There really are a lot of places to eat off campus, even if you don't have a car or don't want to drive to Jackson or Marshall. Within walking distance, you can grab a burger or pizza at Cascarelli's and Charlie's. If you're in the mood for Mexican, there's Lopez Taco House. All of the places in downtown Albion have great prices and often specials for college students. Surprisingly, there's even a Subway. Farther into town, there's Frosty Dan's (a local favorite that's a must for ice cream lovers), Arby's, Burger King, KFC, and McDonald's.
The places to go in Jackson and Marshall are all pretty standard, with a few exceptions. Schuler's, also in Marshall, might be the sole place to take your parents when they come for a visit. Its food and unique atmosphere are worth the higher prices. Finally, in Jackson, Los Tres Amigos has great Mexican food for a great price, if you can make the trip out there.