Off-Campus Dining

Location
Wheaton, IL
Undergrads
2,435
Tuition
$30,120
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: it could be a lot better

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The surrounding area includes a wide variety of fantastic places to eat.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Wheaton is very close (within easy walking distance) and has a number of different restaurants that students can try.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining option is great. They have food of high quality, and I am really enjoying meals at cafeteria.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town, the options are very wide. There are the traditional options of various pizza and fast food as well as more select and upscale restaurants which cover a wide varieties of tastes and ethnicity.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 84th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 632nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Debbie Knubley
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
English Lit with Writing Concentration
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Finding a quality meal off-campus is as simple as taking a five-minute stroll into downtown Wheaton and stopping in at one of the many various restaurants. If you have access to a car, your dining options are nearly limitless! And if you still want bigger and better things, a 45-minute train ride will take you to the smorgasbord that is Chicago. If you want to stay close to campus, you can take your pick from restaurants such as Chipotle, Mai Thai, Front Street Cantina, the parent-pleasing Romano's Macaroni Grill, or the legendary Los Burritos Tapatios. Naperville, a 15-minute drive away, is home to the popular burger joint Five Guys Burgers and Fries, as well as a series of higher-class dining options. For those of you looking for a place to take a date, Naperville restaurants are right next to a romantic riverwalk. If it’s an extra special occasion and you want to venture into the city, be sure to check out Giordano’s for some famous Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

College students typically don’t have a ton of extra cash lying around, especially considering the cost of maintaining a meal plan, so the frequency of off-campus dining is pretty low. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule that are worth noting. Denny’s is the favorite 24-hour restaurant for those who need to pull an all-night cram-fest and need pancakes and coffee to get through. La Spiaza is that one-of-a-kind coffee shop that has live music performances. Yo Yo Land is frozen yogurt heaven. And Los Burritos is THE late-night hangout for nearly every hungry Wheatie. Whether you’re looking for a midnight snack, craving that Ethiopian dish they don’t serve in SAGA, or eager to test your arteries with three inches of cheese, you won’t be disappointed. Unless you happen to get hungry around 10 p.m. and don’t want greasy fast food. Then you’re just out of luck.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • McDonald's
  • Wendy's
Best Asian
  • Benihana
  • Loung-Loi Restaurant
  • Mai Thai
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Corner Bakery Café
  • Egg Harbor Café
  • Egglectic Café
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • La Spiaza
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Suzette's Creperie
  • Tate's Old Fashioned Ice Cream
  • Yo Yo Land
Best Healthy
  • Panera Bread
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
Los Burritos Tapatios
Best Mexican
  • Cozymel's Mexican Grill
  • Front Street Cantina
  • Los Burritos Tapatios
Best Pizza
  • Gino's East
  • Giordano's
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • La Spiaza
  • Mesón Sabika
  • Tate's Old Fashioned Ice Cream
  • Yo Yo Land
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Bank Restaurant & Bar
  • BD's Mongolian Grill
  • Crosstown Pub & Grill
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Flat Top Grill
  • Genghis Grill
  • Grand Lux Café
  • Joy Yee Noodle
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
  • McDonald's
  • Qdoba
  • Seven Dwarfs Restaurant
  • Thai Spoon
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
Chicago is home to the world's largest cookie factory (Nabisco) and largest ice cream factory (Keebler).

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Dominick's
91 Danada Sq., East Wheaton
(630) 260-9944
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dominick's
560 Schmale Rd., Carol Stream
(630) 681-1587
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Jewel/Osco
559 East Roosevelt Road
(630) 858-9096
www.jewelosco.com
Mon-Fri: 6 a.m.-Midnight; Sat-Sun: 24 Hours
Jewel/Osco
2031 N. Main St., Wheaton
(630) 682-0220
www.jewelosco.com
5 a.m.-Midnight, 7 days a week
Jewel/Osco
30 Danada Square West
(630) 668-1172
www.jewelosco.com
24 Hours, 7 days a week

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amigos Pizza and Taco
Food: Mexican, pizza
325 S. Schmale Rd., Carol Stream
(630) 462-0660
Price: $8-$15
BD's Mongolian Barbecue
Food: Asian, barbecue, make your own stir-fry
221 S. Washington St., Napersville
(630) 428-0300
www.gomongo.com
Price: $10-$20
The Beijing Place
Food: Chinese
404 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn
(630) 469-1535
Price: $5-$10
Benihana
Food: Japanese
747 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard
(630) 571-4440
www.benihana.com
Price: $25-$40
Cool Features: Chefs cook and perform at table-side grills.
Brick House Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
16 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville
(630) 357-9200
Price: $5-$10
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, barbeque
149 N. York St., Elmhurst
(630) 832-2999
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$15
Caribou Coffee
Food: Coffee
390 W. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 221-0263
www.cariboucoffee.com
Price: $3-$8
Chipotle
Food: Mexican
811 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton
(630) 588-9728
Price: $5-$10
Corner Bakery Café
Food: Sandwiches
28258 Diehl Road, Warrenville
(630) 836-1689
www.cornerbakerycafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Cozymel's Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
311 E. Loop Road, Wheaton
(630) 871-1030
www.cozymels.com
Price: $8-$15
Denny's
Food: American diner
363 S. Schmale Rd., Carol Stream
(630) 653-8996
www.dennys.com
Price: $5-$10
Egg Harbor Café
Food: Breakfast
208 S. Hale St., Wheaton
(630) 221-0206
eggharborcafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Egglectic Café
Food: Breakfast
145 N. Hale St., Wheaton
(630) 690-9001
Price: $5-$10
Emilio's Tapas Restaurant
Food: Spanish
230 W. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 653-7177
www.emiliostapas.com
Price: $15-$20
Front Street Cantina
Food: Mexican
112 N. Hale St., Wheaton
(630) 668-2837
Price: $5-$10
Gino's East
Food: Pizza
315 W. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 871-8888
Price: $5-$10
Giordano's
Food: Pizza
455 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn
(630) 790-1717
www.giordanos.com
Price: $5-$10
Hard Rock Café
Food: American
63 W. Ontario St., Chicago
(312) 943-2252
www.hardrock.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Has store inside where you can buy merchandise
India Palace
Food: Indian
242 E. Geneva Rd., Wheaton
(630) 681-8002
Price: $8-$15
Jack Straw's Pizza
Food: Pizza
221 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton
(630) 668-2212
Price: $5-$10
La Spiaza
Food: Coffee
114 N. Main St., Wheaton
(630) 221-8772
Price: $3-$8
Los Burritos Tapatios
Food: Mexican
484 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn
(630) 942-9802
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Infamous late-night hangout for Wheaton students
Loung-Loi Restaurant
Food: Asian
110 N. Main St., Wheaton
(630) 653-8250
Price: $10-$20
Maggiano's Little Italy
Food: Italian cuisine
240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook
(630) 716-8300
www.maggianos.com
Price: $10-$15
Mai Thai Café
Food: Thai
140 N. Main St., Wheaton
(630) 510-3680
maithaicafe.webs.com
Price: $8-$15
Mesón Sabika
Food: Tapas
1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville
(630) 983-3000
www.mesonsabika.com
Price: $8-$15
Muldoon's
Food: Irish-American
133 W. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 668-8866
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Live music Wednesday through Saturday, karaoke on Thursdays
Noodles & Company
Food: American, Asian, Mediterranean, Thai
2019 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton
(630) 221-0011
www.noodles.com
Price: $8-$15
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian cuisine
1211 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove
(630) 852-4224
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10-$15
Outback Steakhouse
Food: American
50 E. Loop Rd., Wheaton
(630) 462-8850
www.outback.com
Price: $10-$20
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
2361 Fountain Square Dr., Lombard
(630) 652-9977
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $8-$15
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches and salads
25 Rice Lake Sq., Wheaton
(630) 653-7290
www.panerabread.com
Price: $4-$8
Potbelly Sandwich Works
Food: American, sandwiches
28361 Diehl Rd., Warrenville
(630) 821-7940
www.potbelly.com
Price: $5-$10
Quiznos
Food: American, sandwiches
116 N. Main St., Wheaton
(630) 933-8794
www.quiznos.com
Price: $5-$10
Rainforest Café
Food: American
605 N. Clark St., Chicago
(312) 787-1501
www.rainforestcafe.com
Price: $8-$15
Red Robin
Food: American, burgers, gourmet sandwiches
51 Town Sq., Wheaton
(630) 784-9055
www.redrobin.com
Price: $5-$10
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Food: Italian cuisine
21 Blanchard Cir., Wheaton
(630) 668-9366
www.macaronigrill.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Crayons are provided to draw on the table.
The Samba Room
Food: Cuban
22 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville
(630) 753-0985
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Latin rhythms play throughout the night
Starbucks
Food: Coffee
101 E. Front St.
(630) 784-1361
www.starbucks.com
Price: $5-$10
Subway
Food: Sandwiches
925 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton
(630) 260-8711
www.subway.com
Price: $3-$8
Suzette's Creperie
Food: French cuisine
211 W. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 597-0045
www.suzettescreperie.com
Price: $10-$15
Tate's Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
109 E. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 668-4434
www.tatesicecream.com
Price: $3-$8
Yo Yo Land
Food: Frozen yogurt
134 W. Front St., Wheaton
(630) 462-8600
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 31 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 48 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 44% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 56% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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