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Field trips: PPCC




(Rampart Range Campus)

Diggy's Diner

Because sometimes, you just need something that was homemade with care, then submerged in boiling oil. Classic Americana staples like burgers, shakes, sandwiches and their soon-to-be-famous "spuddies" — basically breakfast potatoes — are served up in an atmosphere that's less chill, more groovy. Diggy's is less than a month old, but with prices like $4.89 for a burger, $3.99 for a basket of chicken and fries, and $2 shakes, it should be here a good, long while.
11550 Ridgeline Drive, #128, 488-4753, diggysdiner.com

(Centennial Campus)

Taste of Thai Spice

Frankly, there's not much else within walking distance of here, besides barracks. Lucky for you, one of the only games in this part of town is well worth playing. Taste of Thai Spice offers exactly what its name promises: a talented chef willing to make your dish as hot or mild as you like — the perfect way to expand your culinary horizons. What better time than college, right? The pad Thai, green curry, and coconut ice cream with peanut crumbles are all favorites.
1609 Lashelle Way, 226-1999

(Rampart Range Campus)

Café Vélo

If you regret not spending your college years at art school in some trendier part of the world, a stop at Café Vélo will fix that in a flash. The high-end-bike-shop-slash-high-end coffee bar is almost uncomfortably hip. The combination might seem strange at first, but makes perfect sense for many a caffeine-powered, Schwinn-pedaling book slave. Starbucks might do in a pinch, but the discerning cyclist will get his or her java here.
11550 Ridgeline Drive, #102, 772-6101, cafevelobikes.com

(Centennial Campus)

Culpepper's Cajun Kitchen

Don't let the strip-mall exterior fool you: Inside Culpepper's, a wall full of awards for Cajun cuisine attest to locals' appreciation for its big portions of tasty, down-South comfort food. The music and decor, complete with "WHO DAT" New Orleans Saints flag, just reek of the bayou — in the best possible way. You won't find more authentic Cajun preparations anywhere in this landlocked city.
6502 S. Academy Blvd, 282-8479, culpeppers.net


(Rampart Range Campus)

Carmike Chapel Hills 15

The massive neon lights of Hollywood Theaters beckon just blocks from campus, but it's the most expensive movie house in town. Just a few miles down the road, Carmike Chapel Hills offers cheaper tickets, better-tasting popcorn and emptier theaters. Its mall location is ultra-convenient, and you'll also find films that've been taken out of other theaters still showing here. Take advantage of the Super-Bargain Matinee anytime between 4 and 5:30 p.m. and catch a flick for just $5.50.
1710 Briargate Blvd., #15, 594-6000, carmike.com

(Centennial Campus)


So you've aced PED 150 Rock Climbing, and you don't want your skills to atrophy. Or you're working toward a degree in outdoor leadership and want to get stronger in the field. Either way, time to go downtown. CityRock is chock-full of things to do — or, more accurately, things to climb. Enjoy daily specials, events, competitions, yoga classes and any of the 19,000 square feet of climbing surfaces. Open to all ages, ability levels, and until 10 p.m. on weekdays, too.
21 N. Nevada Ave., 634-9099, climbcityrock.com

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