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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Despite my above ratings, I am satisfied with off-campus food. While there is a number of fast food restaurants (Dominos, Wendy's, McDonalds, Burger King, Uncle Sam's Pizza, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway, Chinese food, etc) there are a good number of mainstream restaurants (AppleBees for example) and there are a number of ethnic restaurants (Jamaican, Dominican, African, etc.)

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great places to eat in Worcester!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of delicious local places but they are either run-down and cheap or very up-scale and pricey--there's no in-between.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Love going off campus for dinner. Great prices at a lot of places too. $5 large pizza all day every day.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many restaurants you just have to be willing to take a walk


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Unlike the feelings about on-campus dining, Clarkies love the local Worcester restaurants around campus and all over Worcester. If there is a nationality whose food you like to eat, then you can definitely find it near Clark, probably within walking distance. On top of the closeness to campus, most of the restaurants in the area are right inside the budget of a college student. Some consider Worcester to have a better dining scene than Boston due to the amount of great food at low prices. Many students travel off campus very frequently to their favorite places instead of eating on campus, and still others continue to explore the area and constantly return with tales of new and delicious places.

Worcester is a breeding ground for locally-owned restaurants and chains alike. Because of so many hungry locals and students, prices are able to be kept very low for a pretty large amount of food. Heading farther from campus, like down Shrewsbury Street, prices begin to rise, but so does the quality of the dining experience. If you need a place to take your parents, then head out in that direction, and you'll be sure to spend 20 minutes driving up and down the street trying to decide which place looks the best.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Acoustic Java
  • Annie's Clark Brunch
  • The Boynton Restaurant
  • Da Lat Restaurant
  • Fantastic Pizza & Café
  • Maria's Kitchen
  • Moe's Burritos
  • Peppercorn's
  • Tortilla Sam's
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
  • Nancy Chang's
  • Park Chinese
Best Breakfast
Annie's Clark Brunch
Best Healthy
Tortilla Sam's
Best Pizza
Fantastic Pizza & Café
Best Wings
  • Cactus Pete's Roadside Grill
  • China Lantern
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Maxwell Silverman's Restaurant
  • The Sole Proprietor
Other Places to Check Out
  • Blue Jeans Pizza
  • Bocado Tapas Restaurant
  • Friendly's
  • House of India
  • Miss Worcester Diner
  • Pho Dakao
  • Tortilla Sam's
Did You Know?
Polar Beverages Inc. began in Worcester in 1882 and still has a working factory right near Clark! You can see a large polar bear waving at the highway from the roof of the building next to the College Square exit. Take a tour or hit them up for donations to your next party or campus event.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Big Y Foods
100 Mayfield St., Worcester
(508) 793-9011
Price Chopper
50 Cambridge St., Worcester
(508) 363-4870
Shaw's Supermarkets
68 Stafford St., Worcester
(508) 754-0876

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Acoustic Java
Food: American, coffeehouse
932a Main St., Worcester
(508) 756-9446
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open-mic night every Wednesday
Annie's Clark Brunch
Food: American diner
934 Main St., Worcester
(508) 756-1550
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Annie is the one calling everyone "honey."
Biagio's Grille
Food: Italian
257 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 756-7995
Price: $10-$15
Blue Jeans Pizza
Food: Pizza, pasta, wings, burgers
270 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 753-3777
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delicious broccoli and cheese poppers
Café Dolce
Food: Gourmet coffee and desserts
154 Shrewsbury St., Worcester
(508) 754-3761
Price: $3-$10
Cool Features: Coffees from around the world; alcohol served
China Lantern
Food: Chinese
930 Main St., Worcester
(508) 767-9995
Price: $5-$10
Da Lat Restaurant
Food: Vietnamese
425 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 753-6036
Price: $6-$12
Fantastic Pizza & Café
Food: Pizza, vegan, vegetarian
910 Main St., Worcester
(508) 798-5577
Price: $8-$12
Cool Features: Accepts campus flex dollars and delivers right to campus.
Food: Fast food
982 Grafton St., Worcester
(508) 757-0214
Price: $3-$8
Nancy Chang's
Food: Chinese
372 Chandler St., Worcester
(508) 752-8899
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Healthy Chinese cuisine; no MSG
One Love Café
Food: Jamaican
800 Main St., Worcester
(508) 753-8663
Price: $5-$10
Peppercorns Grille & Bar
Food: American
455 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 752-7711
Price: $10-$15
Sabor Tropical Restaurant
Food: Brazilian
75 Maywood St., Worcester
(508) 797-4716
Price: $8-$12
Food: Vietnamese
976 Main St. #B, Worcester
(508) 799-5250
Price: $5-$10
Sakura Tokyo
Food: Japanese steakhouse, hibachi grill, sushi
640 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 792-1078
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delivers to campus
Sole Proprietor
Food: Seafood
118 Highland St., Worcester
(508) 798-3474
Price: $15-$20
Thai Cha Da
Food: Thai
264 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 752-2211
Price: $10-$15
Tortilla Sam's
Food: Mexican, vegan, vegetarian, barbeque
107 Highland St., Worcester
(508) 756-7267
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: BYOB, but they card, so make sure you're 21.
Vinny T's of Boston
Food: Italian
7 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury
(508) 755-0900
Price: $20-$25

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 59 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 64 responses

  • 61% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 31% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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