Padthai119 W. Boyd, Norman
If you’re running around campus in Norman and only have time for a quick meal, then Padthai should be at the top of your list. It’s a casual Thai house that consistently serves up tasty food. Try the red curry chicken or the basil beef. And of course you should try the pad thai. Swing by for the daily lunch special, too!
768 Jenkins, Norman
There’s not a lot that can top a Greek feast. Right near the University of Oklahoma campus, it’s an ideal location for students on the go or a quick stop between classes. The Greek plate, which comes with fries, is a local favorite. Don’t pass up the house-made tzatziki.
3401 S.W. 29th
Studying for exams and need a quick bite, but don’t want fast food? This southside taqueria has everything you could want. Try one of the stone bowls with grilled veggies and add in some meat for protein. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the cactus. And you can get it all to go and keep hitting those books.
Samurai Sushi & Grill
1630 N.W. 23rd
Whether you’re working toward a bachelor’s or finishing up your law degree, at some point you’ll need nourishment. Samurai is the perfect stop on the way to the library for an evening study session or on the way home after you’ve called it a night. Try The Hulk or Pink Lady rolls. For lunch, the bento box comes with soup, dumpling, snow crab roll and entree.
Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs
1400 N.W. 23rd
Sometimes school stress leads to odd cravings. Like a craving for a bacon-wrapped hot dog with chipotle ketchup, cheese, avocado and pinto beans. If you don’t want to be seen in the grocery store with all those things in your cart, just stop into Mutts and order the S’noran Dog. Get a side of deviled eggs to complete the meal. Feel free to substitute a falafel for beef to keep it veggie-friendly.
318 E. Ayers, Edmond
Flatire makes dang good burgers. The capable staff keeps those tables turning, pleasing a variety of Edmond students and fans at this restaurant situated right on the edge of the University of Central Oklahoma. Even if you don’t want a whole meal, stop in and enjoy some table-made s’mores.
230 S. Knoblock, Stillwater
Hideaway is more than just a haven for hippies. At the south end of the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, the original location is a popular stop for students and alumni. Chow down on pizza and perfectly cooked fried mushrooms. The best part is when you’re away from Stillwater, you can get those perfect pies at several metro locations.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock