Off-Campus Dining

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of places that offer discounts

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food chains, but you get a few restaurants that are worth it.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of the dining options off campus that I've gone to are great. One of the sushi restaurants across the street became my favorite restaurant and there is a lot of variety from sushi to indian to subway to BBQ.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There's a huge variety of off-campus eating options available from fast food for late nights to upscale steak houses for date night.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I live at home so dining isn't really a problem for me. I either eat my mom's cooking or go out to a reasonably priced restaurant. High-end restaurants are usually further into Dallas or up north in Frisco. Bills range from $5-$15. Discounts are usually 10% off and there is a wide variety of food ranging from Indian to Greek to Japanese to Mexican and more.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 398th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
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Regarding off-campus dining, UT Dallas students face a pleasant dilemma—there are too many good restaurants from which to choose. Whatever you crave, there’s a good chance you can find it within a 10-mile radius. Restaurants vary upon ethnicity (Asian, Mexican, Italian, and American), price range (below $10 to more than $20), and specialty (fast food versus real food, breakfast versus dinner). The existing competition really benefits students: Asian restaurants always try to keep their prices low, while the more Westernized ones promote themselves through coupons and combo deals. That is not to say that quality is in any way compromised—quite the opposite actually, as each restaurant focuses on differentiating itself from its competitors. Take Vietnamese food, for example: La’me shines with its egg rolls; Bistro B cooks great rice and beef; and Pho Que Huong offers some of the best pho around.

Vegetarians won’t have a hard time finding a place to dine at because there are quality restaurants dedicated to veggie foods. Just one tip of advice: Don’t go to Vietnamese restaurants looking for vegetarian options. For those that prefer to cook their own meal, load up your grocery cart at local centers like Walmart, Target, or Tom Thumb. If you don’t mind driving a little, you can also check out more exotic markets nearby, such as Central Market, Saigon Mall, or Tian Tian Supermaket. The wide variety of goods and reasonable prices will most definitely be worth it.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Café Brazil (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • La'me
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
Café Brazil
Best Coffee
  • Café Brazil
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Braum's
  • Dairy Queen
Best Healthy
  • Souper Salad
  • Suma Veggie Café
Best Late-Night
  • Café Brazil
  • IHOP
Best Mexican
  • Chiloso Mexican Bistro
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Best Pizza
  • CiCi's Pizza
  • Schiano's Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Café Brazil
  • Siciliano's - A Taste of Italy
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Cheddar's Casual Café
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bambu Asian Cuisine
  • Bistro B
  • Carmine's Pizzeria
  • Chicken Express
  • Corner Bakery Café
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Domino's Pizza
  • El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Fuddruckers
  • Furr's Family Dining
  • Holy Frijoles
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Lover's Egg Roll
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Mama's Pizza
  • Masala Wok
  • McDonald's
  • Mi Cocina
  • Olive Oil's Pizzeria
  • Osaka Sushi
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pho Bac Restaurant
  • Pho Que Huong
  • Picasso's Pizza & Grill
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Schlotzsky's Deli
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Cabana
  • Taiwan Café
  • Tapioca Express
  • Tasty Egg Roll
  • Tokyo One Japanese Restaurant
  • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
  • Veggie Garden
  • Wendy's
  • Whataburger
  • Yogo Mom
  • Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant
Did You Know?
There are four times more restaurants per person in Dallas than in New York City.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bakkal Mart
1144 N. Plano Road
(972) 231-1677
Daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sprouts Farmers Market
1343 W. Campbell Road
(214) 442-5961
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
16731 Coit Road, Dallas
(214) 775-0206
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tom Thumb
39 Arapaho Village Road
(972) 235-3917
Daily 6 a.m.-1 a.m.
430 N. Coit Road
(972) 235-0681
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Dairy products
1260 W. Campbell Road
(972) 231-4791
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Very new and clean house. Top-notch ice cream.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
5000 Belt Line Road
(972) 701-9464
Price: $8-$15
Café Brazil
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, vegetarian
2071 N. Central Expressway
(972) 783-9011
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Strong coffee, well-known breakfast food
Cheddar's Casual Café
Food: American
12355 Greenville Ave.
(972) 235-5595
Price: $8-$15
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
16623 Coit Road
(972) 818-7473
Price: $8-$15
Chiloso Mexican Bistro
Food: Mexican
700 E. Campbell Road
(972) 231-3226
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good service, great dressings
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Fast food, Mexican
283 W. Campbell Road
(972) 907-1712
Price: $3-$8
CiCi's Pizza
Food: Pizza
635 W. Campbell Road
(972) 437-3482
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Inexpensive pizza
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
2425 K Ave., Plano
(972) 423-4509
Price: $3-$8
Food: American, breakfast
1010 S. Central Expressway
(972) 231-8622
Price: $8-$15
La Madeleine Country French Café
Food: Baked goods, salads, sandwiches
1320 W. Campbell Road
(972) 671-4887
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delicious tomato soup
Food: Vietnamese
9780 Walnut St., Dallas
(972) 669-8515
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delicious egg rolls
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Food: Mexican
1505 N. Central Expressway, Plano
(972) 372-0065
Price: $8-$15
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Asian
18323 Dallas Parkway
(972) 818-3336
Price: $10-$20
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Food: Fast food
7651 Campbell Road, Dallas
(972) 407-0007
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Amazing sauce
Schiano's Pizza
Food: Pizza
4011 E. Renner Road
(972) 808-9400
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Highly customizable toppings
Siciliano's - A Taste of Italy
Food: Italian
2210 W. Buckingham Road, Garland
(972) 276-8913
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Well-regarded Italian food
Souper Salad
Food: Salad, soup
1017 N. Central Expressway., Plano
(972) 422-7022
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Self-made, all-you-can-eat salad bar
Food: Coffee, tea
1930 N. Coit Road
(972) 889-3137
Price: $3-$8
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
429 Coit Road, Plano
(972) 758-2992
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Suma Veggie Café
Food: Asian, vegetarian
800 E. Arapaho Road
(972) 889-8598
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Vegetarian buffet

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 78 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 90 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 16% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 37% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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