Best of Kent: Best Place to Watch the Game

Max McCarty / The Kent Stater Kent State students Joe and Mike Sullivan and Sky Buller sit and watch the first night of the NHL playoffs at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

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1st Place: Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings might seem like an average chain restaurant, but it has local ties. The first one opened in Colum- bus, Ohio in 1982 and has since been a place synonymous with sports. In fact, its motto is, “Wings. Beer. Sports.”

So what makes Buffalo Wild Wings the best?

“We have the biggest and the best TVs,” manager Mark Movens said.

Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to get hyped for any sporting event.

“On a regular basis our environment is a game-day environment,” Movens said. “It’s like being at the stadium without being at the stadium.” 

2nd Place: Panini’s 

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, Panini’s is another great place with Ohio roots to watch the game. The restaurant is known for its casual dining and relaxed atmosphere, but the atmosphere can get a little more exciting when game day rolls around. 

“They have 38 TVs, so there’s always something going on,” frequent customer Rebecca Polchek said. “I also like that there’s outside seating, too. It’s great in the summer.” 

3rd Place: Water Street Tavern

Water Street Tavern is a well- known bar in downtown Kent, but it is also a great place to watch the game. The bar is perfect for any sports enthusiast.

“We have everything you could ask for as a sports fan,” manager Dan Edmondson said.“We got 18 TVs. We got a 90-inch TV, the NFL package.”

Water Street Tavern is also an official Browns Backer Bar, mean- ing Cleveland Browns fans have their favorite bar on game day.

“It gets pretty rowdy in here,” Edmondson said. “Every- body is always having a good time all the time.”