If students start planning right when they get to campus, they might have time to visit all the restaurants in and around the Fairfax area, but chances are, even upperclassmen haven’t dined at all of the great locations the area has to offer. Students have their pick of any type of cuisine they can imagine, at varying price levels. So when the on-campus options start to taste bland, it’s convenient for students to jump in the car or catch a bus into Old Town Fairfax and sample some of the eats the town has to offer—as long as they don’t need to make it back to class within an hour.
Some student favorites include Noodles & Company, a small chain in the Virginia, D.C., and Maryland area, which has all different kinds of noodles from pad Thai to Wisconsin mac and cheese, and the Auld Shebeen, which doubles as a bar. Every popular fast food chain imaginable is also somewhere within 15 minutes of campus for students who don’t have a lot to spend on a big meal. Some eateries in Fairfax, like Subway in Old Town and Brion’s Grille, accept Mason Money, the bonus money that comes with a meal plan, which is convenient for students who have meal plans and can’t afford too many of the nicer off-campus places.