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/crossword/ -- The new Rock & Roll crossword

I love the rockin' crossword puzzle!

August 11, 2011 at 6:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Best of Lawrence 2011: And the winners are...

I like La Prima Tazza except for 2 things:1) They are slow as molasses getting drinks made and 2) my big gripe, they still use styrofoam cups. I mean really, styrofoam? Gross.


Zen Zero, Gross. I've never gotten a decent meal there and I've tried it several times. Order a side of chicken there sometime to feed your child. You'll see what I'm talking about. The guy who served us last time sure was doing us a favor by actually speaking with us, or at least that was his definite vibe. You can go down the street to Encore Cafe and get a much better meal at a much better price with much better service (and, no, I don't work there).

March 8, 2011 at 6:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Great Guitarist...a YouTube Tribute

If Stevie Ray fans own his first album, the DO own a "real" blues record. In my experience with Stevie Ray Vaughan, which is very extensive, his die-hard fans are the ones who owned blues records long before the 'blues revival' of the 1980's. In fact, the very revival was spearheaded by Stevie Ray. Additional credit due to Robert Cray, but since he was inspired by Stevie and might not have gotten his first record out were it not for the success of Stevie in showing the blues can sell.
There are always some morons who think that a bluesman must be an alcoholic living in a trash can and playing out of tune to be a 'real' bluesman, but Stevie was no imitator. When BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Humbert Sumlin, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Muddy Waters, Luther Allison, and a host of other blues greats call YOU a great bluesman as they called Stevie Ray, then YOU can put him down. Until then, keep your 'not real blues' talk to yourself. Stevie played some rock, but his blues playing is unsurpassed by any of his contemporaries.
He was also a fine human being who helped many beat addiction. Thanks for an article about Stevie Ray!

October 8, 2006 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

La Tropicana

When you think of going here, just drive a half a block further and go to El Matador Cafe instead. The food here is overpriced. It tastes ok, but is nothing special. The staff is friendly and the place is usually clean. Don't waste your time on margaritas here. I split a pitcher with a co-worker and couldn't even tell I'd had any alcohol! A total ripoff. For the amount of money it costs to eat here, you can do much better. There is nothing outstanding on the menu anyway. Too expensive.

July 6, 2005 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

La Familia Cafe (Downtown)

I have eaten at La Familia since it was in a little tiny shack in North Lawrence. I enjoy the food, but the price of eating here has gone out of control. When new menus come out, the prices always skyrocket. One dish I enjoyed many times (2 emanadas w/ sides) went from around $6 to over $10! The prices are way too high. They are slow to clear tables when there are groups waiting to be seated. Service is variable as turnover in staff seems to be pretty regular. I enjoy the food, but for my money I feel that I get a lot better deal elsewhere.

July 6, 2005 at 4:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Odessa's Cafe

Service is only fair, but many of the staff are young. The portions are a bit chintzy, especially for the price you pay. The hours are strange and make it hard to get there for a decent evening meal. However, the food is really hard to beat. The only home-cooked type food in Lawrence. I recommend the chicken fried steak with brown gravy and macaroni and cheese! You'll love it!

July 6, 2005 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

PepperJax Grill

The sandwiches taste awful. The beef is SO salty that it is ruined. Since this is about all they offer, what more can be said? The staff was friendly, the atmosphere nothing special, but the food was terrible. My sandwiches were soggy, salty, and not enjoyable. The food also did not seem fresh. Not recommended unless you are on a junk food binge.

July 6, 2005 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Zen Zero

I have enjoyed the appetizers that I have had at Zen Zero, but I have never been served a decent meal at this restaurant. The service has been slow each of the several times I have eaten here. I could deal with this if it was worth the wait. Each time, both my wife and I were thoroughly disappointed with our meals. The portions were small and the food poorly prepared. Twice I have been served main dishes that were so poorly prepared I thought there must have been some sort of mistake.
I do enjoy this sort of cuisine, but this restaurant cannot prepare food well. The dishes are overpriced, which makes tipping for mediocre service even more painful! I wish I could recommend eating here, but I cannot.

July 6, 2005 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )