Pizza House has great pizza at a reasonable price. What's really special about this place is their subs. My aunt graduated from IUP in 1982 and still talks about Pizza House's hot roast beef subs. Although the food's great, I'd recommend them for take out more than sit in. Seating is available, but it's more "folded chair and card table" format than a real dining area.
Eat N Park is one of the most popular, family/college student priced resturants in Indiana. Meals are quality, fairly priced, and most often arrive quickly. Salad bar is always freshly stocked and waitresses are usually friendly. I've ran into a few hostesses though that seem more annoyed than pleased to serve though. Large parties, especially late at in the evening aren't always appriciated. I'd suggest calling ahead to arrange seating for more than 6. IUP students also recieve a 10% discount on their meals.
The co-op store located on the campus of IUP is much more than the college book store. The first part of the store is much more like a big name book and gift shop. There's a full coffee bar, numerous computers available for public use, leisure books, magazines, cds, cards, small gifts and snack food. The second half of the store applies more to the college crowd with any supply that could possibly be needed, IUP clothing, and obviously text books. I wouldn't attempt to shop here near the first week or so of a semester though, lines are unbearable.
PROS: Unique gifts, IUP clothing, variety, friendly service
CONS: prices, possibly long lines during semester start
Martins is where I do 95% of my grocery shopping. With prices that beat every other store in town (including walmart) and a great "yellow lighting" atmosphere, they appear to be a classier choice than other options. Their prices on flowers are incredible, and produce is really fresh. Also, the almost always have plenty of cashiers on hand so that the lines really aren't a hassle. They also offer triple coupons about once a month which allows customers to get some free to almost free items with coupons from Sunday inserts. Martins is located in "Regency Mall" near Vally Dairy.
PROS: Self Check-Out, 24 hours, double coupons
In a town which rolls up the sidewalks at 5pm, Sheetz is the best place for midnight cravings. Gas, groceries, snacks, cigs. and coffee are all offerings along with the MTO sandwiches. This location, (near 4th street) is always open, but not crowded by the student popluation at night like many other locations in town. Another nice feature is that all locations have a security gaurd on staff at night to help with safety concerns.
Obviously "Comfort Inn" isn't your 5 star hotel, but it's probably about what you'd expect. Rooms are clean and well maintained, and the price isn't outragous. This location includes an indoor pool which isn't huge, but nice for a relaxing dip. When we arrived, the pool's heater hadn't been on for quite a while so they had to heat it up for us. The kids were upset about the wait. The "exercise room" advertised isn't much - two machines at best. But, the breakfast includes waffles, doughnuts and coffee - for free.
Although my hair cut was as much as I'd expected on my visit to Regis in Indiana Mall, they offered no student discount (as many other Regis's do) and the woman cutting my hair talked to her boyfriend who was visiting the entire time. The price is in general around $23 after tax for what I believe to be an "average" cut. Although it may have just been my personal experience, I certainly don't plan on visiting this location again.
Olive Garden is a great place to go for a special dinner or a casual lunch. There's usually about a 20-30 minute wait on weekend evenings, but for the great food, in a somewhat upscale setting - at a reasonable price, it's worth the wait! This location also has a bar, and Barnes and Noble's is close by if you need something to occupy yourself while you wait!
This fast food resturant is one of the few places available to eat in the Indiana Mall - which appearantly means that they can skimp on service because of their monopoly. Long lines, few employees, long wait times, and cold food are often features of this Wendy's location. That's not to mention higher prices which are also allowed because of their monopoly. On my last visit, I even called the corp. offices to recieve a replacement meal coupon because of such poor service. What a shame...
Benjamins is a great little unknown of Western PA. The victorian home turned resturant has beautiful atmosphere with dining in at least four of the large rooms. There's also a bar, and space for private dining. Food has won many local awards, and service is always strong. There's also patio seating for warm weather. Food is usually a little pricy, and bussiness casual attire would be most appropriate.