Off-Campus Dining

Location
Ripon, WI
Undergrads
921
Tuition
$30,110
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mainly fast food, although there are some very nice restaurants downtown that are exceptional in terms of taste and (occasionally cost) depending on where one goes.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few mom/pop type places but most tend to be fast food chains

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of chain store options along with a variety of mom and pop places. Eating in Ripon is not too bad!

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Very few dining locations are coupled with everything closing around 5pm. Thus it is very hard to eat off campus, whose food is horrible.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town, we do have some good options. The biggest issue is that many of them aren't open past ten, which doesn't always make them a good option for college students. The quality is good, just not the hours.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 822nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1146th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Amell
Hometown
New Richmond, WI
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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Despite the fact that Ripon is a relatively small and quiet place, there is a decent variety of food off campus. Some of the favorite places include a pizza place, a Mexican restaurant, a nice coffee shop, an amazing sandwich and soup shop, and a sub shop. This is just in the historic downtown area. There are other places to explore as well as a wealth of fast food joints. There is some Chinese food that can be ordered for take out, and the man who delivers Domino's Pizza is a frequent visitor to campus. There are also family-style restaurants that serve up a more traditional menu. In short, there are many places to try when it comes to eating out in Ripon.

Another plus to the small town is that everything is relatively nearby and definitely within walking distance. As far as prices go, there doesn't seem to be anything that is off-the-wall expensive or insane. There is one restaurant called America that is known for being a bit pricey, but it is a more upscale dining experience; students often make their parents take them there when they come to visit. Also, some places might have student discounts—so always ask. Overall, though, students don't eat out that often. For the most part, students stay on campus to eat. Even though most places are affordable, because students are in college, that translates into a lack of spending money. It basically comes down to the fact that students just can't afford to eat out on a regular basis. But when they do eat off campus, it's always a nice treat with yummy food!

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
China One
Best Breakfast
Kristina's Family Café
Best Coffee
  • Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
  • Mugs Coffeehouse
Best Dessert
Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Best Healthy
Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Best Late-Night
Domino's Pizza
Best Mexican
Dos Gringos
Best Pizza
Roadhouse Pizza
Best Wings
Pastimes Pub & Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Christiano's
  • Roadhouse Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Christano's
  • Roadhouse Pizza
Other Places to Check Out
  • A&W All-American Food
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Culver's
  • Kwik Trip
  • Miller's Tavern
  • Subway

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Pick'n Save
1188 W. Fond Du Lac St.
(920) 748-5498
www.picknsave.com
Daily 5 a.m.-12 a.m.
Save-A-Lot
111 E. Fond Du Lac St.
(920) 748-3086
www.save-a-lot.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

America
Food: Cuts of meat, pastas, and salads
333 Watson St.
(920) 748-3524 (FLAG)
www.americaripon.com
Price: $8-$15
China One
Food: Chinese
821 W. Fond Du Lac St.
(920) 748-6877
Price: $10-$15
Christiano's
Food: Italian
Highway 23, Green Lake
(920) 434-3200
www.christianospizza.com
Price: $10-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
120 Blackburn St.
(920) 748-7272
www.dominos.com
Price: $8-$15
Dos Gringos
Food: Mexican American cuisine
119 Watson St.
(920) 748-7700
www.dosgringosripon.com
Price: $10-$15
Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soups
221 Watson St.
(920) 748-5188
www.fatbruces.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Best sandwiches in Ripon!
Kristina's Family Café
Food: American
317 Watson St.
(920) 748-5890
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Amazing breakfast and wonderful service!
Mugs Coffeehouse
Food: Coffee
307 Watson St.
(920) 896-0550
www.riponmugs.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: They stay open pretty late for a coffee shop!
Pastimes Pub & Grill
Food: Pub
120 Scott St.
(920) 548-8222
pastimes.homestead.com
Price: $10-$15
Roadhouse Pizza
Food: Appetizers, bar, burgers, pizza
102 Watson St.
(920) 748-3322
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: They are very student friendly and hire lots of Ripon College students.
Watson Street Sub Shop
Food: Subs
314 Watson St.
(920) 748-7827 (SUBS)
watsonstreetsubs.com
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 23 responses

  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 39% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 9% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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