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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: lots of chain fast food. typical fast food places papa johns dominos, MC D's burger king sonic, taco bell, subway, long john silvers, hardees, dairy queen, pizza hut. there are two pizza huts and two mc donalds and two subways though. MC D's is open 24/7 and Taco Bell is the only other place open late, closing at 3 on the weekends and 2 during the week i you get a lot of long lines running through the two on friday and saturday nights. there isnt much other than that, Nurachi's is good (Mongolian) there are 3 mexican restaurants that are good and half dollar margarita specials, a couple chinese resturants, greek gyros place, paliagas pizza, bellechinos, jimmy johns, steves garden deli, bonzai (sushi place), rosie's cafe, donut palace, colton's steak house, and ruby tuesday

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Honestly, I have no clue how many differnt options there are. I suspect there are at least 30 different restaurants in the area, so there is a wide variety.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some nice places for fancy dinners or cheap late night meals. Rosies and Diner 54 offer good diner food for the whole family. They are close and low cost.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dinning is mostly fast food, Mexican, and Chinese, but there are a few local places too that are really nice. The hours can be weird—most places are closed only on Sunday when the dinning halls are closed—but otherwise, there's some good food for good prices.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go off-campus for food very often. Most of it is fast food - McDonald's, Subway, Taco Bell. There are a few local places, but I haven't really tried them out yet.


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If a wide selection of exciting eating establishments is going to make or break your college choice, Truman probably is not for you. The only sushi or couscous you'll find is in the ethnic foods aisle at Walmart, where the chimichangas and the crab rangoon are delicious and kind on your wallet, as well. On the bright side, when you only have 15 potential off-campus choices, decisions become much easier.

Students are very protective of their off-campus dining preferences, and each of the Mexican and Chinese restaurants have devoted, vocal factions. And for a campus surrounded by pastures and pumpkins, the restaurants are nothing to shake a stick at. There's really nowhere to go wrong—every establishment serves plentiful and fine-tasting meals, and all are within close proximity to the University. Thousand Hills State Park Dining Lodge is the farthest from campus, but it is still less than a five-mile drive. With so much in easy distance, it's no wonder that half of the student body contentedly lives off campus. Plus, after weeks of Sodexo campus food, nothing tastes better than chips and queso dip or cashew chicken.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Hy-Vee
  • Pancake City
  • Walmart
Best Asian
  • China Palace
  • King's Buffet
Best Breakfast
  • Diner 54
  • Pancake City
Best Coffee
  • Pancake City
  • Sweet Espressions
Best Dessert
Dairy Queen
Best Healthy
  • Steve's Garden Deli
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Pancake City
  • Taco Bell
Best Mexican
  • La Fuente
  • La Pachanga
Best Pizza
  • Pagliai's Pizza
  • Papa John's
Best Wings
Pizza Hut
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Colton's Steakhouse
  • Ruby Tuesday
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Colton's Steakhouse
  • Ruby Tuesday
Other Places to Check Out
  • China Palace
  • Dairy Queen
  • Diner 54
  • Domino's Pizza
  • La Fuente
  • Papa John's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Steve's Garden Deli
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
Did You Know?
Students have been known to drive to Columbia, Mo., or to Iowa to satisfy cravings for Olive Garden, Steak 'n Shake, or White Castle.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

2115 N. Baltimore St.
(600) 665-3948
Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
500 N. Baltimore St.
(660) 665-8335
Daily 24 hours
2206 N. Baltimore St.
(660) 637-7100
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders
Food: Grinders, pizza, salads
518 N. Baltimore St.
(660) 665-7665
Price: $5–$7
Cool Features: On Sunday nights, grinders (sub sandwiches) are half price with a Truman ID. Delivery is free for orders of $10 or more.
Colton's Steakhouse
Food: American
1116 Country Club Dr.
(660) 665-6336
Price: $10–$30
Great Wall
Food: Chinese
1010 S. Baltimore St.
(660) 665-9029
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat on weekends for $5.
King's Buffet
Food: Chinese
1707 S. Baltimore St.
(660) 665-6622
Price: $6–$10
La Pachanga
Food: Mexican
1710 S. Baltimore St.
(660) 665-8450
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: On weekends, a guitarist serenades diners throughout the evening.
Pagliai's Pizza
Food: Italian
101 W. Washington St.
(660) 665-6678
Price: $3–$12
Cool Features: The restaurant's name is pronounced "polly-eyes." Free delivery, even on $3 sandwiches. Main feature are the baby ronzas, which are like homemade pizza pockets.
Pancake City
Food: Breakfast/American
2101 N. Baltimore St.
(660) 665-6002
Price: $3–$12
Cool Features: The only 24-hour restaurant in town. A student favorite is the grub fries, which are smothered in cheese sauce and bacon.
Sweet Espressions
Food: Coffee
204 N. Franklin St.
(660) 665-3224
Price: $5–$10
Thousand Hills State Park Dining Lodge
Food: American
20431 State Hwy. 157
(660) 665-2811
Price: $7–$18
Cool Features: The restaurant overlooks the lake and is particularly beautiful at sunset. The prices are cheaper at lunch, and the service is wonderful.
The Wooden Nickel
Food: American/Italian
114 S. Elson St.
(660) 665-2760
Price: $5–$20
Cool Features: Doubles as a catering center. The restaurant often participates in Truman fundraising efforts by donating coupons for free appetizers and entrées. Woody's, the full-service bar area, also has pool tables and dart boards.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 73 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 76 responses

  • 13% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 39% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 11% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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