BY ANTHONY PUNTOLILLO
With football Sundays being one of the most important days of the week for me, the food and places I go to are just as important. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, I went to several restaurants/bars to find the best food and atmosphere to enjoy my Sunday football experience.
Buffalo Wild Wings- Buffalo Wild Wings is located in Warminster, P.A, which is about 10-15 minutes from campus. The overall Sunday experience at this restaurant is typical, with multiple TVs that display an array of different games and a casual crowd of sports enthusiasts. The one critique I’d make is the wait time. You can’t expect to be in and out quickly. While there was an acceptable amount of games being played, the service was lacking in urgency. I feel like this is a nationwide problem regarding Buffalo Wild Wings. Along with the service not being too impressive, the national chicken wing shortage has fueled the price-hike to unreasonable amounts. For example, the best value for a meal you can get there is the 10 boneless wings and fries bundle for $9.99, and the house sampler which includes mozzarella sticks, onion rings, chicken nachos, and eight boneless wings for $16.29.
Trattoria Valona- Trattoria Valona is an Italian restaurant located in Warminster, P.A, which is located a little over 15 minutes away from campus. I had no clue this restaurant did anything regarding football Sundays because it’s an Italian restaurant. While I was driving home once, they had a big sign for football Sunday specials, so I decided to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. While the menu was pretty expensive, the experience and food was terrific. The atmosphere there was awesome, and everyone was tuned into the football games, celebrating and cheering for their team. Luckily on Sundays, certain menu items are discounted, and I was able to get the rib eye steak for $26, instead of the original price of $38. This experience, down to the food, atmosphere, and bar was unbelievable, and I will definitely be back here soon for football Sunday.
Finney’s Pub- Finney’s pub is a bar located in Doylestown, P.A. only five minutes from campus. (Disclaimer: You need to be 21 or older to get into Finney’s.) From the second I walked in, I knew I would enjoy my experience there. The staff that greeted me at the door, was extremely friendly and helped me out because it was my first time there. The atmosphere in the bar was great, although it was predominantly eagles fans (boooooo), everyone was respectful and enjoying all the different games they had to offer. They told me I needed to try their “famous” wings and I was not disappointed. I ended up getting the spicy garlic parm flavor as well as the spicy honey garlic. These were some of the best wings I’ve had in my life. Although the wings, as of right now, are expensive, these were worth every penny. The wings at Finney’s don’t have a specific price listed on the menu, you can either buy it by half a pound or a whole pound. If I had known about this spot earlier, I definitely would’ve been there sooner and can’t wait to go back.
Chickie’s and Pete’s- Chickie’s and Pete’s is located in Warrington, P.A, which is 10 minutes away from campus. Like Buffalo Wild Wings, they are a chain restaurant, but the experience you will get here is much better. I’ve been to Chickie’s and Pete’s a couple of times before, so I knew what to expect a little bit going in. While the restaurant wasn’t too packed, they had a wide variety of games on. The atmosphere was a little underwhelming, but it was definitely a nice spot to have a chill Sunday to enjoy all the different games they had to offer. Before I even stepped foot into the restaurant, I knew I was getting the classic Philly cheese steak and an order of their famous crab fries. The food did not disappoint, those crab fries are famous for a reason with the perfect blend of seasoning and sides of cheese sauce they were the perfect compliment to my cheese steak. The total of these two items came out to around to a little under $30. There are a lot of different budget friendly options to enjoy at Chickie’s and Pete’s If you are looking for a chill spot to enjoy your Sunday football and love to order a bunch of different appetizers Chickie’s and Pete’s is the spot for you.
Villa Capri- Lastly, Villa Capri is a sports bar and pizzeria located in Doylestown, Pa which is 5 minutes from campus. My classmates and Professor recommended that I go here, and I was very glad I did. Throughout the week, they have a different event for every night of the week. On Sunday from 7:30-10:30 pm, they do a karaoke night hosted by Jamie Stem, (A musical artist based out of Doylestown). Although I wasn’t here during this time, I could tell the atmosphere and vibe would’ve been through the roof based on my experience while watching the games. The menu was very big, and it was hard to choose what I wanted to get because there were so many options that sounded delicious. I ultimately ended up going down the Italian route and got the Capri Bruschetta along with the Chicken parm dinner. Luckily, I went with a couple of friends so I was able to try the pizza as well. If you are looking for a good slice and some fresh Italian food, I highly recommend this spot. The bruschetta was nice and fresh and the chicken parm melted in your mouth. The pizza was hot and crispy and was one of the better slices I’ve had in the area. The place was packed and there was nothing but good vibes going around the whole restaurant. This being my last stop in the different places I visited, I was very happy with my experience and can’t wait to go back and try some of the delicious food I wasn’t able to get.