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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: it is just the basic fast food restaurants and it gets boring after a while.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there was a more affordable variety and also places that stayed open later.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of healthy options and if there are, it's more expensive than a burger and fries meal.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You have your typical dinning places but there is only one place you can go to late at night.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not that many "date" places to eat. Need a late night spot like Fuego in College Station

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Nineteenth Street, just east of University Avenue, is fast food alley, and it is located conveniently on the way home from all the bars and clubs in the Depot District. When you look beyond the dozens of McDonald's and Whataburgers and Chili's and IHOPs, you'll see that Lubbock has plenty of small-town treasures that you will eventually grow to miss.

Lubbock is in the beef business, and restaurants like Caprock keep visitors satisfied. Breakfast is the best meal of the day in Lubbock, and you are guaranteed to have a great one at mom-and-pop places like George's Restaurant and Ranch House Restaurant. Italian food holds its own with the help of chains such as Carino's and the local favorite, Stella's. Lubbock is not the best place to turn for your next great Tex-Mex meal, though. Places like Abuelo's and On the Border are tasty, but they can be found all over Texas. Chimy's is the best local Mexican restaurant, but it is a bar, and its strong margaritas and midnight closing time always keep it crowded. When it comes to Asian cuisine, Thai Pepper could rival the Thai food in any big city. As for fine dining, Lubbock restaurants make valiant efforts, but something is always a little off. Great presentation is usually paired with poor flavor, or great food comes with terrible service. Lubbock dining won't ever break the bank, but it also has the power to make you grow to love cooking.

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Student Favorites
  • Caprock Café
  • Freebirds World Burrito
  • J&M Bar-B-Q
  • Market Street (yes, the grocery store)
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Ranch House Restaurant
  • Thai Pepper
Best Asian
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Thai Pepper
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Pancake House
Best Coffee
  • J&B Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • The Arrogant Texan
  • Spoonfull Frozen Yogurt
Best Healthy
  • Bless Your Heart
  • Market Street
Best Late-Night
  • IHOP
  • Whataburger
Best Mexican
  • Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
  • Rosa's Café
Best Pizza
  • One Guy From Italy
  • Orlando's Italian Restaurant
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Wingstop
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Olive Garden
  • Orlando's Italian Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Café J
  • Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • The Gas Light
  • IHOP
  • Lone Star Oyster Bar
  • Melt
  • Olive Garden
  • On the Border Mexican Grill
  • Stella's
  • Wingstop

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Market Street
3405 50th St.
(806) 791-8341
Daily 24 hours
United Supermarket
401 Slide Rd.
(806) 796-0330
Daily 6 a.m.–11 p.m.
Wal-Mart SuperCenter
702 W. Loop 289
(806) 793-9686
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

50 Yard Line Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
2549 S. Loop 289
(806) 745-3991
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: All menu items are named after football terms.
Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
4401 82nd St.
(806) 794-1762
Price: $7–$15
Cool Features: Outdoor patio that hosts live music.
The Arrogant Texan
Food: Barbecue
1113 University Ave.
(806) 771-9362
Cool Features: Part barbecue, part dessert shop
Bless Your Heart
Food: Health food
3701 19th St.
(806) 791-2211
Price: $6–$10
Café J
Food: Seafood, steak
2605 19th St.
(806) 743-5400
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Most people come to Café J for their feature martinis in the lounge.
Caprock Café
Food: American
3405 34th St.
(806) 784-0300
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Peanut shells on the floor, a big-screen TV, and tons of Red Raider tributes on the walls. Great drink specials, too, especially on schooners.
Carino's Italian Grill
Food: Italian
6821 Slide Rd.
(806) 798-0944
Price: $10–$15
Casa Olé
Food: Mexican
5705 Fourth St.
(806) 785-1680
Price: $6-$12
Cool Features: Great happy hour specials on margaritas
Food: Mexican
2417 Broadway Ave.
(806) 763-7369
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Margaritas! This is a great game day restaurant and a popular bar at night.
Freebirds World Burrito
Food: Mexican
4930 S. Loop 289
(806) 791-0101
Price: $5–$13
Gardski's Loft
Food: American
2009 Broadway Ave.
(806) 744-2391
Price: $8–$10
Cool Features: Gardski's is the oldest restaurant in Lubbock.
J&B Coffee
Food: Coffee
4406-C 19th St.
(806) 799-1994
Price: $5–$10
J&M Bar-B-Q
Food: Barbecue
3605 34th St.
(806) 796-1164
Price: $10–$30
One Guy From Italy
Food: Italian
1101 University Ave.
(806) 747-1226
Price: $10–$20
Orlando's Italian Restaurant
Food: Pizza, Italian
6951 Indiana Ave.
(806) 747-5998
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: This is a locally-owned chain restaurant. Try the Grandma's Pizza. This place also has great special prices on schooners of beer.
Pancake House
Food: Breakfast
510 Avenue Q
(806) 765-8506
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: A breakfast favorite for Bobby Knight.
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Food: Asian
4210 82nd St.
(806) 792-4896
Price: $10–$12
Cool Features: This is a smaller version of the big-city favorite PF Chang's.
Ranch House Restaurant
Food: Home-style cooking
1520 Buddy Holly Ave.
(806) 762-3472
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: This restaurant opened 1972, and its atmosphere hasn't changed since. It is only open for breakfast and lunch, and although you can order items a la carte, you can't beat its $6 plate lunch which includes a meat, veggie, salad, bread, drink, and dessert.
Rosa's Café
Food: Mexican
3115 50th St.
(806) 784-0100
Spoonfull Frozen Yogurt
Food: Frozen yogurt
411 University Ave.
(806) 702-4239
Price: $5–$10
Texas Café & Bar (aka "The Spoon")
Food: American, barbecue
3604 50th St.
(806) 792-8544
Price: $6-$10
Cool Features: Great live music four nights a week. It's a popular nightlife spot as well.
Thai Pepper
Food: Thai
3702 20th St., Suite A
(806) 795-7444
Price: $6–$10
Cool Features: Best Thai food anywhere! Get the Kool Special or the Pad Thai.
Food: American
1702 19th St.
(806) 747-5622
Price: $8–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 328 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 334 responses

  • 27% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 18% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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