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Good grub
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Superior Pho and Ha Ahn Asian cuisine.

Six affordable places near CSU to get good grub and coffee

Good grub and coffee does not have to empty your wallet

There are many local businesses throughout Cleveland and near Cleveland State University's campus where students can go to enjoy an affordable, and most importantly, tasty meal. 

Not only is price important to students but there are also many places that offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options near campus.

Here are six places where students can go to get some good grub and coffee:

 

Superior Pho 

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Caption: Superior Pho Vietnamese restaurant.

Price: $

Location: 3030 Superior Ave #105, Cleveland, OH 44114

Superior Pho is an award winning Vietnamese restaurant that is known for their pho noodle dishes. The restaurant also offers other dishes such as bánh mì — a roasted pork sandwich with paté, mayonnaise, cucumbers, pickled carrots, daikons (a type of radish) and jalapeños. They also have vegan and vegetarian options like their tamarind noodle soup with tofu. Superior Pho is a great restaurant to go to satisfy that noodle craving. It is both affordable and not far from campus.

 

Ha Ahn 

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Caption: Ha Ahn Korean and Japanese restaurant.

Price: $$

Location: 3030 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Ha Ahn offers Korean and Japanese cuisine. Located inside the strip mall across from Superior Pho, they offer a variety of meals such as sushi and traditional Korean meals like bibimbap which includes sautéed veggies, egg, rice for the base and ground beef. This tiny, cozy restaurant offers various dishes ranging from soup to one pan meals and also offers vegan and vegetarian options. 

 

Corner 11 Bowl and Wrap

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Caption: Asian cuisine at Corner 11 Bowl and Wrap.

Price: $

Location: 2391 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Corner 11 Bowl and Wrap is an Asian cuisine restaurant that has many options to choose from. They offer various ramen noodle dishes, poke (poh-keh) bowls, salads and appetizers to get you going. All bowls are customized by the customer. They also offer various bubble tea options. 

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Caption: Menu board at Corner 11 Bowl and Wrap.

Corner 11 has a variety of options and most are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free, including the sauces for their poke bowls. This restaurant offers a cozy, clean and relaxing environment where you can enjoy your meal.

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Caption: Corner 11 has many options that are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

 

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Caption: Salmon bowl (left), spring rolls (middle), spicy tuna bowl (right) and Thai iced tea with milk.

Grumpy's Cafe

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Caption: American comfort food at Grumpy’s Cafe.

Price: $$

Location: 2621 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Grumpy's Cafe is an American comfort food restaurant. This cafe offers a variety of meals ranging from eggs Benedict for breakfast to quesadillas for lunch or dinner. They also offer seasonal food and seasonal beverage items as well. Grumpy's also has vegetarian and gluten-free options, and may offer substitutes for dishes. 

After all that grub, dessert is a must have, or maybe you just need that morning pick-me-up. There are many coffee shops that are not far from CSU's campus that are also affordable. 

Here are a couple places for dessert and coffee:

Civilization 

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Caption: Civilization, an old- fashioned coffee shop.

Price: $

Location: 2366 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Civilization is an old-fashioned, cozy coffee shop located in the Tremont area across from Corner 11. This coffee shop offers various types of coffee from iced mochas to hot drip coffee. The coffee shop also offers homemade, delicious baked goods such as croissants and cinnamon rolls. They even have gluten-free bakery options. 

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Caption: Homemade cinnamon roll from Civilization. 

The Loop 

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Caption: The Loop coffee and record shop. 

Price: $

Location: 2180 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

The Loop is a coffee shop also located in the Tremont area, but it is not just a regular coffee shop. This coffee shop not only offers delicious coffee, with various milk options like almond milk and baked goods, but they also sell vinyl records ranging from all genres of music, including local bands. You can also bring your own records to play in the store.

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Caption: The second floor of The Loop is equipped with seating and vinyl records for sale.

The coffee shop serves as a quiet study space, perfect for students. This place combines two of society's most beloved things, coffee and music.

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Caption: Coffee bar at The Loop. 

There are many places to get good grub and coffee around Cleveland, but it shouldn't break the bank. Food should be enjoyable just as it should be affordable. 

These restaurants and coffee shops offer various options, even vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. They also offer a space for students to hang out or study, and they are not far from campus.