Off-Campus Dining

Vermillion, SD
Tuition (in-state)
$9,650 ($7,704)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are way to many fast-food places and not a lot of healthy options around. I wish that would change.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the off campus options here. While I tend to eat at the same places, There are a lot of variety and the cost is pretty student friendly. I feel like restaurants could offer more student discounts. It would be nice to have a bigger chain restaurant in the area such as Perkins, Applebees, or Chilies. I really enjoy Cafe Brule, Chaes, Hy-Vee, and Mexico Viejo.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Options are great. A lot of choices to choose from

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few different options but u need to drive to them, they aren't within walking distance

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Variety is limited but there are quite a few places that are open 24 hours a day so that makes it better. There is a Walmart so we can always go there and get food. They don't really offer student discounts.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 553rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 874th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerry Hacecky
Journalism/Public Relations/English minor
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Vermillion is home to a variety of restaurants, and new ones seem to open yearly. Several students boast Pro's hot wings and Mister Smith's deli located inside Jones Food Center. Prices, just like menus at the restaurants, vary greatly, and students will find places offering a cheap, light bite and others offering a gourmet, expensive dinner. Many students don’t realize the number of restaurants located on the side streets in downtown Vermillion, where you'll find more locals than college students, but really good food. Also, be sure to check out Chae’s Chinese, expensive but delicious, and Mexico Viejo, reasonably priced with excellent salsa and chips. Another student favorite is located just east of town in Burbank. Called Whimp's Place, it offers an all-you-can-eat spaghetti night on Thursdays, offering a chance to get out of town.

Several of the restaurants and almost all the pizza parlors offer discounts, or a special with student IDs, including the popular $5 pizza at Domino's. Vermillion high school athletes also sell discount cards, called Tanager cards, which offer further deals around town. Be sure to also look out for food coupons in the University paper, The Volante.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Cherry Street Grille
  • McDonald's
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
  • Cherry Street Grille
  • Hy-Vee Kitchen
Best Coffee
Café Brule
Best Dessert
  • Café Brule
  • Dairy Queen
Best Healthy
  • Café Brule
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Domino's Pizza
  • McDonald's
Best Mexican
Mexico Viejo
Best Pizza
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Little Italy's
Best Wings
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pro's Bar & Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Café Brule
  • Red Steakhouse
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Mexico Viejo
  • Red Steakhouse
Other Places to Check Out
  • Asian Buffet
  • Raziel's
  • Silk Road
  • Whimp's Place

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

525 W. Cherry St.
(605) 624-5574
Daily 24 hours
Jones' Food Center
812 Cottage Ave.
(605) 624-2624
Daily 6 a.m.–11 p.m.
Walmart Supercenter
1207 Princeton Ave.
(605) 624-0215
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Burger King
Food: Fast food
707 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-7070
Price: $3–$8
Café Brule
Food: American, French
24 W. Main St.
(605) 624-2945
Price: $8–$15
Food: Chinese
8 W. Main St.
(605) 624-2294
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Lunch buffet
Cherry Street Grille
Food: American
1122 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-8879
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: There are 101 omelets.
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
905 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-4191
Price: $3–$8
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
702 N. University St.
(605) 624-5577
Price: $10–$20
Fox Pizza
Food: Pizza
1216 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-9100
Price: $10–$20
Hy-Vee Kitchen
Food: Chinese, homestyle ready-made pizza
525 W. Cherry St.
(605) 624-5574
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Cheap Sunday brunch
Little Italy's
Food: Italian, pizza
831 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-8000
Price: $8–$15
Main Street Pub
Food: American, bar food
11 W. Main St.
(605) 624-7670
Price: $5–$10
Food: Fast food
702 N. Dakota St.
(605) 624-4630
Price: $3–$8
Mexico Viejo
Food: Mexican
432 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-5102
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Homemade sangria
Mister Smith's Bakery & Café
Food: Baked goods, bread, sandwiches
812 Cottage St., Jones Food Center
(605) 624-2624
Price: $8–$15
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
928 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-5513
Price: $10–$20
Pro's Bar & Grill
Food: American, bar food
912 N. Dakota St.
(605) 624-2657
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: 25-cent hot wings on Wednesday nights
Recuerdo's Mexican Restaurante
Food: Mexican
112 E. Main St.
(605) 624-6445
Price: $8–$15
Red Steakhouse
Food: American
1 E. Main St.
(605) 624-0079
Price: $15–$30
Food: Pizza
2 W. Main St.
(605) 624-6757
Price: $8–$15
Food: Sandwiches
920 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-7827
Price: $3–$8
Taco John's
Food: Mexican, fast food
825 E. Cherry St.
(605) 624-9431
Price: $5–$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 25 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 28 responses

  • 11% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 50% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 25% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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