The biggest obstacle when you’re looking to go off campus for dinner is relying on blind faith. The most important thing is not to judge until after the meal. The reputations of most restaurants have been passed down from class to class, and nobody knows who tried it the first time, but in most cases, that original visitor was a brave soul. Restaurants such as Tex-Mex and the Mason Jar have unimpressive exteriors, but the food more than makes up for it.
The Utica area is home to a large number of various ethnic restaurants, enterprising students with access to a car or the bus can enjoy a large, delicious meal at a student-size price. Although newcomers to the area may feel as though dining options are limited at best, once they take some time to explore the surrounding area, many find themselves pleasantly surprised by the variety of local eateries. It is definitely worth talking to upperclassmen and checking the local paper; one of the advantages of living in here is that good food is cheap!