When cafeteria food and convenience store snacks get boring and aren’t enough to curb that desire for fresh strawberry and crushed Oreo-topped frozen yogurt, ditch campus and treat yourself at one of Thousand Oaks’ many restaurants. Students can enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast of eggs, sizzling bacon, and a free crepe with parents for Sunday brunch at Eggs ‘n Things or take a quick trip to Noah’s Bagels for a "PB&J" bagel before that 10 a.m. class. These two eateries, along with other breakfast joints within the valley, offer a variety of inexpensive breakfast options. Have time between organic chemistry and ancient political thought? Great, because hot lunch spots like Panera Bread and Five Guys will keep your stomach full until dinner. Catch up with a friend over Panera’s French onion bread bowl soup or Five Guys’ bacon cheeseburger with Cajun-style fries.
And for those special occasions, like celebrating a friend’s birthday or for a night out with a large group, restaurants like Buca di Beppo and Bada Sushi serve huge, family-style portions. Macaroni Grill in Westlake Village, Elephant Bar Restaurant in Simi Valley, and Wood Ranch American Restaurant in Moorpark are just short drives away from campus and set the perfect scene for groups of friends to hang out, relax, and enjoy delicious food. But it doesn’t end there—dessert is waiting to cap off the night, of course. Frozen yogurt shops are scattered throughout the valley and provide endless choices of swapping and topping. Menchie’s, Golden Spoon, and Lotus are just some of the many frozen yogurt shops offering a plethora of flavors, like piña colada tart, Belgian chocolate, and Irish mint, and an array of toppings, like graham cracker crumbs, coconut flakes, and mini caramel cups.