As college students, we all have varying levels of financial responsibility. Rent, tuition and entertainment can pile up, which can leave little money in the budget for food and can limit the time students have to cook. Restaurants in Orono, Bangor and Old Town offer meal deals each day that can alleviate the financial burden that eating-out can impose.
Pat’s Pizza has been a staple in Orono since they opened their doors in 1931. They offer delivery to all on-campus University of Maine buildings, all Greek life on campus and on College Ave., and most apartment complexes surrounding campus. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, they offer a large, one-topping pizza for $10.50 for dine-in or takeout. On Mondays, they also offer spaghetti and meatballs (dine-in only) for $4.50 and large cheese or pepperoni pizza (dine-in or take out) for $8.25. On Tuesdays, every pizza purchase comes with a free order of small breadsticks (dine-in only). Pat’s also offers 99 cent hand-cut french fries on Wednesdays.
Nest is a cafe in Orono that serves coffee and breakfast items. They offer “smoothie Tuesday” where smoothies of the same type are buy one, get one free. On Wednesdays, lattes, hot or iced, are $2.50. On Thursdays, hot or iced chai and Thai tea is buy one, get one free. They also offer a wide variety of baked goods, smoothie bowls and breakfast sandwiches to accompany their beverage specials.
The Orono House of Pizza offers a wide variety of specials and meal deals. On Mondays, small or large pizzas are buy one, get one free. On Tuesday, large cheesy breadsticks are $5. On Wednesdays, wraps are $4.95 and on Thursday, all sandwiches are $5. They also offer six meal deals and three family specials every night.
Thai Kitchen in Orono offers lunch specials Monday through Friday where all meal specials are $7.95. Some items include chicken pad thai with one fresh roll and two dumplings; vegetable pad thai with an egg roll and a fresh roll; chicken fried rice with one fresh roll and two dumplings; and chicken and broccoli with two dumplings and one egg roll. They also deliver for free to the Orono area.
Buffalo Wild Wings in Bangor features “Boneless Thursdays.” Boneless wings are close to 50 percent off all day. They also have beer specials including a featured draft, a brew series, game day specials and craft beers that are selected each month.
Kobe Ninja House is a Japanese grill in Bangor with specials every Tuesday and Thursday. Some of their most popular drinks, appetizers, entrees and sushi rolls are sold at a discounted price. Cocktails are $4 and six appetizers are 50 percent off.
Governor’s in Old Town hosts a breakfast buffet from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday. They offer an all you can eat buffet that includes eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, French toast and fruit.
Wendy’s is a fast food option with great deals. They offer a 4 for $4 deal with a variety of options. Each meal comes with fries, chicken nuggets and a drink. It also comes with your choice of a junior cheeseburger, a double stack burger, crispy chicken sandwich or a spicy chicken wrap.
No matter what your budget is, there are affordable options for every college student in Orono, Old Town and Bangor.