When traveling on business, comfort and convenience are usually the two key factors when looking for a place to stay. And, a big part of being comfortable is finding great dining close to your hotel.

Thankfully at Lion Country Lodging’s hotel properties, there is no shortage of terrific places to eat that are close to each location.

Here are several can’t miss restaurants when you’re in State College for business. 

Restaurants Near Lion Country Lodging Hotels

Carnegie inn & Spa Dining

Dining at the Carnegie Inn & Spa is sure to take some stress out of your business trip. Relax in the morning with hearty breakfast, or settle down in the evening with a cocktail with clients in one of the inn’s fireside nooks while your meal is prepared. A meal at the Carnegie Inn & Spa will impress your co-workers and clients and is sure to help you close that business deal.

Did we mention their extensive wine list? Amazing! Wine connoisseurs will not be disappointed. (Map)

Make a dining reservation

Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering

Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering is urban yet casual and locally owned. Chef Harrison and the rest of his staff take great pride in serving food made only from the freshest local ingredients.

If your palate is clamoring for a little intrigue, then Harrison’s is the place for you. Chef Harrison creates California-style fusion foods, which are dishes that combine many different layers of flavor from a variety of cultures. (Map)

Mad Mex

Mad Mex is located directly next to the Days Inn Penn State in downtown State College. You can’t go wrong with one of Mad Mex’s belly-busting burritos. Even if you’re not hungry, Mad Mex is a great place to relax as it’s home to great drink specials and the margaritas are second to none. (Map)


When staying at the Nittany Budget Motel, Gigi’s is the best place to have a business lunch or dinner. Sample their variety of soups, salads and sandwiches or their pasta and pizza specialties. Working late? Gigi’s has a late-night menu with classics such as grilled cheese and tomato soup, zesty chicken sandwich and boneless buffalo wings. (Map)

Mario’s Italian Restaurant

Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Mario’s, which sits immediately outside the Quality Inn. Mario’s proudly makes its own sauces daily and its signature sauce is their original vodka sauce.

With more than 500 flavors of Italian wine on Mario’s wine list, it’s easy to see why they’ve earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five years running. (Map)

The Waffle Shop - Also near the Quality Inn

The Waffle Shop is a State College staple that all locals rave about. For some Penn State alumni, a visit to State College is not complete without a stop in the Waffle Shop. Open for breakfast (which is served all day) and lunch, The Waffle Shop serves up enormous pancakes, waffles and other breakfast delicacies all for very affordable prices. Their banana pancakes and strawberry waffles coated in fluffy whipped cream are just two of their sensational breakfast items. Lunch items include burgers, chicken sandwiches, cheesteaks and salads.     (Map)

HoneyBaked Ham Co & Café

Stop in to the HoneyBaked Ham Co & Café for a variety of mouthwatering sandwiches, salads and homestyle sides. The HoneyBaked Ham Café is less than a minute from the State College Super 8. Sample their lean, smoked, spiral sliced ham on a variety of sandwiches including melts and club sandwiches. (Map)

Home Delivery Pizza Pub - Also Near the Super 8

Home Delivery Pizza Pub is one of the most popular pizza joints in State College, yet it serves so much more than pizza. In addition to their Sicilian pies, they serve more than 12 specialty pizzas. Not craving pizza? Choose from burgers, subs, paninis, salads, Pittsburgh-style sandwiches and more, Home Delivery’s menu is enormous. Read it for yourself here.  (Map)

Brewsky’s Bottle Shops

Not in the mood to venture out, but would rather hang out in your room? Check out Brewsky’s Bottle Shops for a wide variety of brews and more. There are locations next to the Super 8, Days Inn Penn State and Nittany Budget Motel! 

Visit Lion Country Lodging

Carnegie Inn & Spa - (814) 234-2424

100 Cricklewood Drive State College, PA 16803 

Days Inn Penn State - (814) 238-8454

240 S. Pugh Street State College, PA 16801 

Hilton Garden Inn - (814)-272-1221

1221 East College Avenue State College, PA 16801 

Nittany Budget Motel - (814) 238-0015

2070 Cato Avenue State College, PA 16801 

Quality Inn State College - (814) 234-1600

1274 North Atherton Street State College, PA 16803 

Super 8 - (814) 237-8005

1663 S. Atherton St State College, PA 16801