Food trucks have slowly begun to take over the nation and Happy Valley is no exception. Between “Food Truck Rally in the Valley” and “Food Truck Fiesta” in Downtown State College, it was only a matter of time before Penn State created their own truck for students to enjoy on campus. Operated by Penn State Food Services, University Park rolled out their first official food truck coined “the Rolling Lion” a few weeks ago for the annual white-out football game weekend against Ohio State on Sept. 29.
If you’re looking to satisfy your hunger with a meal besides the same old stadium food, the Rolling Lion will fulfill your needs. Although simple, the menu focuses on Penn State classics and classic football comfort food. The two main dishes include the “Line Backer,” a sandwich consisting of slow roasted, top-round beef thinly sliced on top of a warm sub roll, with chili cheese sauce and homemade barbecue “redzone” sauce, and the “Gridiron,” a thin, hot or sweet Italian sausage served on a toasted breadstick. “Kickin’ Fries” which are seasoned fries, chips, Penn State Bakery’s famous chocolate chip cookies and Pepsi products will be served alongside the sandwiches as well.
The truck has been stationed along Curtin Road between the Agricultural Administration building and Yellow R parking lot, a perfect spot to escape the craziness surrounding Beaver Stadium for your mid-tailgate snack. With roaring success during Ohio State weekend, the truck plans to be at the last games of the season as well as other campus-wide events in the hopes that it becomes a Penn State tradition for both students and alumni to enjoy.
Although this is University Park’s first food truck to roll on campus, Penn State Behrend had the “Behrend Clipper” appear on their campus last August. The Clipper moves around campus from breakfast until late night on Monday to Friday every week, with students flocking to order their favorite sandwiches between class periods. For a look at Behrend’s food truck offerings watch this video.
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