LOOKING FOR A MEAL ON A BUDGET? Eau Claire is a cost-conscious town, so there are tons of dining options that won’t break the bank.

1611 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

If you’re looking for a fix of bold flavors, fresh recipes, and mouth-watering meals, look no further than locally-owned Egg Roll Plus (1611 Bellinger St.), which was voted Best Restaurant for Asian Food in our Best of the Chippewa Valley Poll. Their pho is divine, their fried rice is rich with flavor, and there’s simply nothing better than their larger-than-life egg rolls, fried to a crisp and dunked in some sweet and sour.

2000 North Hillcrest Pkwy - Hwy 12 E, Altoona

Searching for home-style comfort food? There’s nothing quite like stepping into Altoona Family Restaurant (just a short drive from campus at 2000 N. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona) for a home-cooked meal. With their mouth-watering all-day breakfast menu and to-die-for sandwiches, this family-style spot is a timeless hit.

113 W. Grand Ave.

Girolamo’s Court’n House is the quintessential Wisconsin bar and burger place, just about a mile walk from campus. You don’t need to add much to their beautifully juicy patties, which are 2-for-1 on Thursdays. For more than a decade, Volume One readers have ranked their burgers No. 1 in town in our Best of the Chippewa Valley Poll.

805 S. Hastings Way

Don’t let the beautiful new building fool you: The prices are as reasonable as the servings are large at Cancun Mexican Grill. Voters have named them the Best Restaurant for Mexican Food in our Best of the Chippewa Valley Poll for 13 years, so you can trust that their scrumptious queso, big burritos, and everything else will be top notch.

1636 Harding Ave., Eau Claire

Much-loved for their huge, deli-fresh sandwiches, plus ice cream.

1928 3rd St., Eau Claire

A classic greasy spoon diner, perfect for getting a cheap breakfast or lunch when you need some comfort food.

WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT? Embrace the mobile food revolution

Over the past few years, the national food truck trend has been rolling into Eau Claire. In 2018, the Eau Claire City Council expanded the number of parks where licensed food trucks can serve up mobile munchies. They’ve also made special allowances for smaller neighborhood parks in an effort to bring those communities closer together. The new ordinances, combined with an ever-increasing presence at local events and private businesses (like breweries) seems to be convincing Eau Claire restaurateurs that a food truck or trailer is worth a try. On top of that, Volume One hosts Food Truck Friday in the Summer, where once a month, a tasty lineup of trucks parks in Phoenix Park for lunch and dinner Looking for info on local trucks? Check out Volume One's list of Eau Claire Food Trucks for listings.

Save some money:

A lot of restaurants and business in Eau Claire offer student discounts with your Blugold ID. Doesn’t hurt to ask!