Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more at The Oasis, located just a few cartwheels from the University of Toledo.
The Oasis combines the coziness of a sit-down restaurant with the convenience and variety of a food court, serving up tasty fare from Cottage Inn Pizza and Grill, Toft's Ice Cream, Campus Diner, Suzie's Smoothies and Raw Juice Bar, Dolce Coffee House, Margatinis, and Hookah Haven. For a light lunch, peep the leafy offerings, which range from the fixing-filled taco salad to the simple citrus and parsley notes of tabbouli with green onions and tomatoes (both $4.95 for a half, $6.95 for a full). Pizzas are prepared in a variety of ways, such as in an oven or by a team of Boy Scouts wielding sun-focusing magnifying glasses. Creative pies include the gyro pizza (gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, red onions, and feta) and chicken parmesan (fresh tomato and onion), both $10.95–$18.95. If you're accustomed to using slices of bread as tiny hats and are curious about what their actual intended use is, try one of Oasis's sandwiches, such as the turkey Reuben ($6.99) or buffalo chicken ($6.69).
This nucleus for diversified eating spans two floors, with traditional table seating and a lounge-like area with sofas and fireplaces on the first, and more private seating on the second. The space is well suited for studying, meeting a colleague for lunch, or thinking silently about the pros and cons of non-dairy creamer. A two-story interior waterfall unites the double decks with a taste of the outdoors, but there is also an outdoor patio for those preferring natural nature to simulated streams.
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The Oasis Restaurant & Delivery
Say it's 1 a.m., you've got some friends over, and everyone is hungry. As if the late hour doesn't complicate the situation enough, you've got one friend who wants tacos, another who's championing gyros, and you're craving pizza. Enter The Oasis Restaurant & Delivery: a small family of eateries that delivers late night and packs all of the aforementioned dishes onto one menu.
The menu's custom New York–style pizzas can be topped with anything from meatballs to sauerkraut, and its quesadillas and tacos overflow with fillings such as pulled pork and battered cod. There's plenty of Italian eats as well—including oven-baked pasta and stromboli—alongside a thoroughly American lineup of burgers, all-beef hot dogs, and fried chicken shaped like the 50 states. Recent additions to the menu include wings in one of 13 sauces and Oasis melts—grilled cheeses stuffed with corned beef, bacon, or barbecued pulled pork.