There are so many advantages to being a student at Eastern New Mexico University: sleeping in and taking naps, rooting for the Greyhounds at sports games, and getting discounts at Portales restaurants.
Portales has a ton of great eating options so grab your ENMU ID and go get that discount!
AJ's Wings: Free drink with purchase
The owner of AJ's began making buffalo wings in his home and soon converted to owning a food truck before eventually buying the building it's in today. Try their newest sauce addition, Lt. 41, which is a sweet red chili sauce that gives equal parts sweet and heat.
Burger King: 10 percent off
Burger King is an American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. Not only do they have a student discount, but they also have opportunities for a free Whopper with the purchase of one item on the back of most receipts.
Cattle Baron: 10 percent off
Whether you are out for date night or to meet up with friends, Cattle Baron is the perfect option for a nicer dining atmosphere with excellent menu options. The menu offers both lunch and sunset specials, with steak, seafood and other classic American dishes for dinner.
Do Drop In: 10 percent off
Do Drop In is a locally owned sandwich and coffee shop located in the town square. With a diverse menu that offers inventive sandwiches, soups, desserts and drinks, Do Drop is the ideal location to satisfy your breakfast and lunch cravings.
El Rancho: 10 percent off
El Rancho has home-made American and Mexican cuisine, with build-your-own burgers and burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, salad and sandwiches. If you are like me and you love sopapillas, their dinner entrees are ideal, as they come with chips and salsa, beans, rice and the delicious dessert topped with honey.
Juanito's: 10 percent off
Juanito's has been serving traditional, homemade Mexican food since 1982. The atmosphere is fantastic for a casual dining experience with the feeling of being at home. Their menu has a huge variety of options, including fajitas, enchiladas, chile rellenos, tacos, tamales and burritos.
Mark's Restaurant: 10 percent off on Mondays
For over 25 years, Mark's Grill has been serving the town of Portales with Tex-Mex cuisine. On Mondays, college students get 10 percent off, so it is the perfect opportunity to try their all-day breakfast or to grab one of their famous burgers.
Pat's Twin Cronnie: 10 percent off
Pat's small restaurant and drive-in style is a staple for Portales, serving burgers, fries, tater tots, cheese sticks and ice cream. All of their shakes and malts are delicious, but they advertise as the "Home of the Peanut Butter Shake," so if you are a fan of peanut butter then this is the shake for you.
Pizza Hut: $5 lunch buffet
Pizza Hut is a chain restaurant with Italian-American cuisine, featuring signature pizzas and pasta. Bring your ID in for the lunch buffet, with "all-you-can-eat" pizza, salad, desserts, breadsticks and a pasta bar.
Thai City: 10 percent off
Thai City offers a variety of Asian cuisine, including Thai, Japanese and Chinese menu options that are sure to satisfy your cravings. The pad thai is a personal favorite of mine, and the student discount allows me to get it while on a budget.