» By CONOR SCRUTON – cscruton@my.apsu.edu

Along-time hallmark of APSU’s student culture is Johnny’s Big Burgers, a restaurant across College Street at the southwest corner of campus.

Popular partially for its proximity to campus, Johnny’s is also famous among APSU students for its great burgers, old-time diner atmosphere and one specialty menu item in particular: the “bun and cream.”

The bun and cream is a fried honey bun with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and has been a Johnny’s delicacy for years. After a semester at the Peay, I had been to Johnny’s before to satisfy a burger fix, though I had never tried a bun and cream. However, as the rest of The All State staff informed me, “You’re not a Gov until you’ve had one.” So, taking my editor’s word for it, I ventured out across campus in the biting wind of the Martin Luther King Day holiday to get my first bun and cream.

If you haven’t been to Johnny’s at all, as a freshmen APSU student it’s practically your duty to go before you graduate (preferably sooner rather than later). It’s a cool place where you can sit in a booth and have dinner with friends or grab a bar stool for a quick bite. Their burgers are great and it’s been a popular hangout spot among students for years.

When I finally got inside and ordered my first bun and cream, I was optimistic, but not overly so. I like honey buns and ice cream, so I was sure it would taste alright even in the worst case scenario.

Let me make it clear, though, that having tried one, I would probably eat a bun and cream with every meal for the rest of my life if I could. The only things standing in my way would be the massive weight gain that would surely follow and the fact, sadly, I plan on eventually graduating. Also worth noting is the fact after tax, I still paid barely $2 for it, a price greatly appreciated by my poor college student’s wallet.
The Johnny’s bun and cream was a perfect quick dessert and has rightfully earned its legendary status among APSU students through the years. I’m sure most students who have joined me in enjoying a bun and cream would agree it’s a must-have for any true Governor. As for the students who haven’t tried one, what are you waiting for? TAS