Food & Drink

The 13 Most Essential Restaurants in State College, PA

Published On 08/19/2015 Published On 08/19/2015
Otto's Pub & Brewery
Faccia Luna Pizzeria
Flickr/Razlan
Dayoung Kim/The Waffle Shop
Saint's Cafe
Kelly's Steak and Seafood
Allen Street Grill
Margarita's
Bill Pickle's Tap Room
Duffy's Tavern
Local Whiskey
The Tavern Restaurant
Herwig's Austrian Bistro
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1. Otto's Pub & Brewery 2235 N Atherton St, State College, PA 16803

This brewery and bar hybrid offers a wide selection of in-house and local beers and serves American classics like burgers with locally sourced ingredients and mac and cheese.

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2. Faccia Luna 1229 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801

This local favorite serves casual Italian fare and incredible pizza to students, alumni and visitors alike. Their wood oven cooks pizzas to perfection and the pepperoni is the kind that curls and crisps at the edges.

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3. Happy Valley Brewing Company 137 Elmwood St, State College, PA 16801

This eatery and microbrewery brings together craft beers and quirky comfort food in a converted barn. Be sure to order the short rib nachos!

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4. Original Waffle Shop 1229 N Atherton St, State College, PA 16803

You likely won't get into this waffle joint without waiting your turn but it's guaranteed to be well worth it. The upbeat eatery offers their famous waffles along with other classic breakfast dishes and lunch fare.

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5. Saint's Cafe 123 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

This is a quintessential college cafe that caters to studying and chilling needs. Enjoy their outdoor patio while enjoying quality coffee and baked goods.

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6. Kelly's Steak and Seafood 316 Boal Ave, Boalsburg, PA 16827

Four miles out of State College, PA, this joint has been rated by local residents as the best steakhouse 8 years running. Don't let the giant cow on the roof fool you into thinking this is a tourist trap. If you do, you'll be missing out on some quality eats.

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7. Allen Street Grill 100 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801

Enjoy burgers, steak and seafood at this iconic establishment with a homey vibe. It's located on the second floor of the 150-year-old State College Hotel. The piano and delicious cocktails make it feel classy but not too fancy.

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8. Margarita's Pizzeria 222 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

This place has a surprisingly packed menu and serves up some of the cheapest, most delicious pizza in State College. The staff is incredibly friendly and remembers the orders of regulars.

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9. Bill Pickle's Tap Room 106 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801

This enduring sports bar is lively and packed with TVs to watch your favorite Philly (or Pittsburgh) team. Count on good wings, good beer, and other tasty bar bites.

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10. Duffy's Tavern 113 E Main St, Boalsburg, PA 16827

This Victorian tavern - established in 1819 - serves standard fare with exciting twists like Wasabi Garlic Ranch and Thai Maple Soy wings. There's an upscale dining room and a casual bar so you can choose your experience.

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11. Local Whiskey 107 E Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

This cocktail bar serves up over 200 types of whiskey and keeps their kitchen open until 2am, guaranteeing a very delicious late night. Be sure to order the fries, which come in two sizes: plate and tray.

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12. The Tavern Restaurant 220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801

This colonial-style eatery feels homey in all the right ways. Around since 1948, it's a go-to graduation spot for college students and their families. It's worth stopping by any time of the year though, as their seafood, steak and pasta are always up to par.

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13. Herwig's Austrian Bistro 132 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801

Classic Austrian fare from sauerkraut to sausages & schnitzel is served up at this cozy restaurant with huge portions. The best part? It's BYOB!