Tucson- University of Arizona
Doing the same thing this week - taking my best friend's son, who is a freshman there & our daughter, doing the campus tour thing, out to dinner tomorrow night. Staying at the Marriott University Park. These kids are from Laguna & Newport Beach and love sushi - I see not a lot to offer there. Would like to do something more upscale, as a treat for my GF's son, but still fun, to give daughter taste of Uni life. Contradiction, right?
If you want to take your son to the types of places that he'll most likely be frequenting once he becomes a student, here's a starter list:
Bison Wiches - 4th Ave & 6th st. Get the soup and 1/2 sandwich combo.
Frog & Ferkin - University Blvd.
East Coast Super Subs - Park ave & 9th st. Try the Jimmy McKenna and cheese curly fries.
El Charro Cafe - Downtown. Tough to find, but great Mexican food.
I'll also second Beyond Bread.
Have fun down there. Go Cats!
326 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
I haven't been down there in a while, but my favorite place near campus used to be Zachary's Pizza (better known as just Z's Pizza). Assuming it's still there, it's well worth a stop....probably some of my favorite pizza ever. It's not gourmet...it's a divey spot with a nice beer selection and thick-crust gooey pizza.
It depends on what exactly you're looking for-if you're looking for places that students frequent, Beyond Bread on Campbell and Ft. Lowell is perfect. Great sandwiches and salads and baked goods, and under 10 bucks. Chopped is a design-your-own-salad place on Speedway and Country Club that students are also a big fan of, though its pricier than Beyond Bread by a few bucks. On University (the main street on campus with shops/restaurants), they just opened a Paradise Bakery that, while it's a chain, is one of only 2 in Tucson and also has pretty decent sandwiches/salads. Also on University is Vila Thai, upstairs from American Apparel, which has delicious Thai food and is also pretty cheap.
Feast is a great restaurant that gets written up a lot on this board, but it's not very well-known by students, though it's pretty close to campus (5-10 minute drive). It's on Speedway between Alvernon and Columbus. eatatfeast.com
Cafe Poca Cosa is another board favorite, located in Downtown which is about a five minute drive from campus. It's under the category of Mexican food but is far from the Tex-Mex version served at so many mexican restaurants around town.
Let me know if you need something more specific. This is my fourth year living near campus so I know the area pretty well, but I'd need to know what you were specifically looking for to really help you!