Considering the size of Walla Walla, the town offers a quaint variety of restaurants. From first-years to seniors, everyone takes advantage of the excellent off-campus cuisine. One of Walla Walla’s strengths is the diversity in the types of dining available. There are a lot of options available only on the West Coast, such as taco trucks serving authentic Mexican or restaurants serving Pacific Northwest specialties, and Whitties take special pride in this. As the town is a breeding ground for wineries, there are many fancy and expensive options, usually reserved for when the parents are in town—and footing the bill. For a student's price range, choices range from classic American eats to Thai food, from Italian to Mediterranean dining, and from Mexican food to Vietnamese to French cuisine. Students also enjoy that many of these options are within walking distance from campus.
Although recent economic troubles have led to the closing of several well-known Walla Walla restaurants, it seems that the variety of choices for students’ budgets will continue to subsist. Some students point out that it does cost a bit more per meal to be eating out rather than preparing their own food or going to the dining halls but cite that the options around town make it well worth it to break from the daily routine.