Off-Campus Dining

Slippery Rock, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$12,146 ($8,748)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In walking distance of the campus, there is only a Mcdonalds, Sheetz, and Subway. If you are fortunate enough to own a car and want to travel at least 15-20 minutes away, you will find other sit down restaurants and fast food chains

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Slippery Rock is a small town with a few good restaurants. The school is really good. The dining is good. Not a lot of choices for a college student off campus unless you want to go to a restaurant. You have to drive 20 mins. or more to find a fast food place. 30 mins. to a Chipotle. But, they do have a FroYo that is really good!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few places to choose from but they have great food!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several options for off-campus dining, however it is not always reasonable. Restaurants range from $$-$$$ in pricing. All restaurants are close by because it is a small town. Only one or two establishments allow student discounts. The best place to check out with out of town friends or family members is North Country Brewery.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are two "restaurants" that are within walking distance, both of which double as bars. The North Country Brewery has the best food, but it is often extremely crowded around dinner and on all weekends, and it's semi-pricey for college students. The Ginger Hill Tavern's food is okay, with specials for wings and other things throughout the week, but if you're not 21 or if you aren't looking for a place to drink and be around other people that are only there for the cheap drinks, this isn't the best destination. There's also a McDonald's and a Sheetz, with a few pizza places peppered in. Dining isn't extremely varied, but you learn to love all of it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 403rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1357th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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Slippery Rock, a typical, small college town, has a variety of off-campus restaurants that are tailored to the quintessential tight student budget. Driving through Slippery Rock, cheap meal deal advertisements grab you, from Camelot’s famous 99-cent breakfast to McDonald’s value meals. Most of the food in town is cheap, but with great deals, comes a lot of grease. On the other hand, Slippery Rock has been graced by Ginger Hill Tavern and the North Country Brewery, which are both great places to take a date, or persuade your parents to take you when they visit. Ginger Hill, a popular night spot, becomes packed with students after dark. Watch out, though, because once the nightlife begins, underagers are not allowed in. At the brewery, you can catch a live band and try the famous sampler of microbrews. For other family restaurants not doused in grease, students can go to Luigi’s Pizza House or travel to adjacent Butler or Grove City for Eat ‘n Park, Kings, or Perkins.

It is common to see Slippery Rock students walking around campus clad in green Bob’s Subs T-shirts. The fad advertises the sandwich shop, which serves up hot subs famous for the crusty, delictable bread and heavy mayo. Pizza shops, namely Coffaro’s and Dominos, thrive from student business. All pizza places, as well as En Lai, the local Chinese restaurant, deliver directly to on-campus residence halls. Overall, Slippery Rock food is far from international gourmet cuisine, but it's convenient to fit frugal student lifestyles.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Bob's Sub & Sandwich Shop
  • Ginger Hill Tavern, Restaurant & Pub
Best Asian
En Lai Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Camelot Restaurant
  • Family Tradition Restaurant
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Coffaro's Pizza
Best Wings
Ginger Hill Tavern, Restaurant & Pub
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Iron Bridge Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • Eat `n Park
  • Elephant & Castle
  • Kings
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Did You Know?
  • The name "Ginger Hill Tavern" derived from founder Stephen Cooper's alleged practice of coloring the tavern's watered-down whiskey with ginger.
  • Many students who stay on campus for the weekend take advantage of the 99 cent breakfast at Camelot's on Main Street. It's a great way to get a good breakfast and not break the bank! But you better get there early-on weekends, there's often a line out the door of people waiting for a table.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Country Corner Store
2678 William Flynn Hwy.
(724) 794-6892
Giant Eagle
Route 173, Box 200H
(724) 794-5040

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

B & J's Coney Island
Food: Hot dogs, grill
235 Kelly Blvd.
(724) 794-4899
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Six packs and 40 oz. beer options available!
Bob's Sub & Sandwich Shop
Food: Subs
252 S. Main St.
(724) 794-6799
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: The best sandwiches in town! There's also a bakery here.
Camelot Restaurant
Food: Breakfast, traditional dinner fare
101 S. Main St.
(724) 794-5005
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Home of the 99-cent breakfast, homemade lunch, and dinner specials.
Coffaro's Pizza
Food: Pizza
152 South Main St.
(401) 782-4578
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Has the best pizza in town!
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
1230 W. Park Rd.
(724) 794-5611
Price: $2-$5
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
149 N. Main St.
(724) 794-1599
Price: $8-$15
En Lai Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
118 New Castle St.
(724) 794-5100
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There's a $5.99 lunch buffet on weekdays.
Family Tradition Restaurant
Food: Homestyle food
531 S. Main St., Harrisville
(724) 735-2070
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Tremendous breakfast buffet, great wings.
Ginger Hill Tavern, Restaurant, & Pub
Food: American
278 S. Main St.
(724) 794-3504
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Live music and game nights, as well as drink specials.
Iron Bridge Inn
Food: Fine dining
1438 Perry Hwy., Mercer
(724) 748-3626
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Poached animal heads everywhere!
Food: Fast food
328 S. Main St.
(724) 794-3235
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Free apple pie giveaways right after close-if you know the right people.
Food: Subs, sandwiches
432 S. Main St., Slippery Rock
(724) 794-1212
Price: $4-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 63 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 80 responses

  • 21% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 12% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 56% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 10% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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