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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Mr. Burrito is the best burrito in Ames, hands down.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    A Whataburger open until 330 on the weekends would solve all issues.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    I thought to check if Pita Pit ever reopened. The one in Ames is gone, but there is now one in Ankeny.





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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Yeah not many options at all.


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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Quote Originally Posted by crawfy54 View Post
    Mr. Burrito is the best burrito in Ames, hands down.
    That's completely absurd.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    I tend to swing by Cafe Beaudelaire whenever I'm in Ames. Bloody Mary with a Stella chaser along with breakfast gives me a reason to stop in Campus Town on a Sunday morning.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    I think Campustown's food options are alright but it definitely is not on par with other college campustown areas..especially when we have a 30,000 student population. I really hope that this Kingland deal will open up Campustown to more businesses since Kingland plans on making the first floor of their new building retail. Adding that new transportation center will still help but they need to add more parking and appeal for businesses to want to build there.


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    It was all downhill after Do-Biz closed. Two-fer Tuesdays. Warm Snickerdoodles. Ahhh....memories.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    I feel sorry for anybody that missed out on the campustown Minsky's.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    RIP New Dragon.
    I would from DM to Ames tonight, if it still existed.

    So Good...So Cheap.
    Would eat Ramen and ham sandwiches for a week straight, to save up Cash for the New Dragon...
    Szechuan Chicken. spicy.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone87 View Post
    It definitely needs to be improved, the LANE4 plan would have done that. Now that it fell through things will happen in a piecemeal fashion and much slower. There are several projects on the horizon though: Kingland development, new 7 story building where first national bank is currently, Kum&Go, new 5 story building next to Outlaws, and a new facade program. Its a start but more needs to be done and it sounds like the city and university are both set on turning that area around.
    I've heard about all those projects except the First National Bank one. Is it related to the old CBS building project? Is FNB just going to close that branch or relocate?

    And yes, the Lane4 plans would've done wonders, but it was more that a specific local developer wanted all power over the development plus Matthew Goodman not wanting to move his disgusting burrito place again.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    I think that there are some gems in campustown. Stomping Grounds, 20/20, and Cafe B come to mind for sure. What turns me off are the ridiculous bars down there. Admittedly, I'm getting farther and farther from "college age", but Cys, Lost & Found, Paddy's, Mickey's, and Sips are gross. Even Yoke's would smell like a hot urinal if you went there on Friday for lunch; not the kind of place I'd like to eat. And there's no way that some of those buildings are up to code.

    I used to live close to Penn State. Their version of campustown was awesome: 3 blocks wide, by 16 blocks long of bars, restaurants, music venues, apartments, and all sorts of shops and stores.



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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Quote Originally Posted by CapnCy View Post
    Manhattan, KS actually had a pretty decent area (Aggieville). Daytime there is shopping, lunch options, evening shifts to more of a bar feel.
    The bars were very tame (by comparison to Ames; which is probably a Kansas v. Iowa thing), but Aggieville is a nice area about the same size as Campustown. Much cleaner and more to it than just bars/restaurants. Campustown could learn some aesthetic lessons from there. I'm thinking the renovations should help that.

    Campustown's issue isn't the lack of options. It's the overall presentation. Campustown has pizza places, barbecue, cheap Chinese, burritos, sports bars, burger joints, and street vendors.

    Campustown needs the same type of businesses it already has. But it needs to renovate badly.


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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Yes, it is not ideal. But there are a few good ones left out that make it worth re-visiting when I am back in town.

    Thai Kitchen is very good. (On Chamberlain just west of Welch.)

    As others have mentioned, Battle's BBQ is great, Jeff's Pizza is underrated, Cafe Beaudelaire has some good options.

    And Stomping Grounds is very good. Just get over any class-warfare reservations you may have and enjoy it.


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    Re: Food options in Campustown...

    Quote Originally Posted by aute19 View Post
    I think that there are some gems in campustown. Stomping Grounds, 20/20, and Cafe B come to mind for sure. What turns me off are the ridiculous bars down there. Admittedly, I'm getting farther and farther from "college age", but Cys, Lost & Found, Paddy's, Mickey's, and Sips are gross. Even Yoke's would smell like a hot urinal if you went there on Friday for lunch; not the kind of place I'd like to eat. And there's no way that some of those buildings are up to code.

    I used to live close to Penn State. Their version of campustown was awesome: 3 blocks wide, by 16 blocks long of bars, restaurants, music venues, apartments, and all sorts of shops and stores.
    Very true, and it was not always like that irrc. Developers (I believe Paterno was an investor) really did a good job of blending campus and overall appeal. A modern business/commercial area without losing that campustown/State U feel. State College does serve as more of a regional city than Ames.



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