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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is pretty average. The food is about the same as anywhere else. Except there are a few more different cultural foods around campus. The cos is usually pretty affordable and tastes pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: At first it seems like there are only chains with a few exceptions, but once you find the good places it's not bad at all. La Mexicana is an authentic and amazing Mexican restaurant/grocery store that Earlham students love, and Square Donuts is a cheap donut place that is open crazy hours so midnight study break donuts are a thing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Richmond is a small city but in the last couple years some pretty good places have opened up, like thai, vietnamese, japanese, and there's some good mexican food too. And then there are some cute local diners and coffee shops that are cheap and charming.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Well, there isn't a whole lot around the downtown of Richmond, Indiana, and most of the best spots require a car to get to, but the Depot District has a few good cafes and sit-down restaurants. If you're look for some late night face-stuffing, Sunshine Cafe is just down the road and open 24 hours a day.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants around school. Some of them are within the walking distance, but for most of them you would need to get a car ride. There are quite a few places that are not costly and have a very many varieties of food.


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There's a reason Midwestern cuisine hasn't piqued much interest in any other region of the country, and this reason will become painfully clear once you step off campus for a bite. Most of the local restaurants seem to be competing for the titles of "Least Impressive Atmosphere," "Most Likely to Make You Wish You Stayed Home," and "The Greasy Plate Award." Streamlined and Americanized Mexican and Chinese food is about as close as Richmond gets to international fare. Despite the poor pickings, if you do decide to brave Richmond's dining options, you'll probably want a car. There are some local spots you're sure to visit at some point in your Earlham career: El Rodeo for Mexican food and margaritas, the Olde Richmond Inn for a night with the folks, and 5th Street Coffee & Bagels or Sunshine Café for breakfast and coffee.

All in all, local spots are iffy at best, and Earlham is too small to persuade many owners into having late-night specials or student discounts. Ultimately, you're won't win too many hearts with a date at a local restaurant. You're probably better off going to Kroger or Mejer (better options than the nearby LoBill's) and courting a crush with a homemade meal.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • 5th Street Coffee & Bagels
  • El Rodeo
  • Sunshine Café
24-Hour Dining
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Sunshine Café
Best Asian
  • Great Wall
  • Thai Thara
Best Breakfast
  • 5th Street Coffee & Bagels
  • Sunshine Café
Best Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Tim Hortons
Best Dessert
Best Healthy
  • Clear Creek Co-Op
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Domino's Pizza
Best Mexican
El Rodeo
Best Pizza
Domino's Pizza
Best Wings
Domino's Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Ghyslain
  • Little Sheba's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Domino's Pizza
  • McDonald's
  • O'Charley's
  • Red Lobster
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Tim Hortons

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

3701 National Rd. E
(765) 935-1244
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.
LoBill Foods
1301 S. East St.
(765) 935-7871
2507 Chester Blvd.
(765) 939-4400
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

5th Street Coffee & Bagels
Food: Breakfast, lunch
211 S. Fifth St.
(765) 965-5427
Price: $2–$5
Cool Features: Their bagels are a lot better than Saga's.
Clear Creek Co-Op
Food: Healthy, organic
710 E. Main St.
(765) 939-4390
Price: $7–$10
Cool Features: Plenty of vegan options
El Rodeo
Food: Mexican
2404 National Rd. W.
(765) 939-7683
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Great margaritas; vegetarian options
Food: Bistro
416 N. 10th St.
(765) 966-3344
Price: $10–$30
Great Wall
Food: Chinese
1731 National Rd. W.
(765) 962-5255
Price: $6–$10
Joy Ann Cake Shop
Food: Baked goods
610 E. Main St.
(765) 962-1705
Price: $1–$3
Little Sheba's Restaurant
Food: American, sandwiches
175 Fort Wayne Ave.
(765) 962-2999
Price: $5–$7
Main Street Diner
Food: Breakfast, lunch
1600 E. Main St.
(765) 935-3663
Price: $5–$7
Cool Features: Main Street omelets
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders
Food: Italian
217 National Rd. W.
(765) 966-1166
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Personal pizza with two toppings and a drink for $4.99
Olde Richmond Inn
Food: Fine dining
138 S. Fifth St.
(765) 962-2247
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: This is where you take the folks. It claims to be the best restaurant in Wayne Country. They are known for their Shrimp Bianca.
Penn Station East Coast Subs
Food: American
1500 E. Main St.
(765) 939-0687
Price: $5–$8
Cool Features: Delicious hot artichoke subs
Pizza King
Food: Pizza, Italian
1224 NW Fifth St.
(765) 966-8302
Price: $7–$10
Sunshine Café
Food: Family dining
1400 National Rd. W.
(765) 962-1076
Price: $5–$7
Thai Thara
Food: Thai
1000 Chester Blvd.
(765) 935-1558
Price: $10–$30

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 17 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 21 responses

  • 14% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 57% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 14% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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