Find Student Lunch Specials in Downtown Alameda

Bowzer's Pizza AlamedaSchool is back in session and the sidewalks in Downtown Alameda are once again buzzing during lunch hour.

Many downtown restaurants offer lunch specials that keep business flying through the afternoon. Lunch specials are especially helpful to the nearby Alameda High students who have limited time to pack a lunch, want something different from the standard cafeteria menu, or just want to take advantage of the privilege of leaving campus during lunch break.

With tons of options available with Downtown Alameda being just a short stroll away from the high school, “Where shall we eat?” can be one of the biggest and most exasperating questions among Alameda High students when friends gather together for a quick lunch break.

So where can a budget-conscious student fill up fast if he or she didn’t bring a homemade lunch? $5 can get you a pretty hearty meal at just about any of the nearby downtown destinations that offer weekday specials — from take-out spots to family restaurants, and everything between. Just look for the  “Student Special” signs in front of the local eateries.

These are some of the student favorites that can be found just a few blocks from AHS in Downtown Alameda… 

Tast of Alameda restaurantAsian Fusian

Hot Spot Soup Place – Taiwanese cafe offering hot soups (hot pots), tea drinks, and shaved ice.

Kobe-Ya – Variety of Japanese dishes, from bowls and udon to bento boxes and sushi.

T4 Tea – The finest boba teas, smoothies, and Asian Fusion snacks.

Tapioca Express – Special tea drinks and snacks offered in a cozy and welcoming environment.

Taste of Alameda – Bahn Mi sandwiches and American menu.


Taqueria Ramiro & Sons – Quick Mexican food — quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.

Taqueria Viva Mexico – Wide selection of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taquitos, and tortas.

Pizza by the Slice

Bowzer’s Pizza – Fresh homemade pizza by the slice or whole, subs, and salads.

Pampered Pup AlamedaBurgers, Dogs, and Chicken

Lola’s Chicken Shack – Lola’s chicken has a juiciness and tenderness you can’t find elsewhere.

Pampered Pup – Classic hot dogs made with all beef dog, chopped onions, relish, and tomato.

Q’s Halal Chicken – Burgers, wings, kabobs, gyros, and falafel.

Sandwiches & Wraps

House of Bagels – House-baked bagel sandwiches with all-natural ingredients.

Johnathan’s Sandwich House – Sandwiches and soups.

Troy Greek Cuisine – Gyros, falafel, and chicken shawarma wraps.

You shouldn’t skip a good meal. But if you make time for dessert, you can also find sweet treats in Downtown Alameda. That’s another story for later…

(Note to Students: If you’re still reading this, we might remind you to quickly pick a place so you can eat and get back to school on time.)

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website:

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses on Park Street and beyond. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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