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Top Five Lunch Spots for Students

Students at SBHS value the 40 minutes we get every day to indulge in fantastic meals outside campus. Driving or walking, there are tons of options to choose from. I’ve narrowed the list down to the most popular and tasty restaurants off campus. In no particular order: Chick-fil-A, The Habit, Sprouts, Sam’s To Go, and McDonald’s reign on top as the most popular.

I interviewed a freshman, a junior, and a senior about their “go-to spots” and to rank these five food options. Owen Horn, a freshman at SBHS, said his favorite place to go to lunch is Sam’s To Go. “It’s easily accessible and I know the guy who works there. He’s very nice.” Horn walks to lunch when he can’t find a ride with friends who can drive. He ranks the list from best to worst: Sam’s To Go, McDonald’s, Sprouts, Chick-fil-A, and Habit. Junior Ava Karman drives to lunch daily because it’s more convenient for her. Her “go-to” restaurant is South Coast Deli, but the quickest spot for her to get in and out of is Trader Joe’s because “it’s a grocery store, so it’s easy to grab some snacks and get out of there quickly.” Karman ranks the list: Chick-fil-A, The Habit, Sprouts, McDonald’s, then Sam’s To Go, in order. Finn Whipps, a senior, has a different tactic of eating lunch. Whipps, like Karman, drives to lunch every day, but his favorite destination to eat is in the comfort of his own home with a delicious turkey sandwich. If Whipps is not in the mood to drive home, the quickest spot for him to get in and out of is “Taco Bell, but only if you hustle.” Whipps ranks the list: Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Sprout’s, Sam’s To Go, and The Habit.

My personal top five places to eat for lunch include South Coast Deli, Chick-fil-A, Sprouts, Blenders, and Trader Joe’s, in no particular order. These all are relatively easy to get in and out of quickly, to get back to class on time, and they contain delicious menus with various options. My favorite place to eat, depending on the time, is Chick-fil-A because it has the best-tasting food, and if you order ahead you can get in and out of there, with enough time to eat your food back at school.

Image Credit: Carter Battle


  • Carter Battle

    Carter Battle is a sophomore at Santa Barbara High School, and he is a writer for The Forge newspaper. He is on the varsity basketball team and the track team as well. He wants to spread positivity and knowledge through his thoughts and writing. He also enjoys spending time with his family, and going on fun adventures with his friends.

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