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Off-Campus Dining


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Off-Campus Dining: There are some good restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As long as you have a car, there are so many places you can go get a bunch of different kinds of food. Even if you don't have a car enough places actually deliver. So that's pretty convenient.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Eastern Express and Giannis are great

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: One vegan/vegetarian place that I know of

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is very minimal. There are only a few places to go with different options, however, there are not many options of different places to go. Which means if I want pizza and wings there is only one place to call to get those items. Also most places do not offer student discounts, and if they do, its only available for a specific date or time. If I were to recommend a place to eat, I would recommend Zen Shi. Zen Shi is a mainly sushi restaurant, but they have an extensive menu with other kinds of foods for none sushi eaters. My favorite thing to eat at Zen Shi's are the Honey Glazed Shrimp Rolls because they have the right combination of spicy and sweet all packed in a tiny sushi roll.


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There are a lot of off-campus dining places, but a few of them are a bit pricier than others. A lot of the restaurants and bars are right off campus, but others are in LaVale or Cumberland. The ones that are closer to campus (El Canelo, Main Street Hangar, and Wild Things Restaurant & Bar) are the ones that are the cheapest. When you start going to chain restaurants, such as Applebee's or Ruby Tuesday, then the prices will be a lot higher. There are some restaurants designed for the romantic date, such as Au Petit Paris and Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant. No matter the occasion, there are plenty of restaurants, either within walking distance or just a short drive away, to fulfill any person's needs.

If you are someone who needs a vegetarian-friendly location, then the place to go is Wild Things Restaurant & Bar. The food is incredibly cheap, within walking distance from campus, and it has so many events and live bands. This is the place where all of the college kids love to hang out, so if you are looking to meet someone new, take a trip to Main Street and stop in here.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Sheetz
Best Asian
Eastern Express
Best Breakfast
  • Bob Evans
  • Denny's
Best Coffee
  • Burger King
  • McDonald's
  • Sheetz
Best Dessert
Dairy Queen
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
  • McDonald's
  • Sheetz
Best Mexican
El Canelo
Best Pizza
  • Fat Boys Pizza Shack
  • Gianni's Pizza
Best Wings
Gianni's Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Au Petit Paris Restaurant
  • Princess Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Bob Evans
  • Denny's
  • El Canelo
  • Fat Boys Pizza Shack
  • Ruby Tuesday
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • CiCi's Pizza
  • Mountain City Coffeehouse & Creamery
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse
  • Texas Grillhouse
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
There are number of restaurants or bars on Main Street. So they are within walking distance of the campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Dollar General
10601 New Georges Creek Road
(301) 689-3712
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Food Lion
17600 Highway 40 SW
(301) 689-6847
Daily 7 a.m.-12 a.m.
12500 Country Club Mall Road, Lavale
(301) 729-5081
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Au Petit Paris Restaurant
Food: French
86 E. Main St.
(301) 689-8946
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: This is the place where you take your significant other for an apology dinner, romantic dinner, or anniversary dinner.
Bob Evans
Food: American
1203 National Highway, LaVale
(301) 729-0160
Price: $8-$15
Burger King
Food: Fast food
6 Hampton Inn Drive
(301) 689-5780
Price: $3-$8
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
1205 National Highway, LaVale
(301) 729-2280
Price: $3-$8
David Dong Asia Buffet
Food: Asian
1262 Vocke Road, LaVale
(301) 729-3080
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: D.D. Buffet features a Mongolian bar where a wide selection of food can be prepared to your personal request.
Food: American
1239 National Highway, LaVale
(301) 729-6600
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Eastern Express
Food: Asian
109 E. Main St.
(301) 689-5370
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: They deliver! And they are very fast.
El Canelo
Food: Mexican
167 E. Main St.
(301) 687-0750
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The prices are reasonable, and the portions are huge!
Fat Boys Pizza Shack
Food: Pizza
116 E. Main St.
(301) 689-2727
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The large pizza is so big that even three hungry college kids cannot finish it in one sitting.
Gianni's Pizza
Food: Pizza
163 E. Main St.
(301) 687-1000
Price: $10-$20
Ginger's Asian Kitchen
Food: Asian
24 National Highway, Cumberland
(301) 722-8389
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The food is cooked by a man from Japan, so the authenticity of the food is impeccable.
Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
11 Bowery St.
(301) 689-2220
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: The food tastes like it's fresh from Italy.
Main Street Hangar
Food: American
295 E. Main St.
(301) 689-3220
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: They have a fireplace and live music!
Food: Fast food
17700 National Highway SW
(301) 689-5099
Price: $3-$8
Princess Restaurant
Food: American
12 W. Main St.
(301) 689-1680
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Breakfast under $5 and lunch under $6
Ruby Tuesday
Food: American
1238 National Highway, LaVale
(301) 729-8738
Price: $8-$15
Food: Convenience store items, made-to-order sandwiches and snacks
100 E. Main St.
(301) 759-4880
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Food: Sandwiches
10701 New Georges Creek Road
(301) 689-0011
Price: $3-$8
Wild Things Restaurant & Bar
Food: American
113 E. Main St.
(301) 687-0210
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: They have cool bands and cool events for the locals. Vegetarian friendly!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 70 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 70 responses

  • 13% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 13% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 23% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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