Off-campus eats to combat your hangry

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CSU Bakersfield’s campus has a variety of locations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Nevertheless, the same four or five places can get old after a time.  When you are ready to head off campus and try out the off-campus dining options, you need to consider price, location, and the kind of diet these places have to offer.  Below is a little bit of information on just a few of the many places that CSUB students like to enjoy off campus.


Flame Broiler

.5 mi 8200 Stockdale Hwy

$ – Very affordable

Flame Broiler has a very nutritious menu that is affordable.  The regular sized chicken bowl with a medium drink is less than $10.  Bowls can vary depending on your dietary choices.  Vegan and low-carb diets will find ways to mix and match their bowls to suit their needs.  Flame Broiler has delicious food and is right across the street from campus.



2.3 mi  5260 Stockdale Hwy

$ – Very affordable

Chic-fil-A is a chain fast food restaurant well-known for its burger style chicken sandwiches.  The dining area its self feels like a retro McDonalds when you first arrive, yet Chic-fil-A, unlike McDonalds, has very reasonable prices with combo meals averaging around $8.  There are not a lot of alternative diet options, yet there are some ways to eat healthier by choosing the grilled chicken or a salad, rather than the breaded chicken sandwich.


Blaze Pizza

0.7 mi 200 Coffee Rd. A-102

$ – Affordable

Within easy walking distance, Blaze Pizza is across the corner of Coffee and Stockdale and is a great option for lunch.  Build your own personal pizza for less than $10 and pile on all the toppings you want.  Add a drink and you can expect to have a decent meal for around $12.  Blaze has a cauliflower crust option opening up their menu for vegan, vegetarian, and carb conscious cuisine.


Chipotle Mexican Grill

1.0 mi 10510 Stockdale Hwy

$ – Affordable

Chipotle is another build your own meal restaurant that provides very affordable prices that agree with a college budget.  There are also vegan and vegetarian options as well as a salad bowl option for those students that are counting carbs.  A meal and a drink will average less than $10 as long as you avoid the guac.


Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

2.7 mi

3224 Coffee Rd

$ – Very affordable

Raising Cane’s is a newer restaurant to the Bakersfield area.  Having been here for less than a year it is a great low cost option for college students.  Unfortunately there are not many menu options as Raising Cane’s is restricted to chicken fingers and a few different sides.  Although, chicken fingers is what they are good at, having moist and delicious chicken alongside a dipping sauce that is quite exquisite.  The price can’t be beat as their box combo costs just $8.35 and includes 4 chicken fingers, Texas toast, fries, coleslaw, and a drink.  A great meal at a great price for hungry students on a budget.


Hummus Express

2.4 mi 8110 Rosedale Hwy #B

$ – Affordable

Fresh, healthy, and delicious.  Hummus Express has a selection of Mediterranean cuisine that is sure to tantalize the taste buds.  A good selection of shawarma, kabobs, falafel, and other Greek style food provide a very healthy option to avoid that freshman fifteen.



0.6 mi 9000 Ming Ave

$$ – Could get pricy.

Are you ready to unwind after a long week of studying?  Treat yourself to a meal at Lengthwise in the Market Place just south of campus.  Lengthwise offers a selection of amazing comfort foods including burgers, mac n cheese, chili, and fries.  Many of their dishes are labeled “stinky” due to their topping of gorgonzola cheese sauce that provides a unique flavor.  Most of their dishes are priced between $10 and $15.  However, if you add some of their local brewed IPAs, ales, and sours your meal could get pricy.  The atmosphere and décor is dominated with CSUB memorabilia, uniforms, and old photos.  Keep on the lookout for specials for CSUB students.   Remember, if you choose to indulge in the selection of beer then always drink responsibly and make sure you have a ride home.