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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is close and convenient.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: YSU is located directly next to the center of town, and so there are MANY places to eat if you decide to actually look around. Most commuters rarely stick around to look at all of the food locations available withing even a 1 mile radius. Cost is low, since it is a low cost of living environment. There are many vegetarian and organic options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: more of a distance off campus

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is great! There are a lot of options and most off-campus dining accepts Pete's Points, so you very rarely need to carry money on you.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of off campus dining places that are delicious and many are not too costly.


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There are many varieties of food available near YSU: Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Italian (the last of which is everywhere). Italian restaurants are the most prominent because of Youngstown's dense Italian population. Some of the best Italian restaurants include the MVR next to Bliss Hall and Antone's/Winslow's in the Butler Art Museum on campus. One can find several leading fast food chains around campus that have become the "go-to" dining choice for many cash-strapped students. Some in the immediate vicinity of YSU include McDonald's, Arby's, Subway, and Taco Bell. Taco Bell is so popular that it has become a main attraction in college nightlife!

Although several restaurants reside within Youngstown's city limits, students will find the best selection of dining choices if they venture into the nearby suburbs of Boardman, Austintown, Niles, Liberty, Girard, and Warren. Every major restaurant chain is within a short driving distance. There are also many specialty restaurants, locally owned and operated, some of which have been in families for generations. This makes for a unique dining experience with a homey atmosphere. Youngstown features several such restaurants, as well as novelties like the Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe in Girard. This shop is only a 10-minute drive from campus and has a cult following because of its extremely low prices and tasty treats.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • McDonald's
Best Asian
Tokyo House Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • McDonald's
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Dunkin Donuts'
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • The Lemon Grove
  • Taco Bell
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
  • Gia's Pizzeria
  • Inner Circle Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
  • MVR (Mahoning Valley Restaurant)
  • Rosetta Stone Café & Wine Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Lemon Grove
  • MVR (Mahoning Valley Restaurant)
  • Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Antone's Italian Grille
  • Applebee's
  • Burger King
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
  • Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant
  • Chipotle
  • Denny's
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • The Flaming Ice Cube
  • IHOP
  • McDonald's
  • O'Charley's
  • Olive Garden
  • Panera Bread
  • Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Starbucks
  • Station Square Ristorante
  • Steak 'N Shake
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Winslow's Café
  • Zenobia

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
4700 Belmont Ave.
(330) 759-9502
Daily 24 hours
Sam's Club
6361 South Ave.
(330) 965-1643
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
200 Goldie Rd.
(330) 759-2066
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Charlie Staples Bar-B-Q
Food: Barbecue
372 W. Rayen Ave.
(330) 743-7427
Price: $10-$20
Food: Mexican
137 Lincoln Ave.
(330) 744-2444
Price: $10 and under
Gia's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian, sandwiches, subs
708 Boardman Canfield Rd.
(330) 726-4442
Price: $10 and under
Inner Circle Pizza
Food: Pizza
318 Elm St.
(330) 744-5448
Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe
Food: Hot dogs
313 S. State St., Girard
(330) 545-1129
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Hot dogs are 85 cents each!
The Lemon Grove
Food: American
122 Federal Plaza W
(330) 744-7683
Price: $10
MVR (Mahoning Valley Restaurant)
Food: Italian
410 N. Walnut St.
(330) 746-7067
Price: $10 and under
Cool Features: Four bocce courts!
Rosetta Stone Café and Wine Bar
Food: American
110 Federal Plaza W
(330) 480-0884
Price: $1.50-$25
Cool Features: Live music every Friday and Saturday night
Sawa Steak House
Food: Steak, seafood, sushi
7401 Market St.
(330) 726-1888
Price: $15-$25
Tokyo House Restaurant
Food: Japanese
1907 South Ave.
(330) 747-2231
Price: $10-$20
Youngstown Crab Co.
Food: Seafood
3917 Belmont Ave.
(330) 759-5480
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Live tropical birds in bar area

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 106 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 119 responses

  • 16% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 8% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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