5 Best Restaurants for Students Near ASU Downtown (Plus One for the Parents)
Pallets in Downtown Phoenix serves affordable sushi and a nice selection of beers.
We've already told you where the best student-friendly restaurants are around Arizona State University's main campus in Tempe. But don't worry, Downtown Phoenix students, we've got some suggestions for you too.
Taking classes on the Downtown Phoenix campus gives you the opportunity to explore an urban jungle and that means a whole different set of dining and drinking options than your Tempe counterparts have available. Downtown is host a bunch of great restaurants including more than one James Beard Award-winning spot and a whole bunch of places for excellent pizza. The places that make this list are great food students in that they're affordable, close to campus, and still serve solid food.
Pallets Food and Bar
Yes, there are better sushi restaurants in town (in fact, if you're looking for a more upscale Japanese restaurant in downtown you'll definitely be wanting Nobuo at Teeter House) but on a student's tight budget, Pallets Food and Bar fits the bill. This restaurant serves pan-Asian fare ranging from sushi to orange chicken to Vietnamese stir fried beef -- and best of all, it's all really cheap. You can get red curry with rice for $7 or cash in on happy hour deals that bring sushi prices down to between $4 and $6 per roll. The restaurant's spacious patio and outdoor bar also make nice places to hang out and enjoy one of the many craft beers available on tap. Finally, Pallets benefits from its incredibly convenient location, just a short walk north of campus and across the street from the student-friendly apartment complex Roosevelt Point.
The No. 2 crepe in taco form for gluten-free diners.
Students have plenty of coffee houses to choose from around campus, but Jobot is one of our favorites. Not so long ago it was a little too
dirty rough and tumble for our taste, but thanks to some renovations this Roosevelt Row coffee house is now totally our scene. It offers comfortable seating and a one-of-a-kind artsy vibe, whether inside or out on the large patio. Plus you're guaranteed excellent people watching and it's open late -- 24 hours a day on the weekends and until midnight during the week. There's also a menu of food to keep your brain juices flowing, including sandwiches, tacos, and their well-loved made-to-order crepes. The No. 2 is definitely our favorite; it's filled with spicy Schriener's chorizo, fresh spinach, and creamy melted mozzarella.
Fuego Cityscape offers sweet deals on its patio.
Sure, you could just go to Chiptole, which is also located at CityScape. But why not support a local restaurant with just as affordable Mexican fare. Fuego Cityscape, the downtown restaurant owned by the same folks behind Fuego Bistro, serves a concise menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and house specialties such as quesadillas, empanadas, and tacos. Best of all, Fuego offers happy hour deals on its patio all day everyday. That means a sizable selection of $6 food and drink options. Think, cubano sliders, nachos, bbq pork quesadilla, and a Fuego margarita.
Chicken Caesar salad at Bowl of Greens.
Bowl of Greens
Located in the bottom floor of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, this restaurant is hands down the most convenient on our list. As with most highly convenient things, however, it comes at a price. During the lunch rush you might face some long lines since students and faculty alike take advantage of Bowl of Greens' affordable lunch options. The menu is eclectic. You can order a signature salad or choose to create your own and there's also a handful of Mediterranean dishes such as falafel, baba ganaouj, and chicken and beef kebabs. Think that's weird? Well, things get even more international with the selection of pastas and other Italian-inspired fare including chicken and eggplant Parmesan. Oh and did we mention they serve smoothies?
Hot Vings at The Vig Fillmore.
The Vig Fillmore
The Vig has several successful locations around the Valley and it's probably because the owners are quite good at creating spaces you can't help but like. The Vig Fillmore calls a converted old house its home, which translates to a cozy vibe that's made even more appealing by the large patio. On the menu you'll find elevated bar food such as Sonoran ceviche, a smoked chicken club, and hot wings -- er, "vings." It's not where you'll find the most inventive food, but it is the kind of place where even your pickiest friends can find some thing to eat. Plus the happy hour deals are quite a bargain: selection appetizers are half price and cocktails are $2 off.
Phoenix Public Market Cafe's fried chicken.
Take your parents to...Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Chef Aaron Chamberlin's Phoenix Public Market Cafe is a strikingly beautiful space filled with health-focused eats. The restaurant aims to be everything in one, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner while also offering coffee, a bar, and some market items. The price point may be a little high for the average student but mom and pops will appreciate the fact that there's stick-to-your ribs entrees like fried chicken right next to lighter options like roasted cauliflower -- plus, much of the produce is sourced locally, in some cases from the adjacent bi-weekly farmers market.
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