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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You just have to know where to go.

Grilled Cheese & Co is pretty delicious and cheap, and you can use your Campus Cash there, in addition to getting 10% off if you show your student ID.

Sushi Q has amazing sushi for a decent price, with free appetizer, soup, and dessert. Also has a 10% student discount.

Route 40 has a lot of chain restaurants and really good Korean food.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Close and great change of pace from campus food

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I am a vegetarian and there are a lot of great places to go, my favorite is Sprout (vegan/ vegetarian) in Catonsville

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The UMBC campus is pretty secluded and we don't have many options for off-campus dining.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I thought it was okay.


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If you have a car, you’ll have access to the best dining options in Old Ellicott City, Baltimore City, and along Route 40. In Old Ellicott City, students can fine fine Italian, Mexican, and American food with a homemade feel. Baltimore City offers international cuisine that’s as diverse as the UMBC campus. Ethiopian, Brazilian, Turkish, Indian, Moroccan, and French are just some of the foreign cuisines that can be found in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Mount Vernon, or Federal Hill areas. Route 40 is a great option for students looking for Asian cuisine beyond Americanized Chinese food. Here, students can find Korean and a few Thai restaurants.

In contrast, students without a car who are limited to the restaurants close to campus are less fortunate because options are limited. There are Chinese restaurants and pizzerias, but the food in these places tends to be repetitive and similar to what is already offered on campus. However, on the plus side, they are open late, so students can get food delivered to their doors late at night.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Double T Diner
Best Asian
  • Lemongrass
  • China Chef
  • Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant
  • Mongolian Grill
  • Niko Japanese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Bob Evans
  • Double T Diner
  • Panera Bread
Best Coffee
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Double T Diner
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Double T Diner
  • Rita's Ice
Best Healthy
Great Sage
Best Late-Night
Double T Diner
Best Mexican
  • Chipotle
  • On the Border
Best Pizza
Pizza Paradise
Best Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Paper Moon
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Paper Moon
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Bruce Lee II
  • David Chu's China Bistro
  • H-Mart
  • Hooters
  • La Palapa Grill & Cantina
  • Starbucks
  • Taneytown Deli

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Food Supermarket
4622 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore
Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Mars Super Markets
1080 Maiden Choice Ln., Baltimore
(410) 247-7842
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
5101 East Dr., Arbutus
(410) 242.4292
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bob Evans
Food: American
6336 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville
(410) 744-1010
Price: $5-$10
Cheesecake Factory
Food: American, Caribbean, desserts
201 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
(410) 234-3990
Price: $10-$20
China Chef
Food: Chinese
704 N. Rolling Rd., Catonsville
(410) 719-0828
Price: $7-$15
Food: Mexican
621 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
(410) 837-8353
Price: $7-$13
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
5705 Richards Valley Rd., Ellicott City
(410) 465-6009
Price: $5-$10
Double T Diner
Food: American
6300 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville
(410) 744-4151
Price: $7-$15
El Azteca
Food: Mexican
12210 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville
(410) 531-3001
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: Bar specials and late fares.
Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1056 Maiden Choice Ln., Baltimore
(410) 242-4788
Price: Less than $10
Great Sage
Food: Healthy, organic
5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville
(443) 535-9400
Price: $7-$15
Hanamura Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
8865 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
(410) 290-2883
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Lunch specials.
Hard Rock Cafe
Food: American
601 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
(410) 347-7625
Price: $15-$30
Food: Thai
1300 Bank St., Baltimore
(410) 327-7835
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There are happy hours, private rooms, and great wine.
Mongolian Grill
Food: Mongolian
8865 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
(410) 290-0690
Price: $10-$15
Niko Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese, sushi
8450 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
(410) 418-8400
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Lunch buffet.
On the Border
Food: Mexican
8230 Gateway Overlook Dr., Elkridge
(410) 312-1490
Price: $10-$15
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
600 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
(410) 649-2750
Price: $10-$20
Panera Bread
Food: Bagels, sandwiches, soup
6600 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville
(410) 747-0071
Price: Less than $12
Paper Moon Diner
Food: American
227 W. 29th St., Baltimore
(410) 889-4444
Price: $7-$15
Pizza Paradise
Food: Italian, pizza
5411 East Drive, Halethorpe
(410) 737-8444
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: You get a cheaper price if you pick up.
Rita's Ice
Food: Italian ice
5403 East Dr., Arbutus
(410) 247-2422
Price: $3-$7
Umami Bistro
Food: Kosher Chinese, Japanese
1496 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville
(410) 484-7787
Price: $15-$25

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 134 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 164 responses

  • 27% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 23% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 13% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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