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Top 5 Budget Friendly Restaurants

by Katie Byers | Oct 26, 2016

Whether it’s a Sunday night and Haist Commons is closed for dinner, or it’s a Thursday night and you’re looking for something to do, “Family Dinner” is something that has been special to me since my freshman year. At least once a week, my closest friends and I go out to dinner to de-stress, catch up, and spend time together. Here are our top 5 restaurants and why we love them so much!

  1. Mainview: They have half-price apps Monday-Thursday 8-10. This is kind of self-explanatory—who doesn’t love half-priced food? My favorites are boneless buffalo chicken, fried pickles, and mozzarella sticks. 
  2. Zook’s Café: This is the perfect place for an afternoon pick-me-up. Their smoothies are delicious and they have a wide variety of flavors. I love the plain strawberry smoothie and their stir fry!
  3. El Mesquite: This is by far the best Mexican restaurant I know. My go-to item to order is chicken fajitas with a side of pico de gallo. The pico de gallo and guacamole from El Mez is by far my all-time favorite.
  4. The Sandwich Cellar: This is located below the Time-Out and is open to all ages + it’s open on Sunday nights! I always get their endless spaghetti meal. It’s a great deal!
  5. Omega’s Family Restaurant: This is located on State Road 15, drive down Main Street past Dairy Queen and keep driving until you come to a four-way stop, Omega’s will be right in front of you. I love their burgers and pancakes!

I know college students are on a budget and these restaurants won’t break the bank too much. They offer some pretty good deals and have decent prices! 

Katie Byers '18 is a biology-chemistry major & business minor. A member of the women's basketball team, she plans to study abroad in New Zealand in February 2017, and her dream job is to work at an orthopedic hospital.