Battle Of The Bites: Late Night Food

Big Mamma’s

Big Mamma’s Burritos is one of the most popular places in Athens to grab a late night bite. With an impressive menu full of unconventional burrito ingredients, Big Mamma’s has the recipe for burrito bliss.

Big Mamma’s is approaching its 10-year anniversary. Quinn Schaller, the owner , graduated from Ohio University in 2002. When Schaller was 25 he moved back to his college town to open his restaurant.

“When Big Mamma’s started we had two menu items,” he said. “We now have over 10 burritos to choose from, all created in combination with customers and employees.”

Big Mamma’s isn’t just a favorite of college students, but alumni also love hitting up Big Mamma’s when returning to the bricks.

“Every weekend I hear about alumni or old employees stopping by,” Schaller said, “but that is the down side of the success. I am not behind the counter making the burritos and interacting with the customers like I used to.”

As Big Mamma’s continues to grow, so does its menu.

“We always try new menu items but we haven’t had one that has struck gold,” Schaller said but we do have one that is pretty close that I am hoping will be released before the end of the school year.” Rumor is it has something to do with sriracha.

Big Mamma’s, 10 S. Court Street Athens, Ohio, is open Mon.- Sun. 11a.m. to 3 p.m.


Bagel and Deli

This local late night bagel shop began in Oxford in 1975. Bagel and Deli is right up town and has been in the same location for the past 40 years.

Gary Franks , co-owner of Bagel and Deli said he thinks the restaurant is popular because the food taste good, it’s open late, and the owners are native to Oxford.

“We have reached the point that we have been here long enough we are like an institution in Oxford,” he said. “People have generally heard about us before they have come to school here.”

Bagel and Deli offers late night delivery  from 5 p.m. – midnight on weekdays and 11 a.m.- midnight on weekends. Bagel and Deli is at 119 E High St, Oxford, Ohio.


D.P. Dough

D.P. Dough began with Penny Haley’s food truck at the 1983 Big E Fair in Springfield, Mass. Penny and her son Dan sold calzones out of the truck. Four years later, after witnessing the truck’s popularity, Dan opened a retail and delivery location.  Dan sold calzones (all with unique names ending in Zone) to the students of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

For the next 25 years, according to the company website, former D.P. Dough employees or customers who had a passion for the product opened franchises across the country. These franchises “operated in essence as independent restaurants, sharing only the name and the calzones-only concept.” But in 2010, an Ohio University graduate who loved Athens’ location so much he bought it, started the process of building a nationwide brand.

Matt Crumpton, an Ohio University alum who ate about 100 D.P. Dough calzones during his four years in Athens, purchased the D.P. Dough location in Athens. After owning and operating the Athens location for about six months the Crumpton’s purchased the D.P. Dough brand and continue to open D.P. Doughs at college-based towns around the U.S.

The Athens D.P. Dough makes $12,000-$16,000 on an average weekend and estimated $900,000-$1,000,000 in sales for 2014. As the famous college chain continues to grow, so does their menu. Assistant General Manager Emily Vega said, “Before the next school year customers should see new wings sauces and a new calzone.” Vega also announced in less than a month the D.P. Dough Franchise will be releasing a new online ordering mobile site.

D.P. Dough,  374 Richland Ave. Athens, Ohio, is open Mon-Wed: 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.
;Thurs: 4 p.m. – 4 a.m.
; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.; 
Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.


The famous chili spaghetti began in 1949, when Nicholas Lambrinides’ dream came true, and he opened his first restaurant overlooking the skyline of Cincinnati, Ohio. Lambrinides began serving his secret recipes to customers and the franchise took off. The famous late night chain made its way to Miami University’s Campus in 1989 and has been open for 26 years.

The Oxford Skyline does not offer late night delivery but students come crawling to their late night walk up window on Tuesday and Wednesday nights when it is open midnight to 3 a.m. When the walk up window is closed stop in for a quick dine in meal from 10:30 a.m. -10p.m. Monday- Wednesday & Sunday; or 10:30a.m.- 3a.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The Skyline at Miami University is at 1 E High St # A, Oxford, Ohio.


GoodFella’s Pizza

The Athens GoodFella’s was bought in 1995 and is currently owned by Kyle Walker and Shawn Richie.

GoodFella’s pizza serves a hand-tossed, New York-style pizza by the pie or by the slice. The dough is made fresh every morning, and sauces are also made in-house. It’s a quick-service restaurant where diners can order a small pizza at the counter or they can get pizza by the slice.

GoodFella’s in Athens, OH has two locations; 6 W. Union St. open everyday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. and 35 North Court St. open everyday from 8 p.m.- 3a.m.

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