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April 01, 2017

Dining Hall Alternatives: The Best Restaurants Near Emerson College

Dining Hall Alternatives: The Best Restaurants Near Emerson College

Sick of chicken patties and pizza from the dining hall? Luckily for you, Emerson College is in the heart of Boston’s busy Theater District, which means there are tons of restaurants within walking distance—and many are student budget-friendly.

Fast Food/Casual Dining

When you’re pressed for time in between classes or in a hurry to make the T, these places are perfect for a speedy snack.

⋆  Panera Bread (450 Boylston Street)

Treat yourself to baked goods and free WiFi.

⋆  Subway (1122 Boylston Street)

Use your student ID to get 10% off. This location also has friendly employees, so if you’re having a rough day, they’ll put a smile on your face as you speed through the line.

⋆  Griddler’s (134 Boylston Street)

This burger joint can get packed thanks to its proximity to Emerson’s academic buildings, but it’s worth it. Don’t forget to try the fried Oreos!

⋆  Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (115 Stuart Street)

If you have a little extra time, check out this sit-down pub for a bigger menu with more options.

⋆  Dunkin’ Donuts (80 Boylston Street) and Starbucks (62 Boylston Street)

These will be lifesavers on exam days when you need an extra caffeine boost, but they’re also options if you need a quick and cheap bite to eat.

⋆  City Place Food Court (10 Park Plaza)

City Place is just a stone’s throw from Emerson’s Walker and Tufte buildings, and it’s home to Chipotle, Crazy Dough’s Pizza, Osaka Espress, Herrera’s Burritos, Iron Wok, D’Angelo, Jimmy John’s, and another Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks… plus a 7-11.

Fancier Options

Need restaurants to take your date on Valentine’s Day and to eat dinner with your parents when they visit? There are a few close-by choices for situations where Subway and Panera just won’t cut it.

⋆  Legal Seafood (26 Park Plaza by City Place)

Try some fresh and local lobster at least one time during your stay at Emerson. You won’t regret it.

⋆  Troquet (140 Boylston Street)

Although it’s known for its extensive wine list, Troquet has a menu that changes daily and serves everything from unique items like octopus and pig ears to more standard fare like chicken and fish.

⋆  Teatro (177 Tremont Street)

If you’re craving Italian food, Teatro has your back. It can get packed on weekends, so be sure to make a reservation well in advance.

⋆  Fin’s Sushi & Grill (62 Boylston Street)

The best sushi out of all the restaurants in the area, hands down. If you’re not a fish fan, they also serve ramen, vegetable rolls, and other kinds of Japanese food.

Managing your meals at college can be hard, but be sure to check out these places for discounts or even try a food truck! If we missed your favorite spot, let us know in the comments below!

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