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Off-Campus Dining


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Off-Campus Dining: There is so much going on you can always try different options or go to familiar restaurants especially on Bardstown Rd or in St Mattews

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Off-Campus Dining: Louisville has many options for dining off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is the same for the restaurants on campus as they would be off campus. I've heard nothing but good things about Mt. Fiji and it's something different, not fast food. It allows a little bit of variety.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I really like the options that are available, such as Burger Boy and Dairy Kastle. The food is great and is just a short drive or bikeride away from campus, which is great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places around campus to fulfill your appetite when the ville grill gets old.


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If you don't care for the food that's available on campus, have no fear—there are literally thousands of restaurants in the Louisville area to choose from. However, whether or not these restaurants are affordable and convenient is another story. Sure, Louisville has more than its share of McDonald's and other fast food joints, but who wants to eat that every day? If you're looking for healthy options, your best bet is to find a grocery store nearby. Kroger, right down the street from campus, is the closest and therefore probably the most convenient choice for students who want to shop for their own food. However, it can be relatively expensive.

If you like adventurous dining experiences, you should be more than satisfied with Louisville's options. There are hundreds of restaurants that specialize in a variety of different ethnic foods, from Japanese to Indian to Mexican and more. Being that Louisville is also a city that loves its sports, there are also many sports bars and grills in the area. Beef ‘O’Brady's is popular, as well as Buffalo Wild Wings. If you just like good old American cuisine, places like Steak 'n Shake and Denny's will give you just what you're looking for. Some places will feed you for less than $5, but there are also places with dress codes and prices to match. Overall, Louisville has more than enough restaurants to choose from, you just have to find the place that is right for you and your budget.

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Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
  • Old Louisville Coffeehouse
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Papa John's
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • China Inn
  • Shah's Mongolian Grill & Korean Cuisine
Best Breakfast
  • Lynn's Paradise Café
  • Nancy's Bagel Grounds
  • Toast on Market
Best Coffee
  • Heine Brothers' Coffee
  • Quills Coffee
Best Dessert
Dairy Kastle
Best Healthy
  • Subway
  • Zen Garden
Best Late-Night
Taco Bell
Best Mexican
  • Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Papa John's
  • Spinelli's Pizzeria
  • Wick's Pizza Parlor
Best Wings
  • Beef 'O'Brady's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Ramsi's Café on the World
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Other Places to Check Out
  • Asian Buffet
  • Dairy Queen
  • Los Aztecas
  • McDonald's
  • Mr. Gatti's
  • Papa John's
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Sol Aztecas Grill and Cantina
  • Sonic
  • Subway
  • Sunergos Coffee
  • Taco Bell
  • Tumbleweed Southwest Grill
  • White Castle
  • Windy City Pizzeria

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

3165 S. 2nd St.
(502) 368-6075
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market
3046 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 498-2470
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
3101 Poplar Level Rd.
(502) 636-4356
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

August Moon Chinese Bistro
Food: Chinese
2269 Lexington Rd.
(502) 456-6569
Price: $5-$15
Baxter Station Bar and Grill
Food: American
1201 Payne St.
(502) 584-1635
Price: $5-$15
Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
1907 S. Fourth St.
(502) 899-9746
Price: $5-$15
Beef 'O'Brady's
Food: American
5628 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 239-2226
Price: $6-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
1055 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 454-3635
Price: $5-$15
Cardinal Hall of Fame Café
Food: American
2745 Crittenden Dr.
(502) 635-8686
Price: $8-$20
China Inn
Food: Chinese
1925 S. Fourth St.
(502) 636-2020
Price: $6-$10
Dairy Kastle
Food: Ice cream
575 Eastern Pkwy.
(502) 634-8990
Price: $3-$5
Food: American, breakfast
434 Eastern Pkwy.
(502) 636-2538
Price: $5-$10
English Grill Restaurant
Food: American
335 W. Broadway in The Brown Hotel
(502) 583-1234
Price: $20-$40
Food: Italian
6011 Preston Hwy.
(502) 969-4532
Price: $3-$7
Heine Brothers' Coffee
Food: Coffee
1449 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 454-5212
Price: $3-$6
Cool Features: There are three other locations on Bardstown Road.
Kobe Japanese Steak House
Food: Japanese Hibachi
301 Southern Indiana Ave., Jeffersonville, IN
(812) 280-8500
Price: $15-$20
La Bamba
Food: Mexican
1237 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 451-1418
Price: $5-$10
Lynn's Paradise Café
Food: Southern
984 Barret Ave.
(502) 583-3447
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Featured on an episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay on the Food Network.
The Melting Pot
Food: Fondue
2045 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.
(502) 491-3125
Price: $25-$45
Nancy's Bagel Grounds
Food: Bagels, coffee, salads, sandwiches, soups
2101 Frankfort Ave.
(502) 895-8323
Price: $3-$7
Old Louisville Coffeehouse
Food: Coffees, pastries, sandwiches
1489 S. Fourth St.
(502) 635-6660
Price: $2-$8
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Food: Italian
235 W. Market St.
(502) 581-1070
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A very interesting dining atmospheres with velvet chairs, antique chandeliers, and a trolley that you can actually eat in.
Food: Italian, Persian
566 S. 5th St.
(502) 584-0567
Price: $5-$20
Proof on Main
Food: American, pasta
702 W. Main St.
(502) 217-6360
Price: $25-$50
Quills Coffee
Food: Coffee
930 Baxter Ave.
(502) 742-6129
Price: $3-$6
Ramsi's Café on the World
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soup
1293 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 451-0700
Price: $10-$20
Sapporo Grill and Sushi
Food: Japanese, sushi
1706 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 479-5550
Price: $4-$15
Shah's Mongolian Grill & Korean Cuisine
Food: Korean, Mongolian
9148 Taylorsville Rd.
(502) 493-0234
Price: $6-$13
Spinelli's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
614 Baxter Ave.
(502) 568-5665
Price: $7-$25
Steak 'n Shake
Food: American, burgers
3232 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 456-2670
Price: $4-$10
Toast on Market
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches
736 E. Market St.
(502) 569-4099
Price: $5-$10
Wick's Pizza Parlor
Food: Pizza
975 Baxter Ave.
(502) 458-1828
Price: $7-$25
Zen Garden
Food: Vegetarian
2240 Frankfort Ave.
(502) 895-9114
Price: $5-$13

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 159 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 174 responses

  • 37% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 38% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 22% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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