The Kent Stater: Best of Kent

The Kent Stater: Best of Kent

It’s been a couple of weeks since The Kent Stater (“The Independent Student Newspaper of Kent State University, Serving the Kent State and Kent-area Community since 1926”) put out its annual “Best of Kent” edition. However, I didn’t get my hands on a copy until this past weekend.

I don’t feel particularly qualified to rate the Best Bar, the Best Alcoholic Drink, the Best Bartender, or the Best Place to Cure a Hangover in Kent (though these are the first four categories to appear in the “Best of Kent” edition!). When it comes to Best Coffee, however, I feel like I can meaningfully join the conversation.

The Kent Stater: Best of Kent

And honestly, I think that the Kent Stater got this mostly correct! I actually agree that Scribbles is the Best Coffee place in Kent — considering their seating, their cozy environment, and their Cortado (which I’d consider to be the best coffee drink in Kent) — and I’d also put Bent Tree Coffee in second place. I know that a lot of my friends would demand a recount for these top two finishers, but I think it’s correct. I’m not so convinced that Tree City Coffee is better than Last Exit or State Champs or Starbucks. But they’re all in the conversation for that three-spot, so I’m fine with how these rankings shook out.

The Kent Stater: Best of Kent

I also agree with the Kent Stater’s take on the Best Brewery in Kent (Bell Tower), the Best Restaurant in Kent (Ray’s Place), and the Best Pizza in Kent (Lucci’s!). I don’t as closely align with the newspaper’s opinions on their second- and third-place finishers in these categories. And I honestly don’t care that much about the categories for Best Breakfast, Best Vegan / Gluten-Free Options, Best Mexican Food, Best Drunk Food, Best Sweet Treat — so I won’t pick any fights with their rankings on these.

The Kent Stater: Best of Kent

I care a little bit more about the Prettiest Place in Kent, and I appreciate the sites they mention — though honestly, I tend to prefer the spots that are a little more off the beaten path, like Towner’s Woods and the Jessie Smith Nature Preserve. I don’t care that much about the categories for Best Shop and Best Study Spot — though I’m somewhat inclined to disagree on their rankings with these, too. The categories after this become even less interesting to me (Best Date Spot, Best Event / Festival, Best Salon, Best Tattoo / Piercing Parlor, Best Spot for the Under-21 Crowd, Best On-Campus Dining, and Best On-Campus Building). Still, I think on the whole that it’s a fun tradition. And I’m glad to see how much the newspaper aligned with my perspective in the categories I cared most about.

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