For a small town, Meadville has many off-campus eating options, with every kind of fast food imaginable and chain restaurants ranging from Perkins to Red Lobster. Then, there are the real cornerstones of any Meadvillian dining experience—the independently-owned-and-operated restaurants. Restaurants like Compadres, Julian’s, the Whole Darn Thing Sub Shop, and the Creative Crust Bakery are by far the best eateries in town, and they are surprisingly cheap, especially compared to the on-campus food options. On top of the cheaper prices, many local restaurants offer Allegheny students a 10-percent discount. Students that never go off campus will miss out on these treasures.
Compadres is the only Mexican food in town, but it is incredibly authentic. The Artist Cup Café is a popular place to study and catch a live band or poetry reading. There are no Indian, Thai, French, or other foreign restaurants in town, which can be disappointing. This causes a lot of students to drive to Erie to find food that’s unavailable in Meadville. In general, though, dining in Meadville is a really positive experience.