Restaurant guide for the off-campus eater

By Mallory Terrence
November 1, 2007


Tired of cafeteria food? Luckily Cabrini College is located in a major metropolitan area that offers an array of restaurants with exceptional food, filled with both flavor and character. From gourmet restaurants to small diners, the Philadelphia Main Line has it all.

The repetitive cycle of going to either the cafeteria or Jazzman’s for each meal has many students looking off campus for other choices.

“I’d choose to go out to eat over eating in the caf any day. If I have the money, what’s an extra couple bucks for better food,” Julian Cruz, senior human resources management major, said.

College students are no longer sticking to the traditional microwave meals or Ramen noodles; each week undergraduate students at four-year colleges pay three million visits to full-service restaurants, according to Roper College Track, a New York-based market research and consulting service.

“All my friends and I love to hang out and eat at Minella’s,” Whitney Ford, a junior special elementary education major, said. Minella’s Diner is located only minutes away from campus, open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. “The menu has a little bit of everything, and there’re not too expensive,” Ford said.

Most nights the booths at Minella’s Diner are filled with local students, who come in to have a quick bite to eat from their five-page menu that offers classic diner food.

“We are the only place open late at night, and it can be a fun place to come after a night of partying. Since our customers are often younger at night, we have a mainly young staff during that time, most of the waitresses are in their early and mid 20s,” Justin Moran, the night manager at Minella’s Diner, said.

For more upscale dining many residents in the local area visit Georges’ on West Lancaster Avenue. Celebrity chef Georges Perrier delivers the Main Line a taste of elegant food with a casual twist.

Georges’ has a menu where you can find filet mignon and olive oil poached salmon along side a classic cheesesteak, which is served with brown-bagged-spiced French fries.

Whether going on a romantic date or celebrating a birthday, Georges’ is a satisfying restaurant with options to suit all.

“For special occasions I enjoy going out to eat, even if it’s just at Chili’s. It’s not the caf,” Dan O’Neill, sophomore English and communication major, said.

To grab a quick and inexpensive breakfast, The Bagel Factory is the perfect stop. The award-winning bagels are made fresh daily, and can be topped with flavored cream cheese or made into a breakfast sandwich with your choice of meat, egg and cheese. For students who like to sleep in, The Bagel Factory also offers a lunch menu ranging from wraps, hot sandwiches and fresh salads.

“Fox & Hound, Maggiano’s and Friday’s are restaurants I go to in the area, to eat and have a drink. They have reasonable prices and a casual atmosphere,” Cruz said.

Fox & Hound and Maggiano’s Little Italy are located right next to the King of Prussia Mall and offer traditional American and Italian foods.

The best way to experience a city is through its food. Step off the campus and indulge in an experience that will have your mouth watering.

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