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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have 3 great places to eat in town: Lincoln Wine Bar, Palisades Cafe, and the Skillet. The first two are on the pricey side, but amazing for a fun hang out with friends. There is also the Skillet (breakfast/brunch), Fuel (coffee), Algers (pizza), and DQ, Subway, and Mexican food. Chameleons and Scores are two bards that also have a decent menu. Things can be repetitive, but usually I just stick to eating on campus anyways

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Within walking distance of campus, there are maybe five sources of food in town. It's a very small town. But if you have access to a car there's amazing food nearby.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Again, honestly I don't know, I usually stick with Bon Appetite Dinning options and that works for me.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are 3 restaurants within walking distance not including the 3 bars and the coffee shop. The Palisades, a higher class family diner, The Lincoln Wine Bar which is a very fancy establishment and The Skillet which is primarily a breakfast place that closes around 3. There is nothing open in the town after 9 other then the bars. There is no pizza delivery other then Paul Revere in the next town over which has no posted hours online and is usually closed by 11 anyways. The only way to get to other food is to drive to it. Within five minutes (15 if walking) you have subway, dairy queen, hardees and a mexican place. If you want options, drive to Cedar Rapids or Iowa City.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there is almost no variety. there are only a few restaurants in town and 3 national chains. the thing that bumps the rating up is the fact that the local restaurants are all amazing and are reasonably priced


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With no chain restaurants allowed in the uptown shopping district, Mount Vernon boasts several locally-owned and operated options for off-campus dining. From pizza and baked goods to organic fare and five-star dining, Mount Vernon’s selection of restaurants and cafés has something to offer every palate. The Lincoln Café is by far the most renowned, with rave reviews in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and O Magazine. They offer two to three lunch and dinner specials in addition to a standard menu of tasty salads and sandwiches, and they source ingredients locally and organically whenever possible. The price tag for the specials isn’t within the average college student’s budget, but it’s perfect for a special treat, and their regular menu is very affordable.

Just across Highway 30, on the south edge of town, there are a handful of chain eateries, including a Subway, Hardee’s, and Dairy Queen. There, you can also find La Pasadita, a newly-opened restaurant that features homemade, authentic Mexican cuisine and tasty margaritas. Lisbon, just to the east of Mount Vernon on Highway 30, offers its own selection of local dining, including Gwen’s Family Restaurant, which boasts a great Sunday buffet with homemade fried chicken. Late-night dining is pretty much non-existent in town, even Hardee’s closes at midnight on the weekends, 11 p.m. on weekdays. So if you get the 2 a.m. munchies, Cedar Rapids is your best bet to find a Perkin’s or IHOP.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Perkins (Cedar Rapids)
Best Asian
  • Hu Hot (Cedar Rapids, Coralville)
  • The Sushi House (Cedar Rapids)
Best Breakfast
  • Fuel
  • Skillet Café and Bakery
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Big Creek Market
  • Cold Stone Creamery (Cedar Rapids)
Best Healthy
Big Creek Market
Best Late-Night
Taco Bell (Cedar Rapids)
Best Mexican
  • Fiesta Del Sol (Cedar Rapids)
  • Panchero's (Cedar Rapids)
Best Pizza
  • Paul Revere's Pizza (Lisbon)
  • Pizza Palace
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings (Cedar Rapids)
Best Place to Take a Date
  • The Lincoln Café
  • Olive Garden (Cedar Rapids, Coralville)
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Gwen's Family Restaurant (Lisbon)
  • The Lincoln Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Gwen's Family Restaurant (Lisbon)
  • The Sushi House (Cedar Rapids)

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Big Creek Market
100 First St. W
(319) 895-8393
Gary's Foods
715 First Ave. SW
(319) 895-8616
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p..m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Big Creek Market
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches
100 First St. W
(319) 895-8393
Price: $3-$10
Cool Features: Organic and local ingredients
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings, Burgers
1100 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
(319) 378-8886
Price: $8-$15
Chameleon's Pub and Grub
Food: American
119 First St. W
(319) 895-8654
Price: $4-$12
Cool Features: Prime rib dinner
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
2210 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids
(319) 390-0717
Price: $5-$10
Dairy Queen
Food: American
100 U.S. 30 E, Ste. 2
(319) 895-9563
Price: $2-$8
Fiesta Del Sol
Food: Mexican
4801 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids
(319) 373-2477
Food: Coffeehouse
103 First St. E
(319) 895-8429
Cool Features: Homey atmosphere, homemade baked goods
Food: American
102 Hwy. 1 S
(319) 895-6520
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Show your student ID for a discount
HuHot Mongolian Grill
Food: Asian
444 First Ave., Cedar Rapids
(319) 393-6000
Price: $8-$15
La Pasadita
Food: Mexican
100 U.S. 30 E, St. 3
(319) 895-9200
Price: $5-$18
Lincoln Café
Food: Traditional, chef's specials
117 First St. W
(319) 895-4041
Price: $8-$30
Cool Features: Ingredients are local and organic whenever possible.
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
367 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
(319) 378-6401
Price: $10-$20
Food: Mexican
2315 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids
(319) 396-7900
Price: $5-$8
Paul Revere's Pizza
Food: Pizza
126 E Main, Lisbon
(319) 455-2276
Price: $4-$28
Cool Features: Dorm room delivery
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: Sandwiches, Soups, Pastries
3310 Southgate Court SW, Cedar Rapids
(319) 365-0545
Price: $8-$15
Pizza Palace
Food: Pizza
106 First St. W
(319) 895-6971
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: Dorm room delivery
Scorz Bar and Grill
Food: American
109 First St. W
(319) 895-8453
Price: $5-$12
Skillet Café and Bakery
Food: Breakfast, soups, sandwiches, baked goods
101 First St. E
(319) 895-8540
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Made to order omlettes, great atmosphere
Food: Sandwiches
100 U.S. 30 W, St. 1
(319) 895-6666
Price: $3-$9
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican
555 33rd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids
(319) 362-8965
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 47 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 57 responses

  • 12% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 11% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 35% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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