On the weekends, or on special occasions, Xavier students tend to flock toward the trendy restaurants in neighboring areas. Rookwood, an upscale shopping center, is home to many of the dining choices that XU students frequent on a regular basis. Buffalo Wild Wings, PF Chang's, First Watch, and Buca di Beppo are just a few of the dining options in Rookwood that are extremely popular at Xavier. Those preferring a different atmosphere often venture to Hyde Park, where cozy restaurants like Zip's Café and Graeter's ice cream offer a more authentic Cincinnati feel. Hyde Park can be a little pricier, but there are tons of great places to choose from. Any time you mention food and Cincinnati in the same sentence, you're obligated to at least make reference to Skyline Chili, the city's trademark dish. The special brand of chili served with spaghetti, cheese, or hot dogs is a favorite among locals. For out-of-towners, it may take some getting used to, but you can't experience Cincinnati without at least trying the stuff. (Don't forget the Tums.)
The off-campus dining experience at Xavier is convenient and full of a wide array of choices. Whatever you're in the mood for, there is sure to be a place within a few miles to fill your stomach at a reasonable price. The best part about it is most of the popular restaurants are all clumped together in Rookwood and Hyde Park, so you don't even have to decide what you're in the mood for until you get where you're going. Whether you develop a taste for Skyline Chili or not, there are still plenty of great places to feed your face off campus.