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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are better options off-campus than on-campus, but town is 15 minute walk away. Many restaurants deliver.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: there are so many options and its not overly priced like some schools so thats good

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It seems OK but I never eat out, you wont either

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants on Main St, which is not a far walk from campus.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Middletown is the best for food! The entire strip is different kinds of restaurants.

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The off-campus dining around Wesleyan is fantastic. People come from miles around to taste the diverse cuisines of Middletown—seriously. It is the town's main allure. From Thai to Asian fusion to Italian to Mexican (surprisingly good Mexican, given how far away Middletown is from Mexico), Main Street has it all.

If you want to venture beyond walking distance, there are even more options. The Athenian (a 24-hour diner that doubles as a late-night Wesleyan hangout) has huge portions and low prices, and you can get ingredients to cook at the nearby Price Chopper or Stop & Shop. There are chains (Taco Bell, Domino's, McDonald's) a five-minute drive away, and even a mall with a nice food court 15 minutes away.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Athenian Diner
Best Asian
  • Fortune Wok
  • Thai Gardens
Best Breakfast
O'Rourke's Diner
Best Coffee
  • Javapalooza Café
  • Klekolo World Coffee
Best Dessert
Praline's Ice Cream
Best Healthy
It's Only Natural Vegetarian Restaurant
Best Late-Night
Athenian Diner
Best Mexican
La Boca Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Illiano's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria
  • Sammy's Pizza
Best Wings
  • First & Last Tavern
  • Wes Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Amici Italian Grill
  • Thai Gardens
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Amici Italian Grill
  • Luce Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Brew Bakers
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Coppertop Grill
  • Courtside Café
  • Denny's
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Empire Pizza
  • English Tea Garden
  • Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Fiore II Restaurant
  • Forbidden City Bistro
  • Fortune Garden
  • Friendly's Ice Cream Shop
  • Iguana Ranas Taqueria
  • McDonald's
  • Middlesex Fruitery
  • Mondo
  • The Nest
  • The New England Emporium Eatery & Marketplace
  • Osaka
  • Pattie Palace
  • Pho Mai
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Red & Black Café
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Tandoor Indian Restaurant
  • Tavern on the Green
Did You Know?
Middletown is home to a fascinating cross-section of people and some of the most interesting work at restaurants. Chat up your waiter or waitress, and you're sure to get a few good stories. Though the service at Middletown restaurants tends to vary, sometimes the most endearing dining experiences occur at places where the service is terrible. The Neon Deli is famous for its cranky employees, but with the right sense of humor, this trait can be a plus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Price Chopper
855 Washington St.
(860) 740-7700
Daily 24 hours
Stop & Shop
416 E. Main St.
(860) 346-0380
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amici Italian Grill
Food: Italian
280 Main St.
(860) 346-0075
Price: $15-$20
Athenian Diner
Food: Greek
864 Washington St.
(860) 346-2272
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The only option for 24-hour dining in town
Cypress Restaurant & Grill
Food: American
1265 S. Main St.
(860) 346-3367
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Middletown's oldest restaurant
Eli Cannon's Tap Room
Food: Classic bar food
695 Main St.
(860) 347-3547
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Warm and crowded in a cozy sort of way, complimented by an eclectic assortment of decorations that range from road signs to vintage TV posters
First & Last Tavern
Food: Italian
220 Main St.
(860) 347-2220
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located in the same building as the Middletown Police Department
Fortune Wok
Food: Chinese
844 Washington St.
(860) 347-0885
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can order online.
Haveli India
Food: Indian
1300 S. Main St.
(860) 347-7773
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Spicy to a fault-bring antacids.
Illiano's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
404 S. Main St.
(860) 346-5656
Price: $10-$20
It's Only Natural Vegetarian Restaurant
Food: Organic, vegetarian
386 Main St.
(860) 346-9210
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Fantastic healthy food from vegan to seafood
Javapalooza Café
Food: Café
330 Main St.
(860) 346-5282
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Live music and free Wi-Fi
Klekolo World Coffee
Food: Gourmet coffee shop
181 Court St.
(860) 343-9444
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Live music Tuesday and Thursday nights
La Boca Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
520 Main St.
(860) 347-4777
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Latin night dance parties every Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Luce Restaurant
Food: Italian-American
98 Washington St.
(860) 344-0222
Price: $10-$25
Neon Deli
Food: Deli
130 Cross St.
(860) 347-1800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Best soup variety in the area
O'Rourke's Diner
Food: American
728 Main St.
(860) 346-6101
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives"
Praline's Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
1179 Farmington Ave., Berlin
(860) 828-3626
Price: $3-$8
Sammy's Pizza
Food: Pizza
83 Broad St.
(860) 346-4477
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Coupons available online
Thai Gardens
Food: Thai
300 Plaza Middlesex
(860) 346-3322
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Great specialties like Thai iced tea and crispy duck dishes
Tuscany Grill
Food: Italian
120 College St.
(860) 346-7096
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Italian-American food with a Californian twist!
Food: Thai
360 Main St.
(830) 344-9667
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Authentic Thai dishes, can adjust spice level, homestyle cooking
Udupi Bhavan
Food: Indian, vegetarian
749 Saybrook Rd.
(860) 346-3355
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: All-vegetarian Indian cuisine
Wes Wings
Food: American, wings
156 High St.
(860) 685-3510
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 46 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 47 responses

  • 60% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 38% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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