It’s 1:30 a.m. on a Friday and you’re starved. After making your zillionth grilled cheese on the George Foreman, you need something different. You can a) forgo eating for the evening, b) search your kitchen for scraps, or c) venture outside the confines of the University campus in search of something tasty and affordable.
Allow me to help you out. Here are the best places to go when the munchies hit, provided you’re willing to walk a few blocks to satiate that rumbling stomach.
Burrito Boy Taqueria
If you have lived in Eugene or its surrounding area for more than a month, you probably know Burrito Boy is the go-to place for some good Mexican eats. Located on East Broadway at Ferry Street, Burrito Boy has been a student staple for years. Although the restaurant raised its prices a few years ago, much to broke students’ chagrin, the eatery has still sustained its popularity. Thanks to its close proximity to campus, its still-low prices and its convenient hours of operation–24 hours a day, seven days a week–Burrito Boy is not only a restaurant but a nearby spot to meet friends and munch in the wee hours.
The menu includes all the essentials: A bean and cheese burrito for $3, with the option to add rice or sour cream for 75 cents and a regular burrito that includes meat, beans, guacamole, tomatoes, onions and cilantro for $4.75. Beyond the basics is the beloved wet burrito for $7.25. It’s the same as a regular burrito, but it’s topped with mole sauce, sour cream and melted cheese. Sides such as chips and salsa, rice and beans and a variety of hot sauces are also avaialable.
Opened with the intention of bringing New York-style pizza slices to hungry college students, Sy’s is one of the campus area’s essential late-night diners. The cramped space is ornamented with giant triangular mirrors and retro posters of John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe, and students eat their slices on rotating red stools. The tiny shop sits inside of an 80-year-old building on Alder Street across from Sacred Heart Medical Center and offers little room for big groups of students, but it is perfect for grabbing a slice to go.
The menu includes cheese pizza by the slice for $2.50 or Sicilian-style slices for $2.75. Toppings can be added for 80 cents. There is a myriad of topping choices such as pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, tomatoes, chopped black olives, onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, fresh or canned mushrooms, pineapple and extra cheese. Not only are the slices substantial and delicious, they are also made of 100-percent mozzarella cheese and baked in a brick oven.
Sy’s stays busy during lunch and dinner hours, but it gets much of its business later at night; it’s open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
It’s hard to encapsulate your first experience with a calzone from this eatery. Gooey, cheesy, mozzarella goodness with pesto and breaded chicken all cooked into a warm calzone. Mmm. Dough Co., located at the corner of 13th Avenue and Hilyard Street, is just. So. Good.
Serving 31 different kinds of calzones and offering a variety of fresh baked cookies, salads, ice cream and drinks, all for less than $6.25, is something to get hungry over.
These calzone creations include the Hawaiian zone, which has ham, pineapple, ricotta and mozzarella cheese; the chicken bomb zone, which has breaded chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms and ricotta and mozzarella cheese; and the breakfast zone, which has two eggs and cheddar cheese with your choice of steak, bacon, ham or sausage.
And the list goes on. Dough Co. is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day, with the option to eat in, carry it out or get it delivered.