Tucson- University of Arizona
I need some suggestions---taking my 18 year old son for a campus visit.
We're looking for good quality places near campus-- any cuisine.
We like dives but will pay for quality when it's worth it.
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!
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.
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
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?