Ten student favorite spots to eat in Lowell

Top Donut, located 700 Aiken Street, Lowell, Mass. (Courtesy of greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Marilyn Saha
Connector Staff

Sick of dining hall food? Want to try something new? Just hungry right now? These are ten favorite spots to eat as told by the students here at UMass Lowell.

Finding amazing food places in Lowell, Mass. sometimes feels like looking for a needle in a haystack comprised fully of needles. There are so many options; where does one begin? Social media allowed for UMass Lowell students to share what their favorite place to eat was.

For coffee lovers, there is the Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus located in downtown Lowell. A large freshly brewed coffee only costs $2.05. Their menu also includes iced drinks, smoothies, salads, breakfast, bagels and pressed sandwiches, as well as delicious pastries.

When asked why this coffee house was his favorite, Matthew Clancy simply said, “Chocolate covered strawberry smoothie.”

Another notable coffee shop is the Coffee Mill Emporium. Tyler Sherer said, “The Coffee Mill in downtown is the best and cheapest coffee in Lowell.” A large freshly brewed coffee goes for around $1.50 while a cup of chowder goes for $3.75. Those are tough prices to beat.

With every great coffee, one needs an even better doughnut. Yes, there is a Dunkin Donuts on practically every corner, but just a short 10-minute walk from Fox Hall, Top Donut offers everything students’ sugar lusting minds can imagine. They even sell giant doughnuts. Particularly tasty are the apple fritters, highly recommended by fellow student Gal Bejerano.

Tori Pimm recommends Espressos, which is conveniently located by the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. According to Pimm, they have “really good pizza for pretty cheap.” She also suggests Suppas for the best food after a night out. “They put fries and mozzarella sticks and a bunch of other stuff on their subs.”

For the sushi lovers out there, student Alison Coye highly recommends Blue Taleh. Why? “Because I’m a sushi addict, and it’s a convenient four minute drive from Fox Hall,” she said.

Another Asian cuisine place recommended was Viet Thai, but when his wallet is feeling a little light, student Ben Schwartzberg recommends Simply Khmer because he said it is “really good and pretty cheap.”

The Eggroll Cafe, located right on North Campus, is also a student favorite. This trendy cafe offers lattes, tea, gourmet coffees, bento meals and of course, signature eggrolls. Student Claire O’Connor recommends the Green Apple Slush Bubble tea from this spot.

Last but certainly not least, student Kyle Joaquim recommends the 1981 Ramen Bar located on Merrimack Street, and said, “If you’re going to promote the ramen-eating college student stereotype, you should at least treat yourself to some really good ramen.”

Those are 10 potentially new places to try. The 1981 Ramen Bar should beat self made ramen any day.

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