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Staff Picks: What Fast-Food Joint Should Replace University Drive’s Burger King

Last week, University Drive’s Burger King sadly closed its doors after serving up Whoppers and paper crowns for more than 50 years.

With Burger King-shaped holes in their hearts, our staffers discussed what fast-food joints they’d like to see stand in its place. Hopefully, they’ll Have It Your Their Way

Sam Brungo: Arby’s

Years ago, the lot that is now the Metropolitan served up the world’s best curly fries and meats. Arby’s was taken from State College a decade ago when a car drove through the window and demolished the interior, ending the beloved fast-food joint’s stint in Happy Valley.

Fast forward to today: If you’re in search of the meats, you’ll need to drive 30+ minutes to Lewistown. Arby’s would provide a filling meal to those inebriated after a night out or a nice cool Jamocha Shake to quench your summer thirst. State College has brought Chick-fil-A and the return of KFC, but now it’s time to give the people what they want. Vote Arby’s 2020.

Hope Damato: Cook Out

Have you ever been to a Cook Out? Didn’t think so. Cook Out is one of the best BBQ fast-food places I’ve been to. I would say its a combination of your local mom-and-pop BBQ joint with Sonic’s shakes. The closest one to me back home is an hour away, so I don’t get to eat there too often. If Cook Out replaced the Burger King, I think my life would change for the better.

Otis Lyons: In-N-Out

When I reveal that I’m from California, one of the first things people ask me is, “How good is In-N-Out?” Well, they shouldn’t need to ask anymore! In-N-Out is without a doubt the best fast-food, and it is time for our beloved chain to cross borders to the east coast. Get ready for animal style fries and palm tree’s on your cups, Nittany Nation!

Michael Tauriello: Sonic Drive-In

The parking lot of the property isn’t too big, which could be a problem. Fortunately, that’s the only thing that I think would stand in the way of a Sonic Drive-In coming to State College. It’d finally give some students a reason to actually drive their cars around campus, rather than just have it sit in the parking lots for a majority of their semester.

Plus, who could say no to all their options? It’s an extended version of the Burger King menu with some milkshake options that are out of this world. Bringing a Sonic in wouldn’t only spice up the variety of fast food around State College. It’d be a complete upgrade to the Burger King that was once there.

Frankie Marzano: Waffle House

Waffle House is the epitome of drunk food in the South. With some of the cheapest prices in town, you can get a full-on meal and even more. The waffles are far superior to any restaurant’s burgers and chicken in my opinion. I’ve only been to one Waffle House in my life, but it was one of the best fast food experiences I’ve ever had. Who wouldn’t want a cheaper, and arguably better, version of Waffle Shop in State College?

Will Pegler: Shake Shack

Despite a bit of a scare this past March, State College already has the best burger on the planet with the Five Guys on West College Ave. With that in mind, it’s now time to have the second-best burger for Penn Staters to feast on: Shake Shack.

Who wouldn’t want a delicious burger, crinkle-cut fries, and a thick milkshake just a quick walk away? Shake Shack would have no problem dominating the State College fast food scene, and it would be a nice compliment to the Five Guys on the other side of downtown.

Folks, there’s no reason State College shouldn’t have both of the nation’s top burger joints for everyone to enjoy (read: not In-N-Out. Sorry, Otis).

Ryan Parsons: Wawa


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