1. Hunan Bar and Restaurant,
508 Second St.
2. Silver Dragon,
335 F St.
3. Raja’s Indian Cuisine,
207 Third St.
Hunan Bar and Restaurant is extremely well known among students as the place to get a lunch that’s quick, cheap, tasty and filling. Reasonable prices, convenient location and quality food put the Chinese restaurant’s “happy luncheon” on top.
Hunan’s downtown location at 508 Second St. is close to campus for a quick lunch between classes. Manager Sau Lee said there is rarely a wait, and if there is, it’s short. Friday afternoons are generally known to be the busiest.
Lunch at this family owned and operated restaurant is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The price of lunch entrees ranges from $4.75 to $6.25 and each one comes with soup of the day or salad, crab meat cheese wonton, fresh fruit, chow mein, fried rice or steamed rice, tea and cookies.
For those looking for a little midday pick-me-up, Hunan also has a full bar featuring beer, cocktails and a variety of drink specials.
Second place went to another Chinese restaurant downtown – Silver Dragon. Silver Dragon is farther from campus at the corner of F and 4th Streets. Here the lunch menu includes combination plates for $4.95 or $5.25, as well as a wide variety of entrees for around $5. Lunch here is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If Chinese food isn’t your style, third place for best lunch special went to Raja’s Indian Cuisine. Raja’s is located on the corner of Third and A streets. Right next to campus and right above the Education Abroad Center, it’s a short walk to an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $7.95.
– Elyssa Thome