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Archive for Friday, November 19, 2010

Best of Lawrence is back and we want your help

November 19, 2010

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Where to go for a first date or a special holiday meal elicits a decision-making process capable of stealing from us a few hours or adding stress to our already busy lives.

After scouring the web, calling friends and carefully reviewing menus, a drink to take the edge of may be in order. But where to go for that? Sure, we can find a Bud Light just about anywhere but what if we need something with a little more character?

Of course all best laid plans face interruption when a tire blows or the car stalls in an intersection. Where to take your car for service then experiences that transition from afterthought to emergency. And the options are many.

So that’s part of why we’re here and why we’re resurrecting our Best of Lawrence competition. It'll be five years since you’ve told us your favorite food, drink, fun and games. We’re bringing it back to re-open the discussion within our community of what places get it right. We’re bringing it back so we can turn to a guide in a pinch.

And we’re bringing it back because it’s a damned good time. Some of our best conversations have been about food and over drink. Further, contests like these incite a competitive fire amongst Lawrencians long loyal to their favorite bar or coffee house.

One change from past contests is that this will purely be ran through Lawrence.com, Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be trying a few things in the coming weeks and want you to be a part of it. Voting will begin in January but we want you to weigh in on what you think of our categories. What’s missing? Are any categories out of place? This is your contest.

We’ll also roll out a few holiday contests for you to vote on next week and around the winter holidays. Be ready to vote on your favorite place to feast when you’ve long given up on not burning your turkey.

Check out the list below and weigh in via the comments section or on Twitter and Facebook. Let us know what you think.

Best hotel to send visiting family and friends

Best spot for a date

Best wi-fi hotspot

Best beer selection

Best live music venue

Best bookstore

Best coffee

Best place to dance

Best burger

Best Latin American food

Best Italian food

Best Middle Eastern food

Best Asian food

Best pizza

Best dessert

Best place to go for breakfast

Best meal in a hurry

Best place to get your car fixed

Best late night eats

Best place to get a hair cut

Best new restaurant in the last year

Best place to watch a game

Best restaurant overall

Best store cat

Comments

sourpuss 4 years, 1 month ago

Best hotel to send visiting family and friends - Eldridge Best spot for a date - House of Cha Best wi-fi hotspot - Library Best beer selection - Red Lyon Best live music venue - Bottleneck Best bookstore - Dusty Bookshelf Best coffee - Zs Best place to dance - [No Idea] Best burger - [No Idea] Best Latin American food - La Tropicana Best Italian food - Piasanos Best Middle Eastern food - [No Idea] Best Asian food - Zen Zero Best pizza - Wheat State Best dessert - House of Cha Best place to go for breakfast - Haskell Diner Best meal in a hurry - Dillons Chinese bar Best place to get your car fixed - Don's Auto Best late night eats - Sonic Best place to get a hair cut - The Velvet Chair!! Best new restaurant in the last year - [No Idea] Best place to watch a game - [No Idea] Best restaurant overall - Not a fair question, but if I could only eat at one Lawrence restaurant on a visit, it would be La Tropicana Best store cat - I only know of the ones at Love Garden

walkthehawk 4 years, 1 month ago

best bakery best study spot (maybe the same as wi-fi hotspot . . . maybe not) Maybe instead of "best place to get a hair cut," change it to "Best salon" and "Best barbershop"--that might better include the range of services we expect from our styling professionals. :)

kernal 4 years, 1 month ago

Best of .... look in KC area.

Exceptions in Lawrence: Dusty Bookshelf (also most well read cat) Best Place for Meal in a Hurry - The Merc Deli Best Live Music Venue - The Lied Center, Bottleneck & Liberty Hall Best New restaurant in Lawrence the Past Year - 715

And the post-mortem best place for breakfast, seafood and dessert still goes to The Paradise Cafe. Thank you, Steve, Missy, et al

walkthehawk 4 years, 1 month ago

since this is Lawrence (and, unlike Kernal, I love it), maybe we should also do some additional categories:

best patio best roundabout best Doug Compton-owned-or-subsidized property best place to reclaim when the students leave for the summer (Free State Brewing Co) best store/front for drug paraphernalia best street musician (Dan Kozak, no contest) best restaurant drama of the year (tough call between the Burger Stand/Dempsey's and the 715/Teller's coups) best community festival or event

geekin_topekan 4 years, 1 month ago

Best Panhandler-Probably the gal who sits with her baby stroller (she made $45 in the five minutes I sat and BS'd w/her). Best hoopdee- Boog's by far. Best spot to see naked crazy chicks jump into the Kaw- Constant Park. Best restaurant handout-that burrito joint Best door-to-door spot jobs-Old West Lawrence. Best outdoor drinking spot-Bus stop 9th and Mass. Best place to get thrown in jail for drinking yourself under the table-Laundrymat at 9th and Mississippi. Best free made-to-order breakfast-Jubilee Cafe. Best free not-made-to-order breakfast-Dg. Co. Jail. Best place to see sorority girls loose their composure completely-Corner of 11th and Mass. after Midnight.

bkreed1960 4 years, 1 month ago

Best hotel to send visiting family and friends - Eldridge Best wi-fi hotspot - Library Best beer selection - Free State Brewery Best live music venue - Bottleneck Best bookstore - Dusty Bookshelf Best coffee - Z's Best burger - Smashburger Best Latin American food - La Parilla Best Italian food - The Basil Leaf Cafe Best Middle Eastern food - The Mad Greek Best Asian food - WA Best pizza - Rudy's Best dessert - The Mad Greek Best place to go for breakfast - Munchers Best meal in a hurry - Hyvee Best place to get your car fixed - Westridge Automotive Center Best late night eats - Burrito King Best place to get a hair cut - Great Clips Best place to watch a game - Allen Fieldhouse Best restaurant overall - The Mad Greek Best store cat - The Dusty Bookshelf

Nick Yoho 4 years, 1 month ago

Best cheap Mexican food- NONE in Town.

Nick Yoho 4 years, 1 month ago

there should be a distinction between best beer selection, and best beer.

shanep 4 years, 1 month ago

Best store cat- Stanley @ Sunflower Outdoor and Bike! I believe he's an old alley cat they took in, and he's got a PBR bottle cap as his tag.

ralphralph 4 years, 1 month ago

Best Overpass to Nowhere.

Best Man-made, Yet Somehow Sacred, Wetlands.

Best Secret Tax District.

HalsteadHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Best hotel to send visiting family and friends - Eldridge Best spot for a date - Free State Best wi-fi hotspot - Free State Best beer selection - Free State Best live music venue - Bottleneck Best bookstore - Borders Best coffee - any place that serves The Roasterie Best place to dance - At Home Best burger - Free State Best Latin American food - La Parilla Best Italian food - The Merc Best Middle Eastern food - India Palace Best Asian food - Wa Best pizza - Old Chicago Best dessert - Wheatfields Best place to go for breakfast - Miltons Best meal in a hurry - QT Best place to get your car fixed - Don's Best late night eats - Burger Stand Best place to get a hair cut - Downtown Barber Shop Best new restaurant in the last year - Burger Stand? (Haven't been to 715 yet) Best place to watch a game - AFH Best restaurant overall - Free State Best store cat - Love Garden

crusier 4 years, 1 month ago

Best hotel to send visiting family and friends: Eldridge Best spot for a date: Downtown Best wi-fi hotspot: Library Best beer selection: n/a Best live music venue: Bottleneck Best bookstore: Borders Best coffee: Borders Best place to dance: n/a Best burger: West Coast Best Latin American food: La Tropicana Best Italian food: Bambinos Best Middle Eastern food N/a Best Asian food n/a Best pizza: Rudys Best dessert: Perkins Best place to go for breakfast: IHOP Best meal in a hurry: QT Best place to get your car fixed: LAD Best late night eats: IHOP Best place to get a hair cut: Downtown Barber Shop Best new restaurant in the last year: Smashburger Best place to watch a game: Allen Field house Best restaurant overall: Ten Best store cat: The Toy Store

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