Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a senior at OU? Here are some memories

When I graduated high school, friends and family encouraged me to have the best time at college, and live it up.  They told me college was going to be the best four years of my life.  I think it’s safe to say I had fun.

Coming to college, I honestly couldn’t tell you how scared I actually was.  I had never been away from my family or friends for that long of a period, I didn’t know what to expect.  I didn’t know how long it was going to take to make new friends and get adjusted to life away from Cincinnati, but I knew if I didn’t think about it too hard, I could make new friends pretty easily.  Luckily, I was rooming with a friend from high school and it wasn’t long before I made, arguably, the biggest and best decision in college – joining a fraternity.

Many students adapt to the new environment and figure out what their favorite places on campus are sooner rather than later…especially in Athens!

As my time at Ohio University is running out, it’s hard not to look back at my four years here on campus, and think about all of my friends that I have met.

When I look back at my time here, there are so many different memories, good and bad, that pop into my head.  There are some that make me want to stay in this little town forever, and some that make me glad I’m leaving.  I’m going to remember strolling all the way back down to west green freshman year after a night uptown and grabbing some chicken and waffle, then only eating half of it and waking up to the other half the next morning.  I remember sophomore and junior year living in my fraternity house.  Honestly, there are too many stories to even reminisce on.  But, what I will say is some of the best memories I had were sitting in a friend’s room on a Saturday or Sunday morning trying to figure out what exactly happened the night before.  Senior year was probably the most interesting year I’ve had in college.  For the first two weeks of school I had no interest in being there, I actually wanted to go home a few times.  I don’t know why I was feeling like this, but I was.  Maybe it was because deep down I knew it was my last year, but I don’t know.  But it turned out to be the best year I’ve had on campus, but it comes with a price.

Being a senior, you get asked the same two questions about 10 times per minute.  “So, are you going to miss Athens?” and, “What are your plans after graduation?” Honestly, I can’t answer the first question with a straightforward reply.  In my four years, I haven’t been away from Athens long enough to know whether I’m going to miss it, besides Christmas break and summer. But will I miss hanging out with friends every weekend? Absolutely! What I won’t miss is having the same routine every weekend, going to the same bars every Friday and Saturday night.  To me, it just gets old after a while.  I also won’t miss the politics on campus.  I was never a very political person until this year.  It’s safe to say it brought out the worst in me.  But I think I get more annoyed with the second question.  I’m in a complicated situation right now.  I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do after graduation.  Not only do I not have a job lined up, but I’m not too sure on what I even want to do exactly, but I think I have enough confidence to figure it out before the stress mode kicks in.  It’s a work in progress.  It just gets a little annoying answering the same thing over and over and over.

Obviously I know how I feel about leaving, it’s a whole mixture of different emotions, but I also think it’s interesting to see how other seniors feel, and how they are going to remember OU.

When talking to different seniors, some in Greek life and some not, there were a few different trends that I noticed, most of which I could relate to.  You could notice some of the bars the younger students would go to, as well as those of the older students.  But, along with some of the favorite bars, you also notice some of the places people liked going to as a freshman and how that differed from their senior year.


After talking to these seniors, you notice that OU is a special place not only for partying and going to the bars, but also meeting girlfriends and creating lifelong friendships.  It’s these memories that people will cherish forever and take with them after college.

My personal favorite is listening to the different bars people went to as freshman and how they slowly transitioned to the different bars as they got older.  Most of the people I know started off at Red Brick, but quickly transitioned to The Crystal, or “Stal”, which is the popular spot for Greek life.

The Crystal bar via Pinterest

Once you start talking to a current OU student, or even an alum, about where their favorite spots Uptown are/were, you start talking about the amazing dining spots.  There are so many different spots to grab a bite to eat Uptown, sober or not sober.  Let’s just work our way down Court Street.  If you start at the very beginning right next to campus, you can grab some Chipotle on one side of the street or if you’re in a hurry, you can pick up some Wendy’s.  Then work your way down the street a little more and you’ll find Bagel Street Deli and Brenen’s, two more OU gems.  A little further down you’ll run into an OU favorite, Big Mamma’s.  I personally never got hooked, but I think this is where some people’s paychecks went every weekend.

Big Mamma’s Burritos

After you pass Big Mamma’s you’ll run into the heart of Court Street and the other favorite eateries.  You’ll find Wings Over, which for some is quite delicious drunk and sober, which is simply a win for everyone.  Once you turn the corner by The J Bar, which is known to many alumni as “The Junction”, you’ll find my two personal favorites, Souvlaki’s and O’Betty’s.  I was introduced to O’Betty’s my freshman year and immediately fell in love.  Since my freshman year, the only thing I have purchased from there is the cheesy fries.  It’s a mix of fresh, crispy fries with melted cheddar cheese and topped with shredded cheese.  It’s a little pricey but most nights that I get it I’m not too worried about it.

O’Betty’s very cheesy fries via Food Spotting.

Ryan Lysaght, senior studying communication studies, has had a very different and unique college experience than any other student.  As a senior, Lysaght has spent four years in a fraternity, and has been a student football manager for OU.  His freshman year, he pledged into Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity, and then a semester later accepted a job with Ohio University Football.

Ryan Lysaght (pictured with the whiteboard) sits with his fellow managers before a football game.

“One memory that I won’t forget from college is during spring semester of my freshman year, I started working with the football team and the first day I went in for my interview, and they put me to work right away, and now four years later I’m now going to be doing this as a career,” Lysaght said.

Its memories like this that people will be able to remember forever and speak about them when they’re older.  He also said joining the fraternity has given him so many different memories, skills, experiences and other things that he will be able to take with him and utilize after college.

He said some of his favorite experiences would probably be setting up and organizing events through the fraternity.  He described some of those experiences as learning how to fail fast as a group, but learning how to get through the adversity and figure out what went wrong and be able to turn it around and make it successful.

“Dealing with the fraternity, holding events and hosting them, creating them from scratch and learning from those experiences and figuring out how to host a successful one has been some of the best times,” he said.

When he isn’t helping organize different events for the fraternity or running through practice with the football team, he likes to hang out Uptown with friends.

Broney’s Alumni Grill via Another Food Critic

“My favorite place to eat would probably be Broney’s on Tuesday nights for loaded margaritas and quesadillas,” he said, “I’ve gone for the first 13 out of 15 weeks in the semester, and I plan on finishing the semester strong.”

As we’re counting down the days, all of the seniors are now thinking back on all of the memories we have over the last four years.  The countless of hours we have spent studying…and the countless hours we have rewarded ourselves at the bars.  We’re thinking about the all the friendships and relationships we have made that we will take with us after school.  Leaving home to go to college hasn’t been easy by any means, but it definitely has been worth it.  I wouldn’t have traded coming to Ohio University for anything.  It’s all of my friends, professors and memories that make me proud to say OU OH YEAH!

Veggie-friendly meals available on Court Street for “drunchies”


It’s 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

The bartender at Courtside just announced last call, so you and your friend have no choice but to take your watered-down vodka sours to the face. It’s at this point in the night that the drunk munchies – the “drunchies” – begin to take full effect. You stumble up and down Court Street searching for the most delectable of drunk foods. You turn the corner onto West State Street and zero in on O’Betty’s – a chili dog would be the perfect ending to an already perfect night out. It’s then when your friend turns to you and says, “I’m a vegetarian.” As a good friend, you’d think the best move would lead your party towards GoodFella’s to give your friend an opportunity to satisfy his or her drunchies. A veggie pizza should do the trick, right?

Sure, but not always. Luckily for vegetarian Bobcats, several restaurants, including O’Betty’s, scattered up and down Court Street offer vegetarian snacks that are perfect for satisfying a vegetarian’s late-night or early morning munchies. Listed below are some of the best Court Street has to offer.

1 – O’Betty’s

O’ Betty’s is a Bobcat favorite. O’Betty’s hotdogs are just greasy enough to satisfy any tipsy Bobcat’s drunchies. But besides the obvious vegetarian options O’Betty’s offers such as french fries and coleslaw, each and every hotdog on the menu can be prepared vegetarian-friendly. According to O’Betty’s website, “Our own vegetarian Smoky Shy is a Vegan ‘not-dog Soy Boy’ and will stand in for any beef dog varietease at your request at NO EXTRA CHARGE”, which means that even an O’Betty’s favorite, like Dixie, can be enjoyed by a vegetarian, or even vegan, Bobcat. Lily, another hotdog on the menu, is even prepared with vegetarian-style baked beans.

2 – Big Mamma’s

Big Mamma’s was recently featured on Buzzfeed’s “The 43 Best Drunken Eats In College Towns Across America”. Fortunately, vegetarian Bobcats don’t need to miss out on what Big Mamma’s has to offer. The Veggie Mamma Burrito is, according to Big Mamma’s Facebook page, “A giant burrito with your choice of salsa and rice, sour cream, cheese, onions, beans, fresh red peppers, fresh cilantro, and lime juice.” Similarly to O’Betty’s, Big Mamma’s prepares most of its burritos veggie style, including the Chipotle Ranch, Loaded Mamma, and Buffalo Mamma burritos, by swapping the meat with beans, guac, or hummus. The veggie-style Piquito is “similar in size to a soft taco, but with different toppings” and is served with refried beans or black beans, onions, cilantro, red pepper, lime juice, guacamole, and salsa. The Veggie Gringo is a soft taco served with “refried or black beans, fresh red peppers, onions, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and your choice of salsa.” Veggie nachos topped with cheese, onion, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole are also available.

3 – Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill is famous for its Chicken ‘N’ Waffle Sandwich, which, unfortunately, has no vegetarian option. But the Grill offers a delicious veggie burger made with spicy black beans and served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and American cheese that gives the Chicken ‘N’ Waffle sandwich a run for its money. Uptown Grill also has an extensive french fry menu as well, consisting of cheesy fries with Ranch, loaded fries, and tons of toppings, including jalapenos, sour cream, and garlic seasoning.

4 – Souvlaki’s

Souvlaki’s Mediterranean Garden may be the best place to turn to for vegetarians looking to satisfy his or her drunchies. Souvlaki’s prepares veggie-friendly gyros, pitas, appetizers, and much, much more. The Veggie Gyro is served with tomato, lettuce, onion, American cheese, and tzatziki sauce. The Vegetarian Pita is served with cheese, tomato, lettuce, American cheese, and mayo. Souvlaki’s falafel is junior Molly McIlvain’s favorite veggie-friendly drunken snack. “After years of drunk pizza, it was refreshing to enjoy the falafel at Souvlaki’s. I was pleasantly surprised,” she says. It’s served with tomato, onion, lettuce, cucumber, and tahini sauce. Souvlaki’s also serves homemade vegetarian hummus and spanakopita.

Do you have any favorite veggie-friendly snacks you’d like to share with us? Let us know!

Top 5 places to eat before a night out

Are you trying to decide on a place to eat before going out with your friends for your 21st birthday? Maybe you’re going to see a touring Broadway show at Memorial Auditorium but need to find a place to have a quality meal beforehand? With so many wonderful places to eat in Athens, it can be hard to narrow down your choices. No need to worry; I’ve done the research for you! These five eateries, all of which can be found on or just off of Court Street, are the best places to enjoy a meal before any kind of occasion.

Casa Nueva – 6 West State Street (All photos by Brooke Robinson)

Casa Nueva is a classic Athens favorite, and with delicious Mexican-style food, vegan and gluten-free options, and live music, it’s no wonder why. Casa even uses ingredients like pawpaws when they’re in season for a truly unique dining experience. Friendly service, a casual ambience, and some of the best quesadillas in town make this restaurant a hit.

O’Betty’s Red Hot – 15 West State Street

Perhaps you need to grab your food and run? Just across the street from Casa Nueva, O’Betty’s is a great little hole in the wall with famously delectable hot dogs. All the hot dogs on the menu are named after famous exotic and burlesque dancers, and vegetarian options are available. My personal recommendation is the Lily, which comes topped with homemade baked beans and cole slaw. Also, if you’re a cheese fan, their cheesy fries are the bomb. You can’t go wrong with O’Betty’s.

Sol – 33 North Court Street

Athens is known for having a variety of exotic cuisines, and Sol is the epitome of that. This restaurant specializes in Cuban dishes along with traditional college student favorites such as loaded nachos (with cheese, black beans, lettuce, tomato, fire-roasted salsa, red onion, and sour cream – yum). Many of their dishes are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Try their Cuban fusion wrap, fish tacos, or maduros (slightly cartelized plantains) and enjoy the friendly staff.

Salaam – 21 West Washington Street

The minute you step into Salaam, the atmosphere sets the stage for the meal you’re about to have. Beaded curtains, colorful tapestries, and the hospitable employees make you feel right at home and ready for some amazing Mediterranean food. Try a plate of their Mediterranean pasta (penne pasta with basil pesto, feta, and sun-dried tomato) or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the vegan vegetable curry with tofu (fresh vegetables with fried tofu and a tomato/coconut milk curry sauce served over basmati rice with coriander chutney and papadum).

Fluff Bakery – 8 North Court Street

Or maybe you’re more of the Leslie Knope-type and prefer to just fill up on dessert or baked goods before going out. Although Fluff Bakery also carries entrée-type food (sandwiches, salads, and salmon, just to name a few), they’re best known for their bakery, as you may have guessed. Their cannoli, pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes, macaroons, cinnamon twists, etc., are to die for. If you’re not hungry before walking in, the smell of the kitchen will have your mouth watering in no time.

Drunk eats madness

Most students have crazy tales to tell about their favorite drunk eats restaurants on Court Street, but so do most owners, managers, and workers.

On top of seeing numerous fistfights in his position as a manager at Big Mamma’s, Jason Hudson has also shrugged off multiple girls who wanted to take him home.

One scenario was intense.

“One night a chick came up and was rubbing my chest and trying to touch my beard,” said Hudson. “She was asking me to go home with her … and I was like, I have a wife! I didn’t know how to get this chick off of me.”

Sometimes, scenarios aren’t as trivial, like what Bob Satmary, owner of O’Betty’s Red Hot, witnessed one night a few years ago.

“Once there was a big fight across the street and the cops had to come and chase the kid who ran up the alley and onto O’Betty’s roof,” said Satmary. “Finally he jumped down and when he jumped, he went straight through the awning and broke his wrist. It was pretty bad.”

Drunk food fanatics dig in on Court Street

When it comes to drunk munchies on Court Street, Ohio University students have a plethora of options, both for dining in and ordering out. In fact, most of their options are just a few feet from their favorite bars.

Students each have different reasons for getting drunk food, whether they have been craving it all night or simply choose to order it impulsively.

Some students say the reason they deserve those chili fries is because they survived three exams in one week, while others order a slice of greasy, cheesy pizza simply because their friends are.

No matter the reason, many students find themselves shoveling greasy food in their drunk faces once they finally give up on drinking for the night. Most of the party-goers have a go-to drunk food and fond memories of the restaurants that they accordingly frequent.

On a typical night at Ohio University, students enjoy half-priced pitchers followed by their regular orders of hot dogs and burritos, while the restaurants on Court Street enjoy the late-night revenue.

Ohio University nursing major Julie Munieo is among the upperclassmen who take advantage of half-priced liquor pitchers on Wednesdays at Lucky’s Sports Tavern, 11 N. Court St.

When asked about her drunk food of choice, she replied enthusiastically, “O’Betty’s.”

On this occasion, it was her birthday and she was feeling 22.

“I’m going to get a chili cheese wiener. Or chili cheese fries. Anything chili cheese kills it, really,” she said. “Maybe I’ll get two and just smash.”

O'Betty's owner Bob Satmary
O’Betty’s owner Bob Satmary

O’Betty’s Red Hot, 15 W. State St., serves hot dogs and fries every day from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

When she’s not drinking pitchers at Lucky’s, Munieo and her roommates go to Pawpurr’s Bar, 37 N. Court St., and order their go-to drink, a Fireball on the rocks.

“If I’ve been drinking liquor, I get drunk food because I’m always hungry, but if I’ve been drinking beer I don’t get food because I’ll feel too full,” she said.

She and her roommates normally head out for their drunk food when they get herded out of the bars at closing time.

“We normally talk about O’Betty’s sober and plan to go there before the night even starts,” she said.

Because only one of Munieo’s roommates also chooses O’Betty’s as her preferred drunk food, she usually follows her other roommates to GoodFella’s, 35 N. Court St., and Souvlaki’s Mediterranean Garden, 9 W. State St., when she is feeling too lazy to walk to O’Betty’s by herself.

“Two of my roommates always order the mozzarella sticks and chicken tenders from Souvlaki’s. They love them. They know Mr. Souvlaki,” she said.

And Munieo is well-known at O’Betty’s.

“I went there so much one weekend and kept calling the hot dog a chili cheese wiener that when the guy who was working saw me he said, ‘Do you want your wiener?’” she said, laughing. “I can’t help it, I’ve always got my eye set on it.”

Sometimes two hot dogs from O’Betty’s don’t quite hit the spot.

That’s why junior Sterling Morrow, an Ohio University marketing major, orders three Dixies — a chili cheese hot dog with mustard and onions. And maybe some chili cheese fries on the side. At $3 per hotdog, he can spend up to $10 per night at the stand.

But he said he feels it is warranted.

“You can’t really fill up on hot dogs in my opinion,” said Morrow.

Morrow said he has seen some crazy things while waiting in line for his beloved Dixies.

“The best stories happen when O’Betty’s is backed up and there is a long line,” said Morrow. “Since their window to order food is high up, you have to reach up and get it and there is always going to be someone that drops their hot dog. You have to be a real rookie to drop a hot dog after waiting in line.”

All day, O’Betty’s workers get ready for the evening shift by prepping the ingredients that will be needed for their voracious patrons. That way, the closing shift has nothing to do but serve food.

Because between 40% to 50% of O’Betty’s sales occur on the weekends between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., serving drunk students tends to become challenging for the late night shift.

“Once the bars close we become really busy and the people are so drunk,” said the owner of O’Betty’s, Bob Satmary. “It’s difficult, so I tell my workers if they can’t understand what the person is saying to just give them a Dixie because who wouldn’t want a Dixie?”

And because the Dixie and the chili cheese fries are the top two items on the late-night menu, he’s probably right.

For some students, hot dogs smothered in chili and cheese do not cut it.

This happens to be the case for sophomore Abby Miller, a strategic communications major at Ohio University.

While sitting at The Pub, 39 N. Court St., drinking a Budweiser, Miller turns to her boyfriend and gives him “the look.”

He knows what time it is. It’s time for drunk food.

It’s time for GoodFella’s Pizza, which has two Athens locations, 6 W. Union St. and 35 N. Court St.

Miller has been thinking about her special order of double stacked pizza slices ever since she walked past the restaurant on Court Street an hour ago.

She can’t resist its temptation any longer.

“If I resist the urge to go to GoodFella’s on my way home, I’ll end up making food in my dorm, so I’m just going to stop resisting and go,” Miller laughed.

While thinking about GoodFella’s, Miller is already daydreaming of the moment when she’ll take that first bite.

“I know it’s bad but, I love it so much,” she said, “I would eat GoodFella’s anytime, even when I’m sober.”

Miller adds that beer mixes best with pizza anyway, even when you’ve had too much to drink.

Thinking back to her freshman year, she fondly recalled the first time she went to The Smiling Skull Saloon, 108 W. Union St., with a friend.

“I was way too drunk and of course I decided to get GoodFella’s on my way home. I had a slice in each hand and one slice fell face down on the pavement and the other piece fell straight down on my white V-neck shirt. I ate it off my shirt anyway,” said Miller, laughing. “I did not save that V-neck, though. The pizza sauce was too much for it.”

Too bad she didn’t drop that pizza slice inside the pizzeria.

“Normally if someone drops their pizza slice in the store or right outside we’ll just give them a new piece,” said Jakob Bottoms, an employee of GoodFella’s.

Bottoms has been working at the GoodFella’s on Union Street for almost three months now and he has witnessed a lot of drunken mishaps.

“We always see people trying to fight in the store. Then there’s the occasional puker outside on our steps, which we’ve actually had a very large amount of,” said Bottoms.

He said that the workers have to adapt to all scenarios and know whether to react or let it play out.

Jason Hudson, assistant general manager at Big Mamma’s, has seen his fair share of fighting while working at the restaurant at 10 S. Court St.

“I’ve seen everything from fistfights to people knocked unconscious, and I’ve been offered to be taken home multiple times,” Hudson said. “I’ve also seen people buy a burrito and not want it on their way out the door so they throw it away.”

Although the crowd at Big Mamma’s gets a little rowdy during the wee hours before the restaurant closes at 3 a.m., Hudson says working at Big Mamma’s is like being at a party.

The restaurant prepares for the late-night weekend rush, when 75 percent of their sales occur, by staffing the restaurant with nine employees, compared to their usual staff of three people.

“There are enough workers to do everything so you get to interact with drunk people, who are happy to get their drunk food, socialize and have a good time,” Hudson said.

Spyro Boursinos, an Ohio University junior majoring in history, finds himself frequenting Big Mamma’s often during his drunken state.

“Every time that I begin a night pre-gaming with multiple shots of liquor, I always end up going to Big Mamma’s later,” said Boursinos.

Boursinos always orders a Chipotle Ranch Mamma Grande — a burrito filled with ground beef, shredded cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce and a special chipotle ranch sauce.

A grande chipotle burrito costs $6.25 and is tied for Big Mamma’s No. 1 sale item, along with the Philly Mamma.

Over the summer, when fewer students lived in Athens, Boursinos said he added to the chaos of the late night rush at Big Mamma’s.

“I was really drunk one night, so of course I ended my night by grabbing a burrito,” said Boursinos. “I explained to people there that I had been eating at Big Mamma’s for years because my big sister went to college here in Athens. I guess I wasn’t saying it normally, though. I was yelling it at everyone in the restaurant. Everyone got pissed off pretty fast.”

Even though late night drunk eats may result in stomach pains the following morning, for most students, grabbing late night grub is the favorite part of their night.

“Usually when I plan to get drunk, I plan to go to Big Mamma’s,” said Boursinos. “There have been times when I’ve been too drunk to leave my apartment and I’ve forced my friends to go to Big Mamma’s with me anyway. I look forward to drunk eating all week.”


Julie Weller is a junior strategic major at Ohio University. Julie is an avid language-lover, cat fanatic, former track star, and spends her late-night eating budget at Big Mamma’s, and she doesn’t care that guacamole costs extra. Her dream job is to work for a non-profit based in southern California.

Featured image courtesy of: https://anotherfoodcritic.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/obettys-red-hot/


What your favorite drunk food says about you

Drunk food is “food one eats after getting the beer munchies,” according to Urban Dictionary, which offers the example: “After 8 beers I sure can go for some drunk food!” Court Street offers an ample array of “drunk food” selections for hungry college students after a night out on the town.

But what does your favorite drunk food really say about you?

1. Jimmy John’s, 16 S. Court Street

Established in 1983, Jimmy John’s is a proud server of “gourmet” sandwiches. I quote gourmet because there is really nothing gourmet about them. Nonetheless, when a restaurant is open past 3 a.m. it’s bound to attract business from intoxicated college students after a long night out at the bars.

If your go-to drunk food is Jimmy John’s, you are the lazy drunk, having your food delivered directly to your door.

“I order Jimmy John’s when I’m drunk because it’s really the only thing I know how to dial in my phone when I have been drinking, not to mention it has freaky fast delivery,” says Jessie Shockler, a senior at Ohio University. It’s no wonder the delivery is “freaky fast.” Who else would really crave a bland sandwich at 2 in the morning?

If you are a Jimmy John’s eater, you might be a picky eater making a drunken compromise. “I don’t even really like Jimmy John’s to be honest,” says Shockler. “I never eat it sober.”

I was shocked to learn Shockler does not order the classic Turkey Tom, which picky eaters tend to love. However, she did mention she orders the Italian Night Club every single time.

If you are a Jimmy John’s eater, you are likely an introvert and would rather eat your food alone in peace instead of rallying the gang to eat out.

2. Pita Pit, 8 N. Court Street

“Fresh thinking, healthy eating.” Pita Pit’s motto says it all. If you are a Pita Pit eater, you are a conscientious health nut and might be a vegetarian.

Lindsey Tennent, a junior at Ohio University, chooses Pita Pit as her go-to drunk food. “Being a vegetarian plays a huge factor in choosing where I eat,” Tennent says while standing at a local watering hole with her hair parted down the middle. She’s wearing dark red lipstick, high waisted pants and Alex and Ani bracelets. Tennent chooses Pita Pit because she says she feels sick if she eats anything else.

If your go-to drunk food is Pita Pit, you are “hip” and a “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-own pants” type of person. Tennent doesn’t care if she is drunk or sober, with people or alone, she will eat her black bean pita with hummus anyway.

3. O’Betty’s, 15 W. State Street

According to O’Betty’s website, “O’Betty’s has always been about great food, a great experience, a great fun environment in a great community.” If you go stumbling into O’Betty’s after a night out on Court Street, you are likely to go in arm and arm with your best buddies.

Tory Prichard, a senior at Ohio University, stumbles into O’Betty’s with her friends after a night out on Court Street. If you chow down on a hot dog and cheese fries at O’Betty’s like Prichard, you are an extrovert who chooses to share the experience with your closest friends.

Prichard chooses O’Betty’s because she is a pork lover. “I love bacon, anything with bacon.” O’Betty’s isn’t just on Prichard’s drunk radar, she proudly eats it when sober too. The O’Betty’s drunk eaters, in a nutshell, are fun-loving extroverts who would eat bacon over anything. ANYTHING.

4. Uptown Grill: 11 W, Union Street

I often wonder how the Chicken-N-Waffle sandwich was created. It was like some ingenious decision, and you don’t really know why you like it, but something about it is intriguing, especially when you are under the influence of alcohol.

Sara Portwood, a senior at Ohio University, always sticks with the classic Chicken-N-Waffle sandwich when she makes her pit stop at Uptown Grill on her way home from the bars. “I didn’t even know they had anything else on their menu, honestly,” says Portwood. Because really, what else would you get at a restaurant known for its classic Chicken-N-Waffle sandwich?

When I asked Portwood if she has ever scarfed down a Chicken-N-Waffle sandwich sober, she hesitated, then said, “Yeah I have. It was fine.”

“It’s amazing drunk and good sober.”

If you are among the Chicken-N-Waffle eaters, you have a care-free personality, you’re practical and like to stick with the classics. “I’ll eat Chicken-N-Waffle alone or with friends. I don’t really care,” says Portwood.

Portwood was thrilled to explain that eating a Chicken-N-Waffle sandwich takes her the same exact time it takes for her walk home from Uptown Grill. “It’s pretty perfect actually,” she says, “and it’s the best sandwich to eat when you’re cold to warm you up!”

5. GoodFella’s, 6 W. Union Street & 35 N. Court Street

Last but not least is one of Athens’ drunk food staples, GoodFella’s. GoodFella’s is for the independent “don’t need-no-man-but-pizza,” kind of girl who loves pizza more than life itself.

Katelyn Boyden, a senior at Ohio University, finds her way into Goodfella’s on her way home from the bars. “I love pizza,” says Boyden, plain and simple. She even went to the extent of dressing up as a slice of pizza for Halloween this year.

“I always get ‘two pepps with crust,’” says Boyden. A drunk and loyal customer to Court Street’s GoodFella’s, she has picked up on the lingo by now. However, Boyden, being the pizza lover she is, has never had GoodFella’s sober. “I’d rather get Papa John’s or something when I’m sober,” she said.

The list goes on for the places Court Street offers for the late night partiers in Athens looking for a bite to eat. But watch your step next time you go stumbling into one of these places. You could have someone judging you based off your drunk food of choice. Curious where you fit in? Check out the info graphic and see!

what does your favorite drunk food say about you


Karlee Proctor is  a Strategic Communications student at Ohio University. She enjoys design and utilizes her strategic communications education in her self-taught design work. Karlee is a coffee enthusiast, loves the outdoors, enjoys travel/adventure and is a self-proclaimed professional music finder.