Find the Best Local Spots in Your College Town

The local pizza places and Chinese delivery spots are the go-to restaurants in college towns across the country. College towns actually are home to a number of interesting locally-owned restaurants. Beyond fast food and delivery joints, you can find some of the best places to eat in the country.

Whether you’re a college student looking for something for dinner other than a burrito, or a parent who is visiting your student’s college town for the weekend, we have all the tips you need to find the best place to eat in your college town.

How to find the hidden gems in your college town

The next time you’re hungry and ready to hit the town for a bite to eat, leave the old choices behind. Your college town is full of restaurants that have interesting stories, rich culture, and delicious food.

Here are our tips for finding the best spot for a meal.

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Listen to the townies in your dorm

There are sure to be a few people in your dorm building who were born and raised in the same town where you’re now going to school. Take a cue from them — they know the city like the back of their hand, so they’ll know where to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. Offer to take them out for a bite to eat, on the condition that they choose the restaurant.

Ask school staff and professors

Your professors probably have good taste, and they live in your college town, too. Ask them about the hole-in-the-wall spot for breakfast or the best place to get fresh local food. They’ll be happy to share the restaurants they love.

Search, search, search

Do a little old school searching — You never know what you’ll find driving around town. When you’re running errands, keep your eyes peeled for restaurants and advertisements for the best fried chicken, freshest seafood, and other local favorites in your town. Don’t forget to search online, where you can find lists of the best places to eat in your town.

Our Favorite Local Spots

We want to help you out finding the special restaurants in your college town that may go unnoticed. Since we travel the country checking out college towns’ best spots, we have gathered some of our favorites. Check out our list to see if you’ve tried any of these!

University of Mississippi – Restaurants in Oxford, MS

Big Bad Breakfast

University of Florida – Restaurants in Gainesville, FL

Ballyhoo Grill

Satchel’s Pizza

University of Georgia – Restaurants in Athens, GA

Weaver D’s

Mama’s Boy

University of South Carolina – Restaurants in Columbia, SC

Blue Marlin

Vegetable Medley

Pawleys Front Porch

University of Arkansas – Restaurants in Fayetteville, AR

Catfish Hole

Doe’s Eat Place

Herman’s Rib Place

Momma Dean’s Soul Food

Have you found some favorite local hot spots in your college town? Let us know! We’ll keep giving tips for enjoying the culture of your college town through football and food.

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