It’s time for our postseason awards, including the big list, the 2013-14 all-dining team. After researching some new places and re-visiting old favorites, I’ve compiled the top spots that I’ve hit on the road with the UND men’s hockey team this season.
FIRST TEAM (pizza places, no particular order)
1. T. Anthony’s Pizza, Boston. Great place just a couple of blocks from the arena. Has a college hockey flavor inside. I ate an entire pizza by myself.
2. Erbelli’s Pizza, Kalamazoo, Mich. Not too far down the road from Lawson, Erbelli’s came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint.
3. Will’s Pizza, Oxford, Ohio. Pizza-by-the-slice place near campus. It was popular and I can see why. Had to go back and get seconds.
4. SDS, Oxford, Ohio. Solid take out/delivery place that I hit upon getting to town. Not as good as Will’s, but I still enjoyed.
5. Deek’s Pizza, Grand Forks. Obviously.
SECOND TEAM (restaurants, no particular order)
1. Cherry Cricket, Denver. An old favorite. Went there twice on this extended stay in Denver. The Cricket burger is a must.
2. Upstream Brewing Company, Omaha. They had a breakfast buffet going on Sunday afternoon when we hit this favorite Omaha stop. I over-ate. Good sign.
3. Paesano’s Pasta House, Oxford, Ohio. This came highly recommended by Dave Starman and it didn’t disappoint. Small place. Get there early or you won’t get a spot. Smells great. Outstanding authentic Italian food.
4. Chili’s, Minneapolis airport. My favorite chain restaurant. And when they are willing to break their rules and bring out chips and salsa for me at 9 a.m. on a layover back from Grand Rapids, it certainly earns a spot on the all-Schlossman team.
5. Parrot’s Cay, Grand Forks. For those visiting town, it’s a must. I’ve ordered their cajun pasta with chicken this season so many times that they know my name now when I call in take-out.
THIRD TEAM (bars, no particular order)
1. Bleacher Bar, Boston. Located inside the center field wall at Fenway Park. Greatest bar setting ever? I think so. We went there twice.
2. Bar 209, Bemidji. Met Bemidji Pioneer writer Jack Hittinger there and this is a hidden gem. The 209 burger is a mix of sausage and hamburger meat. So good. And the cheese curds are the best I’ve ever had.
3. Cheers, Boston. Where everyone knows your name. A must.
4. Rathskeller, Duluth. This is a bar underneath Tycoon’s. You have to go to the back and take an elevator down to level -1. It used to be the old jail. Really unique setting, cool lighting, very comfortable chairs, quiet enough to be able to have conversations.
5. D.J.’s Dugout, Omaha. I’ve been to D.J.’s more times than most places in Grand Forks in the last two years. Good place to watch games. Great location close to the arena and hotels. Food isn’t anything special, but it’s good enough.
Cherry Cricket. I don’t foresee myself making many trips to Denver without stopping at The Cricket.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
T. Anthony’s Pizza. Not sure when UND will be back in Boston, but I’ll definitely be making a stop at T. Anthony’s again when UND does go back.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Brian Kelley. Boston University’s SID took us/recommended three places on this list, so he edges out Western Michigan SID Adam Bodnar and Hittinger as coach of the year. After Kelley brought us to center field at Fenway, we started feeling a little bad. He comes to Grand Forks and we take him to Kelly’s Bar. We go to Boston and he takes us to Fenway and Cheers.