Off-Campus Dining

Blacksburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The local places in Blacksburg are great. If you get caught in the cycle of constantly eating out, you'll get tired of it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food places don't really give a discount.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were more varieties. Some Asian restaurants are expensive compare to other cities. There aren't really any student discounts offered on the places around campus.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food is honestly one of the best things about Virginia Tech, the dining halls are amazing and the restaurants downtown are equally as great. There are so many options and all are very affordable. Most fast food restaurants deliver until late hours of the night which is very convenient.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 92nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Toano, VA
Wildlife Science
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While on-campus dining has lots to offer, students like to go off campus from time to time to experience a little variety. Blacksburg is a small town, but it has a good number of different restaurants to choose from. Indian, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, burgers, and pizza are all within walking distance of the campus. There are a dozen or so fast food places, but most of the restaurants in town are locally owned and priced to fit within a college student’s budget. Cabo, Moe’s, and El Rodeo’s are all great choices for some delicious Mexican food. Gillie’s is a popular vegetarian, vegan, and seafood restaurant known for its breakfasts on the weekends. Poor Billy’s also offers seafood, and Big Al’s Grille & Sports Bar sits above it, in case you’d like to follow dinner with a beer.

Being a campus town, there are all kinds of pizza options. Chain pizza places like Dominos, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut are around, but students tend to gravitate more to the local pizza places—Backstreets Pizza, PK’s, and Anthony’s. Cheap but filling food can be found at Macado’s or Joe’s Diner. Joe’s is great for late-night eating, since it is open 24/7. Take a date or your family to Zeppoli’s, and enjoy some Italian food, or celebrate a good test grade with jumbo margaritas at El Rodeo’s. Other food favorites include Boudreaux’s, Mike’s, Sharkey’s, Five Guys, and the Homeplace.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen
  • Cabo Fish Taco
  • El Rodeo
  • Gillie's
  • Macado's
  • Mike's Grill
  • PK's
24-Hour Dining
Joe's Diner (Thursday-Saturday)
Best Asian
Chinese Kitchen
Best Breakfast
  • Gillie's
  • Joe's Diner
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Sharkey's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Macado's
  • Zeppoli's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Big Al's Grille & Sports Bar
  • Champ's Sports Bar
  • Domino's
  • Emilio's
  • Hokie House
  • More Than Coffee
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Papa John's
  • Pizza Hut
Did You Know?
  • During the annual International Street Festival, students and community members prepare delicious dishes from many different cultures.
  • The farmer's market sets up twice a week in downtown to sell fresh fruits and veggies.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Annie Kay's Whole Foods
1531 S. Main St.
(540) 552-6870
Food Lion
1413 N Main St.
(540) 552-1445
Food Lion
801 Hethwood Blvd.
(540) 951-1016
903 University City Blvd.
(540) 951-3045
1322 S Main St.
(540) 953-7004
Oasis World Market
1411 S Main St.
(540) 953-3950

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anthony's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1407 N. Main St.
(540) 552-3800
Price: $5-$10
Backstreets Restaurant
Food: Pizza, Italian
207 S. Main St.
(540) 953-0053
Price: $5-$15
Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen
Food: Cajun
205 N. Main St.
(540) 961-2330
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Rooftop seating area
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings, burgers, sandwiches
211 Prices Fork Rd.
(540) 552-9464
Price: $8-$15
Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill
Food: Mexican, seafood
117 S. Main St.
(540) 552-0950
Price: $8-$15
The Cellar
Food: Italian
302 N. Main St.
(540) 953-0651
Price: $5-$10
Chinese Kitchen
Food: Chinese
1409 N. Main St.
(540) 552-7110
Price: $5-$15
El Guadalupe's
Food: Mexican
1410 S. Main St.
(540) 953-0706
Price: $10-$15
El Rodeo
Food: Mexican
623 N. Main St.
(540) 552-7807
Price: $8-$15
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Food: Burgers
880 University City Blvd.
(540) 951-4899
Price: $5-$10
Food: Vegetarian, vegan, seafood
153 College Ave.
(540) 961-2703
Price: $10-$15
Homeplace Restaurant
Food: Home-cookin', chicken, BBQ, veggies, biscuits
4968 Catawba Valley Dr.
(540) 384-7252
Price: $10-$15
India Garden Restaurant
Food: Indian
210 Prices Fork Rd.
(540) 951-5100
Price: $5-$15
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
217 College Ave.
(540) 951-2100
Price: $5-$10
Joe's Diner
Food: Breakfast, burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches
221 N. Main St.
(540) 961-4194
Price: $5-$10
Food: Sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, soups
922 University City Blvd.
(540) 953-2700
Price: $5-$10
Mike's Grill
Food: Burgers
418 N. Main St.
(540) 951-7391
Price: $5-$10
Moe's Southwest Grill
Food: Mexican
239 N. Main St.
(540) 552-6220
Price: $5-$10
More Than Coffee
Food: Wraps, salads
235 N. Main St
(540) 552-9222
Price: $5-$10
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches
715 University City Blvd.
(540) 951-8650
Price: $5-$10
PK's Bar & Grill
Food: Pizza, wings
432 N. Main St.
(540) 552-3278
Price: $10-$15
Poor Billy's Seafood Restaurant
Food: Seafood
201 N. Main St.
(540) 951-2200
Price: $8-$15
River Mill Map Company
Food: Burgers, nachos, sandwiches
212 Draper Rd. SE
(540) 951-2483
Price: $5-$10
Food: Burgers
220 N. Main St.
(540) 552-2030
Price: $5-$10
Vincent's Ristorante
Food: Italian
1200 S. Main St.
(540) 552-9000
Price: $10-$15
Food: Italian, large wine selection
810 University City Blvd., Suite 22
(540) 953-2000
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Wine shop attached to the restaurant

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 148 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 175 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 46% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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