Eat Your Day Away in the U’s West/Village

These underappreciated food metropolis neighborhoods make for the perfect full-day feast

Illustrator: Will Hanson

Dinkytown gets all the praise, but as a current Stadium Village resident and a former West Bank resident, I’m here to stand up for those underappreciated food havens. There are plenty of meals in what I’m officially calling the West/Village (get it? West Bank + Stadium Village?) that are good enough to make your mouth water. So, why not make a day of it? Here is a day-long plan of hardcore eating to satisfy any West/Village foodie.

Breakfast: West Bank Diner

Start the morning off on West Bank, just a block or so from Carlson. This casual, comfy spot offers a popular breakfast menu all day long. Fuel up with some french toast or eggs benedict and brace for your full day of food adventures.

Here is a day-long plan of hardcore eating to satisfy any West/Village foodie.

Lunch: Bar Luchador

Ready to spice up the day? Spend the midday hour at Bar Luchador scarfing down fantastic tacos and avoiding eye contact with the shirtless wrestlers covering the wallpaper.

Happy hour: Sally’s

Say what you will about Sally’s, but they have some bomb deals for the student whose bank account resembles a barren wasteland. Spend your happy hour downing $2 rail drinks and domestic beers, and if you’re getting hungry again, splurge for some half price apps. They have other cheap food deals throughout the week, but if you’re following this day-long gluttony festival, save room for the next course.

Say what you will about Sally’s, but they have some bomb deals for the student whose bank account resembles a barren wasteland

Dinner: Haiku

If you like sushi, I’m sure this will be a fabulous dinner full of hard choices and tuna vs salmon debates. If you don’t like sushi, you should still go. The hibachi—whether chicken, steak, fried rice, or any of the others—is one of the best things I’ve eaten, ever. Make sure to save some money and room for this stop on your overeating tour.

Dessert: Mango Factory

The dessert menu is worth the journey back to West Bank. Major points go to the watermelon smoothie and the mango pudding. Crepes, ice cream, french toast, and a mouth-confusing delicacy called “fluffy snow” are all honorable mentions. Plus, the presentation will make for your best “insta” of the day.

Late night stop: Hard Times Cafe

This West Bank staple, open all but two hours a day, is the perfect late-night pick for all, especially for the vegetarians and vegans in the group. Who says a 3 a.m. tofu scramble can’t replace the greasy burger of yesteryear?