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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's not a lot of options on campus but there are more off campus. But for the cost-effective student, it can be affordable if you go to a fast food restaurant like McDonalds or Taco Bell

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have plenty of restaurants to choose from. It would just be nicer to see them give discounts and to be a little cheaper on their prices. We are college students after all!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not frequent any places yet, but I do enjoy the options downtown that I know of.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Babylon and Purdy's are great local places within walking distance in downtown Richmond. There's a lot of stuff on the Bypass if you have a car.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Dining you do have a lot of variety. But, its the same anywhere you go. Some places do give student discounts but some do not.


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When students get tired of the food offered on campus, there are plenty of options for off-campus dining. Many of the locations are only steps away from student dorms, while others require a short drive. The convenience of getting to some of students' favorite restaurants is very nice. Many places even deliver to campus for a small fee of about $1.25. Students feel that the value of off-campus dining is decent, and many places offer competitive student discounts. There is also enough of a variety to fit practically any budget.

There are a lot of fast food joints in Richmond, but other dining options are available, from sports bars to sit-in restaurants and romantic dining. There is also something to satisfy every taste bud, from home-cooked-style food to Mexican, Chinese, Greek, Italian, and so on. While the kosher restaurants are limited, there seems to be vegetarian and vegan menu options located at almost every restaurant. There is also a farmer's market that students can go to, as well as whole food stores. EKU typically promotes the farmer's market and schedules bus rides there for students for free.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Waffle House
Best Asian
Tsing Tao Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Bob Evans Restaurant
  • McDonald's
  • Opal's Too
  • Waffle House
Best Coffee
  • RT's Café
  • Speedway Convenience Store
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Dairy Queen
  • Panera Bread
  • Sweets & Treats
Best Healthy
  • JaDeli
  • Panera Bread
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Steak n' Shake
  • Taco Bell
  • Waffle House
Best Mexican
Casa Fiesta
Best Pizza
  • Apollo Pizza
  • Papa John's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Hooters
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Red Lobster
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Logan's Roadhouse
  • O'Charleys
  • Red Lobster
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Fazoli's
  • Frisch's Big Boy Restaurant
  • Giovanni's Pizza
  • Hardee's
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Madison Garden
  • Masala Fine Indian Cuisine
  • Pizza Hut
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Rally's
  • Ryan's
  • Thai Smile
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
The many restaurants and fast food joints in Richmond offer students a lot of opportunities for part-time work. If you apply early and have a decent resumé, you could land a job as a waiter or waitress, and if you're over 21, you could be a bartender and make a decent wage in tips. If you're just looking for a good meal, many places offer student discounts.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

EW James & Sons
690 Eastern Bypass
(859) 623-3850
Daily 7 a.m.-12 a.m.
2013 Lantern Ridge Dr.
(859) 623-6472
Daily 24 hours
5042 Atwood Dr.
(859) 623-4499
Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
820 Eastern Bypass
(859) 624-4330
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Acres Of Land Winery
Food: Fine dining
2285 Barnes Mill Road
(859) 328-3000
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Romantic setting in a winery
Apollo Pizza
Food: Pizza
228 S. Second St.
(859) 623-0330
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Arcade
Bob Evans Restaurant
Food: American
2011 Colby Taylor Drive
(859) 624-8087
Price: $8-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
2139 Lantern Ridge Drive
(859) 624-2437
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Sports bar
Casa Fiesta
Food: Mexican
200 Wayne Dr.
(859) 623-8582
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Traditional Spanish decoration and outdoor seating
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
1007 Sylvia Drive
(859) 626-5570
Price: $3-$8
Gillum's Sports Lounge
Food: Pizza, grill, sandwiches
830 Eastern Bypass
(859) 623-2335
Price: $8-$15
Food: American
241 Eastern Bypass
(859) 626-3900
Price: $5-$15
Food: Sandwiches
330 Eastern Bypass
(859) 623-9217
Price: $5-$10
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
112 E. Main St.
(859) 623-0910
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast delivery
Koto Japanese Bistro
Food: Japanese
2127 Lantern Ridge Drive
(859) 623-1616
Price: $5-$30
Cool Features: Hibachi and sushi
Logan's Roadhouse
Food: American
2146 Lantern Ridge Drive
(859) 624-9425
Price: $8-$15
Food: Fast food
485 Eastern Bypass
(859) 623-1428
Price: $3-$8
Food: American
815 Eastern Bypass
(859) 624-8868
Price: $8-$20
Cool Features: Unique spin on classic recipes
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
2168 Lantern Ridge Drive
(859) 625-5087
Price: $10-$20
Opal's Too
Food: American
203 S. Third St.
(859) 623-2090
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Home-cooked comfort food
Outback Steakhouse
Food: American
400 Highland Park
(859) 624-9000
Price: $10-$25
Panera Bread
Food: Baked goods, salads, sandwiches, soups
2073 Lantern Ridge Drive
(859) 624-1760
Price: $5-$10
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
455 Eastern Bypass
(859) 624-2828
Price: $8-$15
Red Lobster
Food: Seafood
500 Richmond Mall Road
(859) 623-3503
Price: $10-$20
RT's Café
Food: American
1013 Center Drive
(859) 626-5628
Price: $5-$10
Speedway Convenience Store
Food: Beverages, groceries, snacks
510 Eastern Bypass
(859) 623-4136
Price: $5-$10
Food: Coffee, tea
521 Lancaster Ave.
(800) 235-2883
Price: $3-$8
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food, milkshakes
2001 Colby Taylor Drive
(859) 626-9300
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: '50s diner feel
Food: Sandwiches
523 Leighway Drive
(859) 623-3458
Price: $3-$8
Sweets & Treats
Food: Ice cream, sweets
2073 Lantern Ridge Drive
(859) 624-3310
Price: $3-$8
Taco Bell
Food: Fast food Mexican
514 Eastern Bypass
(859) 625-1919
Price: $3-$8
Tsing Tao Restaurant
Food: Chinese
300 W. Main St.
(859) 624-0133
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delivery to campus
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast, grill, home-style
220 Eastern Bypass
(859) 624-2399
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 74 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 90 responses

  • 26% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 44% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 29% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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