1. The Breakfast Club
Diners are usually drawn to this place because it shares a name with the 1985 movie “The Breakfast Club.” Other than some quirky movie references on its menu, such as “The Princess” or “The Jock,” the restaurant doesn’t actually have much to do with any movie, but don’t be disappointed! They are always playing ’80s music, and the interior is adorned with a plethora of old movie posters that ultimately imbue a sense of nostalgia. Not only does the restaurant provide a great ambience, but it also offers enough comfort breakfast food for anyone to appreciate. Whether you prefer a savory or sweet meal to start off your day, The Breakfast Club is sure to fulfill your needs.
2. Dolphin Bay
Coming from a Taiwanese background, I’ve been craving food that reminds me of my motherland, especially lately. Dolphin Bay is a short walk from West Campus, but it’s also a reasonably priced restaurant that serves the epitome of Taiwanese cuisine. This includes classic boba milk tea, beef noodle soup, spicy wontons, braised pork rice and so much more. As soon as you walk in, the employees warmly greet every customer, making you feel welcomed into their comfortable dining atmosphere. The best part about this restaurant is not just its flavorful food, but its nostalgic taste of home.
3. Hi B3ar
This is an absolute must-go-to if you need to treat yourself! This isn’t just your ordinary ice cream shop. This particularly tasty dessert comes in the form of rolls, where they freshly make
your ice cream on a frost top. Not only is it mesmerizing to watch them make the ice cream, but
it’s also absolutely delicious and totally Instagram worthy! There are a multitude of flavors to choose as your ice cream base, and you can also add as many toppings as you want. This includes popping boba, shredded coconut, cookie crumbs, chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallows and that’s just the beginning of the list. What more could you ask for in such a mouthwatering and fulfilling treat?
4. Seoul Soulongtang
After visiting Korea this summer, I’ve been craving Korean food that is authentic and comforting. Especially with the weather getting colder, you’ll definitely be craving a warm soup to fill you up in the winter, and this is the place to go. Their soulongtang soup is one of the best that I’ve ever tasted: it’s packed with vegetables and meat but still carries a light flavor. Considering the dish is the title of the restaurant, it’s definitely a must-have. This place is extremely popular because there always seems to be a line, but I promise that it’s worth the wait.
5. Le’s Vietnamese Restaurant
If you’re ever craving a nice bowl of pho, hit up Le’s for a satisfying meal. Every time I go, I order the same items off their menu (because it’s just that good). I love their classic pho with brisket, and I also order their fried spring rolls. The portion sizes are filling to the perfect amount, and it doesn’t leave you feeling bloated or regretful afterwards thanks to their light flavors and fresh ingredients. Their service is also extremely efficient so if you’re looking for a quick but delicious meal, just stop by — you’re sure to leave with an un-pho-gettable experience.