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Oct 2, 2006 11:25 PM

Big 10 nostalgia foods -- alum cravings? [Moved from Midwest]

Is there still a special dish from a certain restaurant you fondly recall from your Big Ten college days? Particular craving you still get for that ice cream or beer or plate of pancakes? I'm trying to put together a guide and appreciate any two cents you can offer! Thank you!

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  1. I remember Saa's sandwich shop in Ithaca, New York, the town where my college boyfriend went to school in the mid 1990s. An Asian couple owned it, and they had a sub called the "special." I know it had marinara sauce and pepperoni on it - beyond that I don't recall the ingredients. What I do recall is that I absolutely loved it and was soooo disappointed when we returned for a homecoming a couple of years after his graduation and Saa's had closed.

    1. Whoops. I guess that's not Big Ten. Nevertheless . . . it was fun to reminisce.

      1. I guess it'd have to be Garcia's pizza just off the quad across from Altgeld Hall on the U of I campus in Champaign.

        Sadly, that's about it, although Steak 'n' Shake at 3 AM was always pretty sweet.

        1. "In Sight, It Must Be Right"

          Oh, yeah, especially the St. Louis Steak 'n' Shake on South Gravois Road.

          1. Mr. Spot's in Ann Arbor. Hot wings. I used to live just a few blocks from there in school and just loved it to death. I have never been to another place quite like it, even when I moved to East Lansing (boo.)