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Off-Campus Dining

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The only things that are remotely good are Wawa and the diner.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Marzella's Pizza is inexpensive and is open until 10, Wawa is open 24 hours but that's the only real late-night dining.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I barely go off campus because I want to make the most of my meal plan, and the food in wismer is pretty good. it's not incredible, but it's very enjoyable, especially the salad bar.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Unless you have transportation eating off campus is hard. If you do, it's about a ten minute drive to an outdoor mall that has all the basic chains. If you don't, it's an easy walk to two pizza places, a sandwhich shop, a diner, two pubs and a Wawa.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few options but if you don't have a car you can't really get to them. Marzella's is a good pizza place with $1 slices after 9pm but they don't stay open very late. Off campus dining is not so great since collegeville is basically no-where-ville.

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Since on-campus dining is somewhat lacking in quality, off-campus dining looks much more appealing by default. There is a nice variety of food, ranging from the cheap and quick to pricier, higher-quality cuisine. What's even nicer is that most restaurants are locally run and operated, so they have a much more personal touch to them. There are a few chains, but, generally, students will go to a diner for food. Several restaurants are within walking distance, which makes it especially nice for those who don't have a car, but there are also plenty of restaurants that can be found while driving.

Since Ursinus is located in a heavily residential area, it can sometimes be hard to find some restaurants. But even though a bit of local knowledge is required, students find that off-campus food is worth seeking out. However, most restaurants cater to local residents, not college students, so sometimes the food can be a bit pricier than desired. Thankfully, though, the student favorites—Collegeville Diner and Rocco's Pizza—are very close and provide great food at a good price.

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Student Favorites
  • Collegeville Diner
  • Peking Chinese Restaurant
  • Rocco's Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Collegeville Diner (on the weekends)
Best Asian
  • Great Wall
  • Jasmine Asian House
  • Peking Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Collegeville Diner
  • Lunch Box on Main
Best Coffee
Wawa
Best Dessert
Collegeville Diner
Best Healthy
Saladworks
Best Late-Night
Wawa
Best Mexican
Tortuga's
Best Pizza
  • Marzella's Pizza
  • Rocco's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Marzella's Pizza
  • The Trappe Tavern
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Appalachian Brewing Company
  • DaVinci's Pub
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Appalachian Brewing Company
  • DaVinci's Pub
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • DaVinci's Pub
  • McDonald's
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Panera Bread
  • Saladworks
  • Subway
  • Wawa

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Redner's Markets
201 Second Ave.
(610) 454-9709
www.rednersmarkets.com/
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Appalachian Brewing Company
Food: American
50 W. Third Ave.
(484) 973-6064
www.abcbrew.com/
Price: $8–$15
The Back Porch Café
Food: Pasta, seafood, steak
4000 Skippack Pike, Sippack Village
(610) 584-0600
www.skippackrestaurants.com/svr_backporch.html
Price: $10–$30
Bonjung Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
50 W. Third Ave.
(610) 489-7022
www.bonjungsushi.com
Price: $10–$30
Cool Features: Outdoor seating available
Collegeville Diner
Food: American
290 E. Main St.
(610) 409-9600
www.collegevillediner.com
Price: Less than $15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours Friday and Saturday
Copperfield Inn at Lakeside
Food: Italian/American
594 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick
(484) 938-7082
www.copperfieldinn.net/
Price: Less than $30
Cool Features: Brunch is held every Sunday.
Cutillo's Restaurant & Lounge
Food: Italian/American
2688 E. High St., Sanatoga
(610) 327-2910
www.cutillos.com
Price: Less than $25
Cool Features: A harpist plays on Friday and Saturday nights.
Great Wall
Food: Chinese
222 E. Main St.
(610) 489-8000
Price: $10
Jasmine Asian House
Food: Asian
130 W. Main St., Suite 120
(610) 489-2959
www.jasmineasianhouse.com/Jasmine_Asian_House/Home.html
Price: $10–$15
Lunch Box on Main
Food: American
454 E. Main St.
(484) 973-6220
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Saturday open mic nights
Marzella's Pizza
Food: Italian
488 E. Main St.
(610) 489-4946
Price: Less than $10
Road House Grille
Food: American
4022 Skippack Pike, Sippack Village
(610) 584-4231
www.roadhousegrille.net/
Price: $10–$35
Cool Features: Restaurant renovated from an 18th-century colonial mansion
Rocco's Pizza
Food: Italian
201 Second Ave.
(610) 831-0100
www.roccosbrickoven.net/
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: Pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning brick oven.
Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery
Food: American
519 Kimberton Rd., Phoenixville
(610) 935-4540
www.slyfoxbeer.com
Price: Less than $15
Cool Features: Large list of seasonal and year-round brews on tap
Tortuga's
Food: Mexican
305 Second Ave.
(610) 489-0600
www.tortugasmex.com
Price: $10–$20
The Trappe Tavern
Food: Burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups
416 Main St., Trappe
(610) 489-8686
www.trappetavern.com/
Price: Less than $8
Cool Features: There's a second-floor game area and an outdoor deck.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 20 responses

  • 20% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 25% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 15% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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