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Off-Campus Dining


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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Nice variety. You have to drive a longish way (15+ minutes) to find anything besides Baker's and fast food, though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food around campus is pretty good and there is a decent variety.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a variety of options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I live close to Messiah College, so know where to go, what is close and how good it is. We go to the Carlisle Pike for a lot of food.

1 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Too few and when some are found other then Mickie D's, its expensive

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The immediate area surrounding Messiah’s campus is not rich in dining opportunities. Luckily, though, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle are only about a 10-minute drive away and offer a plethora of restaurants, diners, and fast food chains that are easily accessible with a car. Unfortunately, since many freshmen do not have cars, it is very rare that they get a chance to explore the local dining scene. However, for upperclassmen and those freshmen lucky enough to have a car on campus, a large variety of options is concentrated on Carlisle Pike, and everything else is located close by. You can find chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Carrabba’s, and Red Robin, fast-food restaurants like Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A, and a selection of diners.

In addition, Sheetz is very popular with students who pile into one car for a quick and easy late-night snack. Local diners are also well-frequented by upperclassmen who are often on a first-name basis with the waitresses. Special occasions like dates or celebrations bring students to the high-class Fire House Restaurant in Harrisburg. If you need a place to take your parents, they will love the relaxing atmosphere and Italian food at Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar in downtown Harrisburg.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Baker's Diner
Best Asian
China One
Best Breakfast
  • Baker's Diner
  • Cracker Barrel
Best Coffee
  • Sheetz
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Bruster's Real Ice Cream
Best Healthy
Issac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches
Best Late-Night
  • Baker's Diner
  • Sheetz
Best Mexican
  • El Rodeo
  • Neato Burrito
Best Pizza
Papa John's
Best Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
The Fire House Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • Dukes Bar & Grille at Hershey or Riverside
  • Hooters
  • Papa John's
  • Sheetz
  • Starbucks

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
(717) 791-4500
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: American
6055 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
Price: $6-$15
Baker's Diner
Food: Diner
515 N. US Hwy 15, Dillsburg
(717) 432-8800
Price: $5-$10
Bruster's Real Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
3519 Hartzdale Dr., Camp Hill
(717) 761-8161
Price: $3-$5
Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar
Food: Italian
204 Locus St., Harrisburg
(717) 909-9191
Price: $10-$20
China One
Food: Chinese
840 US Hwy 15, Dillsburg
(717) 432-2230
Price: $5-$15
Cracker Barrel
Food: American
395 Cumberland Pkwy, Mechanicsburg
(717) 766-5113
Price: $6-$15
El Rodeo
Food: Mexican
6417 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
(717) 791-0617
Price: $5-$15
The Fire House Restaurant
Food: American
606 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg
(717) 234-6064
Price: $15-$25
Food: American, buffet
61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg
(717) 697-2214
Price: $6-$16
Issac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup
4940 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg
(717) 766-1111
Price: $3-$7
Neato Burrito
Food: Mexican
5238 Simpson Ferry Rd., Mechanicsburg
(717) 766-1518
Price: Less than $10
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
6520 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
(717) 796-1140
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 90 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 119 responses

  • 18% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 22% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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