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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.

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        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.

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              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 . . .

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                  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.