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Breakfast Diners That Hit the Spot Near Axis Edwardsville

Some students are content eating cold cereal or toasted poptarts for breakfast every morning, but let’s face it, sometimes you want REAL breakfast foods and you don’t want to make them yourself. While the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area hosts the usual Denny’s, IHOP, and Cracker Barrel offerings, these chain restaurants might not be your first choice. Fortunately Edwardsville also boasts some awesome, family-owned, and very satisfying local breakfast diners near Axis.

Fiona’s Family Restaurant

Located on Main Street, right across from the courthouse, Fiona’s bought out the Sunrise Diner several years ago, but kept many of the regular patrons’ favorite dishes. Fiona’s serves breakfast all day (and night) as well as great lunch and dinner fare. This is a traditional family diner that focuses on low prices (seriously great prices), large portions, and real comfort food. Beyond the usual American diner fare, patrons will see several Greek and Greek-inspired dishes offered as well.

County Seat Cafe

This is a new offering in the Edwardsville area. Located at 316 Buchanan Street, the County Seat Cafe has been open since 2014. While many patrons gush over the biscuits and gravy being “just like grandma’s”, the real star of the breakfast menu is the breakfast burritos. The atmosphere is comfortable and homey. It isn’t unusual to see a fellow student studying while nursing a cup of coffee. County Seat Cafe is open 7am – 8pm and is a bit more moderately priced than Fiona’s, but has huge portions as well.

Sgt. Peppers

Also located on Main Street, Sgt. Peppers is known for its all-day breakfast menu, horseshoes, and awesome Beatles decor. If you’ve never had a horseshoe breakfast (or ponyshoe for those with smaller appetites), you are in for a real treat. Sgt. Peppers was opened in 2005 by SIUE alum Tarek Samara, importing recipes and atmosphere from his family’s Sgt. Peppers location in Springfield. The schedule may seem a bit odd: Sun-Wed 7am-3pm, Thurs-Sat 7am-8pm, but the food is well worth planning ahead for. 

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What Student Activities in Edwardsville Are Right for You?

Sometimes trying to find the right Student Activities in Edwardsville can make you feel lost at sea. Let us throw you a lifeline, as we guide you to just the right one for you. As you begin your search for the right activities, keep in mind that one of the best things about living in an Axis Edwardsville Luxury Student Apartment is that you’re never too far from the activities that take place on and nearby campus.

When it comes to student and family activities available on campus, Southern Illinois University’s Campus Activities Board hosts a number of family activities throughout the year that include trivia tournaments, casino and bingo nights, and even Sunday brunch from time to time.

For those who want to experience life around town, there are a number of entertainment venues that host regular activities year round. For example, in the summertime, there is a 10-week series of entertainment events like concerts and a wide range of ever-changing activities to enjoy in the City Park. In addition, if you need a little fun and entertainment during the school year, you’re in luck. From the Saturday morning marketplace to the Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville has no shortage of activities to keep you busy throughout the year.

So, whether you’re interested in getting involved in your school activities or simply looking for a place to call home near your school, you are sure to enjoy all the benefits of our luxury apartment community and its easy access to all of your favorite entertainment venues.

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Grab a Slice of Pizza Near Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

While the competition for the best pizza near Axis Student Living is a hotly debated topic among the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student body, there is one pizza spot that we feel outshines the rest: Peel Wood Fired Pizza.

Located a short drive from the apartment community, Peel offers authentic, gourmet pizza made in a real 800 degree wood-burning oven for a true Old World Italian bake. The name of the restaurant is taken from the “peel,” the wooden implement used to move pie after pie in and out of the hot oven, and speaks to the attention to detail paid by owners Patrick Thirion and Brandon Case.

The unique cooking method used at Peel results in a charred (not burnt!) bubble crust. Since the oven is so hot, the pizza takes a mere 90 seconds to cook, requiring lots of training to master. Fortunately, the chefs at Peel are experts at their craft. All the dough is made from scratch each day, and all the ingredients are sourced fresh by the two owners. The result is an incredibly tasty product.

The Peel brand also has, under it’s umbrella, a brewing company whose premium beers are offered on draft. Located a short drive away in O’Fallon, IL, a 10,000 square foot historic building houses a full dining and drinking experience, as well as a view (and tours) of the brew house and fermentation equipment.

Please contact us to learn more about the culture, cuisine and entertainment to be found near the Axis Student Living apartment community.


Live Theater: SIUE Spring Plays

Among the events and activities  at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are those of the Theater and Dance Department, which offer a vibrant set of plays and other performances every year. The main stage productions are free to students. They’d be great even if admission were charged, but free doesn’t hurt either, right?

The Spring 2016 season will feature one contemporary play and one classic from the ancient Greeks.

The contemporary play is Proof, about a family in which the father is a genius mathematician and the daughter a mathematician fearful that she has inherited his genius and inherited his madness.

Proof won both a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony award for Best Play (in 2001). It is frequently performed and was a film in 2005  that starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Although the play’s title derives from the fact that mathematical theorems are known as “proofs,” it is a meditation on how we ever know whether we have proof, and what constitutes proof.

The play will run February 17 through 21.

The second play, which will run April 20 through 23, is Euripides’ The Trojan Women. It is an antiwar play, in which the ancient city of Troy is sacked and burned by the Greeks and the Trojan women lament the loss of their husbands, sons, and brothers in war—as well as the loss of the capital city Troy itself.

The Trojan Women, as the web site notes, is one of the few ancient Greek plays to be produced with some frequency in the contemporary world. It was also made into a classic film in the 1970s, starring Katherine Hepburn and Vanessa Redgrave.

Don’t miss out on these two awesome productions, feel free to contact us for more information.