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ISSUE 120 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/6/2006

Late-night hunger pangs soothed

By Alyssa Kleven
Contributing Writer


Friday, October 6, 2006

It's 2 a.m and you can hear your empty stomach grumbling. If it's Thursday and you have a test the next day, you'll need that extra fuel to keep you going through the night. If it's Saturday, you need some carbohydrates before you go to bed. Those Wheat Thins your mom sent you in a care package just aren't doing the job. You have to seek out Northfield's options for late night food.

In a small town like Northfield, it's hard to find places that accommodate the night owl. In larger cities, IHOP, Denny's, Shari's and other similar restaurants are open late. Since Northfield isn’t right off the interstate, there isn't a late-night truck stop that can ease your hunger pangs.

The population demographic Northfield restaurateurs forget, is the all-night-cram student.

The Cage, offering treats affordable for most Oles, closes at 8 p.m. At midnight, the Pause closes its doors. This means Oles must venture into the outside world to scavenge for food. Even on campus, local snack shops don't serve the need of late night studiers.

12:01 a.m.? Not a problem. Sometimes borrowing a friend's car is easy enough (but don't steal a car if you don't have one – your area coordinator will be upset if his or her Beemer is taken for a midnight ride). Then, let your tummy do the driving as best it can.

The trick is finding a place with delicious food past midnight. Unlike many other Perkins locations, the Northfield Perkins on Highway 3 is only open until 11 p.m. Suddenly it appears that pancakes are out of the power-food question.

Until 1 a.m., students have the option of the fast food drive-thru. Sometimes a McDonald's Snack Wrap or a Wendy's Frosty could hit the spot, giving students the boost needed to finish their studies. But 1 a.m. might not be late enough. When the going gets rough and as mid-terms approach, an Ole might need an extra bite to eat in the wee hours of the morning. When those Wheat Thins go from unappetizing to an empty box of unfulfilling former fuel, it's time to go shopping.

Northfield plays host to two 24-hour venues, Super America and Cub Foods. But before you hold your breath, you should know that cooking may be required.

A recent late-night food craver, Becca Wheeler '07, found that her best choice was the Super America convenience store. “At the time, those Sun Chips really hit the spot,” she said. But when hunger struck at 2 a.m. on a Friday morning, Wheeler and her friends craved McDonald’s. “It was a disappointment to not even find the drive-thru open,” Wheeler said.

Those late night cravings can bring you down, but convenience stores and supermarkets have got your back. Whether it's a bag of Sun Chips and a fountain soda or bakery fresh donuts and Totino's Pizza, late night food is available at these limited locations.





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