Burgers, wings and seafood are just a small taste of the options patrons have available at University Grille in downtown Shippensburg. This Shippensburg hotspot serves up delicious meals and beautiful scenery on their landscaped patio with a discount for the Ship family.

University Grille, or U Grille as locals refer to it, sits in the heart of downtown, less than a ten-minute walk from Shippensburg University.

Senior Jessica Brown is a big fan of their french fries. She stated, “I love that the fries are freshly made everyday.”

Freshman Brandon McNeil enjoys U Grille’s Wing Wednesdays. He goes on to say, “ The hot wings are the best in town, especially with the blue cheese and celery.”

I headed out to try this highly recommended hotspot, but before I left my apartment, I loaded money onto my Raider Bucks account so that I could take advantage of the 15% discount at U Grille.

When I arrived at U Grille on a picturesque fall day, I immediately noticed all the nods to the University in the decor; pictures of SU presidents hung proudly on the walls along with antique maps of campus and nautical themed items. I was greeted by a friendly host who walked me to the brick outside patio area for lunch.

I reviewed the extensive menu with a mix of home-made tavern and fine dining food, attempting to select an appetizer that really had a “WOW” factor. My knowledgeable, helpful waitress recommended a fall favorite, butternut squash with a sweet and salty sauce.

The squash was absolute perfection.  Fried in buttery breading and sitting on a flavorful pumpkin sauce, it was truly perfect for autumn. The two flavors and textures collided for a beautiful taste sensation.

For my meal, I ordered an 8-ounce Angus beef burger with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and smoked applewood bacon. The waitress told me the burgers at U Grille are legendary for their size, taste and presentation. When the burger reached my table it was too big to eat and looked too good to touch. After finding a way to dive into this humongous creation, the first bite was heaven; so tender and cooked perfectly.  The smoked applewood took it over the top, and again, made the flavors of this fall day come alive.

U Grille is one of the newest members of Shippensburg University’s Raider Bucks program, which offers discounts to Ship students, faculty, and staff at downtown partners. When I finished, the waitress took my plate and Shippensburg ID and scanned it with my bill. It was so easy to get 15%; all students should be using the program.

U Grille is the perfect spot to show your family around Shippensburg. As we wrap up the semester and head home to finish finals, don’t forget to stop in to grab one last meal at U Grille.

Faculty and staff can continue to take advantage of their Raider Bucks discounts all winter long by loading money onto their staff/faculty ID card.