New Spots to Eat Around Campus

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With a campus as diverse as Temple’s, you are bound to come across some interesting places to eat. Temple boasts almost every cuisine imaginable, from the halal food carts and Chinese food trucks, to the late night hotspot known as U Got Munchies. But for the seasoned Temple foodie, what are some new spots to try?

One of this year’s most buzzed about places is Ray’s Lunch Box, located at 1536 Carlisle Street. It is a deli style shop complete with free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar that caters toward busy students. Known mostly for its sandwiches and barbeque, Ray’s also offers pasta salads, soups, homemade chili and even truffle fries — you name it and they probably have it. Lucky for us, they accept Diamond Dollars and online orders too.

“Temple is a growing community,” owner Ray Wilson said.
“I wanted to give kids a better choice of homemade food as opposed to the bigger chains.”

If you’re going to Ray’s for the first time, Wilson suggests trying a chicken cutlet sandwich or panini, two of its most popular items.

Pita Chip, located at 1600 Broad Street, is another up-and-coming food joint with outstanding reviews. It offers an affordable menu of classic Mediterranean and vegetarian options like falafel, hummus, baklava, and of course, seasoned pita chips. It’s also a healthier alternative for those looking to stay away from 7-Eleven taquitos or Maple Star eggrolls.

“I wasn’t sure if I would like Pita Chip or not, but it was such a pleasant surprise,” said Erin Moore, a junior at Temple. “I got one of their rice bowls with falafel, vegetables, hummus, and buffalo tahini sauce. It was a weird combo, but definitely super tasty.”

Burger King, an old favorite, has also made an appearance on campus right next to Pita Chip, across from Morgan Hall. It’ll definitely be convenient for students looking to switch up their typical Wendy’s or McDonald’s meal. If you haven’t already, try their unique fan favorite: chicken fries.

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A great option for commuters is Saige Café, which opened spring 2015. Located near Temple’s train station behind Anderson and Gladfelter Hall, the café’s relaxing atmosphere is a great space to get some work done or grab a coffee and pastry after your daily commute.

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A personal favorite is Bagel Shop, housed in the parking lot between the Student Center and the tech center. Bagel Shop offers a variety of snacks, but its warm, toasted poppy seed bagels with cream cheese are the best pick-me-up on the block, trust me.

Temple is always adding new places for students to dine. Next time you’re looking to change up your typical Tropical Smoothie or Così order, give one of the newest eateries a try.

Written by Brigid Magdamo

Photographed by Emily S. Zargan

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