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Off-Campus Dining


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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's hard to get to Philadelphia since you rely on Septa. Swarthmore, the town, has few options and closes early. Everything on the Baltimore Pike is only accessible by car or bus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much next to campus, Hobbs has decent coffee and there's an overpriced Co-op that has groceries and pretty good sandwiches, but you have to go to either Media or Philly for real restaurants, which are great, but harder to get to.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a pizza place for late night food, the co-op, a coffee shop, and a couple other cute little restaurants. Springfield and Media are close by, and there are a great deal more options in those areas than in Swarthmore. They're easy to get to by foot or by train.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is only one dining hall that is readily available to the students and virtually no other restaurants around.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food selections are limited and the meals are repetitive. Look forward to pasta bar every Wednesday and Saturday night for four years. With one of the country's biggest per capita endowments the food is unacceptable.

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Unless you want to eat pizza or Chinese food 15 times a week, you might want to consider venturing off campus a few days a week. However, eating off campus takes a little planning. The Ville, or downtown Swarthmore, has little in the way of dining that stays open late enough to cater to college students, so usually, students end up eating on campus or ordering pizza or Chinese from places that deliver. On the bright side, there seems to be a million pizza places that compete for Swarthmore’s business, so prices generally stay low, and they are constantly introducing new recipes.

For the more adventurous Swattie, Baltimore Pike is a short 20-minute walk from campus and has a bunch of chain restaurants, including Houlihan’s, Panera Bread, Einstein Bagels, and Outback Steakhouse. Restaurants along the Pike provide students a refreshing break from Sharples and Essie Mae’s, but for true restaurant connoisseurs, Philadelphia provides a huge wide variety of excellent restaurants. The final bill at some of the city’s more established restaurants can be a bit daunting (unless you're with your parents), but with a little searching, particularly in Chinatown and South Philly, you can find an excellent, hole-in-the-wall restaurant with entrées for less than $10. Crawl on in and eat!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Geno's Steaks
  • Pat's King of Steaks
  • Tom Jones Diner
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Vicky's Place
Best Coffee
Hobbs Coffee
Best Dessert
Best Healthy
Govinda's Gourmet Vegetarian
Best Late-Night
Tom Jones Diner
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
Renato's Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria
  • Cuba Libre
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Happy Wok
  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
  • Marrakech
  • Nooddi Thai Chef
  • Olive Garden
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Peace A Pizza
  • Shere-E-Punjab
Did You Know?
  • Philadelphia cheesesteak experts claim that the most authentic cheesesteaks must include Cheese Whiz. They also say that if you get your cheesesteak more than an hour from South Philly, the sandwich is not authentic.
  • Tastykakes were invented more than 90 years ago in Philadelphia.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Genuardi's Family Market
950 Baltimore Pike, Swarthmore
(610) 604-1570
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Swarthmore Coop
341 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 543-9805
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

320 Produce Market & Deli
Food: Sandwiches
733 S. Chester Rd., Swarthmore
(610) 328-7211
Price: $5-$10
Food: Mediterranean
405 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 543-2701
Price: $5-$10
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern
Food: American
720 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 328-0612
Price: $8-$15
Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria
Food: Italian
965 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 543-8079
Price: $10-$20
Cheng Hing
Food: Asian, Chinese
333 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 328-2078
Price: $5-$10
Countryside Market
Food: Sandwiches
514 Yale Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 604-4799
Price: $5-$10
Cuba Libre
Food: Cuban
10 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia
(215) 627-0666
Price: $15-$30
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Coffee, donuts
1 S. Chester Rd.
(610) 690-5153
Price: $3-$8
Geno's Steaks
Food: Cheesesteaks
1219 S. 9th St., Philadelphia
(215) 389-0659
Price: $5-$10
Govinda's Gourmet Vegetarian
Food: Vegetarian
1408 South St., Philadelphia
(215) 985-9303
Price: $8-$15
Hobbs Coffee
Food: Breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, salads
1 Park Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 624-1391
Price: $3-$10
Johnny Rockets
Food: American
443 South St., Philadelphia
(215) 829-9222
Price: $5-$10
Occasionally Yours
Food: American
10 Park Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 328-9360
Price: $5-$10
Outback Steakhouse
Food: American
1162 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 544-9889
Price: $10-$20
Pat's King of Steaks
Food: Cheesesteaks
Ninth Street at Wharton and Passyunk
(215) 468-1546
Price: $5-$10
Food: Asian, Malaysian
117 N. 10th St., Philadelphia
(215) 413-2531
Price: $8-$15
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
1054 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 543-4104
Price: $3-$8
Food: Asian, Burmese
112 N. 9th St., Philadelphia
(215) 829-8939
Price: $10-$15
Renato's Pizza
Food: Pizza, subs
8 Park Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 544-2300
Price: $5-$10
Salvucci's Cucina
Food: Italian, subs
417 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 543-4339
Price: $5-$10
Swarthmore Pizza
Food: Italian, pizza
607 S. Chester Rd., Swarthmore
(610) 543-3474
Price: $5-$10
Tom Jones Diner
Food: American
4417 Edgmont Ave., Brookhaven
(610) 874-1055
Price: $5-$10
Vicky's Place
Food: American
417 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore
(610) 328-2453
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 31 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 41 responses

  • 17% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 37% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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