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Onward State Presents: The Best State College Drunk Food Bracket, Round 1

It’s the weekend March, baby. You know what that means. It’s time to drink precisely one beer and call 911 vote in Onward State’s annual Penn State-related bracket. Pat Chambers isn’t going dancing this year, but you still can, and the stakes are high.

Our readers have decided Honey BBQ was the best Wings Over flavor, the Phyrst was the best bar in State College, and that Joe Paterno is the best Penn State thing. This year, you’ll help us decide once and for all what’s the best State College drunk food.

We’ve set up four categories: Bar Food, Pizza & Wings, Sandwiches & Tacos, and Miscellaneous. Drunk food really runs the gamut here, and for good reason. We tried to pick only places open late, and avoided chains that aren’t within walking distance of downtown.

Each region has eight seeded foods or restaurants that will compete head-to-head for their regional crown and a spot in the Final Four. In the Final Four, the Bar food champion will take on the Pizza & Wings champion, and the Sandwiches & Tacos champion will take on the Miscellaneous champion.

We seeded everything in advance with the help of our staff to make this process easier, but if there’s something you think we’re tragically missing, feel free to write it in at the end of each category. If any write-ins get more votes than the winner of a single matchup, we’ll sub them in. Or at least give them an honorable mention at the end of all this.

Without further ado, here’s a breakdown of all four categories.

It makes a lot of sense that the joint previously voted best bar in State College would also have the best fries. Coincidence? We think not.

If you’re trying to get your munch on without ever leaving the bar, these are your picks. From local watering hole classics to new arrivals on the scene, this category is about as diverse as it gets.

Pizza and wings go together like…well, pizza and wings. While Canyon has the low-price point advantage, it’s just not the same since moving down the street. Now that Wings Over is back to late night delivery on the weekends, I’m not afraid to admit it’s my booty call of choice. And it’s not close.

Yallah exploded onto the scene in a big way last year and it’s well worth the wait in line outside at 2 a.m. It’s also a great place to share a moment with Daily Collegian Editor-in-Chief Sam Ruland as you both eat dinner at midnight on a random Wednesday. We’ll admit this category is particularly strong, but may the best grub win.

We considered making fried food its own category, but that left sweet treats like Insomnia and Dunkin in the dust, which would’ve been discriminatory. So we give you the Miscellaneous category with McDonald’s as its seeding king. McDonald’s is the drunk food for the masses, whether you’re craving a greasy burger, fries, a McFlurry, or Coke products. We’re even pitting the two 24-hour joints against each other in the first round for extra kicks.

Voting ends on Sunday, and we’ll have the Round of 16 up on Monday. Now get to voting, and may the odds be ever in your [favorite drunk food’s] favor.

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About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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