Kent Bar and Food Guide

Dawn Einsel

From traditional American fare to more exotic foods, Kent restaurants have something for everyone. And the bars are just as diverse. If you’re 21+, this bar guide will come in handy. If you’re a freshman, there are only a few bars you can get into at night. But read about them all and consider them something to look forward to.


The Brewhouse

Self-proclaimed the “Cheapest College Bar Ever,” the Brewhouse does have quite a few impressive drink specials. Home of the 75-cent mug and $2.99 pitcher (of Keystone), the bar also has daily drink specials. It is also one of the only 18-and-over bars in the downtown area. If taste can be foregone because of budgetary issues, this is the place to go.

Water Street Tavern

“Glory Days” is known as a college bar, but owner Mike Beder tries to attract patrons from both campus and community. What’s the draw? The tavern has a $2 happy hour that runs seven days a week from open to 9 p.m., and live music is featured on Wednesday and Friday nights. Have a fishbowl, grab some Cajun Dave’s and sit on the rooftop.

Professors Pub

Though this hipster hotspot was closed for the summer, it will surely be packed after its re-opening in the fall. Grab a beer from the graduate cooler, take a seat under the Jeff Buckley poster, and let the elitists run the jukebox. You just might learn something.

Zephyr Pub

The Zephyr’s best quality, besides its laid-back atmosphere, is its spacious patio. Accessible from all three floors, it’s the perfect place to combine good beer with nice weather. Taco Tonto’s is also available with a carryout window to the patio.

Ray’s Place

It’s no wonder that Ray’s was voted best beer selection by the Akron-Canton HOT LIST. The long-time Kent establishment has 60 taps between its two floors and about twice that number in bottled beer.

Riverside Wine and Imports

Though it may look like it was a strip club in a past life, the Outpost is a great place to catch local music. Mike Lenz takes the stage every Wednesday, jam band Aliver Hall plays on Mondays, and there is a collection of bands every Friday and Saturday.

Other Kent bars to check out:

• Mugs Brew Pub and Sports Grill

• The Venice Cafe

The Pub

• The Loft

• Dominick’s

• Main Street Tavern

• Digger’s Bar and Grill

Party smart. Read these safe drinking tips.


Mike’s Place

Eclectic is the word to describe

Mike’s Place. If the atmosphere

doesn’t attract attention, the menu

certainly will. Enjoy a meal in the

bus, or the brand new boat, and

don’t forget to read the placemat

for Mike’s favorite proverbs, news

and specials. They also feature a

Man vs. Food caliber event in the

Stu-anator challenge. What is the

Stu-anator? It’s the true behemoth

of subs, featuring six half-pound

burger patties, two kinds of french

fries and 20 pieces of cheese. Pile

the whole sandwich in 30 minutes

and join the ranks of only two

food fighters to complete the challenge.

Salsitas Mexican Restaurant

The prices are cheap and the

portions are filling. Students even

get a 10 percent discount when

they show their college ID. The

staff says that the Brimfield Special

is a popular dish. Try is with a

monster margarita.

Other Mexican restaurants:

Guacamoles Mexican Restaurant

and Cantina, Taco Tonto’s

Ray’s Place

Ray’s also features a diverse

menu with varying specials during

the week and weekends. Stop

in for one of their signature gourmet

burgers or one of Chef Bob’s

delicious in-house prepared desserts.

Try their Mo-Fo Burger, Iron

Chef Michael Symon recommends


Other Kent Favorites:


Goats Cafe, Franklin Square Deli,

The Pufferbelly LTD.

Bistro on Main

A nicer place that still knows it

is part of a college town, the Bistro

on Main hosts the “Original Cheap

Date Night.” Every Wednesday,

couples can choose a beverage,

salad, entree and dessert. Options

are limited, but there are no complaints

for the $30 cost. Flashcards

are accepted.

Other Upscale restaurants:

Take your hot date for a night on

the town to Cleveland.


For greasy goodness that will

certainly satisfy anyone’s hunger

after a night of partying, try the

pizza and fried fare from EuroGyro.

It can get pretty messy, but it’s

delicious. Grab some napkins and

get ready for that stomachache.

Other Pizza Places:


Howie’s, Papa John’s, Guys Pizza,

Little Caesar’s Pizza

Main Street Continental Grill

Voted Kent’s Most Ethnic

Restaurant, the Continental Grill

offers a mix of Mediterranean cuisine

and American favorites. Vegetarian

friendly, it offers a variety

of meatless options. Try the falafel,

hummus, tabouli or veggie chili. If

meat is not a problem, eat a chilidog

or a kafta kabob.

Evergreen Chinese Restaurant and Buffet

Visit the buffet while you dine

in or get all your favorites to go.

The Evergreen Buffet is sure to fill

hungry, broke college students for

at least an hour. Then you can just

walk right back up and get another


Other Chinese restaurants:


City, Ming Cheng Restaurant.

–Dawn Einsel