As a self-confessed lover of all things travel, SwH is looking ahead to the fall campaign (PSU, not the election) and trying to decide which Penn State road game to take in. As there are only 5 road games this year, the pickings are a bit slim. Nevertheless, SwH is channeling its inner Guy Fieri and searching for places to gorge ourselves either before or after the Nittany Lions destroy their hosts. In our rundown, we've included all sorts of places, from fine dining to casual, sports pub places. We've also consulted the usual sources, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Zagat's, etc. We hope you find this list helpful and, please, before screaming WE ARE in a foreign place, make sure you finish chewing your nachos...after all, we don't want people thinking we're from Columbus or Champaign.
Virginia-Sept. 8th: The home of Thomas Jefferson is the site of Penn State's first home game on September 8th. In addition to watching BO'B stomp a mudhole in the Cavaliers, you can also check out Monticello, home of President Jefferson. If you get hungry, there are several cool looking places that won't kill your wallet. For example, if you're looking for a quick bite, with not a lot of fuss, Eppie's seems to be a decent place to check out. For those who like beer (and who doesn't), Blue Mountain Brewery seems like a cool place, with a pretty good menu. Similarly, for good food at any time of day, the spot seems to be Beer Run.
Illinois-Sept. 29th: If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the Sept. 29th game against Illinois should provide plenty of cold appetizers. However, if you're still hungry, perhaps the Fat Sandwich Company might be the place for you, where they serve up such delicacies as the Big Fat Ugly. If not quite ready to test your cardiac or gastrointestinal health, you can sample Joe's Brewery, which features half-priced burgers (the Dick Butkus looks awesome) on Saturdays.
Iowa-Oct 20th: Hmm...While not usually known for their culinary expertise, there are still some decent places to grab some grub in the land of the Hawkeye. For example, like barbecue? Then check out Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack, where you can grab a half slab of ribs, two sides and corn bread for $17.00. If burgers are more your thing, then Shorts Burger & Shine (as in shoe shine, not moonshine) might be for you. If you're into the whole vegetarian thing, Shorts even serves blackbean burgers. If you're looking for something a bit classier (cause, let's face it, when you think classy you think Iowa City), Atlas World might be worth a look (the pork tenderloin looks incredible).
Purdue-Nov. 3rd: When we here at SwH hear the word Purdue, we think of that funny little chicken guy. Situated in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the great restaurants of Chicago. However, you don't have to go to Chicago to find decent chow. For example, the Triple XXX Family Restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. All of the burgers at Triple XXX are 100% sirloin and, according to Guy Fieri, are 100% yummy. For good food and good brew, Scotty's Brewhouse seems to be the place to go, featuring growlers for $18.00 (think large jugs of beer...get your head out of the gutter). If you want to tackle some steak following the game, check out Hour Time Restaurant, where they feature decent cuts of meat for not a lot of money.
Nebraska-Nov. 10th: Oddly enough, the first place you might want to check out in Nebraska is Maggie's Vegetarian Restaurant, which was also featured on Food Network. However, assuming you want to make poor food choices (I know I do), Misty's Restaurant seems like a great place to eat. For something a little more casual, there's Bison Witches Bar & Deli, which features a sandwich called the McQuinton. Along that same thought, there's Lazlo's Brewery and Grill, which features a Prime Rib Enchilada and highly rated craft brews.
Whereever you decide to travel with the Nittany Lions this season (come on Hawaii!!!), please share any good places to eat that you may find. With that, and the impending beginning of another football season, we say "WE ARE..." Burp.
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