Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:21 PM by Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jan 2, 2014 11:07 PM
STILLWATER, Okla. - Most college towns in America have that quintessential bar or restaurant that fans and alumni pack like sardines on a gameday.
Mizzou fans and alumni like to head to establishments like Shakespeare's or Harpo's in downtown Columbia on crisp fall Saturdays.
For Oklahoma State fans, the place to be is Eskimo Joe's.
Eskimo Joe's got started in 1975 and is just a few blocks away from Boone Pickens Stadium and Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Oklahoma State campus.
Before basketball and football games, fans come for the mainstays: cheese fries and milkshakes. Both of those items have earned savory marks of satisfaction from Food Network programs like Unwrapped.
They also come for the atmosphere.
Two hours before each Oklahoma State football game, the marching band visits Eskimo Joe's and plays the fight songs.
Garrett Pezant is a greeter at "Joe's." The goal here is to get customers to smile as big as Eskimo Joe himself before they leave.
Pezant said it will be hard to find a seat Friday when Eskimo Joe's hosts its Cotton Bowl watch party.
Pezant said fans will let out big "Go Pokes" cheers when the Cowboys score or make a big play in Friday night's game.