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Off-Campus Dining

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cost usually is not an issue. Most places in town recognize that a lot of their business comes from the college students. Most places aren't very far from campus either. Discounts are offered at a few places. More discounts would be great! Some of the places to check out are Grace Asian and Julian's.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of good places to eat off campus. There is of course a large variety of fast food but there are some good local places to eat. Market House is fantastic especially for breakfast. Compadres is a great Mexican restaurant that many of the college students enjoy.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very limited options close to campus other than fast food

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: there's about one good restaurant, timber creek tap and table. The rest is mostly just fast food and chains. Though it's cheap, it's obviously not good. sometimes it beats Brooks, but it could be better, especially given the college students willingness to spend money on better options

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty good, but you need a car unless you want to go to the same 2 places every time

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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.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Asian
Yuen's Garden Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Pampered Palate
  • Pittsburgh Bagel & Coffee Co.
Best Coffee
Artist Cup Café
Best Dessert
  • Artist Cup Café
  • Creative Crust Bakery
  • Dairy Queen
  • Hank's Frozen Custard
Best Healthy
Pampered Palate
Best Late-Night
  • Artist Cup Café
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Mexican
Compadres
Best Pizza
Vocelli Pizza
Best Wings
Chippers Pub
Best Place to Take a Date
Julian's Bar & Grill
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Chovy's! Italian Casual
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Arby's
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Great Wall of China
  • Gringo Mexican Grill
  • Hoss's Steak and Sea House
  • KFC
  • Kings Family Restaurant
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Long John Silver's
  • McDonald's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza Villa
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse
  • Red Lobster
  • Reginella's Italian Restaurant
  • Taco Bell
Did You Know?
Saturday brunch at the Market House Grill can get you a large platter of pancakes or a giant omelet and coffee for about $5.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
18511 Smock Hwy
(814) 724-1119
www.gianteagle.com
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tops Friendly Market
144 Center St.
(814) 724-4025
www.topsmarket.com

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Artist Cup Café
Food: Coffee
231 Chestnut St.
(814) 337-8287
www.artistscupcafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free Wi-Fi
Bosco's Restaurant & Bar
Food: American
136 Lincoln Ave.
(814) 336-2007
Price: $5-$10
Casey's Ice Cream and Candies
Food: Ice cream, candy
16272 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 333-3769
Price: $3-$6
Chippers Pub
Food: Pub food
253 Chestnut St.
(814) 333-2122
Price: $10
Cool Features: Wings are $0.50 on certain nights.
Chovy's! Italian Casual
Food: Italian, American
18228 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 724-1286
www.chovysitaliancasual.com
Price: $10-$18
Cool Features: Wine and food pairing events
Compadres
Food: Mexican
16704 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 336-6633
www.compadres-restaurant.com
Price: $10-$13
Creative Crust Bakery
Food: Artisan bread, gourmet pastry, pizza, sandwiches, soup
217 Chestnut St.
(814) 336-2313
www.creativecrust.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Made by a family that bakes for Meadville, with local ingredients
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
18392 Conneaut Lake Road
(814) 333-6446
www.dairyqueen.com
Price: $3-$8
Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs
Food: Hot dogs
16306 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 724-2057
www.eddiesfootlong.com
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Only outdoor seating
Hank's Frozen Custard
Food: Custard
13940 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 382-0083
www.hanksfrozencustard.com
Price: $2-$4
Cool Features: Hank's has been around since 1952.
Imperial Chinese Buffet
Food: Chinese
18961 Park Avenue Plz
(814) 333-1000
Price: $5-$8
Julian's Bar & Grill
Food: American, café
299 Chestnut St.
(814) 337-8513
Price: $4-$8
Market House Grill
Food: Grill
910 Market St.
(814) 336-2056
Mickey's Central Fire Station
Food: American
875 Park Ave.
(814) 724-3646
Price: $10-$25
No. 1 China Buffet
Food: Chinese
961 Park Ave.
(814) 337-7509
Price: $5-$8
Pampered Palate
Food: Bistro
748 N. Main St.
(814) 337-2100
www.pamperedpalate.net
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Executive Chef was on the Northeast Regional Team for the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
18276 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 336-6000
www.perkinsrestaurant.com
Price: $6-$12
Cool Features: There's a rumor that this is the biggest Perkins in the United States.
Pittsburgh Bagel & Coffee Co.
Food: Bagels
955 Park Ave.
(814) 337-6800
Price: $5-$10
Safari Bar
Food: American
562 Park Ave. Ext.
(814) 333-2505
www.golfatsafari.com/restaurant/index.php
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Has a collection of exotic animals
Stacini's Restaurant & Lounge
Food: Italian
1081 S. Main St.
(814) 336-2245
Price: $8-$15
Valenza Restaurant
Food: Italian
11105 Perry Hwy/Route 19
(814) 724-1222
Price: $8-$15
Vocelli Pizza
Food: Pizza
991 Park Ave.
(814) 336-1114
www.vocellipizza.com
Price: $8-$15
Whole Darn Thing
Food: Subs
899 Market St.
(814) 724-5016
Price: $5-$8
Yuen's Garden Chinese Restaurant
Food: Asian
16039 Conneaut Lake Rd.
(814) 336-2228
Price: $10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 61 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 70 responses

  • 10% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 40% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.

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