Sports date a sure fire winner in Walla Walla

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In the world of stereotypes, all women hate all sports.

It’s a good thing we don’t live in the stereotypical world, isn’t it? Many couples enjoy watching sports together, and I have several female friends who are the more enthusiastic sports fan in their relationships.

Winter is the heart of football and basketball seasons, so why not enjoy a game — along with a little food and drink — on a sports date?

Looking to catch a regional college football game? The new Pac 12 Network is the only way to watch Oregon, OSU, WSU or UW. Luckily, there are several options in Walla Walla: The Den Pizzeria, Laht Neppur Ale House, Marcy’s Bar & Lounge and Ming Court Chinese Cuisine & Lounge. They all show games on wall-mounted flat screens and feature a wide variety of food and drink options.

The Den Pizzeria, just relocated from College Place to Garden City Center at 119 W. Alder St., offers delicious pizza, pasta and salads, plus beer on tap and by the bottle. They also make an outstanding gluten-free crust. Both bar and table seating is available. If you can’t find a sitter, The Den is a great option to bring the kids along — Garden City Center is the new home to several businesses, including a small video game arcade.

Laht Neppur Ale House, at 35 S. Spokane St., has a great pub grub menu featuring pulled pork sandwiches, bratwurst, pizzas, and even hummus with veggies. They serve it up with locally-brewed hefeweizen, ales, porter, stout and fun seasonal offerings. And you can throw your peanut shells on the floor!

Marcy’s Café & Lounge, 35 S. Colville St., specializes in martinis but has a full array of draft and bottled beers. The recent transition of the food side of the operation to a full-service café means many more options for Marcy’s customers, from nachos and tacos to burgers and pizzas.

Ming Court Chinese Cuisine & Lounge, 1533 Isaacs Ave., shows games in the bar, where the full restaurant menu is also available. Vegetarian and vegan options abound at this local favorite.

Of course, all the above are great places to watch NFL games on Sundays. Or Mondays. Or the occasional Thursday.

Add to the list Stone Hut Bar & Grill, 1427 Plaza Way, and Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, 25 W. Alder St. — two locations under the same ownership with great game-day menus and specials. Stone Hut is open for breakfast if you’d like to catch the early games.

Looking for a little live action? Our local college basketball teams — men’s and women’s — at Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College play most weekends. Full season schedules are on the athletic home pages at www.whitman.edu and www.wwcc.edu.

Remember that date night doesn’t have to be fancy or formal. Go out and cheer on your favorite team, celebrate your hometown rivalry, share the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.

The most romantic date can be doing something that you both enjoy — as long as you do it together!

Jennifer Northam is events and public relations manager for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. She can be reached at 529-8755 or jennifer@downtownwallawalla.com .

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