Voted best of Lawrence 2013 mexican food and highly disagree. I'm a lawrence native and I looked at the best of Lawrence list and laughed. This list is an abomination so I've come here to destroy it. The food as El Mezcal is just as any other sit down, oven food mexican restaurant I've ever been to. The chips are a mild attraction with how big they are, but you could easily have just as good of food at Salty Iguana. The atmosphere at both locations is loud and conducive to white noise making it hard to have a decent sit down meal. The true attraction of this place is the margaritas, fast seating and service. For authentic mexican I would suggest Tortoise Jalisco on 6th street. It has way better authentic food in general. I give this place 3 stars based on the fact that the food isn't the best authentic mex in Lawrence even, the atmosphere is too crowded and noisy that no one would want to come here to relax. Down with the best of Lawrence 2013 list.
Can't believe it won best in Lawrence. I am a Lawrence Native and remember a more ma and pa down town Lawrence with less commercial places or sit down restaurants. Sylas & Maddy's comes straight out of that time as well. I must say that the ice cream is alright, by now I've probably tried all of it at some point in time. However, it's not the kind of home made ice cream I enjoy. It literally is just as good as Baskin Robins or hell even the frozen yogurt places Orange Leaf and that one on 23rd. The point being, it doesn't taste like home made ice cream from that barrel you use outside with handle cranking action. So what is so great about this place? Location. After Ben and Jerry's closed and Baskin Robins, this is literally one of the only type of these stores left aside from coldstone, which is a whole nother story. The people who work in Sylas and Maddy's god they act small town Kansas like time stands still. They are so slow. I went there once for a limeaid, this guy tried to cut it in half without a cutting board and dropped it on the floor and told me it was the last lime, so I asked for lemonade and he did the same thing again. Then he couldn't even scoop me ice cream and that is only one example of their service. Plus it's always busy, a mega negative for me cause I don't like waiting 30 minutes to get ice cream that's just as good as anywhere else.
I can't believe it was voted the best sandwich in Lawrence. The sandwiches are good, but they are easily just as good as any deli sandwiches. Being a self conscious eater, the meat is definitely not good quality. The chicken is in cubes. Have you ever seen an animal that it's meat can be cut into nice even cubes? yeah, didn't think so. The meat is bad not even in a bad but tastes good kind of way. It's more like "bad and tastes pretty plain with out sauce even when it has some" kind of way. Sun dried tomatoes are the great thing about this place, but it's a one trick pony kind of place. I like the walls. It's as atmospherically pleasing as any deli sandwich shop. They need to somehow organize the lines though. Always busy. 2 stars for an it's alright, but subway, quiznos, pickelmans are just as good or better. The meat thing keeps it from 3 stars.
I used to really, really love this place. It has great rice bowls. The noodle bowls are always iffy. Great for vegetarians though I'm not one so I've tried everything. The ice cream is pretty good if you like asian ice cream. What I don't like is I miss the quaint feeling I got from it when they use to play asian music and it felt like a relaxing lunch or dinner cafe. They have been trying to upscale to be a "fancier restaurant" and it's just not meant to be. Never busy, which is a major plus for me. A must try.
I'm glad to see the mixed reviews, this place was voted best burger in Lawrence 2013. I went there to try it out, I'm a local don't go down town much. I remember it used to be a few stores in that building. It was very neat, I miss old down town Lawrence. Anyway I was not impressed. Everyone told me the burgers were great I had one everyone recommended, it tasted just like every other burger I've had at a sports bar. You could easily go to Wayne and Larry's and have a burger like that or Saint's. So I pondered the greatness a while, the atmosphere is terrible. Too many people in too tight a place, white noise from no sound absorbing material. The place is actually in shambles and definitely violates electric codes all over the place. I would not want to be packed in with a ton of people in a noisy environment with building code violations and "normal sports bar" burgers, but that is just me. The thing people like about this place is it's fries and the sauces. Tons of different fries and sauces. But who goes to a place for fries? 2 stars for the atmosphere of a dirty pub and the fries.
What pawn shops were like before reality tv got to some of the people. I went there back then I still go there now, it's rare I buy anything but if they had what I wanted I'd buy it from them in a heart beat. Honest people. Definitely a must over Jayhawk pawn. 5 stars because the atmosphere is nice, the people are great, the customer matters (always worth more than a star), and they are knowledgeable of what they sell.
Don't shop these guys. This place does have nice features for a store, but don't let that fool you this place is a museum for a reason. I'm an old school gamer out for the obscure older things, that being said some times I look at things they don't have priced yet (being completely aware of what I could buy the item for on amazon or ebay in a heart beat with shipping) and they will literally insult my time and intelligence by making me stand there a couple of minutes while they look up the items "worth" on ebay. Don't get me wrong ebay is a nice site, but there are a lot of people posting things at prices no one will ever buy for, fishing for a dummy. Then while I wait for this ebay scanning to get under way, a guy will trade in an old item I know is about $60 on any ebay given day that no one would pay for it and they would charge it in a heart beat. So, of course they buy it for $5 and immediately price it at $60 to sit there for years on end. What happened to good business? That's 1100% profit, why not sell more items for cheaper than ebay and make a profit. Lawrence business used to be more about the people, now it's just greed. Stick to ebay. It's well worth the wait. Two stars, both for atmosphere and asthetic. Not a customer favored business.
Kafka (my dog) is now 14 years old. When he was about 6 months old, I started taking him to LF&FS. By the time he was 2, if we walked by and the store was closed, he'd do a sit-down-strike until I took him to the front door to show him no one was inside. After a year and more of my going there alone because of his age, I took Kafka there today. He pulled me off the sidewalk and to the front door when he realized where we were.
The coffee ice cubes for iced coffee are a great idea! I really like to order my coffee iced here in the summer. I stopped in today (way colder weather) to try it hot--not so good. There was an odd almost fishy smell coming from the brew--I even poured it into a different cup in case it was the plastic lid. No, it was the coffee. The taste was okay, but the smell is really off-putting and kind of disappointing. Dirty carafe? Don't know, but probably not going back until the weather heats up again.
Not a scone person, but I tried a blueberry muffin (the only muffin they had). Nothing exceptional, but not nasty or anything. It was almost like Jiffy muffin mix.
Jack Gillespie is fantastic. He is in the process of helping my husband and I get our first home loan. I have an incredibly difficult personality and have a lot of questions for him on a daily basis. He is so patient and has been wonderful throughout this entire experience. His hard work and dedication has been the sole reason that very soon we will be completing the process of purchasing our first home. I will continue to highly, highly recommend him to anyone and everyone for many years to come!
My husband and I just bought our first home. We called McKinney not knowing anything about home inspections and what they consisted of. When I called to schedule, I spoke with Pat. He was extremely nice on the phone and worked with me to find a date and time to meet them at our new home. Pat and Joe arrived at the appointment early and were very patient with all of the questions that we had for them. Joe's knowledge and customer service skills absolutely blew me away. He took extra time to show us how to use the different appliances in our house, and what to do if certain scenarios were to arrive down the road. I really feel as if they went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable and informed with the entire experience. I highly, HIGHLY recommend these guys.
Every time I go here it is very clean! In response to an earlier comment you can get ring worm from about anything so why do you assume it's from their tanning bed because I've never had an issue there. The girls who work here are very positive and knowledgable and help me chose the best lotion for me. They also know me by name which I like. I've tanned at this salon for awhile and il continue to believe it's the best in Lawrence.
I am very happy with my new roof from KSR. Aaron was very honest about repair vs replacement and his crew did and excellent job. His bid was very reasonable and i felt he was immediately available during the whole process. I highly recommend KSR.
3-Stars because they don't accept their own coupon, printed from the LJWorld website. They claim to only accept the "real coupon" from the actual LJWorld newspaper. Really...does anyone really subscribe to a newspaper service anymore? Kind of ridiculous and nitpicking if you ask me, especially for only a 10% discount. Probably our last visit for not putting the customer first.
Far and away the best experience I've ever had buying a car. I doubt I'll ever buy a new car from a manufacturer again, because this place has really figured out how to do it right. If I did want a new car, I'd settle for a slightly used one so I could get it through Auto Exchange.
Very honest cars, a good selection, fair prices, and the whole process was simple and without any of the annoying things that seem to be so common other places. Was given all the details I asked for of the cars I was interested in. They were very up front about how much they had in the cars, where they'd come from and so on. There was nothing that resembled upselling or sales pressure or anything except trying to get us the car we wanted and needed as easily as possible.
I will definitely be going back.
So so impressed, I can't say enough.
I have used LSBS for years for preparing my taxes and I have a relationship with Robb that I am grateful for. I lived here in Lawrence, but then had to move because of my job, but I didn't have to give up having my taxes done by LSBS, thank goodness. Thanks to the internet I am able to send my information to Robb and it is prepared without having to leave my home.
This place needs an attitude adjustment! I could care less how many crack heads come in there, it doesn't give them the right to treat everybody else like lowlifes. Some (but not all) of the people working there apparently think there crap doesn't stink and comes out smelling like roses. The owner (and I'm assuning a relative or the next guy down the totem pole) are the biggest duesch bags you will ever meet. They are just slightly less than robbing you blind for the ridiculously low amount they buy your stuff for (even for a pawn shop), and then act like they are doing you a favor. There are other pawn shops to go to (not sure they realize this) that are much easier to deal with than these pricks. Some of the guys here try to treat you with some respect, but most you just want to knock up side there head (and I have definitley thought about more than once). Give your buisness to someone else.