10 Great Places to Eat for Cal State Fullerton Students

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College is a miserable yet endearing time when you're stuck on campus for hours on end, trudging from class to class and barely having time to feed yourself. When you do manage to find time to eat, you suddenly remember the outstanding balance on your student loan so you budget your meal accordingly. This usually has you stuck in a rut of eating whatever is within walking distance and under six bucks. Fast food joints and mundane campus food courts become part of your lunch routine. When you do feel like breaking away from the usual, you don't know where to start and you don't want to waste your money on some bunk-ass food either.

Lucky for you, we've created a food compendium specifically for California State University Fullerton and Fullerton College (Same thing right?) students seeking to break away from the lull of fast "campus" food. Jamba Juice be gone!

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What's Up Men

Thank you, noodle gods, for blessing CSUF students with this ramen spot within walking distance of the CSUF campus (insert prayer hands emoji here) Carb load for the busy day ahead of you with these comfort noodles and fatty broths. The staff are super friendly and always seem to have a welcoming smile on their face. My favorite is the Aka soup but you can't go wrong with any other bowl the menu. 512 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 526-5966

Le dicen El Matador...
Le dicen El Matador...
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Matador Cantina

You’ve probably passed by this establishment on your drunken nights stumbling through DTF or you've already gotten wasted here yourself. If the latter is true, then you already know that Matador's Taco Tuesday nights host a lively ambience along with $3 Coronas, $4 Mexican drafts and $5 margaritas—careful with the margartias as they're potent! The delicious gourmet tacos are priced at $1.25-$3 on Tuesdays as well. If that’s still too pricey for you, fret not—Taqueria De Anda (see below) has you covered with their dollar Taco Tuesday special. 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 871-8226

The OG location
The OG location
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Taqueria De Anda

Sometimes, you just need some greasy Mexican tacos to hit the spot, you know? This iconic-in-OC Mexican chain also serves up hefty burritos and aguas frescas. Definitely college budget friendly and within walking distance of CSUF. As mentioned above, Taqueria De Anda has dollar Taco Tuesdays. Have a taco feast here, then Uber to Matador for the desmadre. 602 W. Chapman Ave., Placentia, (714) 528-2671

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Mr. Katsu

You’ll have to get in your car and make a small drive to Placentia for this katsu sandwhich spot, but it's worth it! Bread and breaded, deep-fried chicken cutlet make a glorious coupling. Try the monstrous $20 sandwich known as "The Works aka Sandwich 5000" if you can stomach it—or, better yet, get your sociology class group project here for that. For those with a normal-sized tummy, get the habanero pesto—the right balance of creamy, savory and spicy. Don’t forget to get a side of potato puffs—basically small croquettes that come in regular or curry flavor. 3165 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 986-9888

Some fine pad see ew
Some fine pad see ew
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Thailandia

You know the 24-hour Subway off of Chapman? Thailandia is right by it. Steamy Thai soups, pad thai, fried rice, the sweet and savory Thai options never seem to end here. The portions are also generous and will surely require a doggy bag. You’ll be glad you got this when you arrive to your dorm drunk or faded—or both—and are looking for late night leftovers. 2500 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 526-0777



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