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Off-Campus Dining

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Could be better, could be worst

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great places to eat downtown. The cost isn't all that bad, although it's a small town, so the options are somewhat limited.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Only a few blocks away from the campus is downtown Ripon. Hole in the wall restaurants can be found all the way down the street and you are able to enjoy a little bit of every type of food.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I travel alot for quality food.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The more popular off-campus dining choices within walking distance of the campus tend to be Mugs, Kristina's, Fat Brews/Fat Bruce's, and Zuzak's. Mugs and Fat Brews/Fat Bruce's are pretty good, but their hours could be much better.

Most places close around 6. If you want to get food after 9 PM, you have to go to BP or good 'ol Kwik Trip. Seriously--the first time I came to Ripon, some friends and I asked orientation staff where we could go for food at 11 at night. When they told me Kwik Trip I thought they were joking. They were not. However, I've come to love Kwik Trip after my time at Ripon.

As for off-campus dining options not within the best walking distance (e.g. along Fond du Lac Street), there's Culver's, Subway, China 1, and the Silver Creek market/cafe.

Silver Creek may actually be within OK walking distance for some, and they have an excellent selection of thoughtfully prepared meals made with local ingredients. The cost is also pretty reasonable, about $8 for a burger with fries and a drink if I remember correctly.

Otherwise, you need to travel the 30 minutes to Fondy or Oshkosh if you want anything that isn't pizza, burgers, or sandwiches.

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Despite the fact that Ripon is a relatively small and quiet place, there is a decent variety of food off campus. Some of the favorite places include a pizza place, a Mexican restaurant, a nice coffee shop, an amazing sandwich and soup shop, and a sub shop. This is just in the historic downtown area. There are other places to explore as well as a wealth of fast food joints. There is some Chinese food that can be ordered for take out, and the man who delivers Domino's Pizza is a frequent visitor to campus. There are also family-style restaurants that serve up a more traditional menu. In short, there are many places to try when it comes to eating out in Ripon.

Another plus to the small town is that everything is relatively nearby and definitely within walking distance. As far as prices go, there doesn't seem to be anything that is off-the-wall expensive or insane. There is one restaurant called America that is known for being a bit pricey, but it is a more upscale dining experience; students often make their parents take them there when they come to visit. Also, some places might have student discounts—so always ask. Overall, though, students don't eat out that often. For the most part, students stay on campus to eat. Even though most places are affordable, because students are in college, that translates into a lack of spending money. It basically comes down to the fact that students just can't afford to eat out on a regular basis. But when they do eat off campus, it's always a nice treat with yummy food!

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
China One
Best Breakfast
Kristina's Family Café
Best Coffee
  • Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
  • Mugs Coffeehouse
Best Dessert
Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Best Healthy
Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Best Late-Night
Domino's Pizza
Best Mexican
Dos Gringos
Best Pizza
Roadhouse Pizza
Best Wings
Pastimes Pub & Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Christiano's
  • Roadhouse Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Christano's
  • Roadhouse Pizza
Other Places to Check Out
  • A&W All-American Food
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Culver's
  • Kwik Trip
  • Miller's Tavern
  • Subway

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Pick'n Save
1188 W. Fond Du Lac St.
(920) 748-5498
www.picknsave.com
Daily 5 a.m.-12 a.m.
Save-A-Lot
111 E. Fond Du Lac St.
(920) 748-3086
www.save-a-lot.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

America
Food: Cuts of meat, pastas, and salads
333 Watson St.
(920) 748-3524 (FLAG)
www.americaripon.com
Price: $8-$15
China One
Food: Chinese
821 W. Fond Du Lac St.
(920) 748-6877
Price: $10-$15
Christiano's
Food: Italian
Highway 23, Green Lake
(920) 434-3200
www.christianospizza.com
Price: $10-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
120 Blackburn St.
(920) 748-7272
www.dominos.com
Price: $8-$15
Dos Gringos
Food: Mexican American cuisine
119 Watson St.
(920) 748-7700
www.dosgringosripon.com
Price: $10-$15
Fat Bruce's Bakery & Eating Kitchen
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soups
221 Watson St.
(920) 748-5188
www.fatbruces.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Best sandwiches in Ripon!
Kristina's Family Café
Food: American
317 Watson St.
(920) 748-5890
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Amazing breakfast and wonderful service!
Mugs Coffeehouse
Food: Coffee
307 Watson St.
(920) 896-0550
www.riponmugs.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: They stay open pretty late for a coffee shop!
Pastimes Pub & Grill
Food: Pub
120 Scott St.
(920) 548-8222
pastimes.homestead.com
Price: $10-$15
Roadhouse Pizza
Food: Appetizers, bar, burgers, pizza
102 Watson St.
(920) 748-3322
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: They are very student friendly and hire lots of Ripon College students.
Watson Street Sub Shop
Food: Subs
314 Watson St.
(920) 748-7827 (SUBS)
watsonstreetsubs.com
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

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  • 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 35 responses

  • 9% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 46% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 37% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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