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.
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.
Pizza My Heart on University Ave is another great option too.
Pizza My Heart
220 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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).
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.
I'lll second the "not great", as in spit-out-your-food terrible aspect of Cho's.
213 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
425 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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