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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Prairie Canary is the high end place in town and has really good food and drinks although it is pretty pricey for the area. Saturday and Sunday mornings you can usually find a good amount of Grinnell students mixed in with the church goers at A&M and Frontier Cafe, two little diners in town. Relish also has good food but is pricey.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few off-campus options, which I'm not the biggest fan of. It depends on what type of food you enjoy. There are fast food restaurants, a coffee house, and sit-down restaurants.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its Grinnell, we have a couple good restaurants and a lot of okay restaurants and everybody gets by.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants in town with good food and great service. Not a ton of options but enought

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Due to the size of the town, there are few option for eating off campus.


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While off-campus dining in and around Grinnell is lacking in diversity, it’s certainly a viable alternative to campus dining. It’s easy to find good pizza in town. People looking for a good solid Midwestern meal will surely not be disappointed. Off-campus dining is more of a social event than a culinary adventure. While the pizza at Pagliai’s is awesome and Lonnski's subs are delicious, the best part about going is forgetting about deadlines and enjoying time with friends. It is not uncommon for students to forget, if at least for an hour, that they all have term papers due in the morning.

Furthermore, some restaurants that have been around for a while have become unofficially linked to the College. Saints Rest is owned by a former Grinnell student, and Grinnellians use it as a study haven. You would be hard-pressed to find a customer there around finals week that doesn’t have a textbook. The Phoenix Café is also well known on campus, but it is notorious for its expensive menu, so take your parents. It’s safe to say that ice cream runs to Dari Barn are a Grinnell pastime. Recently, Chinese restaurant Chuong Garden has risen as a viable Saturday afternoon watering/feeding hole. There is a local diner (A & M) where your portions will certainly not be unsatisfying and can serve as the perfect feel-good meal when you finally get sick of the dining hall. The best part about living in a town with a population of 9,000 is that the off-campus dining options are cheap! Unless you meander into the Phoenix, you would be hard-pressed to find a meal for more than $10.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
Chuong Garden
Best Breakfast
A & M Café
Best Coffee
Saints Rest Coffeehouse
Best Dessert
Dari Barn
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Kum & Go
Best Mexican
La Cabana
Best Pizza
Pagliai's Pizza
Best Wings
Grinnell Steakhouse
Best Place to Take a Date
Depot Crossing Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Phoenix Café and Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bourbon Street Restaurant
  • Casa Margarita's
  • Hardee's
  • KFC
  • Lonnski's Pub & Deli
  • McDonald's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell
  • Thai Basil
  • Voodoo Lounge
  • West Side Family Restaurant

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

727 West St.
(641) 236-3331
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
320 West St. S
(641) 236-6584
Daily 5 a.m.-12 a.m.
Juli's Health and More Food Store
931 West St.
(641) 236-7376
McNally's Foods
1021 Main St.
(641) 236-3166

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

A & M Café
Food: American
1027 Fourth Ave.
(641) 236-9117
Price: $5-$15
Back Alley Deli
Food: Sandwiches
917 Broad St.
(641) 236-3010
Price: $5-$10
Chuong Garden
Food: Chinese
915 Broad St.
(641) 236-9900
Price: $5-$10
Danish Maid Bakery
Food: Pastries
818 Fourth Ave.
(641) 236-4145
Price: $3-$8
Dari Barn
Food: Ice cream
1810 Sixth Ave.
(641) 236-7828
Price: $3-$8
Depot Crossing Restaurant
Food: American
1014 Third Ave.
(641) 236-6886
Price: $8-$15
Godfather's Pizza
Food: Pizza
800 Fourth Ave.
(641) 236-6516
Price: $5-$10
Grinnell Steakhouse
Food: American
2110 West St.
(641) 236-0555
Price: $10-$20
Kelcy's Fine Foods
Food: American
812 Sixth Ave.
(641) 236-3132
Price: $10-$20
Kum & Go
Food: Convenience store
1002 West St.
(641) 236-3890
Price: $5-$10
La Cabana Grill
Food: Mexican
915 Main St.
(641) 236-1603
Price: $8-$15
Pagliai's Pizza
Food: Pizza
816 Fifth Ave.
(641) 236-5331
Price: $5-$10
The Phoenix Café and Inn
Food: Upscale restaurant
834 Park St.
(641) 236-3657
Price: $10-$30
Saints Rest Coffeehouse
Food: Coffee, pastries
917 Broad St.
(641) 236-6014
Price: $2-$5
Food: Sandwiches
1102 West St.
(641) 236-7884
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 28 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 39 responses

  • 5% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 21% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 23% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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