10 Best Restaurants Near ASU Downtown Phoenix: Chow Bella's Back to School Guide

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Phoenix New Times
A typical breakfast at Matt's in downtown Phoenix
Whether you're ready or not, school's about to be back in session, kids. Sure, it seems like just a few weeks ago you were wrapping up finals and cracking a beer (or, like, 50) in celebration. And now it's time to start over again. If you're new to Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus or just new to the whole college thing, you'll soon find out that this urban playground is neither a food desert nor an easily navigable campus of Subways and Papa John's.

Luckily, you have us to help light the way. Here's a guide to some of the best student-friendly spots around ASU's downtown Phoenix campus.

See also:
- 10 Best Restaurants Near ASU Downtown Phoenix: The Complete Slideshow
- 10 Best Restaurants Near ASU Tempe: Chow Bella's Back to School Guide

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Lauren Saria
Short Leash hot dog

Sit . . . Stay
110 E. Roosevelt St.
www.shortleashsitstay.com
$10 to $15

This summer, the popular food truck Short Leash Hot Dogs made the leap from mobile to mortar, and lucky for downtown-ers, they chose to set up shop in the heart of Roosevelt Row. This gourmet hot dog spot is walking distance from campus (provided, of course, that it's not too hot) and serves locally sourced sausages on its signature naan "buns." Inside you'll also find pies from Mamma Toledo, as well as beer, wine, and a selection of other hot dog-centric entrees.

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Katie Johnson
The Maple Bacon doughnut

Rainbow Donuts
1347 E. McDowell Road
602-256-7404
$5 and under

First, downtown Phoenix campus pro tip: Have a car or make friends with someone who has a car. Because as much as they're going to tell you the light rail will solve all your problems, it just isn't true. Without wheels, you'll miss out on lots of awesome local offerings, including Rainbow Donuts, which is about a five-minute drive away from campus. If you make it over here before class you might be able to pick up one of their Maple Bacon doughnuts that we promise is just about the best way to start a long day of school.

Location Info

Short Leash Sit...Stay

110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Donuts

1347 E Mcdowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Welcome Diner

924 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Carolina's Mexican Food

1202 E. Mohave St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Downtown Phoenix Public Market

721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Palatte

606 N. 4th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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chuckreynolds
chuckreynolds

why not have this on one page? i know you're driving up page views but what does it do for conversions? ugh. just annoying. 

NoFestRequired
NoFestRequired

There is a huge chasm out there from the ASU Main campus possibilities to ASU Downtown for cheap college budget eats. What's missing is the traditional sandwich/pizza/beer pitcher joint, a place where an under-age student can get cheap eats while their older friends drink libations. 

It's important to remember that the dorm-housed students(and ASU Downtown frosh students are required to live in the dorm)have to belong to a dorm-housed meal plan. That means spending any extra money is going to be judicious. The person who finds the way to create a pizza by the slice, real burger sliders(no fancy-pants stuff)or aq quick and cheap Mexican meal will win the student's hearts. The places you listed are either too far from campus, or too "foo-foo foodie". Keep looking, preferably past your advertising base.

Cheryl Rosado
Cheryl Rosado

I dunno. They posted that they were no longer invited to participate.

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Maybe it is us who are upside down.

Cindy Hersh
Cindy Hersh

Do you realize the photo is upside-down??

opinionatedbutright
opinionatedbutright

Good choices but one of the problems with having "10" best or "5" best or "101" is that so many are left out. We now have three really good pizza options downtown-Pomo and Cibo as well as Bianco. And what about Breadfruit? Moira? Nobuo? Hanny's? And many more.

Cheryl Rosado
Cheryl Rosado

Luncha Libre just got kicked out of FTF last week. :(

lhsaria
lhsaria

@opinionatedbutright Thanks for reading and you're totally right about the pizza options, though I will say that coming from campus I don't really like the walk to Cibo, which is part of the reason I always ended up going to Bianco instead. And back when I was in school Breadfruit, Nobuo and Moira were a bit out of my price range -- at least most of the time. Hanny's is always a favorite though.

obcatering
obcatering

Big one left out is Squash Blossom. Best omlet in town, great $10 Sunday brunch, amazing people and never had a menu item didnt absolutely love.

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