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Sin Eating

Of Merge

Soon you'll be pulling all-nighters finishing assignments for that tough class you have to ace.

Yeah, right.

More realistically, you'll probably be up past the bewitching hours pounding brews and streaking through the campus quad a la Will Ferrell in Old School.

Either way, you'll need grub to sustain you on those late, late nights.

Where can a starving college student find late-night delights?

Merge has assembled a guide to the greatest places to gorge at when most of the Valley is asleep.

Happy nocturnal noshing. And don't blame us if you gain the freshman 15.

Lafayette College
Pizza places "on the hill" close by 11 p.m., at the latest. But that doesn't stop the late-night binge on campus.

According to 23-year-old grad student Dan Ruch, the closest and most popular place to eat after midnight is the 24-hour WaWa.

"During event weekends WaWa can be a mob scene late at night. There are lots of people who have done lots of drinking hooting and hollering. Fights even break out occasionally," he says.

Those who want the food without the drama can take a short drive into town and visit the Wendy's, Burger King and Taco Bell late-night drive-thrus.

Or, if you're feeling inclined to fix your own food, head to the 24-hour Giant supermarket in Forks Township.

Lehigh University/Moravian College
Nick Cramsey, a Lehigh grad student, says the best places to relieve your midnight munchies in Bethlehem are Pantry One (open 24 hours), Casa Mia (open until 2 a.m.) and Wendy's (drive-thru open until 1 a.m.).

But he cautions students to time their munching right. "When you go anywhere between 1 and 2:30 [in the morning], traffic picks up. During finals Pantry One is busy all the time. You could walk in there at three in the morning and it could feel like the afternoon," he says.

Cramsey also says that ordering from Dominos Pizza (open until 1 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends) and Lehigh Pizza (open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends) is very popular.

"When I lived in Campus Square there was always a Dominoes truck parked outside. It was great because they delivered right to your door," he says.

Muhlenberg College
Midnight munching is more difficult for Muhlenberg students, according to senior Meredith Williams.

"You basically have to drive everywhere. You could walk, but the whole situation around here changes at night and there are dark streets that just aren't walker-friendly," she says.

But 'Bergers brave enough to venture out tend to get their food fix at WaWa, the Hamilton Family Diner and Wegmans.

WaWa and the Ham-Fam (as locals call it) are closest to campus and open 'round the clock.

The Ham-Fam is a favorite among the post-party crowd. "That's a big one for drunken people. They can just stumble through Cedar Beach] park to get there," says Williams.

Sober students can cruise to Wegmans on Tilghman Street, where the hook is the bulk candy bins full of sugary substances. There are also pre-made sandwiches, soups and salads available at all hours.

If you don't want to worry about walking or driving, stay put and order pizza from Papa Johns, which delivers until 1 a.m. on weekends.

DeSales University
DeSales students who want to nosh at night have to drive to Quakertown. There, the best places for late-night snacking are 24-hour establishments, the Quakertown Family Restaurant, with home-style cooking and baked goods made daily on the premises, and John's Plain and Fancy Restaurant, a diner-esque joint.

Plain and Fancy owner John Pittas says the 350-seater restaurant gets so packed on weekends, students sometimes have to wait for a table. The draw? The restaurants' breakfasts, which he calls, "the best in town."

For students unwilling to spend time on a sit-down meal, in Quakertown there are late-night fast-food drive-thrus: Burger King (open 24 hours), Wendy's (open until 1 a.m.) and McDonald's (open until 2 a.m.)

As for special deliveries, DeSales students are out of luck. "We're in a cornfield," says Student Activities Director Lisa Scheeler. "Very few places deliver here, even during regular hours."

Kutztown University
K-town students in the mood for food visit the Airport Diner (open 24-hours) or Momma's Pizza (eat-in and delivery service until 12:30 a.m. during the week and 2:30 a.m. on weekends).

Turkey Hill 24-hour mini-mart is also a popular choice for ravenous night owls, especially after the bars let out. According to an employee who frequently works the graveyard shift, drunken students' choice of chow ranges from cereal to hot dogs, to ice cream to beef jerky. Mmm.

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