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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2

Kent Wired

Tree City barista Owen Park prepares a cup of coffee at Tree City in Kent on April 7, 2014. Tree City was voted best coffee shop in Kent.

Best Coffee Shop

Erin Zaranec April 10, 2014

Tree City Coffee & PastryIf you’re looking to get the experience of a charming locally owned coffee shop with a kick-ass cup of coffee, Tree City is the place for you.Featuring monthly drink specials,...

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Best Band

Kelsey Husnick April 9, 2014

Roger Hoover and The HurtRoger Hoover and his band, The Hurt, have played at the Venice Café multiple times this past year, sharing their Americana songwriting and storytelling with a growing number of...

Workers Mike Jagel (left) and Chase Ogle (right) wait for customers to come into Defiance Tattoos on April 7, 2014. Defiance Tattoos was voted best tattoo and piercing parlor in Kent.

Best Tattoo and Piercing Parlor

Zac Younkins April 9, 2014

Defiance TattoosVoted the best place for tattoos and piercings in Kent, the staff at Defiance provides affordable services and are devoted to their craft. Defiance has been a staple of Kent for over eight...

Cook Shaun Rizk prepares a plate of hummus at Laziza restaurant in downtown Kent, April 7, 2014. Laziza was voted best for its vegetarian selection.

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Food

Melissa Puppo April 9, 2014

Laziza, Taco Tonto’s and Wild Goats CaféA three-way tie for first place proves that Kent is full of vegetarian and vegan options.From Laziza’s homemade hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and more than...

Cook Shaun Rizk prepares a plate of hummus at Laziza restaurant in downtown Kent, April 7, 2014. Laziza was voted best for its vegetarian selection.

Best Ethnic Food

Melissa Puppo April 9, 2014

LazizaEnter a world of Mediterranean cuisine when you open the doors to Laziza in downtown Kent. With flavors ranging from the simple hummus and seasoned chicken or marinated char-grilled lamb seasoned...

Rays bartender Angelo Cataldo, junior exercise science major, pours a draft in downtown Kent, Tuesday night, April 8, 2014.

Best Drink Selection

Katy Coduto April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Drink Selection is one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.101 BottlesA place called 101 Bottles should have an outstanding drink selection...

Rays Place, located on Franklin Avenue, was voted best burger in this years Best of Kent contest. FILE.

Best Burger

Kelsey Husnick April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Burger is one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.Bar 145Bar 145 is known for its seemingly odd yet delicious creations. They turn a burger...

Bistro on Main, 2nd Place: Best Place for a First Date

Best Place for a First Date

Melissa Puppo April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Place for a First Date is one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.  Bistro on MainWith fresh food made to order and a menu that changes all...

(From left) Jake Mcclellan , Kalia Powers, Kaitlyn Thissen and Rachael Kobalchin work on a class project during a study session in the library, April 8, 2014.

Best Place to Study

Erin Zaranec April 9, 2014

University LibraryKent State’s 12-floor library is a go-to study spot for many students.Each floor has a distinct vibe to it, so if you’re looking for a spot to work on a group project, head to the...

The Brewhouse

Best Place to Have Fun Under 21

Blythe Alspaugh April 9, 2014

     The BrewhouseFinding places to hang out at around downtown Kent can be hard if you’re underage. Many restaurants downtown don’t let anyone under 21 inside after a certain hour.The Brewhouse...

Freshman public relations major Baily Purpura celebrates her birthday with family at Rays Place, April 8, 2014.

Best Place to Take Your Parents

Kelsey Husnick April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Place to Take Your Parents is one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.Mike's PlaceMike’s Place is an experience. It’s full of knick-knacks...

The Rays Place staff keeps busy behind the bar Tuesday night during the Indians vs. Padres game, April 8, 2014.

Best Bar

Katy Coduto April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Bar one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.Zephyr PubOne of Kent’s oldest bars is also one of its best, and it’s a place where “you can...

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