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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is reasonable but the off campus food options are a pretty far walk away. The variety is good because there are popular food chains north of campus and local places to the south of campus. The best places are Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, Broken Rocks, First Amendment, and Muddy Waters.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown, you will find a number of local restaurants and cafes that offer high quality food in a great atmosphere. Students often go downtown to visit these places. "Uptown" you will find a lot of chain restaurants and a Walmart. Students often go there as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A good mix of fast food and mom and pop places.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A few really nice restaurants, a few okay ones, and a handful of chains. Could have more ethnic foods, or change up the menus, or something, but not bad for the size of the town.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I absolutely love the off campus food options, but you basically have to have access to a car if you want to eat it. It's super tasty though.


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What Wooster lacks in attractions and entertainment, it makes up for in its restaurant selection. For a small town, there is a large number of places to choose from to eat at off campus. Uptown includes larger commercial chains with familiar favorites like Panera, Chipotle, Little Caesars, Applebee’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Students venture downtown for some of Wooster’s charming family-owned restaurants and small unique chains such as Matsos Family Restaurant, Broken Rock’s, and the Olde Jaol Brewing Company. And there are also plenty of fast food restaurants for students who want to grab a quick bite to eat or snack on something late at night.

Although students aren’t happy with the ethnic food options around Wooster—wishing that there were more authentic Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and Mediterranean options—most agree that the steady development in the city of Wooster is a step in the right direction. Several restaurants, including Zen Restaurant and Lounge, Spoon Market, Panera, and Chipotle have all been built in the past few years.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
  • Hop Hing Chinese Restaurant
  • Wild Ginger China Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Farmer Boy Restaurant
  • Muddy Waters Café
  • Parlor Restaurant
Best Coffee
  • Muddy Waters Café
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Broken Rocks Café & Bakery
  • Hartzler Family Dairy
Best Healthy
  • Local Roots Market & Café
  • South Market Bistro
  • Spoon Market
Best Late-Night
  • CW Burgerstein Sandwich Works
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Taco Bell
Best Mexican
El Campesino
Best Pizza
  • Coccia House
  • KD Allegro Pizzeria
  • Papa John's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • CW Burgerstein Sandwich Works
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Broken Rocks Café & Bakery
  • Olde Jaol Restaurant & Tavern
  • South Market Bistro
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Broken Rocks Café & Bakery
  • Olde Jaol Restaurant & Tavern
  • The Wooster Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Bake Haus
  • Bob Evans
  • China Garden
  • Cici's Pizza
  • Donato's Pizza
  • El Rancho Grande
  • Faithful Little Cupcake
  • Hong Kong Buffet
  • Jake's Steak House
  • Kate's Treats & Eats
  • McDonald's
  • Mom's Deli & Grill
  • Murphy's Market Grill
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Subway
  • Tulipan Hungarian Pastry & Coffee Shop
  • Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill & Margarita Bar
  • Woo's Brews Café & Coffee House
Did You Know?
Some restaurants give a discount to College of Wooster students, so always check the menu for details and be sure to have your COW Card ready!

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

2249 Akron Rd.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Buehler's - Milltown
3540 Burbank Rd.
(330) 345-5908
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Buehler's - Towne Market
336 N. Market St.
(330) 264-9900
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Discount Drug Mart
625 Beall Ave.
(330) 264-8404
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
1945 Cleveland Rd.
(330) 202-9084
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wooster Natural Foods
138 E Liberty St.
(330) 264-9797
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Amish Door
Food: Amish, American
1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot
(888) 264-7636
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: B&B and a restaurant; includes homestyle meals and a great Sunday brunch bar!
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
Food: American
3989 Burbank Road
(330) 345-8900
Price: $8-$15
Broken Rocks Café & Bakery
Food: American
123 E. Liberty St.
(330) 263-2949
Price: $8-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
4122 Burbank Road
(330) 264-2299
Price: $8-$15
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
4124 Burbank Road
(330) 345-1193
Price: $3-$8
The City Square Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
148 S. Market St.
(330) 262-2489
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: As a traditional Chicago-style steakhouse experience, City Square is known as the place to go for fine dining in Wooster. It features steaks, burgers, seafood, sides, and desserts.
Coccia House
Food: Italian, American
764 Pittsburg Ave.
(330) 262-7136
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Legendary pizza and a full service bar. Keep in mind that they only accept cash and checks.
CW Burgerstein Sandwich Works
Food: American
359 W. Liberty St.
(330) 264-6263
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: CW's is one in a trio of attached restaurants, all with a slightly different atmosphere. CW's has a casual-dining feel in a pub setting. Its menu promises the best wings in Wooster, gourmet burgers, a wide selection of specialty sandwiches, and drinks.
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
132 W. Milltown Road
(330) 264-9800
Price: $8-$15
El Campesino
Food: Mexican
177 W. Milltown Road
(330) 345-6263
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Inexpensive, tasty Mexican food served quickly. "El Camps" is famous at the College for its Wednesday night $2 margarita special.
Farmer Boy Restaurant
Food: American
2558 Cleveland Road
(330) 345-7799
Price: $8-$15
Hartzler Family Dairy
Food: Ice cream
5454 Cleveland Road
(330) 345-8190
Price: $5-$10
Hop Hing Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1805 Beall Ave.
(330) 263-4500
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Does not deliver, but all takeout orders are ready in about 10 minutes.
KD Allegro Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
602 E. Bowman St.
(330) 264-7144
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Free, fast delivery. KD has a ton of specials for students and a menu that also includes subs, wings, salads, and desserts.
Little Caesars Pizza
Food: Pizza
1797 Portage Road
(330) 262-2824
Price: $8-$15
Local Roots Market & Café
Food: American
140 S. Walnut St.
(330) 263-5336
Price: $5-$10
Matsos Family Restaurant
Food: Greek/Italian
154 W. Liberty St.
(330) 264-8800
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Great atmosphere and the owner always comes out to greet all of his customers. The menu is extensive, even including items like spaghetti pizza! And of course, Matsos' homemade Greek dressing is always for sale.
Melvin's Brick Oven & Bakery
Food: American
359 W. Liberty St.
(330) 264-6263
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Melvin's is one in a trio of attached restaurants, each with a different atmosphere. Melvin's offers casual dining in a bistro setting with a patio available when weather permits. Melvin's is known for its wood-burning brick oven, too.
Muddy Waters Café & Grill
Food: Coffee, desserts
116 E. Liberty St.
(330) 264-2604
Price: $3-$8
Olde Jaol Restaurant & Tavern
Food: American
215 N. Walnut St.
(330) 262-3333
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Indoor and outdoor options, a full tavern, converted from a real jail
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches
3934 Burbank Raod
(330) 345-8080
Price: $3-$8
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1677 Beall Ave.
(330) 263-7272
Price: $10-$20
Parlor Restaurant
Food: American, breakfast
203 W. Liberty St.
(330) 262-4971
Price: $5-$10
The Shack
Food: Breakfast, American
437 E. Pine St.
(330) 262-9665
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A traditional Wooster hangout, The Shack has great breakfast options, an outdoor patio, and often has live music in the afternoon.
South Market Bistro
Food: French-American
151 S. Market St.
(330) 264-3663
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Casual-dining atmosphere with a French feel, the Bistro uses local farmers to get the organic produce it uses in its dishes.
Spoon Market
Food: Deli/Cafe
147 Market St.
(330) 262-0880
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Spoon Market features fresh deli sandwiches, beverages, and a full-service bakery. They also have a butcher shop where you can have your meat hand cut.
Food: Coffee, tea
3872 Burbank Road
(330) 345-1291
Price: $3-$8
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican, fast food
1839 Beall Ave.
(330) 262-1394
Price: $3-$8
TJ's Restaurant & Bistro
Food: American
359 W. Liberty St.
(330) 264-6263
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: TJ's is one in a trio of attached restaurants, all with a slightly different atmosphere. TJ's has a fine-dining feel with a menu featuring prime ribs, steak, fresh seafood, and cocktails.
Wild Ginger China Bistro
Food: Chinese, Thai, sushi
3694 Burbank Road
(330) 345-6388
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Wild Ginger has a great atmosphere, which other Chinese places in Wooster lack. It has a full bar in addition to its wine and beer list. One of the big specials is "Sushi Night" when sushi is half off on Tuesday nights.
The Wooster Inn
Food: American
801 E. Wayne Ave.
(330) 263-2660
Price: $10-$20
Zen Restaurant & Lounge
Food: Asian fusion
150 W. Liberty St.
(330) 601-0222
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Zen's menu includes Thai, Vietnamese, burgers, pasta, and pizza.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 85 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 99 responses

  • 18% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 60% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 15% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.



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