Big Bowl Noodle House
428 E. College Ave.
It’s exactly what it sounds like, except they probably could have called it Humongous Bowl Noodle House. Get major bang for your buck with huge portion sizes (seriously — either come hungry or split with a friend). Choose a bowl of rice or noodles and then pick from a large variety of sauces and meats to go with it.
Fuji & Jade Garden
418 Westerly Parkway
You know a place has good Chinese food when actual Chinese people go there. According to my Chinese friends, this place has the most authentic (and tasty) Chinese food in town. It also serves great sushi.
454 E. College Ave.
Galanga is Cozy Thai’s little sister, owned by the same people and serving, for the most part, the same food. The main advantage to Galanga is that it’s still relatively unknown, so it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for delicious Thai food without the crowds.
131 W. Beaver Ave.
The customer is always in charge at this create-your-own stir-fry restaurant. Throw all your favorite salad ingredients into a bowl, choose a dressing and a meat (or tofu), and then wait as it gets stir-fried to perfection. Money-saving tip: Go for lunch. It’s always all-you-can-eat, but the price is cheaper at lunchtime.
Photo by Noelle Mateer