Off-Campus Dining

Location
Kalamazoo, MI
Undergrads
16,303
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The better restaurants are downtown but you need a car to get there. The restaurants that are close to campus are your typical college restaurants; Wendy's, Pita Pit, Subway, a few Chinese places, and pizza joints. So the variety is there within walking distance for sure.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There should be more places that offer delivery and student discounts.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat! There is a variety of types, cost, and well known places. I do not know of many discounts other than Qdoba. I think Subway should have one.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of pizza places, ethnic cuisines, etc. all over the Kalamazoo/Portage area and students are able to access them on the Metro Transit bus system.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food at Western is not the best but it could be worse. There are options for those who are vegetarian and allergic to glucose and such. There are food that they serve all the time like pizza, fries, , cereal and salad are an option no matter what. The other food is changed but is always on the menu again. For example mac n' cheese is served every Monday and fish is served every Tuesday and so on and so forth. Also us students pay at least 2000 on room and bored but the food cost is the majority of that. I think that the food is way overpriced here for what they are serving us.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 874th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Hometown
Sterling Heights
Major
Creative Writing
Grad Year
2012
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There are plenty of places to enjoy a meal off campus for Western students. There is a great variety of restaurants in terms of food choices and ethnicities, including Chinese, Mexican, sushi, and even Ethiopian cuisine. Food off campus in the Kalamazoo area is reasonable, and many of these restaurants hold daily specials and discounted prices for students when they show their IDs. Some of these restaurants are fast and convenient, but others are sit-down and buffet style. Most portion sizes at these restaurants are considerably large, even with a student menu.

From breakfast to lunch to dinner, Kalamazoo has everything you can imagine in terms of dining. In the downtown area, there are many fine-dining establishments, as well as joints designed to be cheap and affordable for a college student's budget. Many of these restaurants are open very late, 2 a.m. or later, to cater to a college student's schedule.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
IHOP
Best Asian
  • Campus Kitchen
  • Sushiya
Best Breakfast
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Best Coffee
  • Biggby Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
University Roadhouse
Best Healthy
  • Crow's Nest Restaurant
  • The Pita Pit
Best Late-Night
  • Campus Kitchen
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Best Mexican
  • La Pinata
  • Taco Bob's
Best Pizza
  • Bilbo's Pizza
  • Papa John's Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Sushiya
  • Zazios
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Old Burdick's Bar & Grill
  • Olde Peninsula Brewpub
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • BD's Mongolian Barbeque
  • Bob Evans
  • Buddha's Belly
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
  • Casa Bolero
  • Checkers Drive-In Restaurant
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Comensoli's Italian Bistro & Bar
  • Coney Island
  • Dairy Queen
  • East Egg
  • Epic Bistro
  • Erbelli's Gourmet Pizza, Italian Bistro & Pub
  • Fandango Tapas Bistro
  • Fourth Coast Café
  • Fricano's
  • The Grotto at Capone's
  • Gumby's Pizza & Wings
  • Hunan Gardens
  • Jet's Pizza
  • King Wok Buffet
  • La Cantina Ristorante Italiano
  • Larue's Family Restaurant
  • Lenny's Sub Shop
  • Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant
  • MacKenzies' Bakery
  • Maggie's Campus Café
  • Main Street Pub
  • Menna's Joint
  • Noodles & Company
  • Panera Bread
  • Penn Station East Coast Subs
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • The Real Deal
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Rykse's Restaurant
  • Samuel Mancino's Italian
  • Sophia's House of Pancakes
  • Spice n Rice
  • Subway
  • Sweetwater's Donut Mill
  • Taco Bell
  • The Union
  • Waldo's Campus Tavern
  • Water Street Coffee Joint
  • Wings Etc.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Harding's Friendly Markets
412 Howard St.
(269) 349-9686
www.hardings.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Biggby Coffee
Food: Coffee, tea
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 387-0600
www.biggby.com
Price: $3-$8
Bilbo's Pizza in a Pan
Food: Pizza
3307 Stadium Drive
(269) 382-5544
www.bilbospizza.com
Price: $10-$20
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
3209 Stadium Drive
(269) 353-9464
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$15
Campus Kitchen
Food: American, Asian
909 S. Howard St.
(269) 552-9616
Price: $10-$15
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
816 S. Westnedge Ave.
(269) 978-0490
Price: $10-$15
IHOP
Food: American, breakfast
5325 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage
(269) 382-6750
www.ihop.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
2623 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 381-9400
www.jimmyjohns.com
Price: $3-$8
La Pinata
Food: Mexican
475 N. Drake Rd.
(269) 382-6642
Price: $10-$15
Old Burdick's Bar & Grill
Food: American
100 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 226-3192
www.oldburdicks.com
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: A half-off student menu is available Sundays and Wednesdays (with a student ID).
Olde Peninsula Brewpub
Food: Pub
200 E. Michigan Ave.
(269) 343-2739
oldepenkazoo.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Happy hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1710 W. Main St.
(269) 381-7272
www.papajohns.com
Price: $8-$15
The Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches
2913 Howard St.
(269) 343-7482
www.pitapitusa.com
Price: $3-$8
Starbucks
Food: Coffee, tea
4700 Stadium Drive
(269) 353-4368
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Sushiya
Food: Asian
242 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
(269) 342-7340
Price: $10-$20
Taco Bob's
Food: Mexican
826 S. Westnedge Ave.
(269) 978-0398
www.tacobobs.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There are coupons online.
University Roadhouse
Food: American
1332 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 345-7990
www.universityroadhouse.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: There's live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Zazios
Food: Italian
100 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 384-2650
www.zazios.com
Price: $10-$30

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 111 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 132 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 12% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 37% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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