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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We are a small town so there are many chain restaurants we would like but don't have, but there is enough places to go into when you get hungry.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The options are somewhat limited but there is enough to appeal to different tastes.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been off campus. I don't have a car.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its not the best we have to go to Conroe to get better food.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Potato shack is pretty close to campus and they offer student discount with ID. It's not much, but every bit helps when one is in college!


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Huntsville is smack-dab in the middle of Texas’ biggest cities: Houston and Dallas. Therefore, Huntsville is usually a pit stop for people traveling from one big metropolis to the other, and the local dining options reflect this. Off Interstate 45, Huntsville is packed with fast food joints and a handful of chain restaurants, including Chili’s, IHOP, and Denny’s. Deeper in town, there is a variety of small restaurants, family-run joints, and bars to grab a bite to eat. There are many places within walking distance of the University, which is great for students when they grow tired of eating the same things on campus. Most restaurants are reasonably priced and provide good value to students. While there is a vast variety of food—burgers, barbecue, bar food, and other American favorites dominate the food choices in the area.

The few diverse choices in the area include Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican, but there is little to no vegetarian, kosher, or “healthy” options in the immediate area. But, despite not having a wide range of choices in Huntsville, the places to eat off campus are conveniently located, reasonably priced, and will definitely satisfy the taste buds of all students.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • Jack in the Box
  • Taco Bell
  • Whataburger
Best Asian
  • Grand Buffet
  • Tokyo Grill & Sushi
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Dairy Queen
  • Sonic Drive-In
Best Healthy
Five Loaves Deli
Best Late-Night
  • IHOP
  • Whataburger
Best Mexican
  • Don Rafa's
  • Margarita's Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
DoubleDave's Pizzaworks
Best Wings
  • The Draft Bar
  • Humphrey's Bar & Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • The Homestead on 19th
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Farmhouse Café
  • Golden Corral
  • The Homestead on 19th
Other Places to Check Out
  • 3 Spoons Yogurt
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Café Texan
  • China House Restaurant
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Donut Wheel
  • El Patio
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop
  • Judy's Ice Cream Galore
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Long John Silver's
  • Los Panchitos Mexican Restaurant
  • Los Pericos
  • Olive Garden
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • The Pita Pit
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quiznos
  • Shipley's Do-Nuts
  • Smoothie King
  • Subway
  • Wendy's
  • Wing Street
  • Wings 'N More Restaurant & Bar
  • Wingstop
  • Yummy Yummy Mongolian Grill
  • Zach's Bar & Grill
Did You Know?
The popular restaurants in Huntsville tend to be the family-owned ones instead of the big chain restaurants.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Brookshire Brothers
2601 11th St.
(936) 435-1209
Daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
H-E-B Foods
2304 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 291-6994
Daily 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
111 Interstate 45 Frontage Road
(936) 291-9598
Daily 6 a.m.–1 a.m.
Walmart Supercenter
141 Interstate 45
(936) 293-1066
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bandera Grill
Food: American
102 Interstate 45 Frontage Road
(936) 291-3500
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: A popular local favorite, Bandera Grill offers a variety of appealing entrées at reasonable prices.
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
123 Interstate 45 Frontage Road
(936) 295-9375
Price: $8–$15
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
602 Interstate 45 S Frontage Road
(936) 436-1780
Price: $3–$8
Food: American, breakfast
3018 11th St.
(936) 291-6064
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Don Rafa's
Food: Mexican
3011 Highway 30
(936) 435-1627
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Don Rafa's is a popular Mexican restaurant and is known for its margaritas, which are very cheap on Mondays.
DoubleDave's Pizzaworks
Food: Pizza
3011 11th St.
(936) 295-5400
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Home of the acclaimed pepperoni rolls; DoubleDave's offers a lunch buffet for a reasonable price.
The Draft Bar
Food: American
2002 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 293-8565
Price: $5–$15
Farmhouse Café
Food: Homestyle, Southern
1004 14th St.
(936) 435-1450
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Famous in Huntsville and the surrounding areas, has been serving since 1970
Five Loaves Deli
Food: Deli
1329 University Ave.
(936) 439-9400
Price: $5–$10
Golden Corral
Food: American, buffet
2050 11th St.
(936) 291-6646
Price: $8–$15
Grand Buffet
Food: Chinese
111 Interstate 45
(936) 293-8838
Price: $5–$10
The Homestead on 19th
Food: American, fine dining
1215 19th St.
(936) 291-7366
Price: $15–$25
Cool Features: This is the fancy restaurant of Huntsville and good place to take a date or the family.
Humphrey's Bar & Grill
Food: American
1930 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 439-0664
Price: $5–$10
Food: American, breakfast
3008 Texas 30
(936) 291-7550
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Jack in the Box
Food: Fast food
2251 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 295-5821
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Food: Seafood
139 Interstate 45 Frontage Road
(936) 435-0944
Price: $10–$15
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
630 Interstate 45 Frontage Road
(936) 293-8966
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: This acclaimed Mexican restaurant is a local favorite and is very reasonably priced.
McKenzie's Barbeque
Food: Barbecue
1548 11th St.
(936) 291-7347
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Voted the best barbecue in Montgomery County for nine straight years
Potato Shack
Food: Baked potatoes, loaded with a variety of dressing combinations
2220 Ave. I
(936) 291-7783
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Offers dine-in, delivery, and takeout of a number of creative combinations
Sonic Drive-In
Food: Fast food
2518 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 295-8109
Price: $3–$8
Speedy Chicken
Food: Chicken
2806 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 439-0525
Price: $3–$8
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
2008 Ave. J
(936) 294-1399
Price: $3–$8
Taco Bell
Food: Fast food, Mexican
2103 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 295-6888
Price: $3–$8
Tinsley's Chicken & Rolls
Food: Chicken
3020 Highway 30
(936) 295-2677
Price: $3–$8
Tokyo Grill & Sushi
Food: Japanese, sushi
2019 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 291-8889
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Tokyo is the clear-cut favorite sushi restaurant in Huntsville.
Food: Fast food
140 Interstate 45 Frontage Road
(936) 291-8876
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 163 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 163 responses

  • 18% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 32% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 14% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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