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Student deals and cheap meals

Restaurants near campus with affordable, filling meals
Alina Babajko
Downtown restaurants are happy to help college students with inexpensive and tasty options. Taken at Madison Bear Garden by Alina Babajko on Feb. 29.

Celestino’s Pizza 

Two of the three student special slice options available at Celestino’s Pizza. Taken by Alina Babajko on Feb. 29.

Celestino’s is located on East Avenue and First Street across from the Ayres building. Their student special offers a slice of cheese, mushroom or pepperoni and a medium fountain drink for $6.75. There are no gluten-free/vegan options for individually sold pizza slices.

If you prefer a more zesty slice of pizza, they also offer individual specialty slices. Pizza by the slice without a drink are as follows:

  • Cheese — $4.25 
  • Pepperoni — $4.75 
  • Tom Jones — $5.25 
  • Godfather — $5.50 
  • Mushroom — $4.75
  • Olive special — $5.50 
  • Hawaiian — $5.25 
  • Oscar Spicy — $5.25.

Goji’s Café

Delicious entrees made fresh in house daily by the owners. Taken by Alina Babajko on Feb. 29.
(Alina Babajko)

Family-owned Indian cuisine located on Salem Street next to the transit station.

Their student special includes one entrée, naan, rice and a samosa for $13.

Other inexpensive menu items include a lentil spinach soup for $5 and a cucumber salad for $6, which are both gluten-free and vegan. They also offer two for $5 samosas and an express bowl which is one entrée and rice for $11.

Goji’s provides a large beverage selection including Yerba Mate, Jarritos sodas, Snapple, Jumex, ginger beer, Premier Protein, coconut water, kombucha and many more.

Pita Pit

New special offered by Pita Pit downtown, “Doritos Walking Tacos.”. Taken by Alina Babajko on Feb. 29.
(Alina Babajko)

Pita pit is located on Broadway and Third Streets. Their student discount provides 10% off any purchase of $10 or more. They also offer a daily special that varies everyday for $10.

They introduced a new special called “Doritos Walking Tacos”. For $8.99 you get a bag of Doritos topped with a protein, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and chipotle sauce.

Aca Taco

Downtown Aca Taco employee Tanya, pictured left, is happy to be of service to Chico State students and their community. Taken by Alina Babajko on March 3.
(Alina Babajko)

Aca Taco is located on Broadway and Second Streets.

This restaurant does not offer student discounts but does serve mini tacos for $2.70 each and regular tacos for $3.50-$3.90, in which vegetarian options are available.

Madison Bear Garden

Burger and salad from Madison Bear Garden taken by Alina Babajko on March 29, 2023.

The Bear is located next to the Arts and Humanities building on the corner of Salem and Second Streets.

They do not provide student deals however every Thursday is Burger Madness. The classic Bear Burger with fries or a salad is on sale for only $7.99; a great deal for their portion sizes and quality.


Woodstock’s Pizza

Woodstock’s affordable lunch deals offered daily. Combo slices are ones with specialty toppings. Taken by Alina Babajko on March 3.

Woodstock’s is located on the corner of Main and Third Streets.

The student discount presents a whole personal pizza and a fountain drink, for $13.50. From 11a.m. to 3p.m., they offer three different lunch deals.

Alina Babajko can be reached at [email protected].



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Alina Babajko, Reporter
Alina Babajko is an agricultural communications and leadership major. Her goals in life include helping with food insecurity and improving resource depletion as well as environmental degradation. In her free time she enjoys nature walks, fresh and salt water swimming, and cooking for friends and family. After college, she plans to join the Peace Corps to learn about international culture and assist poor countries with sustainability.  

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