I've been to Beulah's twice in the past month. The first time I had a great experience, the food and service were both great. I was very impressed. The second time I got a little less great service but the food was still pretty tasty. The pulled pork is always a favorite.
Not a bad place to pregame, atmosphere is nice and prices are better. This is a good place to hang out before the sun sets. Oh and yes, sit outside if you can.
The Golden Apple opened about seven years ago, and they've definitely developed some loyal cliental since then. The food's okay, the menu isn't that big, but their Alfredo was pretty good. The bread was good too.
It definitely looks pretty crappy from the outside, and the inside doesn't look much better, but the white rose is definitely worth a try. They have really authentic Italian cooking made by really authentic Italian people. It's a staple in the Italian community for sure. Their menu may not be very extensive but what they do have is great. Try the lasagna, it's marvelous.
The Meyer Dairy is a little bit out of the way in reference to the area of state college, but totally worth the trip. It is great for ice cream, great cheese, and other products. On Fridays during the summer and fall, you can also catch the good people of Meyer Dairy selling their goods at eh Farmers market on Locust Lane in town.
State College has it's fair share of deli's and sandwich places, but Evangelista's just opened on West College, and is very convenient for people who live down here. I live in the apartment just above this cafe so it's always nice to stop in for a breakfast sandwich. At $2.00 for a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, you can't beat it.
An amazing asset to downtown state college, People's Nation is the store to go to to get a t-shirt. They have probably over two hundred varieties from short-sleeve, to long-sleeve, to ones with slogans on them to ones that showcase funny pictures. People's Nation also custom makes shirts if you're looking to get a bunch made up for a cause or organization. They run anywhere from 15-45 dollars a piece.
Stan and randy are the two guys that run and teach art classes at creative oasis, and despite Stan's dry sarcasm they are both really great people to teach you art skills. I've only recently started taking an art class here, but with a location on Beaver Avenue, and classes offered every night of the week, they couldn't be more convenient.
You don't have to actually have any artistic talents. Talent levels range from none to outstanding in all the classes. If you're interested in having something to help you de-stress, like I was, these classes are perfect.
They also have a shop of fire-glazed pottery out front if you're looking for a unique present.
With so many students pursuing artistic endeavors, I'm surprised that state college doesn't have more art stores. Uncle Eli's however, really does a nice job of providing these students with what they need. They have everything from easels to chalk pastels, to different grades of charcoal pastels. They also have a bunch of unique novelty items that are sure to make a great gift for any friend or loved one with a sense of humor.
--A really fun store.
When I first joined the crew team at Penn State my freshman year they made us by spandex shorts that we could row in. Normally these would cost around forty dollars for a nice pair. The guys down at Rapid transit carry under armour varieties for around twenty five. It's nice to know that the stores in state college realize that most college students are poor. :)