One cannot say enough about the endless dining opportunities Birmingham offers near Samford. Thanks to the mall that only requires a ten-minute walk (two minutes in a car), there are a variety of off-campus dining options nearby, including a delicious Chinese restaurant, Chick-Fil-A, Great American Cookie Company, Five Guys, Jason's Deli, and more. Down Highway 280, Samford students regularly flock to the tasty and affordable Yogurt Mountain, where one can make his own creation of frozen yogurt topped with whatever his heart desires. For the healthier type, Newk's, a great sandwich deli, is in the same shopping center, and Whole Foods is across the street. A little farther down 280 is the Summit, a very popular shopping center complete with a movie theater and several eateries. P.F. Chang's, Macaroni Grill, Cheesecake Factory, Johnny Rockets, and many others are in the area, where it's easy to stay the entire day.
Heading in the other direction out of Samford is Green Springs Highway, which also contains lots of choices. McDonald's, Sonic, Purple Onion, and Zaxby's Deli are definitely some Samford favorites. Across the street from and next to Wal-Mart (which is a short five-minute drive) lies IHOP, O'Charley's, Logan's Roadhouse, Mr. Wang's Restaurant, and Outback Steakhouse. On Highway 31, a ten-minute drive and in the same direction as Wal-Mart, there are yet more options such as Red Lobster, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and a good-quality ice cream place.