We have some of the best dining in the country.
A lot of people talk about Virginia Tech's dining food quality. There are plenty of places to eat on campus but not all of them are the same. I've compiled a list of the best dining places on campus and why so you don't have to try them all out for yourself.
With three years of experience eating as a hokie, I know my way around dining halls by now.
Be careful, the line is long but it's definitely worth it if you like Tex-mex.
They have sushi and hibachi.
You can get the classic meals like chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. It's the best especially since they now serve milkshakes.
They have the best ceasar salads and pasta dishes.
They also have creamy milkshakes and their burgers and sweet potato fries are no match to other dining halls across the country.
Students who love general tso's chicken can get it every day with this dining place.
This is for when you're feeling healthy with their nutritious smoothies and acai bowls.
The best part about this dining spot is when they have chicken parm day but be prepared to wait in long lines again.
Au Bon Pain
They have great sandwiches even though they are always out of avocados and they have yummy soups and pastries.
They have the best late night hours and the best drunk food like burgers and chicken tenders.
1872 Fire Grill
They have a southern comfort and a grill side and every week they serve chicken and waffles.
This is the best spot if you're looking for fresh breakfast sandwiches but just like anything at Turner place, there's always a long line.
The Fighting Gobbler
There's a sports theme with sports playing all around you on big screen televisions. You can get all sports themed food too like burgers, fries, wings, and quesadillas.
The best thing about being a Hokie is love.
There are many things to love about being in a relationship but there are special privileges when it comes to being a Hokie and dating another hokie. I've personally known from experience what it's like to be a Hokie dating someone that doesn't go to Virginia Tech as well as what it's like to be a single Hokie.
Thankfully, I currently have the privilege to be dating someone that also attends the fabulous Virginia Tech. This has been the best turnout for me and I have compiled the ultimate list as to why.
Here are the 15 things that are special about being a Hokie that is off the market.
You have a jumping partner
You have someone to join you at every home football game, jump with you to "Enter Sandman" and scream "Let's Go Hokies!"
It's the perfect partner in crime duo.
A Downtown buddy
You have someone that you can go downtown with whether your choice is Top of The Stairs, Sharkey's or Rivermill.
You have someone to wait in line with you
D2 dining hall at Virginia Tech
Those Qdoba lines are always long at Turner, but that special someone can always keep you company while waiting in the line for food!
You can share dining moneyGiphy
Whether you have too much dining money or not enough, what's yours is theirs.
You can tag team all of the sporting events
Since we're lucky enough to have good athletics all around, you and your fellow Hokie can tag team your way through the sports seasons.
This is especially great for those cold Blacksburg days when you have to brace the Blacksburg wind on the Drillfield.
You have someone to spend snow days with
We've had a lot of snow in Blacksburg these past few years and sometimes the roads get bad, but you don't bat an eyelash because you get to be snowed in with your significant other.
You have a study buddy
Final exams are no big deal when your significant other has to study for their exams too, especially when you both know of all the great study spots on campus.
You talk about inviting the Hokie Bird to your weddingGiphy
It's true — you've seen the Hokie Bird at weddings before for fellow Hokie lovebirds that met while they were on campus.
You borrow all of their Hokie gear
You can share the same Virginia Tech shirts, jerseys and sweatshirts.
You share a hatred of UVA
You have someone to celebrate beating UVA in anything whether it's the Commonwealth cup or just overall student happiness.
You have a date to ring danceGiphy
You both know it's a Virginia Tech tradition so you know that you both will attend.
You have a partner to do the "Bucket List" with at Virginia Tech
They need to complete all 72 items that are on the list, so you might as well do it together.
Blacksburg Transit buddy
You can ride the bus with them and you know that you'll have someone that can entertain you when that Blacksburg traffic becomes a standstill.
You have a hiking partner
There are tons of places to hike in the area like Dragon's Tooth and The Cascades and with your fellow Hokie, you'll never have to go alone.
With another Bowl season soon upon us, let's look who will win all 41 Bowl games this season
Save your money or be a non-greedy Hokie and don't quadruple the price of your student ticket. C'mon, where's the Hokie Spirit in that?
Hokies are claiming supply and demand for price gouging their student football tickets. Some students are trying to charge $200 for a ticket that they bought for $14 or even free in the lottery. Even if students charge $20, they would still make a profit but they know so many people want to go to the game so they cheat their fellow Hokies by charging an absurd amount.
Personally, I've had to buy a $60 student ticket for the Clemson game last fall from someone that I knew personally. That price is $46 more expensive than what they bought their ticket for!
So, here are things you could buy instead of an overpriced student ticket.
A full tank of gas
Go on a fun road trip instead of overpaying for a student ticket! If there is no demand for overpriced tickets then students will, hopefully, learn their lesson.
New Hokie gear
Buy a Virginia Tech football jersey to wear to the games you can actually afford.
Your textbooks for next semester
Save that money and keep it in your bank account so you can buy your textbooks to, you know, actually graduate.
A new laptop
Again, you can invest in furthering your education for a better price.
You can buy a television on sale and actually watch the game in HD in the comfort of your own home.
A ticket to a professional sporting event
I just went to an Atlanta Falcons game in Atlanta and it was cheaper than the $200+ that students are charging other students for a student section ticket.
A new pet
Buy a new puppy or kitten to ignore the very small fact that you're not going to the game. A game is over in a couple of hours but the happiness that a new pet brings goes on forever!
A new pair of shoes
You could buy a new pair of converse/sneakers to wear to walk from your tailgate to the stadium or to just wear during the week!
Game day food/drinks
Throw a party at your house for people protesting the idea of paying for expensive tickets and have a good time with your friends at your place instead of the packed stadium!
A new purse/wallet
You can buy a nice purse/wallet to hold all the money you'll be saving.
A nice dinner
Go to a sports bar and enjoy the game with some good food instead of spending an absurd amount of money on the food at Lane.
Half of your rent
You can save that money and have money for at least half of your rent next month. You, or your parents, will thank you.
A Virginia Tech parking pass for the semester
Lastly, you can even buy a Virginia Tech parking pass for the semester which will actually be cheaper.
Things to do for fun once the leaves start falling.
As the weather cools down, you'll no longer find a packed Drillfield with Enos and sunbathers. Blacksburg is a small town so it may sometimes be difficult to find fun things to do around town once the weather gets to be a bit chilly.
So, here are 14 activities to do even when the air starts to get a bit crisper.
Go to the grocery store and buy ingredients to actually bake
You could even go basic and get the ghost or pumpkin break apart sugar cookies.
Stay in with Netflix and some warm apple cider
You could even watch a fall themed movie such as Halloween Town or Hocus Pocus to make sure that you get into the spooky season.
Go to Sinkland Farms
This is perfect for getting that perfect pumpkin to carve.
Visit the Roanoke Star
It's only a short 45 minute drive from Virginia Tech.
Visit the Roanoke Zoo
You can take cute pictures of the animals and feed them! Talk about a serious stress reliever!
Take cute fall pics
Brooke Catahan Smith
Fall leaves and Hokie stone make a perfect backdrop and besides, who doesn't love showing off their campus and their looks?!
Go to a Virginia Tech football game
Brooke Catahan Smith
Because who doesn't love fall football.
Go to Smith Mountain Lake
Brooke Catahan Smith
The weather has cooled down (finally) so you won't be sweating through every layer of clothing that you're wearing.
Carve a Pumpkin
You can even get one at Sinkland Farms or the local Kroger.
Go to a pumpkin patch, dress up & party, or just hand out candy. Regardless of the way you choose to celebrate, make sure you do something that you'll remember for this Spooky Holiday.
There are tons of great hiking spots close by like McAfee's knob and the Cascades. You get to see all of the leaves changing into the different beautiful colors and you won't die of heat exhaustion on your way up, or down, the trial.
Go on a walk/run around campus
Hokie Stone is great in the fall and you can breathe in the crisp, cool air.
Go to Blacksburg's Farmer's Market
There will be tons of local vendors every Wednesday and Saturday. Check out their website for times and date changes for the coming months!
Go to the Gallows
This haunted house is located in Radford, Virginia and is open on Friday and Saturday.
Go if you dare.