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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are endless. Since SLU is in a city you could literally go anywhere you desire. I did not have a car on campus and I found it extremely easy to get around town via metro links. The only limit is going into town at night which can become quite sketchy/dangerous. As anywhere you should use caution but especially anywhere at night. But my friends and I often went out to many different restaurants and were never disappointed.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: All over St. Louis there are tons of different ethnic places to eat. The prices range.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: here we are a few blocks from central west end and south grand dining which is good. if you have a car...

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to go because you are in the city but the cost is also a lot more expensive for that same reason.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The few places that I go to a decent quality but they are all just chain restaurants, and there are very few of these restaurants close by for being in downtown STL.


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St. Louis is full of locally owned, one-of-a-kind, delicious restaurants that are popular with students. Immediately north of SLU's campus is Grand Center, the arts district of St. Louis, which attracts a lot of great restaurants. The most famous restaurant located in the SLU Midtown neighborhood is Pappy's Smokehouse. It has been featured on the Travel Channel and rated the best barbecue in St. Louis. Other notable student favorites are Pickleman's, a sandwich and pizza shop that stays open late night; Vito's, known for their $5 pizzas on Monday nights and phenomenal Italian entrees; The Fountain on Locust, a retro ice cream fountain with homemade soups and sandwiches; and City Diner, known for its late-night breakfast and shakes. Midtown St. Louis features convenient, inexpensive, and delicious food for students looking for a change from on-campus dining. There is also a variety of fast food restaurants in close proximity to SLU, including McDonald's, Arby's, Jack in the Box, Subway, Qdoba, St. Louis Bread Company (Panera), White Castle and Rally's.

Once you venture outside of Midtown, the St. Louis neighborhoods each offer a different flavor of food. The Central West End has a variety of trendy restaurants and is home to the student favorite The Cup, a gourmet cupcake shop. Washington Avenue is known for its bars that can also serve up some good eats. The Schlafly Tap Room is home to the St. Louis microbrew king, Schlafly Beer, but also features unique entrées and appetizers. The Hill is famous for delicious Italian food that ranges in price from inexpensive and casual to fancy places to go with your parents. The South Grand neighborhood features ethnic foods from the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Although not all neighborhoods are accessible by public transportation, it's worth finding a car to explore all of St. Louis' culinary options.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Courtesy Diner
  • Uncle Bill's Pancake & Dinner House
Best Asian
Pho Grand Restaurant
Best Breakfast
City Diner
Best Coffee
Café Ventana
Best Dessert
  • Flying Cow Frozen Yogurt
  • The Fountain on Locust
  • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
Best Healthy
Crazy Bowls & Wraps
Best Late-Night
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pickleman's Gourmet Café
Best Mexican
  • Diablitos Cantina
  • Rosalita's Cantina
  • Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen & Tortilla Co.
Best Pizza
  • Imo's Pizza
  • Pi Pizzeria
  • Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria
Best Wings
Syberg's on Market
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant & Lounge
  • Vito's Sicilian Pizzerai
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Fountain on Locust
  • Restaurants on the Hill
Other Places to Check Out
  • Amighetti's
  • Annie Gunn's Restaurant
  • Arby's
  • Bar Louie
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chinese Express
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Chuy Arzola's
  • The Coffee Cartel
  • Companion Wholesale Bakery
  • Crave Coffee House
  • Crown Candy Kitchen
  • Cunetto's House of Pasta
  • The Cup
  • Domino's Pizza
  • First Wok
  • FroYo Frozen Yogurt
  • Hon's Wok
  • Hooters
  • Humphrey's Restaurant & Tavern
  • Jack in the Box
  • King and I Restaurant
  • Kota Wood Fire Grill
  • Library Annex Restaurant
  • McDonald's
  • Mi Ranchito
  • Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Pierre Laclede's Pub & Eatery
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Racanelli's Pizza
  • Rally's
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Saint Louis Bread Co.
  • The Schlafly Tap Room
  • St. Louis food trucks
  • Starbucks
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Subway
  • Triumph Grill
  • White Castle
  • Wing Street
Did You Know?
  • If you come to St. Louis and do not have toasted ravioli at some point, you did not truly visit St. Louis.
  • There is such a thing as St. Louis-style pizza, which is paper thin and uses provel instead of mozzarella cheese.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Dierbergs Markets
8450 Eager Road
(314) 962-9009
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
4171 Lindell Blvd.
(314) 533-8027
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
48 Brentwood Promenade Court
(314) 963-0253
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Blueberry Hill
Food: American
6504 Delmar Blvd.
(314) 727-4444
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Lots of cool memorabilia from different decades
Buffalo Brewing Co.
Food: American
3100 Olive St.
(314) 534-2337
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Also a microbrewery
Café Ventana
Food: American bistro
3919 W. Pine Blvd.
(314) 531-7500
Price: $5-$10
City Diner
Food: Diner, breakfast
541 N. Grand Blvd.
(314) 533-7500
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Great shakes, cool diner décor
Courtesy Diner
Food: American, breakfast, diner
1121 Hampton Ave.
(314) 644-2600
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Crazy Bowls & Wraps
Food: American, Asian, Mexican
3852 Lindell Blvd.
(314) 533-9727
Price: $5-$10
Diablitos Cantina
Food: Mexican
3761 Laclede Ave.
(314) 533-0341
Price: $8-$15
Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant & Lounge
Food: Japanese, sushi
1 Maryland Plaza
(314) 367-4222
Price: $10-$20
Field House Pub & Grill
Food: American
510 N. Theresa Ave.
(314) 289-0311
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Also a sports bar with a ton of TVs and projection screens
Fitz's American Grill & Bottling Works
Food: American
6605 Delmar Blvd.
(314) 726-9555
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Root beer and cream soda bottled right in restaurant; homemade ice cream. Try the floats!
Flying Cow Frozen Yogurt
Food: Frozen yogurt
3331 Locust St.
(314) 533-0941
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Features different seasonal flavors
The Fountain on Locust
Food: American
3037 Locust St.
(314) 535-7800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Ice cream martinis with the best ice cream in St. Louis!
Imo's Pizza
Food: Pizza
4479 Forest Park Ave.
(314) 535-4667
Price: $10-$20
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
3674 Forest Park Ave.
(314) 531-8500
Price: $3-$8
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Food: Italian
727 N. First St.
(314) 621-0276
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: The best place to try a St. Louis favorite: toasted ravioli!
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
316 N. Tucker Blvd.
(314) 621-7272
Price: $10-$20
Pappy's Smokehouse
Food: Barbecue
3106 Olive St.
(314) 535-4340
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Best barbecue in St. Louis, hands down
Pho Grand Restaurant
Food: Vietnamese
3195 S. Grand Blvd.
(314) 664-7435
Price: $5-$15
Pi Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
400 N. Euclid Ave.
(314) 367-4300
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Quoted as President Obama's favorite pizza!
Pickleman's Gourmet Café
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, salads
3722 Laclede Ave.
(314) 802-7410
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open until 3:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Rosalita's Cantina
Food: Mexican
1235 Washington Ave.
(314) 621-2700
Price: $8-$15
Syberg's on Market
Food: American
2211 Market St.
(314) 231-2430
Price: $8-$15
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
Food: Frozen custard
4224 S. Grand Blvd.
(314) 352-7376
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: A St. Louis summer tradition!
Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen & Tortilla Co.
Food: Mexican
8-1/2 S. Euclid Ave.
(314) 361-4443
Price: $8-$15
Triumph Grill
Food: American
3419 Olive St.
(314) 446-1801
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Moto themed décor
Uncle Bill's Pancake & Dinner House
Food: Breakfast
3427 S. Kingshighway Blvd.
(314) 832-1973
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A great place to get breakfast at any hour
Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria
Food: Italian
3515 Lindell Blvd.
(314) 534-8486
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Kitchen is open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Zia's Restaurant
Food: Italian
5256 Wilson Road
(314) 776-0020
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Italian food the way everyone wants their grandmother to make it.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 143 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 144 responses

  • 46% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 38% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 12% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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