Off-Campus Dining

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is kind of limited, given that Kalamazoo is a pretty small city. We have normal things like Apple Bees and Qdoba. The cost of these restaurants are the same as anywhere, so it isn't too expensive to eat out once in a while. Still. most places are easy to get to because everything is fairly close to campus. Student discounts vary from place to place. Some places have great discounts; others, not so much. I think the best place to visit is probably University Roadhouse. That's my favorite.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's michigan. Don't expect the best food. But there are some amazing breweries sprouting up and serving up some great dishes!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Kalamazoo is an ethnically diverse city with the same perks of living in a big city without the crowds. WMU has so many restaurant options with convenient locations and reasonable prices.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: off campus dinning is good for the most part would love a little more variety but its not too bad!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: between downtown, around campus and in portage there are tons of options to choose from


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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
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
Grad Year
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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
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
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Biggby Coffee
Food: Coffee, tea
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 387-0600
Price: $3-$8
Bilbo's Pizza in a Pan
Food: Pizza
3307 Stadium Drive
(269) 382-5544
Price: $10-$20
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
3209 Stadium Drive
(269) 353-9464
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
Food: American, breakfast
5325 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage
(269) 382-6750
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
2623 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 381-9400
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
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
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
Price: $8-$15
The Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches
2913 Howard St.
(269) 343-7482
Price: $3-$8
Food: Coffee, tea
4700 Stadium Drive
(269) 353-4368
Price: $3-$8
Food: Asian
242 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
(269) 342-7340
Price: $10-$20
Taco Bob's
Food: Mexican
826 S. Westnedge Ave.
(269) 978-0398
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There are coupons online.
University Roadhouse
Food: American
1332 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 345-7990
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: There's live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Food: Italian
100 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 384-2650
Price: $10-$30

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 132 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 151 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 11% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 39% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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