Get the best game-day grub at any of these Huntington spots locals love.
Game days in Huntington are a major event in town and a better excuse than St. Patrick’s Day for donning as much Kelly green as one can wear. And, when the Thundering Herd hits the field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium this fall—one of only two Division 1 stadiums named after a woman, by the way—you can bet that fans will arrive well-fed. Huntington loves football, and it loves good food. In fact, the small city of just over 46,000 people is an aspiring foodie destination, and several favorite game-day stops are helping to put the community on the culinary map.
Backyard pizza and raw bar
Visit Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar on Third Avenue for the hip environment, wood-fired pizzas, and grilled-to-perfection oysters from the bar. The eatery is a favorite among locals and is situated just a stone’s throw from the stadium. For something deliciously different, order the Praise Dale Raise Kale pizza covered in pesto sauce, crumbled chevre, caramelized onions, kale, artichokes, mozzarella, and prosciutto.
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Black SHeep burrito and Brews
A few blocks from the stadium, in Pullman Square, you’ll find Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, a celebrated Huntington eatery. Get your game-day wings here with a twist. Explore inventive sauce flavors like Sriracha Honey-butter or Housemade Kung Pao. Most people come for the specialty burritos. Try the Baaa’d Ass—a classic burrito filled with good stuff and topped with the house-made Baaa’d Ass Habanero Death Sauce.
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Calamity J Bar & Grill
Calamity J Bar & Grill is just up the block on Third Avenue and another solid choice for game-day grub. The food served here comes straight from the sun, they say. You’ll find an eclectic cuisine that’s a blend of “Southwest and soul,” and great drink specials, too. You can’t go wrong with the pulled pork nachos, loaded cheese fries, or any one of the mouthwatering burritos on the menu.
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Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe
Celebrate all things Marshall at the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe on Third Avenue. This place is a must for any die-hard Herd fan for its large collection of sports memorabilia, tasty fare, and “all the beers.” The place claims to be so much more than your average sports bar, offering hometown hospitality and a friendly local place to cheer on the home team with fellow Marshall devotees.