Tasting Table scoured every college town in each state to determine where the best late night snacks and early morning meals could be found. Some are classic stops every college student and grad would know. Others are unexpected hot spots rising through the ranks. Here are the college town eats that took the top spot around the Pacific Northwest per Tasting Table.
Washington – Ice-Burg Drive-In (Whitman College and Walla Walla University, Walla Walla, WA)
Let the neon polar bear sign point you in the direction of the best burgers, fries and milkshakes around. Washington native Macklemore recently called its cheeseburger "the best burger ever" before launching into a performance of the ultimate food lover's song, so consider the secret out.
Idaho – Moscow Alehouse (University of Idaho, Moscow, ID)
It's daily specials like Monday Wing Night—150 pounds of wings by the bucket—and an all-day happy hour for students on Saturdays that lend to the laid-back vibe here. The wings are a local favorite (go for the house "voodoo" BBQ sauce), but the whole menu is full of reliable pub-style classics.
Oregon – The Dough Co. (University of Oregon, Eugune, OR)
What screams college louder than a freshly baked three-cheese calzone delivered to your door at 3 a.m.? Getting that cheesy pocket of bliss with a side of oven-warm cookies, with milk. But should you operate on a more regular schedule, The Dough Co. offers a quality lunch special, and the 30-plus calzone options are all good choices.
Montana – Missoula Club (University of Montana, Missoula, MT)
Let's drop the extra syllables: It's really called the Mo Club, and everyone's here for the burger. It's hand-patted with onions, cooked on a miniature flat-top grill behind the bar, and best topped with horseradish cheese and seriously spicy mustard. The place was recently purchased by an alum (and current NFL player), keeping it in the Grizzly family.
You can read Tasting Table’s full rankings here.