College Student Food Map: The AVE

College Student Food Map: The AVE

University Way's food choices are varied the world over; where should you go?

As people who’ve either lived in Seattle or attended the University of Washington know, University Way NE, also known as the AVE, is a gold mine of different foods from all over the world. From gyros to pho, from burgers to coffee, it’s a mix of everything within reasonable prices for college students like myself who don’t want to be subjected to dining food.

I’ve been there many times throughout my life; not only as a student wanting food, but also just to stroll and see what is going on. And basically, to escape from the stresses of ordinary college life.

If you’re new here, or if you want something new to eat out for lunch or dinner, here’s a sampler of what to have:


Café Solstice: A charming café near 42nd Street. It has a good atmosphere, with a selection of hot and cold beverages, yogurts, pastries, and sandwiches. Otherwise, there’s not much else going on here...

…except the White Chocolate Banana Bread. Not only is it affordable (at $3 per slice), but it is also very sublime. If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you should go there as soon as possible.

Café Allegro: Not on the AVE specifically, but in an alleyway between the AVE and 15th AVE NE. If you didn’t know this place was there, then you may find yourself wandering around for quite a long time…

…but once you’ve got there, you can find a wide variety of pastries and beverages, along with a good amount of study space. I’ve spend time here once, and it was nice, especially with the second-floor space. To get there, you would have to enter the café, go upstairs, and find the door with a bunch of seating. It’s intimate.

Starbucks: For those who couldn’t get enough of it. If you’re on UW campus, then it has more space than that at the HUB, but it is also just as busy.


Café on the AVE: Across the street from Starbucks on 42nd Street is Café on the AVE. It’s a special place for me because it’s not only a comfortable place, but also provides a wide variety of dishes from breakfast goods to burgers and sandwiches, from kimchi fried rice to pies and cakes. The blue cheese burger remains a favorite for me there. If you like flavored hot chocolates, I especially recommend the red velvet one. It can work for not only lunch, but also dinner as well; its versatility is its greatest strength.

Pho Than: Due to Vietnamese immigration into Seattle, pho places have popped up all across the city, and the AVE has no shortage of these. I personally went to this one throughout last summer while taking classes here, and it is not only cheap, but substantial and tasty. But, whether it’s your favorite might depend on how the broth is cooked, so try around.

Little Thai: Located downstairs in a green house across from the AVE, it has substantive Thai food with a good atmosphere. I liked the Tom Yum noodle soup with seafood, which was significantly spicier than I had initially expected. Nevertheless, it brings out a kick; the crab noodles as well.

For those who don’t have that much cash to spare, then Thai 65 is a good spot. I like the Drunken Noodles and the Basil Fried Rice. Not to mention, there’s a buffet and a Phad Thai challenge along with it. Do you think you could take it?

MOD Pizza: For those who want a pizza fix other than Paglacci’s, here’s something special for you. You get to decide what toppings you want for your individual pizza, or choose from a selection of pre-made ones. Another thing to enjoy are the milkshakes and the floats…though they could be fattening quick.

A Burger Place: Before you ask what the actual name of that burger place is, let me assure you “A Burger Place” is the actual name of the restaurant. Like MOD, you can choose what’s on your burger, along with the type of meat (or if there’s going to be any). This is something I can appreciate, especially as they are made to order, and they are sublime.


Sweet Alchemy: Once upon a time, there was a Haagen-Dazs there, which many of us would go to eat. Sadly, it closed last year and was replaced with a charming ice cream store with a range of flavors from Chocolate Earl Gray to Persian Rose (rosewater and pistachios), along with a wide variety of cakes, pastries, and drinks available. Who knew you could improve on an ice cream store?

Which restaurants on the AVE do you think are the most memorable?

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Lopes, Your New GCBC Order Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If your zodiac sign can predict your future, why not your GCBC order?


For any student at Grand Canyon University, GCBC is a staple in the everyday routine. From signature drinks to infused Stampedes, everyone always seems to have their go-to drink! But, how do you choose from the plethora of options? Why not let your zodiac sign decide for you?

1. Aries - Strawberry Stampede

Aries are known to be full of life and very high energy. With a curious mind, a Stampede is the way to go! GCU's very own energy drink, Stampede, is a very popular pick on campus. But with the multitude of flavor options, curiosity can take over until you try every flavor! For a sweet, but hyper personality, the sweet but high energy beverage is a perfect choice for an Aries!

2. Taurus - Hot Green Tea

A calming drink for the peaceful personality? Taurus's are known to be patient, careful and calm. Therefore, a natural relaxer is a hot beverage and green tea is known to soothe and allow you to unwind and calm down making this the ideal beverage for a classic Taurus with a busy schedule.

3. Gemini - The Haboob

The Haboob is a mixture of vanilla and hazelnut with a caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of cinnamon. An adventurous, but delicious combination. Gemini's are known for being very adventurous and original, which is why the Gemini can't go for something simple like a chai tea or an iced coffee. The complexity and uniqueness of The Haboob is sure to be a staple in the Gemini's life.

4. Cancer - Vanilla Latte

Cancers: loyal, dedicated, and nurturing. They are usually the "mom" friend, the social butterflies, and the hopeless romantics. Known to always have your back, Cancers need a drink that will also always have their back. A classic, something that will never let them down. That's when the vanilla latte comes in. A go to drink that you can never go wrong with.

5. Leo - The Avalanche

Leo's are known as the lion sign. A sign that represents power, pride, and leadership. A person with power deserves a drink that is just as in charge as they are. The Avalanche is that drink. A dirty chai with a white chocolate twist is a drink that definitely packs a punch.

6. Virgo - The Beesting

The Beesting is a sweet mixture of honey, coconut, and cinnamon that is perfect for the mild mannered Virgo. This zodiac sign is known to be dedicated and hardworking, two things that most college students try their hardest to be during the semester so by getting the Beesting, not only will you be caffeinated to finish your homework, but also enjoy a sweet treat while you're at it.

7. Libra - Caramel Monsoon

Libras are the sign of the scales. A sign that is in constant need of balance. So, why not go for a drink that is the perfect combination of caramel and chocolate. Not too sweet, not too bitter, the Caramel Monsoon will balance out all your coffee needs. For someone who loves coffee or just started drinking it, this drink is a guaranteed pick every time due to its lovable qualities, just like a Libra.

8. Scorpio - Coco-Mocha

Coconut and chocolate. To some, this may sound like the best combination. To others, this may be a little too adventurous. For Scorpios, the fearless sign, this drink is right up their alley. Scorpios strive for individuality and one of the most original drinks GCBC has is the Coco-Mocha. A tasty, complex drink that will satisfy the cravings of a Scorpio but is still original an more unique than the average espresso drink.

9. Sagittarius - Any of GCBC's smoothies

Sagittarius's are described as honest, optimistic, enthusiastic and encouraging. They are the people that when you are with them, it is like a breath of fresh air. Refreshing and exactly what you needed in the moment. That is why a GCBC smoothie is exactly the drink for you. They aren't the usual pick at a coffee place, but you know exactly what you are getting with a smoothie. Sweet, healthy choices that will make you feel better, like a Sagittarius.

10. Capricorn - Cold Brew on tap

Cold brew is one of those drinks that you have to be either a coffee connoisseur, overwhelmed by all the work you have to do, or like a very successful businessperson to enjoy. Capricorns are, most of the time, one, if not all, of those things. Known to be the hard workers and the planners, Capricorns need the high amount of caffeine to continue to get their to-do list done!

11. Aquarius - Hot cocoa

Known to be shy personalities or eccentric friends, Aquarius's can described as cute and fair-minded. They are the feel good people placed in your life. And... the feel good drink that you need in your life? Hot cocoa. Enough said.

12.  Pisces - Stampede

A daydreamer? Happy? Vibrant? That would be a Pisces. These artistic signs are known for their bright personalities and emotional connections. At GCBC, nothing gets brighter than a Stampede. While any flavor will do, the Blueberry flavor or Thunder's signature drink "Blue Thunder" can be seen all the way across campus! For a colorful Pisces, a Stampede should always be their go-to drink!

While your star sign can be fun and maybe even a little freaky, realistically, you can pick any GCBC drink that fits your palette. Hopefully, you did find a new suggestion or a new obsession and maybe, it fits your personality!


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