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Off-Campus Dining


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's not much going on in the local town when it comes to food. There are just a handful of places. I don't eat off campus very often. However, the few options that exist usually suffice since our dining hall is great. Also, a Panera is set to open in a few months so that will help quite a bit.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's only one real place you go for off campus dining, and that's the VI (Village Inn.) If you feel like going somewhere else, you're going to need to take the shuttle (runs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) or get a friend to drive you/get a car. Mount Vernon has some nice cozy little places that serve pretty good (bad for you) food. It also has your regular chains, such as McDonalds and Ruby Tuesdays and Taco Bell.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: In Gambier itself, there are 5 places to eat, depending on what type of food you want. There's the Deli, the Village Inn, Wiggin Street, Gambier Grill, and the Kenyon Inn. Most of those places have take out, and Gambier Grill also has delivery. In Mt. Vernon, 5 minutes down the road, you have any type of fast food you could want (including a new Chipotle!), and some popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican places. However, for a free meal, there's always Pierce!

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Many Options – Few options, high cost, not convenient, no student discounts, low variety.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Few Options in the Village, Midwest Diners Off-Campus – One doesn't have many options in Gambier, as there are only 4 restaurants beside the student dining hall, which is delicious. Most students eat there for all of their meals. Middle Ground Cafe is a pretty hopping spot, and it's a good place to hang out. The Village Inn has decent food and a bar, but it's more of a treat. Really, if you want to eat out, you go to Mount Vernon, the neighboring city. You can eat Indian food at Henry's, which has Sunday student discounts, Mexican food at Fiesta, or delicious, greasy Midwest food at Southside Diner.

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Off-campus dining options are slim at Kenyon, not that it matters. All meals are included in tuition, and there are no meal plan options. The dining hall caters to all students' needs and is open almost any time you could conceivably want food. However, there are a few options “off” campus if the dining hall becomes boring. Middle Ground Café is located in the center of campus and is a great student hangout. There is no Starbucks for miles, so this is the coffee shop alternative. Serving coffee, panini, milkshakes, and burgers, it provides a welcome alternative to Peirce dining. Middle Ground employs students, so it has a warm collegiate atmosphere, too. Students often sit in the booths to write papers, study, and socialize.

Right down the street from Middle Ground is The Gambier Deli. With all-day breakfast, fresh soups, and sandwiches, this deli is a hit with any college student. The prices can be a little high, though, so it’s best to save it for a treat! Outside dining is popular in the fall and spring months, and students often linger for hours over good food and conversation. Other options within walking distance include the Kenyon Inn, and the VI (Village Inn). Both of these are pretty pricey (even more so than the deli), so students tend to drag their parents for a visit! The food at both is as good as can be expected in such a small town, but for gourmet dining, you’d be better off heading to Columbus. Nearby Mount Vernon offers other chain restaurant dining such as Ruby Tuesday, KFC, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Late-night food cart
Best Asian
Hunan Garden
Best Breakfast
The Gambier Deli
Best Coffee
Middle Ground Café
Best Dessert
Middle Ground Café
Best Healthy
Middle Ground Café
Best Late-Night
Papa John's
Best Mexican
Fiesta Mexicana
Best Pizza
Gambier Grill & Pizza
Best Wings
Gambier Grill & Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
Village Inn
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Kenyon Inn & Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bayleaf India Bistro
  • Bob Evans
  • Friendly's
  • Henry's at the Curtis Inn
  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
  • KFC
  • McDonald's
  • Papa John's
  • Peggy Sue's Steak & Ribs
  • Pizza Hut
  • Ron's Pizza
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Taco Bell
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

855 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon
(740) 393-1425
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Steaks, chops, sandwiches, salads, bar service
116 S. Main St., Mount Vernon
(740) 392-3076
Price: $8-$15
Fiesta Mexicana
Food: Mexican
308 W. High St., Mount Vernon
(740) 397-6325
Price: $5-$15
Flappers Bar & Grille
Food: Chicken, pasta, salads, sandwiches
15 W. High St., Mount Vernon
(740) 392-1061
Price: $5-$15
The Gambier Deli
Food: Deli
110 Gaskin Ave.
(740) 427-4324
Price: $5-$10
Gambier Grill & Pizza
Food: Pizza, American
100 E. Brooklyn St.
(740) 427-2200
Price: $5-$10
The Historic Curtis Inn on the Square
Food: American
12 Public Square, Mount Vernon
(740) 397-5603
Price: $5-$15
Hunan Garden
Food: Hunan
1516 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon
(740) 393-1313
Price: $8-$15
Jake's Restaurant
Food: American
996 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon
(740) 397-1418
Price: $10-$20
Kenyon Inn & Restaurant
Food: Fine dining
100 W. Wiggin St.
(800) 258-5391
Price: $10-$25
Middle Ground Café
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, tea
101 Wiggin St.
(740) 427-5105
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free Wi-Fi!
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
855 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon
(740) 397-6644
Price: $8-$15
R&M's Southside Diner
Food: '50s-style diner with American food and some Greek specialties
620 S. Main St., Mount Vernon
(740) 392-1282
Price: $3-$8
Sip's Café
Food: Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, soups
101 S. Main St., Mount Vernon
(740) 392-2233
Price: $3-$8
Village Inn
Food: American
102 Gaskin Ave.
(740) 427-2112
Price: $10-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 22 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 23 responses

  • 9% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 22% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 22% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 48% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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