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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Top 5 places to eat near campus

“The food options here suck. Period,” Engineering major Leo Martinez said.

With very limited food options found on campus, it’s no wonder why many students seek to find and dine around the Cerritos College community.

“The food here isn’t that good. I only eat here when I’m short on time or when I’m really really hungry,” Business major Carla Garcia said.

Food options found on campus range from Taco Bell, Frantone’s, the Culinary Arts Cafe, among other food vendors. Quick snack options can also be found at the Cerritos College Bookstore, as well as The Elbow Room.

For students who might be thinking of dining outside of campus or for those who already dine outside of campus but wish to try something new, we have compiled a list of the top five establishments worthy of trying.

All the establishments below are within a short drive or walk from Cerritos College, and there are descriptions as to why it’s worth a shot.

Alondra’s Mexican Food (0.4 miles away)

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Literally across the street from Cerritos College, Alondra’s Mexican Food offers just about everything Mexican food lovers can imagine. Food options range from tacos, burritos, to even tortas. Just a walk away from Cerritos College, Alondra’s is a great spot to stop by for students with a short class gap to sit down and grab a quick bite.

Bonus: Alondra’s Mexican Food offers a Cerritos College student special menu, where students are able to receive more for their buck.

Rodger’s Sandwiches (0.5 miles away)


If you’re sick of chain store sandwiches, then Rodger’s Sandwiches is worth a try. Just a walk away from Cerritos College, Rodger’s offers both hot and cold sandwiches, ranging from a Southwestern Chicken Sandwich to BBQ Beef Sandwiches. Rodger’s has multiple offerings anyone can imagine. Not a sandwich person? Rodger’s also offer garden salads, as well as Caesar salads.

Olive Garden (1.5 miles away)

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If you’re a sucker for Italian food and sick of pizza, then Olive Garden is the place to be at. Food options range from its famous pasta dishes to fried calamari. Other food options include stuffed mushrooms and Calabrian wings. Olive Garden is also having its “Never Ending Past Bowl” specials, where customers can enjoy selective all-you-can-eat pasta dishes starting at $9.99. The special runs all month long and is perfect for a study date or for those with a large gap in between classes.

Bonus: Olive Garden also serves never-ending salad or soups paired with freshly baked breadsticks with every order.

Chick-fil-A (2.0 miles away)

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Chick-fil-A is the perfect choice for chicken lovers and those who wish to have a cheat day once in a while. With options ranging from its well known chicken sandwich to chicken salads, Chick-fil-A offers just about everything on its menu anyone can enjoy. It also offers outside patio tables, as well as booths, which are perfect for a quick study session solo, or in groups.

Panera Bread (2.2 miles away)

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Those who wish to grab a bite and get some homework or studying done, Panera Bread is definitely worth a try. Its menu ranges from soups and salads to Paganini’s and pastries. Panera Bread also offers a loyalty card where customers receive rewards for dining at Panera Bread. It also offers to-go options where customers can place their orders online and pick them up in a matter of minutes.

Bonus: Panera Bread offers complimentary wireless Internet for customers dining inside.

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About the Contributor
Eduardo Alvarado, Staff Writer
Fall 2014 Award winning philanthropist, Eduardo Alvarado re-joins the Talon Marks News for a third semester hoping to gain new journalistic experiences through his college journalism career.
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