10 Famed Collegiate Restaurants in America

10 Famed Collegiate Restaurants in America

Food & Drink

10 Famed Collegiate Restaurants in America


One of the trends The Food Channel watches is within the college sector, as food and beverage offerings must be top-notch to keep students engaged and on-campus. So, what does it take to sustain a ‘college’ restaurant? Here’s a look at Americas 10 Most Legendary College Restaurants, from our friends at FSR Magazine.

University of California at Berkely: Cheese Board Pizza

Cheese Board Pizza

Flickr: Lynn Friedman

The key to Cheese Board Pizza? It’s delicious. On any given day you can find a line out the door with all patrons waiting to eat the exact same pizza. That’s right, they only serve one type of pizza each day and it’s always vegetarian! As I’m writing this, today’s pizza offering is roasted cauliflower, roasted onions, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, pistachios and garlic olive oil. You’ll just have to try it yourself.

University of Arizona: Frog & Firkin

Frog & Firkin

Flickr: Whardcastle

A pub in Tucson, Frog & Firkin is known for its deep-dish pizza. Students swear it’s absolutely delicious, but they also make food fun. Pizza isn’t complete without a side of fries, and patrons can choose either red, white, green or yellow. Each color has a corresponding ingredient topping, ranging from herbs, parmesan cheese, pizza sauce and mozzarella.

University of Texas at Austin: Kerbey Lane Cafe

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Steve Santore

The main point of interest on the menu at Kerbey Lane? The Kerbey Queso, or guacamole topped with white queso and Pico de gallo. Austin students enjoy it at all times of day and recommend it to all.

University of Wisconsin: Mickies Dairy Bar

Mickies Dairy Bar

Flickr: Deb

(Flickr: Deb)

As FSR states, enjoying food at Mickies Dairy Bar before a football game is a rite of passage for students. They have been serving students since the 1940’s, keeping the quaint diner feel alive and well with their handwritten menu on the wall and signature “Scrambler” dish.

Harvard: Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

Flickr: Nick Holmes

A Harvard Square staple since the 1960’s, lines out the door still continue to wrap the block. The burger names are… inventive and typically based upon pop-culture artists, athletes, or phrases. For example, the “Tom Brady “Triumphant”” burger contains cheddar cheese, guacamole, tomato and red onions, and the “Legalize It” burger comes with marinara sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, and onions.

University of Colorado: The Sink

The Sink

Flickr: Dave Dugdale

The Sink is a bit more famous than others, with celebrities, the famous and students alike all entering its doors. Known for “The best darn burger in Boulder” and its Ugly Pizza, which has honey baked into the crust; The Sink continues to thrive.

Georgetown: The Tombs

The Tombs

Flickr: Serge Melki

Located in a townhouse that dates back to the 1850’s, The Tombs opened its doors in the 1960’s and continues to serve students nightly. With happy hour specials and late night menus, The Tombs is actually included in Georgetown campus meal plans.

University of North Carolina: Top of the Hill

Top of the Hill

Flickr: Lana L

Top of the Hill is the self-proclaimed “social crossroads” of the city, having garnered the trendy name TOPO by locals. Doubling as a brewery, all beers are brewed on site and outdoor and indoor games are aplenty, featuring foosball, dartboards, and pool tables.

Purdue: Triple XXX Family Restaurant

Triple XXX Family Restaurant

Flickr: Philip Chang

This diner has long-standing roots. Having been around since the 1920s, their pure cane sugar root beer is a recipe that can be traced back to 1895. The famous food? It’s called a Duane Purvis All-American Burger, which contains very normal ingredients until you realize… there’s peanut butter on it.

Penn State University: Waffle Shop

Waffle Shop


The Waffle Shop has been operating since the 1970’s, and on game days especially, you can find a line out the door. This can be attributed to their large portion sizes of fresh Belgian waffles, Iowa corn pancakes, and french toast.


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