The University of Arizona’s eats can get old during the 9 months we attend classes. However, once we return to our hometowns for the summer, there are quite a few restaurants our taste buds begin to crave. For those students who call the west coast their hometown, all I have to say is lucky you. Here are 7 Tucson eats you’ll miss this summer:

1. In-N-Out Burger


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Oh, my oh my… the savory goodness in In-N-Out’s special sauce; how we non-west coasters will miss this loaded burger and infamous animal fries. But don’t worry, you can make these animal fries at home!

2. HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery


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HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery offers unforgettable eats in terms of dinner and dessert; the perfect combo. HUB’s ice cream is all homemade! I recommend ordering the Prime Fries for an appetizer and trying the Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream for dessert. Praying they open one of these in the midwest.

3. Batch Cafe & Bar


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Home to delicious doughnuts and grilled cheese sandwiches, Batch Cafe & Bar offers childhood favorite foods you can’t find anywhere but this Tucson location. The restaurant’s perfect childhood combination is one we will definitely miss this summer.

4. Illegal Pete’s


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Looks like it’s back to the Chipotle lines for those of us without Illegal Pete’s at home. A message to Chipotle: please offer queso. Also, who can forget about the free chips or tortilla offered with your meal?!

5. Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-b-cue


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Unfortunately, this summer there is no way to indulge in drunching at Mama’s. RIP to Chicken Katsu until next fall.

6. Cheba Hut


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You west coasters are beyond lucky. Oh, how I wish Cheba Hut was offered in the midwest. The perfect stoner snack will just have to wait until school resumes in the fall.

7. Time Market


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Time Market is one of the most delicious pizza places in Tucson in terms of location, cost, ingredients, drinks, and environment. If you haven’t been already, here are 5 reasons you’ll fall in love with Time Market.

Adios Tucson, see you, and your eats, next fall!