Camping all day can really make you work up an appetite. And even though you can get your fill of goodies at a WordCamp afterparty, sometimes it’s worth it to walk around a bit and see what kind of local fare is available around the conference. Although Kent might have the small town spirit, it’s still a college town—and that means they’ve got to cater to college-sized appetites. Here are the top seven places to eat while exploring WordCamp Kent.
Located just a short walk from the main campus, Barflyy Retro Bar and Arcade is a must-see for anyone looking to get a taste of the good ol’ days. From build-your-own bagel sandwiches to free pizza every Thursday from 7 to 11 (with a drink purchase, of course), you’re bound to find something here that’ll take you back to your childhood. And with a different event happening every night of the week, there’s never a dull moment at the bar. Don’t bother getting weighed down by a pocket full of quarters, though. After 8 p.m., arcade games are free!
If old school arcade games aren’t enough to take you back to your childhood, how about America’s favorite sandwich? No, not the hotdog (don’t @ me). We’re talking about the classic grilled cheese. The sandwiches at Twisted Meltz are anything but classic, though. Try the Michael Keaton: shaved ribeye, roasted peppers, horseradish chive cheddar cheese, mozzarella, and ale mustard on sourdough. Or how about the Julian Edelman, which comes stuffed with fried Mahi Mahi, cheddar and muenster cheeses, and topped off with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce.
Maybe arcade games and crazy modern takes on an american classic aren’t really your thing. Maybe you’re a traditionalist at heart, and are just looking for some no-frills southern fare. Erie Street Kitchen is for you. With tons of mid-western takes on classic southern dishes, as well as local produce and fresh fish, there’s something for even the pickiest eater at Erie Street Kitchen.
4) Taco Tonto’s
As you know, we’re based out of San Antonio, Texas. We like to consider ourselves somewhat experts when it comes to tacos, and when we put a taco place on a food list, you’d better believe it’s going to be good. There’s a lot that goes into good Mexican food: handmade tortillas, fresh beef sliced with love, lettuce that’s so crisp it squeaks in your teeth as you chew…and Taco Tonto’s is the place for all that and more. And if you don’t feel like heading out to the bar afterward, get a drink made with one of Tonto’s fresh, house-made mixers.
5) Over Easy
If you’ve got some time to kill in the morning before heading in to catch your fist talk at WordCamp, swing by Over Easy for a new take on some of your breakfast favorites. Chicken and Waffles smothered in hot sauce and maple syrup? Check. Delicious brioche buns surrounding 6 oz. of hamburger and an egg (over easy, of course)? You better believe it. And to top it all off, they’ve even got one of our Texas favorites: Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. On second thought, you might want to wait until after the camp to try that one. Food comas and WordCamps don’t mix.
No restaurant on this list lives up to its name as quite like Grazers. Not just because of its healthy, natural ingredients, but because you get to choose exactly what it is you want to eat. Pick from six delicious bases, even more proteins and mix-ins, and then dress it all up with your favorite sauce. Grazers is also vegan and vegetarian friendly, with light and fluffy falafel, cool and crisp edamame, or hardy vegan chili.
As any seasoned camper can tell you, sometimes the best thing to help you get through the day is a steaming hot cup of coffee and a light sandwich or pastry to tide you over until the afterparty. While in Kent, there’s no better place for exactly that than Tree City. Stop by for an early morning breakfast sandwich on a fresh-baked bagel, or pop in for an afternoon cuppa and peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Our recommendation? Try the Stelvis—honey roasted peanut butter, honey, sliced bananas, and bacon—the King’s favorite!
If you get hungry while at WordCamp Kent, there’s a restaurant around every corner to fill you up. From Mexican and southern soul food to new takes on your childhood favorites, you’re bound to find something to love. While you’re munching, be sure to give us a shoutout using #PressOnKent! And if you’re heading to other WordCamps around the US, keep an eye out for more of our recommendations on where to eat, play, and drink after a long day of pressing.