As fall term at College starts up, so does the continuous quest for a cheap, filling food source that rumbles deep in the stomach of each student. With limited time between classes and the usually low budget, students may struggle with finding the right deal to make their stomachs and wallets sing.

Only a seven minute walk from campus and students will have many options available. The Print scoured around and found the top five places that provide a quick but affordable meal.

Taco del Mar is a fast-paced burrito shop with huge portions. The most popular item on the menu is their monstrous Mondo Burrito. Custom rolled to your orders, this burrito costs $5.75; make it a meal, adding chips and salsa, and a drink for another $2.50. Taco del Mar also offers plate-style meals ranging in price from $6 to $10.

If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, Panda Express is your stop. Panda Express provides a standard two entree or three entree meal, varying in price from $6.59 to $8.08. With choices like: orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp, chow mein, and Beijing beef, you find it hard to not order them all.

Just a short walk down from both Panda and Taco del Mar, Hawaiian Time offers a sweet student lunch special. With valid proof of your current enrollment in school, you can order a Dakine size lunch special that includes chicken with your choice of marinade, rice, classic Hawaiian macaroni salad, and a drink for $5. This special runs weekdays only, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

sparkyspizzaAnother great option is Sparky’s Pizza. Whether you want pizza by the slice, or if you are hungry enough for a whole pie, Sparky’s will hit the spot. With a great lunch special running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can grab a slice and a drink for $4.50. Sparky’s also offers huge 14-inch breadsticks for only 99 cents each.

Offering the most food options in one spot, Haggen provides a plethora of delicious food to choose from. With classic deli style favorites like fried chicken and potato wedges, to chicken strips and corn dogs, even fresh sushi daily for $5 a box.  They also have fresh fruit, vegetables and a fresh daily bakery.

While Haggen Grocery is located at 19701 Highway 213 here in Oregon City, Taco del Mar, Hawaiian Time, and Sparky’s Pizza are all located in the Oregon City Point shopping plaza at 19574 Molalla Avenue. All of these also offer vegetarian options for our resident herbivores.

Andrew Koczian, Copy Editor
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