The votes are in! Here’s the list of places on or near ASU’s four campuses that have earned the title of “Best of ASU.” Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our “Best of ASU” print issue which is on campus newsstands now!
Here are my blurbs!
Food That’s Worth the Wait: Oregano’s
With 15 locations in central Arizona alone, it’s obvious that Oregano’s is one of the Valley’s favorite Italian restaurants. What’s great about Oregano’s is you can stop in during the midday rush for lunch, or stop by for a romantic dinner in the evening and have two wonderfully different experiences.
Whether you’re in the mood for pan, thin or thick crust pizza, Oregano’s has it all. Long lines are because a) the food is amazing and b) Oregano’s carefully crafts each pizza and bakes them for about 30-45 minutes. From salads to pizza to their famous pizookies, in their own words, you don’t want to pass this joint.
Best Place to See a Show: Crescent Ballroom
If a typical experience at Crescent Ballroom had to be summed up in two or three words, they would have to be local, intimate and delicious. As an adaptive-reuse space, Crescent Ballroom is a modern concert venue/ restaurant with roots deep into downtown Phoenix. Cocina 10, Crescent’s kitchen, serves a one-of-a-kind, locally sourced menu developed by Chris Bianco.
Seven days a week, Cocina 10 and the lounge are open for lunch and serve food and drinks until midnight on weekdays. If you love music, Crescent does that to. There’s a concert almost every night featuring local bands and national up-and-comers alike. With a max capacity of 550 dancing bodies, catching a show at Crescent Ballroom is intimate, intense and a thrill for music lovers.
Best Place to Grab Lunch Between Classes: Bowl of Greens
The downtown Phoenix campus doesn’t stand alone from the community like the others. Businesses are intertwined with classrooms and dorms. It’s extremely convenient when you have 15 minutes between your class that lets out at 12:45 p.m. and your next starts at 1 p.m. Bowl of Greens is the saving grace for diminished mealtimes in downtown.
Located on the ground floor of the Walter Cronkite building, Bowl of Greens serves up healthy alternatives to burgers and fries just steps away from classrooms. Ask anyone who works there and they’ll tell you that their chicken caesar salad is THE fan favorite. So much so that they ask everyone in line who’s getting it and they prepare it in bulk. Salads, Sandwiches, Healthy entrees and fruity shakes round out the menu. Check them out next time you’re downtown!
Best Place to Hangout: First Amendment Forum
Each campus has that special place that people can go to mingle among friends… and is also a pretty comfortable place to fall asleep. Downtown, that place could only be the First Amendment Forum at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The comforting sounds of CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s voice and the manic typing as students’ fingers race to finish up articles is soothing to the budding journalist and makes the First Amendment Forum the best place to hangout – or shut down – downtown. With plush chairs and tables to rest your feet on, the First Amendment forum is the most comfortable place to sit back and relax.