Top restaurants around RC

Nicklas Grifhorst
Online Content Editor

The greater Rochester College area has some great food options. Over my last three years at RC, I am ashamed to say that I have tried most of them. As someone who loves food more than most things in life, here are my choices for places to eat:

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Lipuma’s Coney Island

This should be the first stop on most students’ checklists for food in downtown Rochester. Coney dogs are a staple for eastern Michigan, and Lipuma’s is one of the best around. Before making the trip though, make sure you have cash because, like most coney islands, Lipuma’s is cash only.

My order: Two Coney dogs and cheese fries.

Distance from RC: 1.3 miles


Without a doubt, this is the best Chinese food around the school. Ping’s has a great selection of soups, rice, chop suey and chow mein, but most importantly, they have dumplings. I don’t stop by Ping’s often enough, but it is a great choice if you like Chinese food.

My order: Pan fried dumplings and egg drop soup.

Distance from RC: 2.6 miles

Penny Black

This is a new one for me. I made my first stop here recently, and that was a mistake-- because I will be back often. They have great BBQ and burger combos that make for a taste that few places in the area have. Penny Black is more of a sports bar then a restaurant, but the food is really good. The only bad thing about this place is they don’t have their own parking lot, so you will need to pay to park in the street or a lot.

My order: Yard bird burger with fries.

Distance from RC: 1.1 miles

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Mod Pizza

Mod is a fast food style pizza place. You can get a pizza for $8.99 and then put on as many toppings as you want. This is probably one of the best deals on this list. Mod also is really strong in the shake category, and that is a big reason why they made the list.

My order: A mod, with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham and pineapple, also a vanilla shake.

Distance from RC: 2.3 miles

Chicken Shack

Chicken Shack is one of my favorite panic orders. They are always a safe fallback option. They have really good chicken and ribs, and I am told their seafood is also pretty good. It is your classic greasy chicken place. They have really good sides as well.

My order: Chicken bites with shack potatoes.

Distance from RC: 1.2 miles