ThriftU: Cheap Eats in Rohnert Park

Oliver’s Sushi

Locals wait around for this deal. All fresh sushi is half off after 10pm! Tip: Get there a little before 10 so you don’t miss out on your favorite roll.


El Rancho Taqueria

This taqueria has arguably the best burritos in town.  Their super burritos come with rice, beans, cheese, sour cream and guacamole. As for the rest of their menu, pretty much everything else is under $8.

Falafel House

This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is located off East Cotati Avenue and is the place to go if you’re craving falafel.  Plates are about $10 each; standouts include their chicken shawarma, eggplant salad, baba ghanouj and dolmas.

Amy’s Drive Thru

If you’re trying to eat healthy but are still craving fast food, a veggie burger from Amy’s is the perfect compromise.  Order “The Amy” with a chocolate shake for a meal that’ll keep you full and on budget.

Don Julio’s

Stop by Don Julio’s to get your pupusa fix. Choose from seven different pupusas at $2.99 each.

Smokin Bowls

Smokin Bowls is comfort food at it’s finest with a unique twist. Everything on their menu is under $9. Some of their bowls include Harvest bowl, brown rice and mixed veggie coconut curry; Rohnert Park, french fries and BBQ pulled pork; and Dragon Bowl, bacon fried rice and chicken.

Michael’s Sourdough Rohnert Park

Head to Michael’s Sourdough for a sandwich that’s reasonably priced and HUGE.  They get pretty busy during lunch time but their sandwiches are well worth the wait.

Bonus: Grocery Store Savings

Eating out while on a budget isn’t always feasible. Luckily, a few local grocery stores give students a break.  In Rohnert Park, Safeway gives 5% off to students and Raley’s offers a 10% discount. Visit these grocers in person for more details on how to sign up.