pretty good if you go to the right places, although I've never gone to a place where i thought was too expensive. There is also a couple places that include the students discounts but I'm not sure which of them have the discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are hundreds of options of restaurants to choose from in the Erie area. They are all decently priced and there is a wide variety of cuisine to choose from.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1203rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1232nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Off-campus dining near campus is great. Although Hungry Howie's is the only place that a student could reasonably walk, many places are within a short drive. There are three main areas where students can go to eat. Buffalo Road is about a five-minute drive and has places like Perkins, Applebee’s, El Canelo (a local Mexican favorite), Subway, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Sheetz, and many other restaurants. Peach Street, about 15 minutes off campus, has many more restaurants, including Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings, O'Charley's, Quaker Steak and Lube, Red Lobster, Smokey Bones, Applebee’s, and Boston's, among many others, including the Millcreek Mall food court. Finally, the tourist area near Presque Isle has many great places to eat. Students love to go to Sara's, a local favorite, for a quick bite or the fantastic ice cream. The tourist area may be a little more expensive but some local favorites are here.

Overall, off-campus dining is very good, reasonably priced, and convenient—as long a student has a way of getting there. But, it is almost never a problem since people are always going out to eat and asking if others want to go with them. For freshmen, it is very helpful to have a friend with a car since taking the bus is no treat and can get expensive. Since so many students at Behrend have a car on campus, it is not usually difficult to find a ride.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Golden Wok
Best Breakfast
The Pufferbelly Restaurant
Best Healthy
It's Greek to Me Café and Bakery
Best Mexican
El Canelo
Best Pizza
Lucchetti's Pizza
Best Wings
Jimmy Z's Time Out Tavern
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Little Caesars
  • Olive Garden
  • Papa John's
  • Smokey Bones
  • Steak and Shake
  • Subway
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
4500 Buffalo Rd.
(814) 899-5674
Daily 24 hours
1702 E. 38th St.
(814) 455-7482
Wal-Mart Supercenter
2711 Elm St.
(814) 459-3625
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Japanese
970 Millcreek Mall
(814) 868-7999
Price: $10-$25
El Canelo
Food: Mexican
2709 W. 12th St.
(814) 835-2290
Price: Less than $10
Golden Wok
Food: Chinese
3202 Pittsburgh Ave.
(814) 836-9657
Price: Less than $10
Hungry Howie's
Food: Pizza
5086 Station Rd.
(814) 899-4242
Price: Less than $10
It's Greek to Me Café and Bakery
Food: Greek
1017 State St.
(814) 454-0172
Price: Less than $10
Jimmy Z's Time Out Tavern
Food: Pub food, wings
3406 Buffalo Rd.
(814) 898-3880
Price: $5-$10
Lucchetti's Pizza
Food: Italian, pizza
1042 W. 26th St.
(814) 452-4413
Price: $5-$15
Food: American
2077 Interchange Rd.
(814) 464-2957
Price: $7-$15
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
4334 Buffalo Road
(814) 898-1212
Price: $8-$15
The Pufferbelly Restaurant
Food: American
414 French St.
(814) 454-1557
Price: $15-$24
Quaker Steak & Lube
Food: Wings
7851 Peach St.
(814) 864-WINGS
Price: Less than $10
Food: American
25 Peninsula Dr., Presque Isle
(814) 833-1957
Price: Less than $10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 35 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 39 responses

  • 13% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 59% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 23% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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