So, I don’t know about you, but one of my greatest priorities in life is food.
Literally, there’s nothing I look forward to more in my day than what I will be eating for lunch and dinner. I don’t eat breakfast, I know, I know, it’s the most important meal of the day but so is every other meal I have.
Since I know I’m not the only one out there who rides for food as hard as I do, I thought it’d be cool to write about one of my favorite places to eat in town: Lou’s. Don’t let the phrase “in town” fool you, the quaint town of Hanover has a “downtown” that refers to a small set of blocks across the street of Dartmouth’s entrance. Freshman year when someone mentioned to me that CVS was “in town” I thought I would have to borrow a car to drive 20 minutes, when it turned out to be a brisk walk from the Green.
I digress, Lou’s is the place to eat, I’m serious! Lou’s Restaurant has been serving smiles (and delicious noms) since 1947…at least that’s what it says on their website. Lou’s has such a great array of home style breakfast and lunch foods, if I could afford to eat every single meal there, I would.
My favorite part of going to Lou’s are the traditions tied to it. Since it’s been in Hanover for such a long time, it has become student staple for weekend brunches, birthday cakes, and Lou’s challenges. What’s the Lou’s challenge? You will find that here at Dartmouth, students are really invested in their education. Sometimes, a student will have to pull what is known as an allnighter–staying up into the grim hours of dusk and watching the sunrise as they review their last set of notes or write the last page of their paper. To subdue the tiredness and zombie-like state they are in, they will go to Lou’s for breakfast and be comforted by warm pancakes and french toast, and savory eggs and potatoes. Sometimes, students just try to stay up all night to do the Lou’s challenge since it’s a really cool tradition.
Most of my favorite things to do in Hanover and at Dartmouth center around the traditions that already exist. Accomplishing these traditions make me feel closer to the years past. As a senior graduating in a couple of weeks, I can admit that I’ve been trying to cross off as many traditions, or traditional activities (who wants to go canoeing with me?) before the time comes where I have to temporarily depart from a place I’ve called home for the past four years.