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Michael Choi prepares sushi lunch specials at Aoki Japanese Restaurant on the corner of Bonita and D Street in La Verne. The restaurant has been serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday for seven years. It offers lunch specials during the busiest time of day and a variety of sushi, including California rolls and salmon skin, for dining in or take-out. / photo by Blanca Rocha

Michael Choi prepares sushi lunch specials at Aoki Japanese Restaurant on the corner of Bonita and D Street in La Verne. The restaurant has been serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday for seven years. It offers lunch specials during the busiest time of day and a variety of sushi, including California rolls and salmon skin, for dining in or take-out. / photo by Blanca Rocha

by Melissa Betsy Lau
Editorial Director

Tired of eating at delicious Davenport?

University of La Verne students are looking to local restaurants for an alternative.

And they are finding that beyond the borders of the University, there is a plethora of local eateries to try – for pretty good deals.

One favorite within walking distance is Warehouse Pizza.

“Their salad is my favorite salad ever made,” said Michelle Baccus, a sophomore business administration major.

She enjoys the dressings and the cheeses.

She also suggests trying their meatball sub.

Also within walking distance are the Japanese favorites Aoki and the Bowl House.

Aoki offers a variety of traditional Japanese platters as well as sushi.

“I like the Crunchy Rolls,” senior Samantha Kern said. “They’re good.”

T Philips, formerly known as Heroes, offers a variety of classic American entrees and ice cold drinks.

“They have a great sourdough chili bowl,” junior Bryson Miller said.

If you want to explore beyond the borders of good old downtown La Verne, there are a variety of options to choose from.

Cramming for a test, but need fuel and looking for the convenience of a drive-through?

Try the 24-hour Alberto’s on Garey Avenue. It offers a platter of super fries for $4.

Other places to try if you’re looking for Mexican food are El Merendero on Fairplex Drive or Casa Jimenez on Garey.

Casa Jimenez has a 99 cent breakfast deal Monday through Friday.

Also, for $6.95, it offers an all-you-can-eat lunch.

You can order two or three items, which also come with soup and salad.

Have an appetite for Mediterranean food? Aladdin Jr., located at 3161 North Garey Ave. offers a lunch buffet daily for $8.99, available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Add a Hookah pipe for the full experience.

El Taco Nazo, at 320 East Foothill Blvd. in Pomona, offers fish tacos in addition to various traditional food.

On Wednesdays, fish tacos are only 99 cents.

If you feel like Chinese, try Tasty Goody or Magic Wok on Foothill.

Tasty Goody is located at 10740 Foothill Blvd.

It also offers lunch bowls for $3.29.

You get to choose one meat item with chop suey plus chow mein, fried rice or steamed rice.

Magic Wok offers a lunch special for $4.19. They are located at 2212 Foothill Blvd.

It comes with fried rice or chow mein, the choice of one meat item and fried items. However, the portions are smaller than Tasty Goody.

For Lent, or if you just feel like eating fish, try Mr. Fish and Chips, located at 1453 Foothill Blvd. It is open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Looking for an alternative to Warehouse Pizza?

Try Roland’s Red Devil Pizza, at 1465 Foothill, which is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week in the Clark Shopping Center. Roland’s also delivers. And aside from the usual pizza, Roland’s offers salads, pasta and grinders.

Its dine-in lunch special is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For about $6.50, you have the choice of a mini pizza, salad and beverage, or a sandwich, salad, beverage, or spaghetti with meat sauce, salad and beverage.

Gambino’s, located at 2086-C Foothill Blvd. in La Verne, offers a variety of Italian food including sandwiches, pizza and complete dinners.

Another popular place is the Bagelry, which is located at 2095 Foothill Blvd.

It offers bagels, bagel sandwiches and loaves of bread.

If these places don’t please your taste buds, you can’t go too far wrong with the classic In-N-Out burger. “You can’t beat their Animal Style No. 1 and a lemon up,” Miller said.

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