Hungry? Here's your Big Ten school's top game-day restaurant

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Hungry? Here's your Big Ten school's top game-day restaurant

The Big Ten doesn’t just boast some of the top fan bases, stadiums and campuses in the nation. It’s also home to some of the best college eateries.

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Before the 2015 college football season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 3, we went on a search for the top game-day restaurant on all 14 Big Ten campuses. You know, the place where fans, both home and away, go for good food, refreshments and a fun atmosphere, either before, during or after games on fall weekends.

Editor’s note: To get the winner for each school, we asked college football writers, Big Ten sports information directors, Big Ten fans (via Twitter and Facebook) and BTN personalities for their input.

See each school’s winner below:

ILLINOIS

Papa Del’s
Address:
206 East Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (Google Maps)
What they said: “It is deep dish pizza that isn’t the same as the stuff you get in Chicago, which I also love.” – Bob Asmussen (@BobAsmussen)
Editor’s note:
Papa Del’s will be moving from Green St. to Neil St. at some point this fall.

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INDIANA

Nick’s English Hut
Address:
423 E Kirkwood Avenue Bloomington, IN 47408 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @NicksEnglishHut
What they said: “The place is decked in IU nostalgia and stands as the quintessential Bloomington establishment for IU fans and alumni.” – Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT)

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IOWA

Wig And Pen
Facebook: Wig & Pen Pizza Pub
Address: 1220 Hwy 6 West, Iowa City 52246 (Google Maps)
What they said: “It’s a ‘pizza pub’ that feels like a pub and has great pizza. There’s a good chance you’ll find a Hawkeye football radio announcer on the night before a home game. Location’s great, so is the pizza.” – Mike Hlas (@Hlas)

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MARYLAND

R.J. Bentley’s
Address: 7323 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @RJ_Bentleys
What they said: “If you’re aiming simply for the most notable bar in College Park, it’s R.J. Bentley’s — there’s a lot of Maryland athletics-related stuff in there, and it is what Scott Van Pelt references when he says “Let’s go to Bentley’s” while narrating Maryland highlights on SportsCenter.” – Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse)

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MICHIGAN

The Brown Jug
Address:
1204 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @BrownJugA2
What they said: “It provides you with that Michigan game day feel and atmosphere on Saturdays.” – David Ablauf (@dablauf)

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MICHIGAN STATE

Crunchy’s
Address: 254 West Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @Crunchys
What they said: “For any weather and possibly best burger in the area, it’s Crunchy’s.” – Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode)

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MINNESOTA

Sally’s Saloon
Address:
700 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Google Maps)
Twitter:
@SallysSaloon
What they said: “
After a year away, Sally’s is back on campus and will once again be a busy location for non-tailgating Gophers fans.” – GopherHole.com (@GopherHole)

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NEBRASKA

Misty’s
Address:
6235 Havelock Ave., Lincoln, NE 68507 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @MistysLincolnNE
What they said: “It’s a Lincoln staple. Great prime rib. And Fridays before games they usually have cheerleaders and the band making appearances.” – Kelly Mosier (@kmosier4)

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NORTHWESTERN

Bat 17
Address:
1709 Benson Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @Bat17Evanston
What they said: “They have a large space for gamedays and the walls have huge Northwestern-themed photos and murals. Their food is tremendous. They specialize in deli sandwiches and the portions are huge.” – Nick Brilowski (@NickBrilowski)

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OHIO STATE

The Varsity Club
Address:
278 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (Google Maps)
Facebook: My Varsity Club
What they said: “It’s iconic within OSU circles, very popular on gameday. They have food (some pretty good pizza and your average bar food) and you’ll definitely see a lot of fans from visiting teams there too.” – Dave Biddle (@davebiddle)

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PENN STATE

LettermanS
Address:
1031 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @Lettermans2015
What they said: “Good chicken and seafood options. Probably busier on game days, but good place to gather if out there.” – Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB)
Editor’s note:
LettermanS has taken over what used to be Damon’s Grill.

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PURDUE

Triple XXX
Address: 2 N Salisbury St, West Lafayette, IN 47906 (Google Maps)
Twitter: @TheTripleXXX
What they said: “A Purdue institution famous for its “chop steak” (hamburger) and root beer.  I always get the Duane Purvis All-American, which is a hamburger with peanut butter on it. Try it. You’ll love it. And get a side of fried mushrooms. If you want breakfast, just get the Drew Brees special. The menu is loaded with items named for famous Purdue athletes.” – Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)

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RUTGERS

Stuff Yer Face
Twitter: @StuffYerFaceNJ
Address: 49 Easton Avenue New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
What they said: “Iron Chef Mario Batali got his start washing dishes in the kitchen at Stuff Yer Face, home to more than 30 kinds of stromboli. Located in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, it’s a Rutgers landmark, complete with framed articles on the rise of football.” – Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy)

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WISCONSIN

Mickies Dairy Bar
Facebook: Mickies Dairy Bar
Address:
1511 Monroe St Madison, WI 53711 (Google Maps)
What they said: “It has to be Mickies Dairy Bar.” – Jeff Potrykus

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