Places to eat near FAMU

Chick-Fil-A on campus. Photo Submitted by Alexis Hamilton

Whether you’ve had one or two classes or been on campus all day, mealtime eat can be tricky.

Here are some great places to eat on or near campus:


While it’s still on campus, it can still be a refreshing break from the typical cafeteria food. The restaurant doesn’t have everything that a standard Chick-fil-A would have, but it has the basic menu items such as chicken sandwiches, wraps and salads. The Chick-fil-A is located in the Orange Room in the epicenter of FAMU’s campus.

Tameika Dennis, a senior African American studies student, talked about the convenience of the restaurant being on campus. “When I’m going to campus, I’m usually in a rush so I don’t have time to eat before class,” Dennis said.

“It’s nice to just run across campus and grab a bite to eat in between classes.”


If you’re looking to get your soul food fix, Olean’s Café is across the street from campus off of South Adams Street. The restaurant serves items such as smothered pork chops, smothered steak and fried chicken. The café offers a wide variety of breakfast items such as cheese grits, omelets and their famous Obama Special.

Gaines Street Pies

Sitting across the railroad tracks is the pizzeria Gaines Street Pies. The restaurant offers a “laid-back” atmosphere and has menu items such as build your own pizzas, specialty pizzas, wraps, and quirky desserts.

“Gaines Street Pies has great pizza and it’s right around the corner,” said Breyanna Williams, a senior psychology student.

Great Plates

With their second grand opening this past month, Great Plates turned what was a delivery food service into a restaurant located right off of Jackson Bluff Road. The restaurant has a Miami style to it and offers flavorful food items such seafood mac and cheese and chicken and waffles.

Senior political science student Bianca Dacres enjoys the quick service food that reminds her of her home.

“One thing I like about Great Plates, is that it’s like fast-food, but has the restaurant twist on it,” said Dacres.

Black Dog on The Square

Falling under the coffee shop style eateries, Black Dog Café has unique blend coffees and specialty lattes. What’s different about this coffee shop is that they have what are called “Not Your Momma’s Pops.” According to the website, these are popsicles that include ingredients that are seasonal. The menu also offers beers and wines.

Leola’s Crab Shack

Normally busy, Leola’s offers seasoned seafood such as crabs and shrimp. The restaurant is located off Orange Avenue and also has a food truck that you can normally find off Perry Street during game day.

When asked about her favorite restaurant, Taylar Hall, a senior political science student discussed the difficulty in finding quality food around campus.

“I don’t really have a favorite because I don’t eat meat,” said Hall. “But I mostly love Moe’s and Leola’s Crab Shack. Mostly because I can still eat meat and the customer service is normally great. I’m trying to eat healthier and so it’s always great to eat well without feeling like you ruined your body.”

While there’s so much food on or around campus, these are a few that are close and have been highly recommended by students.