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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The number & quality of off-campus dining options is dangerous... I spend all of my money on food because it's so good. Being on Grand Ave is a perk, and it's easy to take the bus and/or light rail into the cities for endless dining options.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love off-campus dining! There are so many options nearby, and a ton of variety! There are all sorts of different ethnic restaurants and it's never hard to find something new to try!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of places to try that surround the campus. Macalester is located in a suburban area of a city and transport into food-diverse areas is convenient.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat up and down Grand Ave, and Domino's and Jimmy John's will deliver to the dorms in the middle of the night...

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great places to eat within a short walking distance. Grand Central, Shish, Caribou Coffee, Jamba Juice, Breadsmith, Dunn Bros, Pad Thai, Italian Pie Shoppe, Khyber Pass, and St. Paul Cheese Shop are all surrounding campus. Wish there were more late night options, but there's always Dominos, Pizza Hut, and Jimmy Johns for drunk cravings.

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The area around Macalester provides students with about as much variety and international flair as the cafeteria—in other words, a lot. Most students will say that the dining off campus is far better than Café Mac, which remains to be disproven. There are several restaurants within five-minute walks of Macalester that range from Tibetan, Mediterranean, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Nepalese, and more. For those seeking American fare, there are American bistros, cafés, and diners also very close to campus. Coffee shops are also popular among Mac students, as perfect places to nosh, study, and socialize all at once.

If you want to explore even farther outside of the "Macalester Bubble," try the incredible culinary delights in both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Restaurant sampling and bar hopping in both cities provide not only amazing cuisine, but a much-needed change of pace after a long week of classes. Better yet, why not bring the food a little closer to home? Even better than that—why not get someone to do it for you? Delivery options around Macalester are plenty, including several sandwich shops, Chinese food, and—of course, the college staple—pizza. They provide students that are short on time and energy with cheap and delicious options for dinner that don’t include trying to find a seat in Café Mac.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Mickey's Diner
Best Asian
New Asia
Best Breakfast
Coffee News Café
Best Coffee
Dunn Bros. Coffee
Best Dessert
Coffee News Café
Best Healthy
  • Kowalski's Markets
  • Whole Foods
Best Late-Night
  • The Grand Sandwich
  • Pizza Luce
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
  • Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
  • Pizza Luce
Best Wings
Chino Latino
Best Place to Take a Date
Everest on Grand
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Any of the restaurants in the North End
Other Places to Check Out
  • Axel's Bonfire
  • Barbary Fig
  • Black Sea Restaurant
  • Boca Chica
  • Brasa Rotisserie
  • The Bulldog Northeast
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Cleveland Wok
  • Denny's
  • Domino's
  • Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Grandview Grill
  • Groveland Tap
  • Highland Grill
  • Jamba Juice
  • Noodles & Company
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Punch Neapolitan Pizza
  • Salut Bar American
  • Shish Mediterranean Grill & Café
  • Snuffy's Malt Shop
  • Starbucks
  • Town Talk Diner

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Cub Foods
1440 University Ave. W
(651) 646-1003
Daily 24 hours
Kowalski's Markets
1261 Grand Ave.
(651) 698-3366
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Rainbow Foods
1566 University Ave. W
(651) 644-4321
Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Whole Foods
30 S. Fairview Ave.
(651) 690-0197
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Café Latté
Food: Deli, desserts
850 Grand Ave.
(651) 224-5687
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The big windows and lofted seating areas allow for a lot of good people-watching.
Carmelo's Ristorante
Food: Italian
238 Snelling Ave. S
(651) 699-2448
Price: $8-$15
Chino Latino
Food: Fusion food
2916 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 824-7878
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Party atmosphere, always an interesting crowd
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
867 Grand Ave., St. Paul
(651) 602-0560
Price: $3-$8
Coffee News Café
Food: American
1662 Grand Ave.
(651) 698-3324
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Seventeen varieties of coffee roasted on-site, and it's so close to campus! The Café's roaster has won international awards for his coffee-roasting skills.
D'Amico & Sons
Food: Italian
975 Grand Ave.
(651) 227-9933
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: High-quality food available to go.
Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies
Food: Pizza and hoagies
41 Cleveland Ave. S
(651) 690-4848
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A jukebox that plays everything from Michael Jackson to Johnny Cash. If you stay long enough, you can usually hear the song you requested.
Dunn Bros. Coffee
Food: Coffee, espresso drinks, pastries, sandwiches
1569 Grand Ave.
(651) 698-0618
Price: $2-$5
Everest on Grand
Food: Indian, Nepali, Tibetan
1278 Grand Ave.
(651) 696-1666
Price: $10-$15
The Grand Sandwich
Food: Sandwiches
1672 Grand Ave.
(651) 797-3853
Price: $10
Grand Shanghai Restaurant
Food: Chinese/Dim Sum
1328 Grand Ave. Suite A
(651) 698-1901
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sunday dim sum brunch
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Food: Pizza/American
1342 Grand Ave.
(651) 203-3100
Price: $15-$30
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Subs
975 Grand Ave.
(651) 222-2221
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Late hours, delivery service
Khyber Pass Café
Food: Afghan
1571 Grand Ave.
(651) 690-0505
Price: $10-$20
Mickey's Diner
Food: American
36 W. Seventh St.
(651) 698-0259
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Flashy, red-and-white dining car in the Art Deco style. Mickey's was also featured in "The Mighty Ducks."
New Asia
Food: Chinese
474 Lexington Pkwy
(651) 647-9264
Price: $10-$15
Pad Thai Grand Café
Food: Thai
1681 Grand Ave.
(651) 690-1393
Price: $8-$15
Pizza Luce
Food: Pizza
1183 Selby Ave.
(651) 288-0186
Price: $10-$20
St. Clair Broiler
Food: American
1580 Saint Clair Ave.
(651) 698-7055
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: 1950s-era diner

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 34 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 41 responses

  • 78% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 22% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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