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Off-Campus Dining


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Off-Campus Dining: Depending on where and when you decide to get food off campus, there is a lot of variety in both type of food and general cost.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: AMAZING SO MANY GREAT OPTIONS! strip malls, night life areas!

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I rarely go off campus for food, but when I choose to I am fairly satisfied.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Do not go off campus frequently to eat out since have full meal plan.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I typically go for this one Mexican restaurant that's not too far from campus


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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One cannot say enough about the endless dining opportunities Birmingham offers near Samford. Thanks to the mall that only requires a ten-minute walk (two minutes in a car), there are a variety of off-campus dining options nearby, including a delicious Chinese restaurant, Chick-Fil-A, Great American Cookie Company, Five Guys, Jason's Deli, and more. Down Highway 280, Samford students regularly flock to the tasty and affordable Yogurt Mountain, where one can make his own creation of frozen yogurt topped with whatever his heart desires. For the healthier type, Newk's, a great sandwich deli, is in the same shopping center, and Whole Foods is across the street. A little farther down 280 is the Summit, a very popular shopping center complete with a movie theater and several eateries. P.F. Chang's, Macaroni Grill, Cheesecake Factory, Johnny Rockets, and many others are in the area, where it's easy to stay the entire day.  

Heading in the other direction out of Samford is Green Springs Highway, which also contains lots of choices. McDonald's, Sonic, Purple Onion, and Zaxby's Deli are definitely some Samford favorites. Across the street from and next to Wal-Mart (which is a short five-minute drive) lies IHOP, O'Charley's, Logan's Roadhouse, Mr. Wang's Restaurant, and Outback Steakhouse. On Highway 31, a ten-minute drive and in the same direction as Wal-Mart, there are yet more options such as Red Lobster, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and a good-quality ice cream place. 

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • IHOP
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
  • Mr. Wang's Restaurant
  • P.F. Chang's
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Sonic
  • Waffle House
Best Coffee
  • O'Henry's Coffeehouse
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Soho Sweets
  • Yogurt Mountain
Best Healthy
  • Whole Foods
  • Zoe's Kitchen
Best Late-Night
  • Applebee's
  • IHOP
  • Purple Onion
  • Sonic
  • Waffle House
Best Mexican
  • Iguana Grill
  • Sabor Latino
  • Superior Grill
Best Pizza
  • Davenport's Pizza
  • Papa John's
  • Pizza Hut
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Outback Steakhouse
Best Place to Take a Date
Leonardo's Italian Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Superior Grill
  • Yogurt Mountain
Other Places to Check Out
Mountain Brook Creamery

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

5188 Caldwell Mill Rd.
(205) 980-7500
1654 Gadsden Highway
(205) 655-6950
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
1916 Center Point Parkway
(205) 520-0269
Whole Foods
3100 Cahaba Village Plaza
(205) 912-8400
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Applebee's Neigborhood Grill
Food: American, sandwiches, soups
579 Brookwood Village
(205) 879-5673
Price: $8-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings
Food: Wings, burgers
4507 Riverview Parkway
(205) 991-1955
Price: $8-$15
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American, desert
326 Summit Blvd.
(205) 262-1800
Price: $8-$20
Davenport's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2837 Cahaba Rd.
(205) 879-8603
Price: $10-$15
Iguana Grill
Food: Mexican
2085 Colonial Dr.
(205) 987-8240
Price: $8-$15
Food: Breakfast
221 State Farm Parkway
(205) 290-0995
Price: $8-$15
Jason's Deli
Food: Sandwiches
583 Brookwood Village
(205) 877-8477
Price: $5-$10
Leonardo's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
2520 Rocky Ridge Rd.
(205) 979-6996
Price: $8-$15
Momma Goldberg's
Food: Sandwiches
2829 18th St. S.
(205) 834-8871
Price: $5-$10
Mr. Wang's Restaurant
Food: Chinese
217 Lakeshore Parkway
(205) 945-9000
Price: $8-$15
O'Henry's Coffees
Food: Coffee, tea
2831 18th St. S
(205) 870-1198
Price: $5-$8
Outback Steakhouse
Food: Australian, steaks
281 Lakeshore Parkway
(205) 290-0099
Price: $8-$15
P.F. Chang's
Food: Asian
233 Summit Blvd.
(205) 967-0040
Price: $10-$20
Papa John's
Food: Pizza
736 Montgomery Hwy.
(205) 978-7272
Price: $8-$15
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
1919 29th Ave. S
(205) 978-8000
Price: $8-$15
Purple Onion Deli & Grill
Food: Sandwiches, burgers
479 Green Springs Hwy
(205) 941-9979
Price: $8-$15
Sabor Latino
Food: Peruvian
112 Green Springs Highway
(205) 942-9480
Price: $8-$15
Soho Sweets
Food: Ice cream
1830 29th Ave. S
(205) 871-4420
Price: $3-$8
Food: Burgers, milkshakes, etc.
313 Valley Ave.
(205) 945-9622
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: They bring the food out to your car!
Food: Coffee, tea
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr.
(205) 877-2110
Price: $5-$8
Superior Grill
Food: Mexican, especially quesadillas
4701 U.S. 280
(205) 991-5112
Price: $8-$15
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
185 Oxmoor Rd.
(205) 942-4530
Price: $5-$10
Yogurt Mountain
Food: Frozen yogurt
3000 Cahaba Village Plaza
(205) 970-7778
Price: $3-$8
Zoe's Kitchen
Food: American, sandwiches
1830 29th Ave. S
(205) 870-1100
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 51 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 63 responses

  • 60% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 35% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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