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The Orient Vietnamese Cuisine

I must say I'm impressed with the Orient's face lift. Very nice signage, they cleaned off their office from the front two tables and they've made a real effort to step things up a bit. Nancy still has her yelling fits but all in all I really dig their food and am glad they are trying to improve things. The wait service has always been great as well.

November 9, 2005 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teller's

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February 24, 2005 at 3:22 p.m. ( )

Wa

I just moved from a very large city with a tremendous selection of sushi restaurants, so by default I have a bit of the snob factor on my side. I was thrilled to find out Lawrence had a new sushi restaurant downtown two years ago, knowing my husband and I would eventually be moving back to Lawrence.
For a sushi restaurant in a small city, I was impressed on a few levels, not so much on others. I found that the specialty rolls/sushi on the menu were creative and for the most part, very tasty. In fact, it is probably the most creative menu I have encountered to date for a sushi venue. One of the most annoying things, however, is the fact that they do not have a check sheet for the sushi/rolls/sashimi items. Every other sushi restaurant I have been to provides this option. Curious as to why they do not supply this to their customers. They always seem oblivious to the fact that these exist when I've inquired about them in the past. Oh well.
I've found the service to be spotty as well. About two weeks ago I stepped in to order take out over lunch. The server seemed disturbed over me wanting to order lunch to go and noted that it would be at least 30 minutes before I could receive my order because there was a table of four that just arrived. Mind you, this was the only other table with patrons in the restaurant at the time. I left. This server has also often reminded patrons of the witching hour 15 minutes before closing and seemed upset that a customer would be in the establishment a few minutes before closing. Rushing your customer out the door is not a great way to maintain your client base. Of course I say this and the last time we went the service was excellent.
All in all, a good place to get sushi- especially in a small city in the middle of Kansas!

January 26, 2005 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Orient Vietnamese Cuisine

It is a shame that the owner is so unprofessional. The other evening I went to the Orient to order take out. Nancy, the owner, was very audibly yelling at some poor bastard on the other end of the line. I was floored by this action, trying to understand how she could rationalize this as a proper behavior in front of her customers. She wasn't just talking loudly, she was yelling. Loudly. Very loudly. This went on for at least fifteen minutes. I was about two steps away from walking out but liked what I had ordered too much to abandon it.
So, Nancy, quit it! I would love to support your establishment but you make it difficult.

January 14, 2005 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Orient Vietnamese Cuisine

It is a shame that the owner is so unprofessional. The other evening I went to the Orient to order take out. Nancy, the owner, was very audibly yelling at some poor bastard on the other end of the line. I was floored by this action, trying to understand how she could rationalize this as a proper behavior in front of her customers. She wasn't just talking loudly, she was yelling. Loudly. Very loudly. This went on for at least fifteen minutes. I was about to steps away from walking out but liked what I had ordered too much to abandon it.
So, Nancy, quit it! I would love to support your establishment but you make it difficult.

January 14, 2005 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Love and Rockets

me loves me some auntie m!

December 9, 2004 at 10:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Let's Go Sexin'!

seems as if calling the box office isn't exactly the most proactive way of attacking the "liberty doesn't get good movies" situation. perhaps the individual(s) actually in charge of obtaining the films for the venue. it's kind of like yelling at a cashier for the grocery store not having a particular item in stock. their underpaid and don't give a shit. sorry. the complaining thing and then not attacking the situation in a way that could actually accomplish something is difficult to understand. a waste of energy and time. hurting others' ears. speaking of proactive, perhaps you should move to a place that doesn't make your soul suffer so much? i'm sure their are many places in this fine world that would feed you, allowing you to enjoy life a bit more.

October 9, 2004 at 5:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fan music

i second the comments of brotherskeeper

April 28, 2004 at 12:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's the little things

Quiet winter nights. The cool, crisp air was as still as could be; large snowflakes fell slowly while being softly illuminated by the streetlights. So quiet. So peaceful. Hmm... guess that's one of the reasons i'll be moving back!

January 8, 2004 at 7:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Paradise Cafe

I'm sorry to find out about the demise of the Paradise Cafe. I have heard about it's tainted history with past ownership, etc. You would think that an establishment such as the Paradise might just be invincible because of the local support and ravings it received, not to mention how long it had been in existence. What a shame that poor management was able to shutter its doors and possibly twist it's identity into something that Lawrence doesn't need much more of- a bar. If anything, by turning the Paradise into a bar the owner has created more competition for himself than he would have had as a strongly supported locally owned legendary restaurant. I am sure he will find this out if/when he attempts it. I almost laughed when I read that the current owner thought that the failure was due to restaurant competition (I would have laughed if I wouldn't have been so pissed). If anything, there is a lack of competition in the restaurant industry (in Lawrence), and the city could always use a new dining concept to tempt its palate.
I currently live in large city, and it is so frustrating to see so many potential concepts flop because the "entrepreneur" hasn't taken the time to develop a concept and business plan. Something as simple as poor location, not thinking about your target market, or say, turning a legendary restaurant into a mediocre rock bar is a predictable road to failure.
Please, Mr. Owner, sell the poor bastard to someone who is truly interested in running a successful restaurant and allowing it to shine with all of the potential that it has (had?). I hope that the community fights like it always has for the Paradise, and I look forward to seeing the new and improved Paradise cafe RESTAURANT on Mass. when I move back to Lawrence next year...

December 23, 2003 at 6:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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