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7 Brookings Restaurants Worth Venturing Off Campus For

When you're an SDSU Jackrabbit, you have options for being well-fed. From the Larson Commons to The Market to Weary Wil's, you've got plenty of on-campus options to keep fueling your appetite. But now and again you might want to hit the town, and your residence hall staff will encourage you to experience opportunities.

Here are a few good places to start your quest for food off campus in Brookings.

Nick's Hamburger Shop

If you're after a true Brookings institution, you don't have to look much further than Nick's in downtown Brookings. This local favorite is famous for its burgers "by the bag." Voted one of the best hamburger joints in America by USA Today (among others), Nick's is a must-stop on the off-campus dining list.

Cubby's Sports Bar & Grill

It's a tried-and-true favorite for any Jackrabbits fan. Cubby's is the prime location for taking in sporting events on the big screen. The added bonus of wings, burgers and a stellar variety of nacho options are all the reward you need for stopping by.

George's Pizza

You are a college student, after all, so what about the pizza? If you want to take part in a local tradition, George's boasts a buffet in the restaurant itself and—potentially better yet for you late-nighters—a walk-up window open on the weekends with pizza by the slice.

Craft Italian-American Fusion

There's no better way to build up your Jackrabbits karma than by supporting some SDSU alumni. Craft is a fairly new addition to the local restaurant scene, and it brings farm-to-table-style meals like handmade pasta, salmon and some seriously delicious rib eyes courtesy of some fellow grads.

Pheasant Restaurant

Another downtown mainstay with some brilliant live music, the Pheasant has been around for a solid 60-plus years, has some unique burger choices (venison, bison and veggie burgers for the fancy palates) and is the only place you're allowed to eat ice cream outside of the SDSU Dairy Bar. (Candied bacon? Watermelon basil? Earl grey tea? Madness!)

Sake Sushi & Hibachi

For those in need of some international cuisine, Sake might be your go-to. For the adventurous types, there's sushi, and for the skeptics, there's hibachi. And for those who hate to venture off campus for too long, there's takeout. Grab and go right back to your residence hall study session.

Old Market Eatery

A relatively recent addition to the Brookings landscape, Old Market Eatery is a downtown-adjacent hotspot for nabbing yourself some craft beer (for those of age) or some atypical bar fare—seafood lovers rejoice! The frequent live music certainly doesn't hurt, if you're into that sort of thing.