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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Delicious but not too many ethnic options.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some good restaurants like Basil's and Chapatis are nearby

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple good spots but nothing outstanding.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were just more restaurants. The ones available are great, but there's no really good pizza place, for example.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tokyo Grill is the best


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For a small town, Northfield has a good variety of restaurants. There are pizza places that all serve the same style pizza, so the prices are pretty low. Due to the large immigrant population, the Mexican cuisine is deliciously authentic and reasonably priced. El Tequila has revamped the restaurant to provide a comfortable eating environment. Las Delicias is a great place to grab a burrito, cream soda, and watch Telemundo soap operas. Just stay away from anything that has sausage. (They actually just cut up hot dogs and mix them with refried beans!)

Subway and Quizno's lose much of their business to the healthier, better tasting, and equally priced Hogan Brothers. Domino's Pizza has a difficult time competing with the family-owned pizza joints, but they do rake in sales with $6 pizza specials on Thursdays. The Carleton culture is so anti-McDonald's that you'll most likely be ostracized if you bring Big Macs onto campus. Taco Bell is always a Saturday afternoon hot spot, but their food pales in comparison to the abundant authentic Mexican cuisine. If you get tired of Northfield's options, there's a plethora of eclectic restaurants in the Twin Cities. If given the choice, you should explore the restaurants in St. Paul rather than Minneapolis, as St. Paul is 20 times easier to navigate than its twin city.

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Student Favorites
  • El Tequila
  • Hogan Brothers
  • J. Grundy's Ruebe 'N' Stein
  • Las Delicias
24-Hour Dining
In the Twin Cities
Best Asian
Mandarin Garden
Best Breakfast
The Tavern
Best Healthy
Best option in the area is to make it yourself
Best Pizza
Basil's Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Fermentations Wine Bar & Bistro
  • The Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Bill's Pizza Place
  • Blue Monday's
  • Contented Cow
  • Quarterback Club
Did You Know?
  • The Minnesota State Fair is famous for its food on a stick. Just about anything edible you can think of is tossed in the deep fryer and mounted to a popsicle stick. Yum!
  • Minnesota is a top producer of wild rice in the nation.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Cub Foods
2423 Highway 3
(507) 645-6887
601 Division St South
(507) 645-9514

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

B & L Pizza
Food: American, Italian
514 Division St. S., Northfield
(507) 663-0390
Price: $2-$10
Basil's Pizza
Food: American, Italian, Greek
301 Water St. S., Northfield
(507) 663-1248
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Best gyro pizza in town, and a jukebox provide for fun Friday night dinners
Big Bowl
Food: American, Asian
3669 Galleria, Edina
(952) 928-7888
Price: $8-$20
Cool Features: Make your own stir-fry bar, private rooms, family-style, healthy
Black Forest Inn
Food: German
1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis
(612) 872-0812
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Cozy atmosphere, vine-enclosed courtyard, authentic German meals and beer
Blue Nile Restaurant and Lounge
Food: African
2027 E. Franklin St., Minneapolis
(612) 338-3000
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Authentic food and drinks, beer and wine from around the world, daily happy hour, live music
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
14300 Burnhaven Dr., Burnsville
(952) 892-7272
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Homemade, family-style dinners to share, extensive wine list, award-winning meals
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Bar and grill
14658 Cedar Ave. S., Apple Valley
(952) 997-2271
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: Twelve signature sauces, sports bar, trivia games, daily specials
Food: Indian cuisine
214 Division St., Northfield
(507) 645-2462
Price: $8-$17
Cool Features: Traditional and original dishes, fresh herbs and spices from mild to extra hot, wine and beer list
El Tequila
Food: Mexican
951 Faribault Rd., Faribault
(507) 332-7490
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Take-out, lunch specials
Falafel King
Food: Middle Eastern
701 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
(612) 824-7887
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Daily specials, authentic dishes, handmade pita bread and sauces, take products home by the pound
Fermentations Wine Bar & Bistro
Food: Gourmet French
236 Railway St. N., Dundas
(507) 645-8345
Price: $10-$24
Cool Features: 50 different wines, changing menu, romantic atmosphere
George's Vineyard
Food: Italian and Greek
1160 S. Highway 3, Northfield
(507) 645-0100
Price: $5-$13
Cool Features: Specialty homemade pizzas, Greek wine and beer, take out and delivery, voted "Best Pizza" in Applause Magazine
Hogan Brothers
Food: Sandwiches, soups
415 Division St. S., Northfield
(507) 645-6653
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Has an open mic night once a week
It's Greek to Me
Food: Greek
626 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
(612) 825-9922
Price: $10-$19
Cool Features: Hearty portions, outdoor seating, vegetarian options, friendly and romantic atmosphere
J. Grundy's Rueb `N' Stein
Food: Bar and grill
503 Division St. S., Northfield
(507) 645-6691
Price: $8-$16
Cool Features: Great burgers, game room, trivia games, karaoke on Fridays, happy hour on weekdays, drink specials
King and I Thai
Food: Thai
1346 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 332-6928
Price: $10-$18
Cool Features: Handcrafted cocktails made with liqueurs and fresh ingredients, pick level of spiciness
Las Delicias
Food: Spanish
317 Division St. S., Northfield
(507) 664-0200
Price: $2-$10
Mandarin Garden
Food: Chinese
107 E. Fourth St., Northfield
(507) 645-7101
Price: $10-$20
Food: Japanese
30 N. First St., Minneapolis
(612) 333-8430
Price: $10-$23
Cool Features: Sushi bar, tons of martinis, huge sake menu, award-winning dishes
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar
Food: Chinese
2739 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 870-7084
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Round table dinner, hot and spicy dishes
The Tavern
Food: American
212 Division St., Northfield
(507) 663-0342
Price: $5-$15

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 48 responses

  • 29% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 52% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 12% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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