UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Short's Burger & Shine (address and info)
Iowa City, IA
What you're getting: The Dundee
Two of our senior editors go out to University of Iowa once a year, because they are strange and obsessed with Iowa basketball. And every time they come back, they regale (bore?) us with tales of eating wings at the Vine, and breakfast at Hamburg Inn. But, as of late, they’ve been speaking in reverent hushed tones of a newer kid on the block that all the Hawkeyes are talking about, and not only because its partially owned by NFL kicker Nate Kaeding. Short’s offers up ten draft lines all devoted to Iowa craft beers, and does fresh black Angus beef burgers (sourced from Ed Smith, a local farmer). They prefer to keep it simple with the 1006 Melrose, a classic that just adds pickle and cheddar. And then drink, like, eleventy delicious craft beers, and talk about Chris Kingsbury, Jess Settles, and Acie Earl.
The Coug (address and info)
What you’re getting: Cheeseburger
The walls at Washington State’s The Coug are plastered with old flyers, paintings, murals, stickers, and graffiti scrawlings from the generations upon generations of Cougars that have been mobbing this place since the day it opened in 1932. And while it might be known to most of the student body as a watering hole to watch the game, this place also serves up some amazingly greasy (and even more amazingly inexpensive) burgers, anchored to soft buns by melty American cheese. And guess what?! For less than $5, you can snag a drink, a burger, and an order of fries. When this place opened, all that might’ve cost a quarter, but it’s still pretty good for today.