Fourth Avenue vs. University Boulevard - Part Two: University Boulevard

By Kylee Dawson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

College life at the UA revolves around more than just classes and books. Occasionally, students need a place to chill out, eat and possibly buy some new threads.

The shops on University Boulevard and Fourth Avenue make eating and shopping that much more enjoyable.

Even though UA students predominantly like to shop on Fourth Avenue, most students frequent the restaurants and other stores on University Boulevard out of convenience.

Here is a comprehensive guide to things you can eat, wear and do on University Boulevard.


Chipotle Mexican Grill
905 East University Blvd., Suite 149
It's not your traditional taco stand, but they've got great tacos and big 'n tasty burritos.

Gentle Ben's
865 East University Blvd.
If you want more than just a beer, this is a great restaurant for lunch, dinner or a social gathering.

Food links

Gentle Ben's

Johnny Rockets

La Salsa

Pei Wei Asian Diner


Johnny Rockets
825 E. University Blvd., Suite 121
A '50's-style diner and hamburger shop.

La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill
825 E. University Blvd., Suite 181
With quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas and salads, this Mexican restaurant is more than just tacos and burritos.

Pei Wei Asian Diner
845 E. University Blvd.
This typically pricey Pan-Asian restaurant has great food.

Penguin's Frozen Yogurt
825 E. University Blvd., Suite 161
Go here for ice cream and frozen yogurt delicacies.

The Pita Pit
845 E. University Blvd., Suite 175
With dozens of meats, veggies and other good toppings to choose from, you can make the perfect pita sandwich here.

802-804 E. University Blvd.
What's any university without a Starbucks or four?

Diners typically favor chain restaurants, but UA students have discovered just how good the local mom & pop restaurants are. Some of the best include:

Cafe Paraiso
820 E. University Blvd.
You can enjoy coffee, sandwiches, salads, desserts and conversation at this pleasant café.

Chen's Cafe
922 E. University Blvd.
You can get quick Chinese food at this restaurant, which serves meals a la carte and cooked to order.

Frog & Firkin
847 E. University Blvd.
A UA student favorite, this English-style pub and restaurant has great burgers, sandwiches and booze that can be enjoyed on the front patio.

Kababeque Indian Grill
845 E. University Blvd., Suite 185
This restaurant is new, but many students agree that it is a great place to get lamb kabobs, veggie samosas and yummy mango or strawberry lassis.

No Anchovies
870 E. University Blvd.
With a full bar, this restaurant has arguably the greatest pizza in Tucson with every topping you can imagine ... except anchovies, of course.

810 E. University Blvd.
Go here for falafel, shawerma, vegetarian couscous and other great Middle Eastern dishes without paying a lot of money.


College students know the occasional indulgence of shopping is important to their academic progress. So, here are a few local apparel stores to keep you looking stylish or like a college student.

Arizona Wildwear
905 E. University Blvd., Suite 101
This is just like Campus Athletic, only it has more souvenirs like UA mugs and stuffed animals.

Shopping links
Arizona Wildwear

Urban Outfitters

White House/Black Market

906 E. University Blvd.
If you're into big city fashions and looking like a diva, this is the boutique for you.

Campus Athletic
936 E. University Blvd.
This place has the UA logo stamped on practically every article of clothing imaginable.

Landmark Clothing & Shoes
867 E. University Blvd.
With brands like Polo-Ralph Lauren, Cole-Haan and Birkenstock, this store houses unique fashions ranging from surfer wear to preppy casual.

Urban Outfitters
901 E. University Blvd.
From camis and minis to jeans and t-shirts, this is a great store for women and men to shop.

White House/Black Market
825 E. University Blvd., Suite 131
This is the place for women looking for something a little more elegant and formal.


University Boulevard offers more than just food and fashion. There are hair salons, cell phone stores and other useful services for UA students.

Blades Hair Design
804 E. University Blvd.
For more than a quick cut, check out this unique salon, where you can get custom cuts, dimensional colors and other services.

Other services links

The Joint

Cost Cutters
990 E. University Blvd.
Whether you need a quick cut or a new look, it's best to make an appointment in order to avoid waiting. Plus, with discount cards, UA students can get 15 percent off any service or hair product.

The Joint
800 E. University Blvd., Suite 100
This chiropractic place, which offers acupuncture and Chinese herbology, can help get your joints, spine and whatever else ails you back into shape.

Spring Nail Salon
845 E. University Blvd., Suite 155
Manicures, pedicures, body waxing and more are available to UA girls, and even guys, at this salon. You can make an appointment or just walk in.