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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not very many options close to campus. You have to drive at least 10+ minutes

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mercer Village is great. The food is not too expensive but there are no student discounts since pretty much their only clientele. If you need a late-night snack, go to Waffle house at Riverside Dr. and Spring Street. They are very accommodating to special orders and they also provide student discounts. Also, it's the best WH in the area.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good food around Macon! Good local places like the Rookery. Also good chain places like Chipotle, Five Guys, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Usually to find a new spot you have to go on the highway and the opposite side of town.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's nothing really close or that good. Mostly just fast food restaurants. Everything looks sketch and not clean.

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If on-campus fare begins to get boring (as it inevitably does), Macon has plenty of places to satisfy your appetite. Mercer Village, conveniently situated next to Mercer’s campus, is home to Ingleside Village Pizza, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, and Francar’s Buffalo Wings. Future additions to Mercer Village include Fountain of Juice and Margarita’s Mexican Bar and Grill. The Bear’s Den is also very close to campus and a local favorite.

There is a variety of other restaurants off-campus, but they are not as convenient to get to because a car is required to reach these places. Downtown Macon offers several different dining options for different tastes. Riverside Drive is home to many fast food options. The two El Sombreros in town are favorites for college students. Some local restaurants accept the Mercer Bear Card as a form of payment and occasionally even offer discounts for students.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • IHOP
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
  • J. Christopher's
  • The Rookery
Best Coffee
  • Dolce Vita Café & Bar
  • Jittery Joe's
  • Joshua Cup Coffee
Best Dessert
Hello There Cupcake
Best Healthy
Lemongrass Thai Bistro
Best Late-Night
  • Greek Corner Deli
  • Krystal
Best Mexican
  • El Azteca Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina
  • El Sombrero Mexican Grill
  • Margarita's Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Ingleside Village Pizza
  • Mellow Mushroom
Best Wings
Francar's Buffalo Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Dolce Vita Café & Bar
  • Shogun Japanese Bar & Grill
  • Tic Toc Room
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Luigi's Bistro
Other Places to Check Out
  • Adriana's Café & Bistro
  • The Bear's Den
  • Cox Café
  • Fountain of Juice
  • Macon Pizza
  • Mandarin Chinese Restaurant
  • Moe's
  • Nu-Way Weiners
  • Olive Garden
  • Taco Bell
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

400 Pio Nono Ave.
(478) 742-7877
Daily 6 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
5928 Zebulon Rd.
(478) 757-4150
Daily 24 hours
195 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
(478) 757-6520
Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
1401 Gray Hwy
(478) 745-3999
Daily 24 hours
Yvonne's Natural Market
4123 Forsyth Rd.
(478) 254-3670
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Bear's Den
Food: Southern
1191 Oglethorpe St., Macon
(478) 745-9909
Price: Less than $10
Bonefish Grill
Food: Seafood
5080 Riverside Dr., Macon
(478) 477-5256
Price: $10-$20
Dolce Vita Café & Bar
Food: Baked goods, coffee, pizza, tapas
484 Cherry St., Macon
(478) 257-6440
Price: Less than $10
El Azteca Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina
Food: Mexican
169 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd., Macon
(478) 475-9199
Price: $5-$13
El Sombrero Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
3555 Mercer University Dr., Macon
(478) 471-6040
Price: $5-$13
Francar's Buffalo Wings
Food: Wings
1365 Linden Ave., Mercer Village
(478) 741-3338
Price: $5-$15
Greek Corner Deli
Food: Deli
587 Cherry St., Macon
(478) 254-3059
Price: Less than $10
Hello There Cupcake
Food: Bakery
4524 Forsyth Rd., Macon
(478) 405-5599
Price: $2-$15
Food: Breakfast
1224 Eisenhower Parkway
(478) 784-0800
Price: $5-$10
Ingleside Village Pizza
Food: Pizza
2395 Ingleside Ave., Mercer Village
(4780 750-8488
Price: $10-$15
J. Christopher's
Food: American, breakfast
220 Starcadia Circle, Macon
(478) 476-0220
Price: $5-$10
Jittery Joe's
Food: Coffee
1635 Montpelier Ave., Mercer Village
(478) 621-5400
Price: Less than $5
Joshua Cup Coffee
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sanwiches
1090 Washington Ave., Macon
(478) 745-9099
Price: $3-$10
Food: Fast food
3909 Bloomfield Rd., Macon
(478) 474-9393
Price: Less than $10
Lemongrass Thai Bistro
Food: Thai
442 Cherry St., Macon
(478) 257-6464
Price: $10-$20
Luigi's Bistro
Food: Italian
401 Cherry St., Macon
(478) 743-4645
Price: $10-$20
Margarita's Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
4696 Presidential Pkwy., Macon
(478) 757-1300
Price: $5-$13
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
5425 Bowman Rd., Macon
(478) 254-6789
Price: $5-$20
The Rookery
Food: American
543 Cherry St., Macon
(478) 746-8658
Price: $5-$15
Food: Japanese
846 Shurling Dr., Macon
(478) 746-9774
Price: $10-$20
Shogun Japanese Bar & Grill
Food: Japanese
900 Burrus Rd., Macon
(478) 743-3100
Price: $10-$20
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
3420 Mercer University Dr.
(478) 743-3700
Price: $3-$8
Tic Toc Room
Food: American
408 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon
(478) 744-0123
Price: $10-$25
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
840 Riverside Dr.
(478) 742-2232
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 102 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 111 responses

  • 24% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 14% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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