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Off-Campus Dining


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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good food choices for a city the size of Burlington. There is good American as well as ethnic food choices. I especially like the local Thai food.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great places around the city to enjoy a meal.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food here is amazing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Living in the city of Burlington supplies me with a plethora of options off campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining has some really good options but it tends to be on the pricey-er side.


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More than anything else, students cannot get over the quality, the ambiance, and the choices of Burlington’s plethora of restaurants and eateries. Nearly every cuisine from all corners of the globe are represented here. In a town with so many different places to eat, it is hard for most to pick an absolute favorite. And as far as choosing a place, one student put it most appropriately, “The best way is to experience them.” Even in this small town, there is a big-city feel when it comes to the food establishments and international dining.

As you begin you first semester here, off-campus dining may not seem like a priority. You have meals provided by the University, and it will appear to be abundant at first. However, your satisfaction with the school’s food will begin to fade. Luckily for you, there are several restaurants off campus ranging from eclectic ethnic dishes to traditional American fare. Each establishment has its own specialties. Whether it be breakfast, a night out with your new flame, or dinner with your parents, there are enough choices to keep the experience a pleasant one. Prices vary too, with dinners ranging from around the 10 dollar mark to well over 25, just for the main course. Be adventurous and try new places, even if you think you’ve found a favorite.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Big Daddy's
  • Penny Cluse Café
  • Sneakers Bistro and Café
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Price Chopper
Best Asian
Kwan's Chinese Food
Best Breakfast
Best Healthy
Stone Soup
Best Pizza
Leonardo's Pizza
Best Wings
Big Daddy's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
American Flatbread
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bueno Y Sana
  • Papa Frank's Italian Restaurant
  • Wings Over Burlington

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

City Market/Onion River Co-op
82 S Winooski Ave.
(802) 863-3659
Price Chopper
595 Shelburne Rd.
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Al's French Frys
Food: Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries
1251 Williston Rd.
(802) 862-9203
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Hamburgers and hot dogs are $1, doubles are $2, extra for toppings.
American Flatbread
Food: Flatbread sandwiches
115 St. Paul St.
(802) 861-2999
Price: $8-$20
Bangkok Bistro
Food: Asian, Thai
144 Church St.
(802) 951-5888
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Pretty pricy, but possibly the best sushi downtown.
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop
Food: Ice cream
36 Church St.
(802) 862-9620
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Originated right here in Burlington.
Big Daddy's
Food: Wings, sandwiches
177 Church St.
(802) 863-0000
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: They have great wings, and they deliver.
Food: American
730 Shelburne Rd.
(802) 863-4000
Price: $5-$15
Henry Street Deli
Food: Deli
11 Henry St.
(802) 864-1754
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Huge sandwiches at a cheap price, quite often made by fellow UVM students
India House Restaurant
Food: Fine Indian
207 Colchester Ave.
(802) 985-7800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Right next to UVM, offers takeout, delivery, and catering.
Junior's Downtown
Food: Italian, pizza
176 Main St.
(802) 862-1234
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Delicious, affordable pizza, and massive calzones.
Kountry Kart Deli
Food: Sandwiches
155 Main St.
(802) 864-4408
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Offers the largest selection of fresh deli-made subs and sandwiches, homemade falafels, lasagna, sandwiches, soups, and milkshakes.
Kwan's Chinese Food
Food: Chinese
65 Patchen Rd.
(802) 862-0475
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Offers free delivery with any order over $10, take-out available.
Leonardo's Pizza
Food: Pizza
83 Pearl St.
(802) 862-7700
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delivers to UVM, accepts meal points.
Food: Breakfast, American
1 Lawson Ln.
(802) 846-7466
Pacific Rim
Food: Asian
111 Saint Paul St.
(802) 651-3000
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Low prices, spicy and mild food.
Food: Thai
185 Pearl St.
(802) 864-7917
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Serves everything from pad Thai noodles to hot or mild Thai curries, decor that has warmth from the natural woods and stained glass.
Penny Cluse Café
Food: Breakfast, light lunch
169 Cherry St.
(802) 651-8834
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Caters to the breakfast crowd, well-decorated farmhouse.
Sneakers Bistro & Café
Food: American
36 Main St.
(802) 862-9081
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Only serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch, the diner-style food is relatively inexpensive.
Stone Soup
Food: Healthy
211 College St.
(802) 862-7616
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Excellent salad bar and decent entrees.
Food: Salads, fajitas, soups, grilled meat
118 Church St.
(802) 864-9800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Bank vaults converted into walk-in coolers, original iron bank security grates still there.
Tilley's Café
Food: American, seafood, vegetarian
161 Church St.
(802) 658-4553
Price: $12-$25
Cool Features: Great-looking café with reggae night specials every Friday.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 119 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 127 responses

  • 74% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 24% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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