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8 Massachusetts Gems for the Hungry Student

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Posted by PR Lab, guest blogger of Boston University

As the saying goes, the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but that applies to most people, especially college students. It’s often difficult to find student-friendly places to ‘wine-and-dine’ with friends, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Considering Massachusetts is home to the city ranked third highest in the US for the number of international students, here is a quick guide to receiving quality service, exploring diverse cuisines, and finding prices that don’t give you a panic attack.

What better setting for students to dine than surrounded by books? Trident Booksellers & Café is the place to spend all day – studying, eating, and relaxing. It’s perfect for group discussions or simply catching up with friends.

Trident Booksellers

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Where: Back Bay, Boston
Ideal for: Breakfast, All-day brunch
Must try: Sweet Potato Fries
Price: Between $11-30

With six locations across Boston, Pavement Coffeehouse is a popular spot among students. The coffee is delicious and inexpensive, and the coffee shop also serves as an ideal place to catch up with friends, go for a date, or spend the day studying.

Pavement Coffehouse

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Where: Allston, Boylston St., Commonwealth Ave., Fenway, Gainsborough St., Newbury St.
Ideal for: Coffee, tea, and baked goods
Must try: Sweet Mocha
Price: Between $11-30

If you’re looking for delicious Mexican food made from fresh ingredients and a great atmosphere, find the nearest Anna’s Taqueria. This cozy Mexican joint has seven different locations across Boston and is money well spent for an appetizing meal.

Anna's Taqueria

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Where: Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, Newton
Ideal for: Lunch, Dinner
Must try: Super Burrito
Price: Under $10

Antonio’s Pizza is ideal for pizza-lovers looking to grab a quick, mouth-watering slice. The portions are enormous, so one slice is quite filling. With online delivery available, this fast-food destination offers pizza at a reasonable price.

Antonio's Pizzaria

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Where: Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton
Ideal for: Pizza
Must try: Buffalo chicken pizza, Grandma Slice
Price: Under $10

Offering dine-in, take-out, and delivery, Shawarma Falafel is a popular restaurant among students for authentic Lebanese cuisine. Ideal for snacking and lunch, this eatery is perfect if you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern food.

Shawarma Falafel

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Where: Boston
Ideal for: Lebanese food
Must try: Chicken shawarma, Spicy hummus
Price: Under $10

Hearth ‘n Kettle is a great restaurant to visit during a weekend getaway to Cape Cod. Using a majority of fresh ingredients, this outlet offers a variety of seafood and traditional American dishes.

hearth 'n Kettle

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Where: Plymouth, Hyannis, Weymouth, Orleans, South Yarmouth
Ideal for: Brunch
Must try: Yankee Pot Roast
Price: Between $11-30

A cafeteria style joint preferred by students is called Brothers Deli Restaurant. This deli is known to serve tasty food that is cooked on the spot.

Brother's Deli

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Where: Wakefield
Ideal for: Breakfast
Must try: Breakfast Eggs
Price: Under $10

No meal is complete without something sweet, and what better place than Herrell’s Ice Cream. Serving the best icecream in Massachusetts for 35 years, this dessert place is known for its rich ice cream and delicious cookies.

Harrell's

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Where: Northampton
Ideal for: Dessert
Must try: Hot Fudge
Price: Under $10

Massachusetts is full of both established and upcoming restaurants for cuisines from all over the world. So the next time you are traveling around the state with your friends, family, or special someone, be sure to check out these recommendations.

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Bon appetit!

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