Is the Dining Hall Not Cutting it? Here are Three off Campus Restaurants to Satisfy Any Palate

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Our West Chester community has access to some mouthwatering food and special dining experiences. Unfortunately, a lot of these options are on the pricier side for an average college student. What off campus restaurants have the best, cheapest, and fast food for students?

There are over 65 restaurants in Downtown West Chester alone, from casual to fine dining. Dwindling down all these flavorful choices was hard. However, I believe these three eateries are a perfect fit for our busy and on the go students. Not only will these hit the spot for out student community, but people of any age can enjoy the places below!

Amore Pizza and Restaurant

Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s an American staple and an Italian classic. Because of this and more, Amore Pizza and Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in town.

At the corner of South High Street, this joint is extremely walkable from campus. It is super convenient for any student living in the borough. Amore aims to please with its wide and affordable menu. This menu includes, but is not limited to… pizza, pasta, paninis, and salads, Amore makes sure there is something that everyone can enjoy!

They may not be on campus, but at the end of the day, the prime clientele is us: the students. Above all, Amore is student approved and open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for all those late night snackers. If you’re ever stuck on where to grab a bite, Amore may be your answer!

  • Some favorites: Buffalo chicken pizza, jalapeno poppers, cheesesteak, creamy milkshakes, and garlic knots!

Taco Mar

Mexican lovers rejoice! Taco Mar saves and answers your prayers with affordable and tasty Mexican eats. They have a mission: to “bring the most authentic flavors of Mexico food to open the best Mexican in West Chester & North of the Border.” Located on East Gay Street, Taco Mar serves authentic Mexican food your way, which means they accommodate to vegan and vegetarian customers!

Taco Mar has plenty to choose from, with a burrito and salad bar, baja grill, and taco stand. Although these entrees are enough to fill you up, stopping there would be a mistake. Taco Mar offers amazing desserts like flan, churros, and tres leches. For an authentic Mexican experience, Taco Mar is the place to be!

  • Some favorites: A customizable burrito bowl, churros, quesadillas, and the chips and guac appetizer!

Insomnia Cookies

Here’s something for the students with a sweet tooth! After a meal, there’s nothing like a sweet treat to finish the job. Insomnia Cookies sits on Gay Street, and is a popular cookie cafe known for its late hours and gooey, flavorful cookies. Insomnia is perfect for college students pulling all nighters or going out in the borough, as their hours go as late as 1 a.m. for both pickup and delivery.

They also offer unique flavors, like Cereal N’ Milk and Everything Bagel, but also have the classics like Chocolate Chunk and Oatmeal Raisin. Cookies is just the start of the menu, with Insomnia also offering cakes and cookie ice cream sandwiches.

  • Some favorites: Vegan birthday cake, chocolate chunk, and everything bagel.

Honorable Mentions!

  • Poke Bros (poke bowls)
  • Gryphon Cafe (coffee, breakfast, and lunch)
  • Buddy’s Burgers, Breasts, and Fries (American food and milkshakes)
  • Market Street Grill (American breakfast and lunch)
  • Tsunami (Asian food)
  • The Couch Tomato (American and Italian cafe)

Finding off campus food is no battle thanks to the plethora of options that West Chester offers us. Whatever cuisine, there is a restaurant for you!