Off-Campus Dining

Radford, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,160 ($8,590)
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The only problem I have with off-campus dining is that there are only a handful of sit down restaurants and a few late-night or quick options. I do wish they offered more student discounts rather than RU express because students who live off-campus usually eat off campus because it is cheaper than the ridiculously priced campus places. There isn't much variety unless you want to drive a few miles down the road for Cook Out and McDonald's. Costs aren't too bad, although it would always help for lower prices because we are poor college students. I think my favorite place to eat is River City Grill.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a lot of choices for off campus dining. Especially nutritional options such as vegan or gluten free. Many cheap and local options for college budgets.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food is pretty good. Especially BT's and Benny's.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its ok at night there really isnt anything open

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not too many options besides fast food


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 94th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1387th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerith Rae
South Africa
Business Management/Public Relations
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There are many options available to students who want to eat off campus, from chain restaurants to privately-owned, intimate dining experiences. The different styles and types of food off campus suit almost every taste. There are also several options of every variety of food, with prices and quality being very good.

While there are many old standbys, such as Macado's and Sonic, new restaurants are constantly springing up in Radford. Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizza has been a favorite for students to take a date and has been voted the No. 1 Italian restaurant in the New River Valley. Most restaurants in the area are within walking distance from campus, usually less than a mile. Others—such as Sonic, Sal's, and Hank's—are a bit farther, but easily accessible if you have time for a long walk, a bike ride, or a quick car trip. Prices are very reasonable, and often a student can spend less then $10 on a very satisfying meal.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • BT's Restaurant
  • Macado's
  • R & R Market & Snackbar Incorporated
  • Sonic Drive-In
24-Hour Dining
Sonic Drive-In
Best Asian
Panda Chinese
Best Breakfast
Joe's Diner
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Highlander Pizza
Best Mexican
Mi Puerto
Best Pizza
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Mike's Famous Pizza
Best Wings
  • Applebee's
  • Macado's
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Macado's
  • Sal's Italian Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Domino's Pizza
  • IHOP
  • Joe's Diner
  • Pinkberry
  • Sharkey's
  • Subway
Did You Know?
Students can put money onto their RU ID card with a program called RU Express. RU Express allows students to use their card like a debit card at a variety of different restaurants and stores within the area.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Lion
1200 Tyler Ave.
(540) 639-9725
Daily 7 a.m.–12 a.m.
7480 Lee Hwy, Fairlawn
(540) 639-0311
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.
Wade's Supermarket
401 W. Main St.
(540) 639-9233
7373 Peppers Ferry Blvd., Pearisburg
(540) 731-3378
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

BT's Restaurant
Food: American
218 Tyler Ave.
(540) 639-1282
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: BT's has a bar that's popular with Radford students.
Canton Restaurant
Food: Chinese
702 E. Main St.
(540) 639-2345
Price: $6–$15
Hank's Drive-In
Food: Burgers
7431 Lee Hwy.
(540) 731-1579
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: All burgers are made from scratch.
Highlander Pizza
Food: Pizza
700 E. Main St.
(540) 731-4444
Price: $10–$20
Food: Sandwiches
510 E. Main St.
(540) 731-4879
Price: $5–$10
Mi Puerto
Food: Mexican
1121 E. Main St.
(540) 731-1500
Price: $5–$10
Mike's Famous Pizza
Food: Italian, pizza
1023 Grove Ave.
(540) 731-0833
Price: $5–$10
Panda Chinese
Food: Chinese
7440 Lee Hwy
(540) 633-0322
Price: $10
R & R Market & Snackbar Incorporated
Food: Fast food
1611 Wadsworth St.
(540) 633-6636
Price: $5–$10
Riley's Main Street Lounge
Food: American
1033 E. Main St.
(540) 731-1796
Price: $5–$10
Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizza
Food: Italian
709 W. Main St.
(540) 639-9669
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Great place to take a date
Screamer's Sports Grill
Food: American, pub food
1003 E. Main St.
(540) 731-0700
Price: $5–$10
Sonic Drive-In
Food: American, fast food
113 First St.
(540) 639-2800
Price: $5–$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 49 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 59 responses

  • 31% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 25% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 8% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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