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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Enough to keep things interesting~

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different options in the area. You can get cheaper options, such as fast foods, and more expensive sit down restaurants, too. There are different types of foods from Mexican to Italian. My favorite places are Stacks (American), La Cabana (Mexican) and Pestos (Italian).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is good, and most of it is within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few chains and a fair amount of local restaurants in the area. They are very convenient. I just wish their was more local restaurants in the area.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of restaurants off campus in Valpo. You can pick from anything from fast food to high end restaurants- some of them can be very expensive!


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What the town of Valparaiso lacks in exciting activities, it makes up for in dining. Valparaiso has an incredible blend of fast food, casual eats, and fancy dining options. Every fast food venue you can think of is available, including a Quizno’s and Panera Bread, along with old favorites like Steak ‘n Shake. Casual dining options like Applebee's and Chili's are available close to campus. Everything from Italian to Chinese to Spanish is waiting for your taste buds. Maria Elena's is a huge favorite of everyone on campus. They have American, Mexican, and Italian cuisine with prices comparable to Chili’s. El Amigo, while not fancy in the least, is a late-night favorite. You'll need a car to get there, but from what everyone says, the burritos are worth more than the five-minute drive. There are many unique small restaurants in the city, too.

Dining hall options can quickly exhaust themselves despite the Dining Services' staff doing what they can to vary the menu and come up with new and exciting meals. It’s easy to take an evening and head out with friends to one of the great restaurants in Valparaiso. The best thing is that once you’ve tried one place, you know you could always go back again, but with all the other options, why not try something new?

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Student Favorites
  • BuffaLouie's
  • Gelsosomo's
  • Jade Garden
  • Maria Elena's
24-Hour Dining
  • Arby's
  • Johnnies Round the Clock
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • Dynasty Buffet
  • Jade Garden
Best Breakfast
  • Bob Evans Restaurant
  • Broadway Café
  • Jimmy's Café
  • Viking Chili Bowl
Best Coffee
  • Designer Desserts
  • Evelyns Bay Coffee Company
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Designer Desserts
Best Healthy
  • Noodles and Company 510
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • El Amigo
  • Jimmy John's
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Mexican
  • El Amigo
  • El Charro
  • El Salto
Best Pizza
  • Domino's (best for your wallet)
  • Gelsosomo's (best taste)
  • Greeks Pizzeria
  • Hungry Howie's
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • BuffaLouie's
  • Wings, Etc.
Best Place to Take a Date
Maria Elena's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Kelsey's Steakhouse
  • Pikk's Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Denny's
  • Dynasty Buffet
  • Greek's Pizzeria
  • Jimmy John's
  • King Gyros
  • Panera Bread
  • Quiznos
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Bell
  • Tony's Place
  • Wings, etc.
Did You Know?
  • Valparaiso is home to the Popcorn Festival in honor of Orville Redenbacher, a Valpo native.
  • Want to eat healthy? A Natural Ovens Bakery (3400 Mariposa; is located in Valparaiso, and their products are available at area grocery stores. In addition, Au Naturel (1708 Lincolnway) is an organic and health food market, and it's now within walking distance of campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Town and Country Market
1605 Calumet Ave.
(219) 464-8606
Wal-Mart SuperCenter
2400 E Morthland Dr.
(219) 465-2799
2800 Calumet Ave.
(219) 464-3571

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: American
670 Morthland Dr.
(219) 477-3868
Price: $8-$15
Food: Fast food
2101 Calumet Ave.
(219) 464-4147
Price: $2-$8
Billy Jack's Café & Grill
Food: Californian, Southwestern, Italian, Mediterranean
2904 Calumet Ave.
(219) 477-3797
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: For $24.95, you can pick up dinner for 4 to go.
Bistro 157
Food: Gourmet
157 Lincolnway
(219) 462-0992
Price: $15-$50
Cool Features: Very upscale, and very expensive.
Bob Evans
Food: Diner
2201 E. Morthland Dr.
(219) 464-9201
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: New menu items all the time.
Broadway Café & Ice Cream Parlor
Food: American, Greek, Italian
1805 Morthland Ave. (U.S. 30)
(219) 464-0112
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great ice cream!
Food: Wings, salads, sandwiches
3300 Calumet Ave.
(219) 462-1717
Price: $20-$50
Cool Features: Restaurant decorated with Valpo athletic gear.
Café Paradiso
Food: Northern Italian
21 Linconway
(219) 476-0099
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Chef/owner from Rome-all meals are authentic Italian.
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
250 Silhavy Rd.
(219) 465-7344
Price: $8-$15
China House
Food: Chinese
120 E. Lincolnway
(219) 462-5788
Cool Features: Part of old downtown Valparaiso, China House is quite authentic.
Designer Desserts
Food: Baked goods
56 E. Lincolnway
(219) 465-0008
Dish Restaurant
Food: American
3907 N. Calumet Ave.
(219) 465-9221
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Urban dining in a small-town setting.
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1707 La Porte Ave.
(219) 465-5500
Price: $3-$8
Don Quijote
Food: Spanish
119 E. Lincoln Way
(219) 462-7976
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: Only authentic Spanish in Indiana.
El Amigo Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
3032 N. Calumet Ave.
(219) 531-5606
Price: $3-$7
Cool Features: Late-night favorite for Valpo students.
El Charro
Food: Mexican
807 E. Lincoln Way
(219) 548-3703
El Salto
Food: Mexican
3304 Calument Ave.
(219) 462-0100
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Giant margaritas!
The Evelyn Bay Coffee Company
Food: Coffee
3800 Calumet Ave.
(219) 510-5802
Gelsosomo's Pizza
Food: Pizza and Italian
2605 La Porte Ave.
(219) 477-4255
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Great place to enjoy pizza as a sit-down dinner.
Hungry Howie's Pizza
Food: Pizza
15 Roosevelt Rd.
(219) 476-0800
Jade Garden
Food: Chinese
3022 N. Calumet Ave.
(219) 464-9860
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Jade Garden delivers to VU dorms.
Jimmy's Café
55 Michigan Ave.
(219) 462-9167
Johnnies Round the Clock Restaurant
217 E. Lincoln Way
(219) 462-6339
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Dinner and lunch specials.
Kelsey's Steak House
Food: Steak, seafood
1905 Morthland Ave. (U.S. 30)
(219) 465-4022
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: There's a giant steer out front.
Maria Elena's
Food: American, Italian, Mexican
454 S. Greenwich
(219) 477-2490
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: A romantic place for a date if you lack transportation-very close to campus!
Food: Steak, seafood
1004 Calumet Ave.
(219) 464-0801
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: VU Jazz Lab provides live music regularly.
Mia Cucina
Food: Italian, sports bar
210 Aberdeen Dr.
(219) 548-3300
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good drink specials (Tuesdays 10-beer buckets for $10).
Noodles and Company 510
Food: Asian, Mediterranean
71 Silhavy Rd,
(219) 548-0921
Food: American
175 Lincolnway
(219) 462-3786
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Full bar.
Pesto's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Food: Italian, pizza
3123 Calumet Ave.
(219) 462-0993
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Looks like a real Italian bistro, complete with balcony.
Pikk's Tavern
Food: Steak, sandwiches
62 E. Lincoln Way
(219) 476-7455
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
1251 Strongbow Center Dr.
(800) 357-8768
Price: $5-$10
Strongbow Inn
Food: Turkey, fresh bakery
1251 Strongbow Center Dr. (U.S. 30)
(219) 462-5121
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Strongbow has the best rolls in the world and an awesome buffet on Wednesdays.
Food: Subs, salad, soup
3004 Calumet Ave.
(219) 462-9666
Price: $3-$8
Suzie's Café & Catering
Food: Homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, soup, sandwiches
1050 South Point Dr.
(219) 462-5500
Price: $5-$10
Viking Chili Bowl
Food: Chili, breakfast
105 Morthland Ave. (U.S. 30)
(219) 462-0800
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 77 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 99 responses

  • 25% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 53% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 18% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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