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Best of Kent 2024: A look at the best eats in Kent

Erin Sullivan, TV2 Reporter April 9, 2024

The Best of Kent results are in. TV2's Erin Sullivan stopped by a few of your favorite food places in Kent.   Erin Sullivan is a TV2 reporter. Contact her at [email protected]

Zephyrs bustles with business on March 27, 2024.

BOK ’24: Best bar

Michael Neenan, Beat Reporter April 4, 2024

FIRST: Zephyr Pub Located at 106 W. Main St., Zephyr Pub is a two-story bar known for its live music — but the bar brings much more according to some community members. Troy Martin, a Kent State...

A lengthy line in front of Rays Place in downtown Kent on March 9, 2024.

PHOTO STORY: Students celebrate Fake Patty’s Day in downtown Kent

Yinxi Li, Photographer March 10, 2024

Editor's note: A photo caption was amended for accuracy. Initially, a caption indicated the photo of a driveway as outside of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which was incorrect. The caption was updated to Alpha Tau...

Bartender Chris Allen refills a drink for customers eating at the bar at Rays Place on March 20, 2022. Rays is located at 135 Franklin Ave.

A night in the life: What it’s like for bartenders in downtown Kent

Lauryn Tadda, Reporter March 8, 2024

When Friday night hits, downtown Kent fills with people looking for a good time. Whether it’s Long Island iced tea at Ray's, a Hulk at The Loft or a Dom Bomb at Dominick's, the bartenders are there to...

Downtown bars craft Fake Patty’s Day-inspired drinks

Downtown bars craft Fake Patty’s Day-inspired drinks

Audrey Trevarthan, Campus Editor March 7, 2024

Downtown Kent bars will be mixing up some new, special drink creations this Fake Patty’s Day on March 9 to reel in the sea of green.  Here is what some local spots will be offering: Panini’s...

Kent State students wait for their orders to be filled at Rosie’s Diner and Market March 15, 2023. Rosie’s Diner is located on the first floor of Tri-Towers.

Students share their favorite grub spots on and off campus

Kylee Coles, Reporter November 2, 2023

From sushi restaurants to bagel cafés, undergrad students spilled their favorite places to grab a meal.  Amidst the diverse answers, one recurring place, and meal, stood out: pizza from Rosie’s...

Emily King (left) and Alexa Snyder (right) having lunch at Mike’s Place, which is located at 1700 S. Water St.

Best place to eat with family

Addison Foreman, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Mike's Place With an X-Wing outside, a boat inside and a room dedicated to Elvis Presley, Mike’s Place gives customers plenty of things to look at – including a multiple-page menu.  “Anything...

Best of Kent

Best burger

Molly Hoffer, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Five Guys Emma Eschbach, one of the managers of Five Guys, said the restaurant gets its ingredients from the same supplier everytime – and even the potatoes are brought fresh from Idaho. “Everything...

Barrio’s margarita won “Best Alcoholic Beverage” in Best of Kent.

Best alcoholic beverage

Harleyann McQuaid, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Barrio's Margarita Barrio’s margaritas come in sweet flavors like “barrio paloma” with fresh lime juice and grapefruit to more savory styles like its “freaky tiki” made with jalapeño-infused...

Best Bar winner, Zephyr Pub, is located at 106 W. Main St.

Best bar

Jacob Shondel, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Zephyr Pub Zephyr Pub has something for everyone, according to general manager Josh Sed. The bar features a space for listening to live music, watching drag shows, playing pool or just...

Ray’s Place was voted first in Best of Kent’s Best Restaurant category. Ray’s Place is located at 135 Franklin Ave.

Best restaurant

Aaron Cousin, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Ray's Place Ray’s Place cooks up the top spot for another year in a row. Whether it’s students eating with parents, residents stopping by for a warm meal or friends watching the big game, Ray’s...

Lydia Lisowsky is a graduate student and second generation Ukranian American

Kent State graduate student raises $892 at local Ukraine fundraiser

Jesse Khalil, Reporter April 8, 2022

A booming blend of lively conversation and a shared passion for supporting a good cause lit up Ray’s Place on April 6 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Downtown Kent bar was filled with people eager to help...

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