Top picks for tailgates, tacos and terrific breakfasts

It's a good thing that you are already coming back to Happy Valley this fall. Because in addition to the football schedule and full calendar of fall events, there is some food that you just have to try.


Tailgate like a boss with these seafood picks

Maine Bay and Berry

201 Elmwood Street, State College; 833-624-6322;

Our first entry is both a cafe and takeout spot and one of the first places we'll tell you about when you come into town. The reason is simple – landlocked central PA now has its own source of amazingly fresh seafood. The owners bring in 20-25 different types of fish twice a week  along with many different types of cold water oysters, calamari, fresh clams, mussels, and five different types of shrimp.

Located in State College, they offer fresh seafood along with ready-made items like lobster rolls, house made crab cakes, salmon filet burgers, Maine-made artisan soups, as well as land-sourced items like small craft root beer and wild blueberry soda. If you’re looking for a dessert option, they also sell Maine-made pies rated as top-ten in the country!

This fall, be sure to check out their carry out offerings that are perfect for tailgating. Their shrimp platters are the freshest you'll find anywhere. Call in, and they'll have it steamed and ready to go for you. You can get two pounds of 16/20 ultra premium cooked Selva Shrimp (which is approximately 35-40 shrimp) and choice of bottle of Maine-made cocktail sauce for $45.00. Or, pick up some of their lobster rolls that made such a splash at Arts Fest. Get one pound of Maine Lobster roll mix for four plus four New England style rolls for $54.99.

Get a head start on the holidays by putting in your preorder for their Feast of Seven Fishes!


Treat yourself – it's time for tacos

Taco Inc

13 E College Ave, Pleasant Gap; 814-548-7386;

Taco Inc in Pleasant Gap wants you to know that tacos can fix almost anything. Try their fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine in their Pleasant Gap restaurant and you'll agree. Their menu is limited and that's on purpose – it guarantees that every order is fresh, fast, and amazing.

Try finds like tamales with chicken and salsa verde served on their homemade tortillas, or fan favorites like their barbacoa street tacos, fried ice cream, and chimichangas. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday with $1 tacos, and it's the tastiest dollar you can spend.

They are a Penn State approved caterer, and also operate a food truck and offer mobile catering for any sized fiesta, so book them for your corporate event, wedding, birthday party, and more!


End your weekend with this charming brunch

Hublersburg Inn

449 Hublersburg Road, Hublersburg; 814-383-2616;

Another delightful destination for dining in the area is the Hublersburg Inn. Located just 20 miles from State College the drive to this charming country Inn brings you past the farms and fields where much of their local produce is procured. Chef Cody Pierce creates seasonal menus which include produce from nearby farms, cheeses from Goot Essa, and handcrafted cocktails like the Fisherman’s Margarita with herbs from their own garden. Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy everything the Hublersburg Inn has to offer!

Head there for breakfast and try their five different Eggs Benedict options, which include fried chicken, crab cake and crispy pork belly. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, or dinner, the Hublersburg Inn will blow you away with fresh ingredients and exciting options.


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