10 Places to Eat Within Walking Distance of Cal State Fullerton

Delicious baked goods beckon at 85°C, a great place for a coffee, tea, bagel or dessert.

Delicious baked goods beckon at 85°C, a great place for a coffee, tea, bagel or dessert.

Living on campus? Want a bite to eat between classes and don’t want to struggle with finding a parking space again? The neighborhood around CSU Fullerton has numerous tasty and low-cost dining options. Following are 10 off-campus places to eat within one mile of Mihaylo College.

CSU Fullerton offers a number of dining options – Carl’s Jr., two Starbucks locations, a diverse food court at the Titan Student Union, the Nutwood Café and LH Express.

But there are dozens of additional options within walking distance of campus. Following are 10 diverse culinary options within one mile of Mihaylo College.

  1. Oggi’s

A sports-centered brewhouse and pizza joint, Oggi’s is recognizable to most students, as it is part of the University House (UH) apartments building next to the 85°C bakery at the intersection of Commonwealth and Chapman avenues.  Dining options include burgers, pizza, salads, and brews.  Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. and features two-topping personal pizzas or sliders for $7.99.  This could be an option for a late lunch.

  1. The Habit Burger Grill

Voted the best burger by Consumer Reports in 2014, the Habit Burger Grill has a well-deserved following for its tasty burgers, sandwiches, salads, shakes and sides (the onion rings are on point and the french fries rival those of In-N-Out). The location at 2720 Nutwood Ave., across the street from Mihaylo College, is open daily.  Sure, it’s a burger joint, but the fresh albacore tuna filet with teriyaki glaze and homemade tartar sauce is a great change of pace.

Retro newspapers adorn the walls of the Pizza Press. While this is a great place to eat for anyone spending time in or around the CSU Fullerton campus, it should be a real favorite of journalism majors.

Retro newspapers adorn the walls of the Pizza Press. While this is a great place to eat for anyone spending time in or around the CSU Fullerton campus, it should be a real favorite of journalism majors.

  1. The Pizza Press

Create your own pizza in a restaurant with Roaring ’20s décor, including walls adorned with antique newspapers, at The Pizza Press, located at 2720 Nutwood Ave. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

  1. 85°C

Named after the optimum temperature for coffee quality, the first 85°C location opened in Taiwan in 2004. Today, there are more than 800 locations around the Pacific Rim, including one on the ground floor of the University House Apartments building at 535 N. Commonwealth Ave. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 85°C offers coffee, tea, cakes, and fresh breads at affordable prices and has become a favorite of the CSU Fullerton community in less than two years of operation.  It’s also a great place to study — if you can secure a table, which can be tough during prime lunch hours.

  1. Pepe’s Mexican Food

Part of a local chain that serves classic Mexican food, including burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, taco salads, as well as burgers, the Pepe’s Mexican Food location at 821 N. Placentia Ave. is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  1. Sonic Drive-In

You’ve probably seen the commercials, even if you haven’t visited this fast food restaurant.  A chain that is expanding rapidly in the Golden State, Sonic Drive-In offers retro-themed dining in their restaurant or in your car, delivered courtesy of employees on roller skates. Menu items include burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and lots and lots of dessert options. Open daily from 6 a.m. through the early morning hours, the closest location is at 441 N. Placentia Ave.

  1. Quickly Chinese Restaurant

Gourmet-quality food at a low price available on-demand is the desire of many college students. Their wish is granted at Quickly Chinese Restaurant, located at 2510 E. Chapman Ave. Open daily, the restaurant serves Asian-based cuisine, including boba and chicken entrees.

Accessible quality Asian food is available at Quickly Chinese Restaurant.

Accessible quality Asian food is available at Quickly Chinese Restaurant.

  1. Pho Olivia (Olivia’s Bistro)

Pho Olivia (or Olivia’s Bistro) offers pho – Vietnamese noodle soup – as well as chicken, pork and seafood entrees, and rice vermicelli for dine-in or to-go. Located at 2466 E. Chapman Ave., Pho Olivia is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  1. Fresh Griller

Offering customized fresh salads, wraps and bowls, Fresh Griller opened at 2400 E. Chapman Ave. in May 2015, offering dine-in and catering service. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the restaurant seeks to expand through franchising.

  1. Miss Donut & Bakery

Enjoy coffee, bagels, Boar’s Head meats and a wide selection of donuts at Miss Donut & Bakery, located at 331 N. State College Blvd. near the intersection at Chapman Avenue. Open 24/7, it is a great place for a late-night snack or an early morning treat.  If you need a break from 85 degrees, you might be able to find the cure to your sweet craving at this local spot.

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