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The Best Penn State Game Day Eats

Football games tend to make me hungry—although witnessing any amount of athletic dominance will do that to a girl. The suspense! The pageantry! The unbridled blood lust! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. So to make sure you eat properly before and after witnessing some Ohio ass-kicking, here are my suggestions.

Before the Game:

The Original Waffle Shop: I know this is already a classic place to eat, but it’s on here for some clarification. If you want lightning fast service, options between breakfast and lunch, and unlimited coffee, make sure you visit one of the Original Waffle Shops located on Atherton and West College Atherton respectively. Both of the originals are owned by a very nice Greek man who just happens to know how to make the perfect homefries. Beware of the Waffle Shop downtown. This establishment is an imposter and although it is a decent substitute, nothing beats the real thing.

The Original Waffle Shops are open from earlier-than-you-would-want-to-go to 3 p.m.

The Corner Room: This classic diner-esque establishment had to make the list. The Corner Room is a Penn State cultural icon, along with being a super convenient place to get a great breakfast before the big game. Again, breakfast and lunch options are offered, so even the pickiest (ie. not morning people) among your group will leave satisfied.

The Corner Room is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

Green Bowl: Yes, Green Bowl serves breakfast! In the morning hours the all-you-can-eat Asian buffet magically transforms into a make your own breakfast bar! The set up is basically the same, but with more breakfast appropriate toppings like bacon, ham, and—obviously—M&M’s. With the assorted mix-ins you are able to create your own omelet, pancake, French toast, or breakfast wrap. As if that wasn’t a miracle unto itself there are several sides to supplement your creation including fruit, croissants, and oatmeal. Breakfast is only served on the weekends, so I think you’ve just found your newest game day tradition.

Green Bowl is open for breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on weekends only.

This should keep you satisfied until after the game, but afterwards you’ll probably head over to someplace that’s cheap and fast. Skip McDonald’s this time for something truly amazing.

After the Game:

Penn Kabab: Who says you have to sacrifice quality for speed? At Penn Kabab you will actually see the pita for your gyro being hand made in front of you. Every wrap is grilled to order so each bite of tender meat is wrapped in a warm pillow-y cloud of pita. Despite the handmade aspect each order is made in a fast paced environment. You can choose from gyros, kebabs, or, take a tip from Iron Man and get yourself some shawarma.

Penn Kabab is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends.

Yummy Café: Yummy Café is a restaurant that lives up to its name. This is a haven for Asian food lovers who don’t want to empty their wallet for their next Orange Chicken fix. For just $7 you get a main entrée, choice of rice, a veggie, and an egg roll or drink. You can tuck in to noodles, General Tso’s Chicken, dumplings, or the best egg fried rice in State College. Don’t forget to order some bubble tea to go!

Yummy Café is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Bradley’s Steaks and Hoagies: If my previous suggestions have been too “exotic” for you, then stop by Bradley’s. If you just want a simple cheesesteak and fries look no further. Bradley’s sandwiches come impossibly close to those famous Philly cheesesteaks, as well as some interesting twists of their own, like the Reuben Cheesesteak. They also offer cold hoagies as well as bar food favorites like chicken tenders and grilled cheese. All of their sandwiches come on freshly baked bread from Gemelli’s just down the street, so expect a truly awesome sandwich experience.

Bradley’s is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About the Author

Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.


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