Hello fellow students and friends. This is the first of what I hope to be many food reviews here in the Student Review. My purpose in this review is to bring two things that I love together…food and people. I know how it feels to sit at home and wonder where you are going to take your ultra-hot date to eat this weekend; I know the persistent toggling between looking “expensively impressive” or “playing it safe and cheap”( sad but true). I know what it feels like to want to eat out with friends but be too poor to do it. I know the feeling of hating Ramen Noodles, but still downing a few packages. The facts are; One, tons of restaurants, snack stops, and just plain good eats exist here in Utah County; Two, there are tons of creative and awesome people, with unique ideas and tastes, looking for fun and, or fine dining. Have no fear…the review is here to try and line people up with their ideal eats.
How it works is I will try eats around the area and review them here in the Student Review. I will rate food eateries on the basis of five categories; cost ability, date ability, taste ability, social ability, and serviceability. Cost ability relates to all things financial about the place. Date ability has everything to do with the establishment’s compatibility with a good date. Taste ability is all about the food. Was it good? Greasy? Filling? Unique? Social ability deals in atmosphere and classiness. Lastly, serviceability is how good the service is in all aspects of making the experience good for you the customer. All ratings are submitted on a 1 to 5 scale…5 being “Holy Smokes that rocks my socks off!” and 1 being, “Let’s hit up a waffle house…gross!”
Mission one. Tonight was a visit to a Provo classic (drum roll please)…”The Malt Shoppe” on University Avenue. The Malt Shoppe is not new in most college circles. It is an old fashioned hamburger joint that serves up the classics. When I say classics I obviously mean burgers, shakes, fries and an occasional corn dog. Tonight, after a long day of study topped off with a three hour Chem 106 final, I could think of no better way to decompress than to drown my post-sorrows in an old fashioned shake. The food was good, the jukebox was cookin’ and people were present in abundance. My food choice consisted of the Pastrami Burger, a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shake with fries. Good stuff!!!
Cost ability 3-Burgers are a bit on the higher end of fast food, but that does not mean you’re not getting a good bang for your buck. Besides that, shakes and sides are about the same price wise as most sit in fast food places.
Date ability 3.5- If you are looking for a fun place, with a warm atmosphere, where you and a date can chat over good food this is your place. It fairly full on weekends and fairly empty on weekdays, but you will always have enough privacy to chat. Plus if conversation ever lags hit up the juke box and reset for more. The food is filling so I wouldn’t recommend eating here before an active activity like knife hunting or ultimate Frisbee. It’s a nice sit down and relaxed place…good for a “DTR.” Jokes
Taste ability 3.8-The food is solid…Burgers are classic and filling and do taste good. Fries are the weak- link but the Shakes more than make up for them. Try a Chocolate and Peanut Butter shake…mmmmm.
Social ability 4- Especially on weekends this place is pretty packed…I have never gone and not met someone I know there. The music and people make it a fun place to got whether on a date or with friends.
Serviceability 2.5-The one knock on the service is that it does take a bit of time to get your food on most occasions.
All in all I had a good time and I had some good food tonight and it was the perfect way to decompress after my last final. If you are looking for a good classic hamburger, a great shake, or just a jukebox stop on by the Malt Shoppe right off of campus on University Avenue. You will leave full and happy! That I can guarantee. Also if you have any places you would want me to check out just hit up my twitter or facebook.