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Aug 16, 2007 12:16 AM

Student Eats by Stanford

I've noticed that there's nothing cheap by Stanford. It's not that Stanford students aren't poor, it's that Palo Alto isn't a college town, and Palo Alto isn't poor. So here's a plea:

Anybody know good, cheap places by (within a half hour's walk) Stanford? Because currently I'm limited to the dining hall and Dominoes.

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  1. Pluto's (University and Cowper) has big salads and good sanwiches/plates. Also, Miyaki on University is popular with students but the quality is, well - so so at best. If you are near the San Antonio Ave. area for some other reason (too far to walk), the TK noodle house has big bowls of pho for under $5.

    1. have u try Thai Cafe @ Main Quad? (but they closed during student breaks)

      1. Pizza My Heart on University Ave is another great option too.

        Pizza My Heart
        220 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        1. Sushi House in Palo Alto Town and Country seems reasonable to me.

          Might be farther than 1/2 hour, but Oasis on El Camino in Menlo Park used to be a favorite for burgers. Also in Menlo Park is Cooks Seafood. I like their clam chowder and fish and chips (Mate = Halibut).

          1. California Ave is a 5 minute drive, 10 minute bike ride from campus. It has some cheaper options than downtown PA, including: Cho's -- very inexpensive (not great) dim sum, Mediterranean Wraps --cheap & generally well-reviewed wraps, JJ&F -- huge and fairly priced sandwiches, Szechwan Cafe -- full lunches with soup/salad for around $7-$8, and a couple of relatively inexpensive Mexican options including Salsa & the restaurant inside Antonio's nuthouse, .... plus Izzy's bagels, IMO the best on the Peninsula.

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            1. re: doc

              I'lll second the "not great", as in spit-out-your-food terrible aspect of Cho's.

              Cho's Restaurant
              213 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              Mediteranean Wraps
              425 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              Szechwan Cafe
              406 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              Antonio's Nut House
              321 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels
              477 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              J J & F Food Store
              520 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I admit to actually liking the flavor of the pork potstickers .... although sometimes you need a hacksaw to get thru the wrappers ...

                1. re: doc

                  Ha! The yin and yang of Cho's . . .

                  Pluto's Fresh Food
                  482 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

                  T K Noodle
                  357 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

                2. re: Melanie Wong

                  Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum used to appear on Michael Bauer's Pink Section annual "Top 50 Bargain Bites" list, cementing my skepticism re "Top 50" lists *and* caucasian reviews of asian restaurants.

                  1. re: Rockman

                    Yes, during that period of time, it was clear that Bargain Bites was the Chron's stepchild who was completely neglected.

                3. re: doc

                  I'm a big fan of Cho's, but I haven't been in a while. I used to eat there a lot when visiting friends at Stanford. I thought they did quite well with the basics, BBQ pork bun, various dumplings etc.