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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its like anywhere else I've been.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The town of Davidson is a hidden gem with regards to food. With great options like Toast, Summit, The Soda Shop, The Egg, Flat Iron and Restaurant X, if you are craving something different, you won't be disappointed!

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: great food, but not always open late

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a vegetarian without a car, there are limited off campus options for me. There aren't that many places that have good vegetarian options, and those that do are either expensive or not within walking distance. There are grocery stores, though, so I can alway keep food in my room. Plus, there's a Ben and Jerry's, which is amazing.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are more so on the pricey side and there is not really diversity in the types of food. The few restaurants that are on campus however have pretty tasty food.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Students feel there are more than enough options to choose from when it comes to off-campus dining, both in the town of Davidson and beyond. Many are drawn to the family-operated Soda Shop and Summit Coffee on Main Street, while others prefer the wide selection of franchises just minutes away by car—from KFC to Cracker Barrel. There are also plenty of classier options within 10 minutes from campus, such as Mickey & Mooch in Huntersville, and when the suburban scene becomes monotonous, students can head down to Charlotte to take advantage of any number of the great restaurants the Queen City is known for.

Thanks to the endless variety of options, eating off campus is pretty standard for students at Davidson, and this is especially important given the slim number of meal options on campus. Most students go out to eat at least once every weekend, and upperclassmen are known to eat out a lot more than that. Still, all that eating out can get pricey, and even quick favorites like McAlister’s Deli are not that inexpensive. Fortunately, a number of popular locations are now offering student discounts (Zapata’s takes off 25 percent), and the truly savvy eaters will take advantage of the great all-you-can-eat lunch buffets around town. You won’t have to gain your Freshman 15 at Davidson, but it’s nice to know you can.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Brickhouse Tavern
  • Brixx
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cookout
  • Fuel Pizza
  • McAlister's Deli
  • The Soda Shop
  • Summit Coffee
  • Zapata's Cantina
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
Best Healthy
McAlister's Deli
Best Pizza
Best Wings
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Mickey & Mooch
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bagel Bin
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • California Juice Company
  • Capital Grille
  • Chili's
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Fuel Pizza
  • KFC
  • Melting Pot
  • O'Charley's
  • Prickly Pear
  • Qdoba
  • Red Rocks
  • The Silver Spoon
  • Thai Grill
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
The best places to grab food super late are Cookout, Denny's, and Waffle House, as they're not only open late but are located only a few minutes from campus by car.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Lion
20125 N Main St., Cornelius
(704) 892-4220
Harris Teeter
431 Peninsula Dr., Davidson
(704) 892-0597
Wal-Mart Supercenter
169 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville
(704) 664-5238

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

131 Main
Food: Upscale
17830 Statesville Rd., Cornelius
(704) 896-0131
Food: Chinese
101 Depot St., Davidson
(704) 892-2641
Brickhouse Tavern
Food: American, bar
208 Delburg St., Davidson
(704) 987-2022
Price: $8-$15
Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza
Food: Pizza, pasta, salads
16915 Birkdale Shopping Ctr. Huntersville
(704) 894-0044
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Good gourmet pizza to choose from
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Food: Italian
16408 N. Cross Dr., Huntersville
(704) 895-3080
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Great food, huge portions
Food: Fast food
16915 Statesville Rd., Huntersville
(704) 892-0071
Food: Fast Food
425 Huntersville Gateway Blvd., Huntersville
(704) 875-0077
Food: Diner
3998 Highway 150 W, Mooresville
(704) 895-3223
Price: $5-$8
Donato's Pizza
Food: Pizza, subs, salads
610 Jetton St., Davidson
(704) 439-4777
The Egg
Food: Breakfast and Lunch
231 Griffith St., Davidson
(704) 987-1885
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Homecooked breakfast
Fuel Pizza
Food: Pizza
402 S. Main St., Davison
(704) 655-3835
Price: $5-$20
IL Giardino
Food: Italian
19905 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius
(704) 987-0479
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Reasonable prices and nice lunch specials. Students get a 20 percent discount with their ID.
Joel's Asian Grill
Food: Sushi, Asian
270 Williamson Rd., Mooresville
(704) 660-3059
Price: $10-$30
Food: BBQ, wings
515 Rhinehart Rd., Mooresville
(704) 663-5807
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Excellent wings, fried pickles, you can eat in a school bus
McAlister's Deli
Food: Soups, sandwiches
19930 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius
(704) 896-8346
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Just five minutes from campus, gourmet-style sandwiches, a tad expensive
Melting Pot
Food: Fondue
230 E. WT Harris Blvd., Suite C1, Charlotte University
(704) 548-2432
Price: $5-$80
Mickey & Mooch
Food: Steaks and seafood
8128 Providence Rd., Charlotte
(704) 752-8080
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Great ambiance, high-end dining that's not too expensive
Red Rocks Café
Food: American, Contemporary, Seafood, Steak House
8712 Lindholm Dr., Huntersville
(704) 892-9999
Price: $8-$40
Cool Features: American dining in upscale surroundings of Charlotte.
Food: Indian
20910 Torrence Chapel Rd. #D9, Cornelius
(704) 655-9600
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great food and lunch buffet, there's no wait, students get discount with their IDs
Soda Shop
Food: Diner
104 S. Main St., Davidson
(704) 896-7743
Price: $5-$10
Summit Coffee
Food: Coffee, pastries, scones
128 S. Main St., Davidson
(704) 895-9090
Price: $2-$5
Food: Breakfast, American
101 N Main St., Davidson
(704) 655-2778
Cool Features: Great breakfast, also open for dinner.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 19 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 20 responses

  • 30% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 60% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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