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Best place to take your family to eat

Mariah Alanskas, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Mike’s Place Walking into Mike’s Place can be slightly overwhelming, but that’s part of the charm of the place. The restaurant’s elaborate decor, wacky nature and extensive menu is what...

Amil Barlow, an employee at Insomnia Cookies.

Best sweet stuff

Mariah Alanskas, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Insomnia Cookies Have you ever been up until 2 a.m. just wishing you had a warm, fresh baked cookie? Well, thankfully for all the insomniacs out there, Insomnia Cookies in downtown Kent is able...

Carl Picelle, his wife and staff work hard making their sandwiches for customers during a lunch rush at their downtown Kent business, Franklin Square deli.

Best sandwich shop

Sophie Young, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Franklin Square Deli When your partner asks to go to a restaurant where you watch the chef make the food in front of you – take them to Franklin Square Deli. For almost 40 years, the deli has...

Best residence hall

Ty Kohler, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Centennial Courts Centennial Courts has been housing students for 20 years now, so it is only fitting that the dorm won first place during its anniversary year. There are six dorms in the Centennial...

Zephyr Pub is located at 106 W. Main St. in downtown Kent.

Best Bartender

Gavin Mitten, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Matt Yunk  Matt Yunk has worked at Zephyr Pub on 106 W. Main St. for about three years. Yunk spends most of his evenings pouring green tea shots, vodka sodas and vodka cranberry cocktails, but...

The Fruit Stand offers smoothie bowls, oatmeal and toast options.

Best new businesses

Isabella Schreck, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: The Fruit Stand With toppings ranging from bananas and strawberries to chocolate chips and nutella, customers can build their own acai bowl for breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Fruit Stand in...

Best brew

Kelly Krabill, Managing Editor April 5, 2022

FIRST: 101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall The rarest draft beers are found at 101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. Customers can choose from over 700 different beers and a selection of 500 different wines. Kent...

Mikes Place, located at 1700 S. Water Street, is known for its extravagant decor. 

Best place to cure a hangover

Morgan McGrath, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Mike’s Place Located just off of Highway 76, the Kent-famous “Mike’s Place” has been serving up smiles since it first opened up in 1987. What better place to go when you’re feeling...

Best place to hear local music and bands

Briana Phillips, Reporter April 5, 2022

FIRST: Kent Stage Locally owned and operated on East Main Street is the Kent Stage, home to live music and theater.  The owner, Tom Simpson, said he enjoys having an irregular job where he gets to...

Best vegan/vegetarian dining

Zaria Johnson, editor-in-chief April 4, 2022

FIRST: GRAZERS Restaurant GRAZERS is the local go-to spot for vegan and vegetarian patrons, and it stands out as a place where people can pop in for a flavorful, filling meal regardless of their dietary...

Best gluten free dining

Zaria Johnson, editor-in-chief April 4, 2022

FIRST: GRAZERS Restaurant GRAZERS delivers on their mission to provide a safe and enjoyable dining experience to the Kent community with staff screened for and trained on the importance of dietary restrictions...

A student eats their fruit bowl under the neon sign at Fruit Stand in downtown Kent.

The Fruit Stand: Kent’s best new business in Acorn Alley serves fresh smoothie bowls

Isabella Schreck, Reporter April 4, 2022

Acai bowls, a Brazilian frozen smoothie dessert, have become more and more popular as people post pretty pictures of these colorful, tasty and healthy meals all over social media. And for over one...

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