ASU Tempe is roaring hard as students, new and old, are returning to campus for fall semester. That means a lot of drunken, hungry mouths to feed on a budget, and that Taco Bell on Apache and Rural can only microwave so many chalupas.
If not already, you'll get tired of the mundane dining hall and MU offerings (with the possible exception of Engrained) and the fast food mush soon enough. Well, hungry, undeclared super senior, fear not.
The following is our list of favorite quality eats within walking distance of the ASU's Tempe campus. So get some cash scrounged up (read: copy and sell back textbooks) and get ready to chow down.
Hit the jump to see our picks.
The Chuckbox: 202 E. University Drive
Burgers - tasty, tasty burgers are what The Chuckbox does best. Here, half-pound burgers are charcoal broiled to perfection and topped with simple, yet fresh and delicious toppings, like bacon, guacamole, and your choice of cheese. Like "Big Juan" will tell you, it's all about tasty, well-done simplicity at The Chuck Box.
Our regular: Tijuana Torpedo (comes with jalapeno jack cheese inside and green chili on top), or pretty much anything on the menu
Dave's Dog House: 240 E. Orange Mall
Located on Orange Mall and Forest, you can't get any closer to campus than Dave's Dog House. The hard-to-miss shaded counter service stand has been serving up tasty Boston-style dogs for a while, complete with their signature, melt-in-your-mouth buttered and toasted buns and hand-stuffed all beef franks. Additionally, they also offer addicting sliders, franks and beans, and a delicious breakfast sandwich.
Our regular: BBQ Dog
Haji Baba Middle Eastern Food: 1513 E. Apache Blvd.
Craving quality Middle-Eastern eats on a post-bookstore budget? Haji Baba is your place to be, with outstanding hummus and mouthwatering sandwiches for under $5. Kabab koubideh, schawerma, and falafel are just some of our favorites. In fact, Haji Baba's Falafel Sandwich earned a place on our 100 Favorite Dishes list.
Our regular: Falafel Sandwich
Slices: 11 E. 6th Street, right off of Mill Avenue
Open until 3 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday, Slices is a great choice for late night nosh at $3.25 per giant slice. The restaurant space is a little cramped, but the quality pizza, serving piping hot and melty, more than makes up for this. They also have unique slice combos, such as the Gyro Pizza, that vary daily.
Our regular: White Pizza
Texano's Carne Asada: 1135 E. Apache Blvd.
While most of the drunken herd will stumble over the Filiberto's down the road, stay a little closer to campus and try Texano's. In addition to being slightly cheaper, this similarly structured 24-hour Mexican fare offers bigger, better tasting burritos. They also carry meats you can't usually find at 3 a.m. on a Friday (unless you know the right shady alleyway), like cabeza (cow head) and tripas (small intestine). Perfect sloppy drunk nosh.
Our regular: Cabeza Burrito
House of Tricks: 114 E. 7th Street
To be completely honest, a dinner at this critically-acclaimed New American gourmet is way out of a college student's budget, but that's what parents during move-in-week are for! Less than 2 blocks northwest of Old Main, House of Tricks resides in a cozy 1920s cottage and offers the best of fine dining, meaning foie gras and duck breast surrounded by a whole lot of foreign, expensive sounding adjectives.
That being said, Tricks also offers a lunch service with amazing gourmet sandwiches at reasonable prices ($8.50 - $11).
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Our regular: Asian Barbeque Pork Tenderloin Banh Mi
Did we miss any of your favorite ASU Tempe eats? Tell us in the comments section below. And catch our picks for the downtown ASU campus here.