Considering the small town atmosphere of State College, there are many international eateries and plenty that offer American food. If you wake up early enough, the Waffle Shop and the area's numerous family restaurants specialize in breakfast food (and, of course, some serve breakfast 24 hours a day, for those 3 a.m. pancake cravings). For lunch, a town staple is the Corner Room, which offers comfortable family dining. There are many diners around town-including Baby's, known for its 1950s theme, and Ye Old College Diner, world famous for grilled stickies and horrible service. For fine dining, the area also has a number of upscale restaurants. The Tavern is great for impressing a date or enjoying a meal you can't afford (when your parents come to visit, of course). The Green Bowl focuses on buffet-style healthy eating and is popular with vegetarians.
State College has a surprisingly large assortment of Chinese, Italian, and Indian restaurants. The Golden Wok and other downtown establishments offer a refreshing alternative to campus Chinese, while India Pavilion, Herwig's, and Spats have food to suit international tastes. About a thousand pizza delivery places exist and thrive. These pizzerias offer many specials-you will try all of them within the first semester and probably become fiercely loyal when you find the one that best suits you. The area surrounding State College offers a similar range of dining options. All but the pickiest eaters will find something to like off campus, and, if you do some exploring, you may even discover a new favorite food.