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Off-Campus Dining


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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We are starting to get more restaurants each month in the posh downtown area. It is a beautiful walk along the river to get there (though you can take other ways). There has been some issues with street verbal harassment in the area though. There are really only three places Bushall and Pecks (great, organic, local), Cafe Formage (some food, great cheese and deserts, great to do homework), and the new Lucy's Burgers (chick, new, great burgers). There are some amazing ice cream shops too.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some places are better than other, and the better places tend to require a car to get there.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are amazing.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good Mexican restaurants in Beloit and a few good places for breakfast and lunch. Bagels and More and Bushel and Peck's are my favorites. I also love Cafe Azteca and La Mexicana when I want Mexican food. We are also close to Rockford which has a lot of options if we are looking for something new

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Bushel n' Pecks is a great option for anyone interested in local/organic/vegan/vegetarian options! Complete with a grocery section and library, film projections, and trivia nights, this is a popular hub for students! A new Louisiana Barbecue restaurant just opened as well, they value good service, so they limit them serve four families at a time, so you have to make sure to get there early. There are also several authentic Mexican and Italian restaurants, as well as pizza and Chinese delivery!


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If you're the adventurous type with no fear of food poisoning or money wasting, I would recommend trying out the diners in the area. You may just luck out and find a hidden gem where some little old lady will cook you up the best cheeseburger and fries for no more than the $3 you have left over from the money your parents gave you the last time you saw them. Or you can take yourself over to Imperial Palace with the rest of the college crowd and bask in the eclectic mix of Asian surroundings and muzak while waiting for your tea to come. Beloit has all the fast food staples, a couple of brand-name diners, and lots of other not-so-sure places you can take your stomach to. Café Belwah is the only really nice place that's very close to campus. The atmosphere is quite pleasant, and the food is superb, especially after a couple months at Commons.

Beloit definitely loses points on lack of choices, but we've already established that the town is less than extraordinary, so it shouldn't come as any big surprise that the restaurant pickings are slim. Madison, Janesville, and Rockford have some pretty good places, though, and it might just be worth the trip to get off campus for an evening and eat a good meal. And you can take the leftovers home for the next time you feel like avoiding the dinner crowd on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Bagels & More
  • Domenico's Restaurant
  • Imperial Palace
  • Palermo Inn
  • Papa John's
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Imperial Palace
Best Breakfast
Brunch at Commons
Best Healthy
Bagels & More
Best Pizza
Papa John's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Café Belwah
  • Domenico's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • El Duranganese
  • Fazoli's
  • India House
  • Riverside Diner
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Suds O'Hanahan's
Did You Know?
Alvarez is technically in "no man's land," lost between the sign that says "You are now leaving Wisconsin" and the one that says "Welcome to Illinois."

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Cub Foods
20 Park Ave.
(608) 365-1299
Keeler Grocery
1303 Keeler Ave.
(608) 365-6606
Wal Mart
2785 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 362-7794

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Mexican
129 Blackhawk Blvd.
(815) 389-4533
Price: $6-$10
Anna Maria's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
823 Gardner St.
(815) 389-2645
Price: $5-$10
Food: American
2680 Cranston Rd.
(608) 365-9156
Food: Roast beef sandwiches, fast food
2900 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 365-5757
Price: $3-$6
Asia Buffet Restaurant
Food: Buffet-style Chinese
2787 Milwaukee Rd #E
(608) 299-0086
Price: $6-$9
Bagels & More
Food: Bagels, sandwiches, salads
324 State St.
(608) 363-1850
Price: $1-$6
Beloit Family Restaurant & Pancake House
Food: American, breakfast
2780 Prairie Ave.
(608) 363-8555
Price: $4-$8
Burger King
Food: Fast food
1450 Fourth St.
(608) 362-0390
Price: $3-$6
Café Belwah
Food: Upscale American
500 Pleasant St.
(608) 363-1110
Price: $8-$45
The Captain's Galley
Food: Deli
305 Oak Grove Ave.
(815) 389-4592
Price: $3-$7
Food: Varied
Ramada Inn, Hwy. 51 & IL 75
(815) 389-3481
Price: $10-$15
Country Kitchen of Beloit
Food: Homestyle
2956 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 362-0777
Price: $5-$10
Culvers of Beloit
Food: Burgers, salads, soup
2676 Cranston Rd.
(608) 365-4400
Price: $2-$7
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream, fast food
1434 Cranston Rd.
(608) 365-4077
Price: $2-$7
Denali's Food & Spirits
Food: Seafood, pasta, steak
443 E. Grand Ave.
(608) 362-5522
Price: $8-$15
Di Sicilian
Food: Italian
1910 Shopiere Rd.
(608) 362-2700
Price: $5-$20
Dog World
Food: Hot dogs
1063 Fourth St.
(608) 363-0990
Price: $2-$5
Domenico's Restaurant
Food: Italian
547 E. Grand Ave.
(608) 365-9480
Price: $6-$17
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2636 Prairie Ave.
(608) 299-3333
Price: $5-$10
D's Snack Shop
Food: Breakfast, burgers, soup
949 Brooks St.
(608) 365-1626
Price: $4-$6
El Jardin Restaurant
Food: Authentic Mexican
2533 Center Ave.
(608) 741-8917
Price: $10-$15
Flying J Country Market Restaurant
Food: American, buffet
16049 Willowbrook Rd.
(815) 389-4744
Price: $5-$10
Gun Club
Food: Steak, seafood
1122 E. Colley Rd.
(608) 362-9900
Price: $15-$40
Gyro House
Food: Gyros
611 Portland Ave.
(608) 361-1152
Price: $3-$5
Hansons Tavern
Food: American, pub
615 Cranston Rd.
(608) 362-8559
Price: $5-$10
Happy Wok
Food: Chinese
1802 Harrison Ave.
(608) 361-9999
Price: $5-$10
Imperial Palace
Food: Chinese
302 S. Park Ave.
(815) 389-8844
Price: $6-$10
Jersey's Bar & Grill
Food: Grill, fried
2750 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 362-8180
Price: $7-$12
Food: Fried chicken
204 Park Ave.
(608) 362-2323
Price: $2-$8
La Casa Grande
Food: Mexican
614 Fourth St.
(608) 361-0011
Price: $6-$10
Mary's Place
Food: Homestyle
1344 Gardner St.
(815) 389-2120
Price: $3-$6
Max's Restaurant
Food: American, BBQ
1055 Gardner St.
(815) 389-0529
Price: $7-$13
Food: Burgers, fast food
1443 Madison Rd.
(608) 362-8718
Price: $2-$6
Old Fashion Bake Shop
Food: Sandwiches, salads
1255 Park Ave.
(608) 365-6461
Price: $3-$7
Palermo Inn
Food: Italian
2791 Milwaukee Rd.
(815) 389-3043
Price: $5-$10
Papa John's
Food: Pizza
326 Blackhawk Blvd.
(815) 389-7272
Price: $5-$10
Papa Murphy's
Food: Pizza
2787 Milwaukee Ave.
(608) 299-1800
Price: $5-$10
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
2747 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 363-7777
Price: $7-$12
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
2787 Prairie Ave.
(608) 365-4221
Price: $5-$10
Prime Time Pizza
Food: Pizza
1753 Park Ave.
(608) 363-7555
Price: $4-$10
Food: Mexican, steak
907 Bayliss Ave.
(608) 299-0036
Price: $6-$12
Food: Deli, salads
260 Shirland Ave.
(608) 365-9399
Price: $3-$7
Taco Bell
Food: Fast-food Mexican
1841 Riverside Dr.
(608) 364-0707
Price: $2-$6
Taco John's
Food: Fast Mexican
147 Liberty Ave.
(608) 365-7055
Price: $2-$5
Tilley's Pizza House & Bar
Food: Pizza
902 Fourth St.
(608) 362-0241
Price: $6-$12
Turtle Creek Book Store
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads
444 E. Grand Ave.
(608) 363-2375
Price: $3-$7
Vince's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
1050 Hackett St.
(608) 362-7258
Price: $5-$10
Food: Burgers, fast food
2800 Milwaukee Rd.
(608) 365-3679
Price: $2-$6
Westside Family Restaurant
Food: Homestyle
530 W. Grand Ave.
(608) 365-4949
Price: $5-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 38 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 44 responses

  • 2% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 32% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 18% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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