5 of the Best Places for a College Student to Eat
Okay, let's face it, being in college is a balancing act. You have to juggle homework, sleep, work (for some of us), and social time. And then there's the money versus social activities versus food and clothes. But every now and again, you get sick of what the dining hall has to offer or you really just need to get away from campus for a little while.
Over the years, I've gotten the chance to try a lot of places in Evansville, and here are my favorites for an affordable off campus meal.
1. Jeanne's Gelato and More
Admittedly, this one is basically on campus (across from the Lincoln Parks apartments, near Lincoln Garden and The Slice), but it's still a great place to grab a quick bite. They sell sandwiches, soup, salads and, best of all, gelato! Plus, the prices are great and the people who work there are always incredibly friendly and cheerful. All in all, a great atmosphere to de-stress before that exam.
By no means an Evansville exclusive, IHOP is still a great choice for a college student, mainly because they're open 24 hours. Ours is located on Burkhardt, behind WalMart. Freshmen year, 3 am and I knew each other really well, and sometimes that sounded like a great time for some pancakes. IHOP never let me down. Plus, again, the prices are great--an omelette AND a stack of pancakes for $8? Yes, please.
3. The Smiling Moose Deli
This place is tucked away down the road from the Walmart on Burkhardt and they have some delicious sandwiches and wraps going on. It's a nice, quiet atmosphere with some more interesting sandwich choices than you might find at Panera or Subway.
4. Los Bravos
This place has a few different locations depending on which area of town you're the most comfortable with. But if you're in the mood for Mexican and a little bit nicer of a meal than you get at Taco Bell, this is my recommendation for you. The service is always quick and the prices aren't bad for a place where you get to sit down and have the food brought to you (remember that luxury?).
5. Thai Papaya Cuisine
If you have never had Thai food, this place is a great first introduction--trust me, it was mine. Located off Burkhardt on Tutor Lane, Thai Cuisine is nice and small, quiet, and has a decent-sized meal for a good price. Like Los Bravos, this is more of a "nice dinner" kind of place, but still a good value and some delicious food.