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If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd St. on August 26, 2011

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Photo of Kenny Butler

“Probably a Mexican food restaurant. Somewhere with chips and salsa and cerveza.”

Photo of Kim Hubbel

“My favorite would be Pancho’s, but it’s no longer here.”

Photo of Rod Landreth

“Chipotle. To me it’s the perfect man food.”

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“Perkins in Lawrence. It has good variety and nice people.”

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bobberboy 2 years, 7 months ago

The Golden Lamb - Lebanon, Ohio.

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gccs14r 2 years, 7 months ago

I would eat in the café at The Merc. They have a varied menu and it's not stuff made from a chemistry set.

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whats_going_on 2 years, 7 months ago

Are we saying I'd have to eat there every day for all meals? If so, I'd choose somewhere like Perkins or IHop...wide selection.

If just one restaurant for one meal, maybe 23rd street? I dunno. It would be cheap; they mess up our order so much that half the time we get free meals :-D

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Kris_H 2 years, 7 months ago

My sister's house. The food there is much better than any restaurant I've ever eaten in. Plus it's free to me. :D

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Rae Hudspeth 2 years, 7 months ago

Locally? The Global Cafe General vicinity? Jazz.. good food booze and music! Why can't we have something like this in town? Anywhere in the world? If the tab were paid, I'd go hoity-toity seafood, or a little cantina in San Felipe that had the best carne asada and shrimp right off the boat.

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Deja Coffin 2 years, 7 months ago

If I could only have one food for the rest of my life? That's easy-Pez. Cherry-flavored Pez. No question about it.

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deskboy04 2 years, 7 months ago

I think that the El Matador would be my choice.

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tange 2 years, 7 months ago

I had only one brief conversation with John (not Brown) which I can recall. Always appreciative of those willing to step before a live mic and deliver, I once approached John after one of his sets, to tell him so. He selflessly framed it as being about the music, "It's so important that the really great songs not be forgotten."

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

Always fun to watch the haters hate . . .

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Sorry to be redundant...from earlier... but I am so often wondering what in the hell is going on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KC7uhMY9s

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

No doubt about it. You can scream. Primal would not have known how to write or use a computer. So, I will just call you "dork" . Grow down and get some toys. Then, start over.

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PrimalScream 2 years, 7 months ago

Jesus Christ do I hate everyone of you mfr;s. How does a simple question of eating, get turned into John Brown being a real person, or whatever? Lawrence sucks for restaurant choices, f downtown, with all the students, please Freestate, come on food ok once in awhile, but arrogant service yes they do have, except whiskey girl. This town needs to get the hell over themselves, and grow.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

"HollisBrown (anonymous) says…

Funny. I didn't know Hoss Cartwright from "Bonanza" even got near Mexican food. And cerveza? He must be Italian."

Not sure if he would 'EYE'Talion. But you you are pretty close to the "mark" as far as "Hoss" v. "Kenny". Both have a heart of gold and would not hurt a fly.....But, not a good idea to make them mad....

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Hi Audie! Your post about brothers is cool, man. Do you have any? If not, that is cool. It is nice to have a brother. Better yet, one you can depend on, trust, relax, and cool down with and just talk about whats going on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KC7uhMY9s

BTW- A line in this song says "take it back" and speaks of forgiveness. Strange Epiphany for one whom was killed by his Dad.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

"HollisBrown (anonymous) says…

This question is unrealistic. There too many restaurants in this town. What the hell is cerveza? Probably some kind of Thai food. If I hear one more person talk about pad thai I'm gonna rip my fingernails out. I rarely eat, but I do like the peanuts at Shenago Lounge."

Is ok, Hollis. Chill. the term "cerveza" comes from old "clast" system born from the slavery period of our country. Many people have dismissed the word for being Hispanic for beer.

However, much like the "Clast/Class" ideology which remains in many countries today e.g. Japan and India that one must live by the trade name of a father or many forefathers, we have broken out of this. Think about it. How many "Smiths" do you know that are not born into servitude as a blacksmith, etc...

To answer you question. Cervesa is an American name, brought down, from a porcelain Icon from New England who made many intricate vases and, ironically, urns. His last name was Vesquea. At that time, as many people cold not spell or read, his workers simply called him Sir Vesquea. Which, over time and his hard treatment of them, at times from drinking too much grog, his workers started just started referring to him as SirVes. Which did get a Latin influence later on for beer.

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camper 2 years, 7 months ago

Furrs. All the mash potato's and steamed brocoli and carrots you could ask for. Baked Chicken. 2nd and 3rds always. Man, those were the days when Lawrence had Furrs on 23rd and Iowa. A pretty good deal for under 10 bucks.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

The first time I ever saw that John character was at the movie "Foul Play". That would have been 1978, so I was pretty young. He was there at Hillcrest Theater by himself, just cackling his head off at the film. Afterward, my friend headed to the bathroom. John was about to go in too, but he gave my friend a really irrate look and said "Go on in and get it over with!!!" I guess he wanted some privacy. You know, I've drank more rotgut vodka than most people drink in three lifetimes. I can't believe I still remember meaningless stuff like that. Vividly, too.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

No way only one..

Esquinas Guacomole plus Free State accompanied by Rudy's Pizza with a stop by Local Burger from time to time.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Funny. I didn't know Hoss Cartwright from "Bonanza" even got near Mexican food. And cerveza? He must be Italian.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

I ate at Golden Corral one time. Everything tasted like butter, even the water. I'm still pissed off about Furr's closing. That was the only place I could get anything close to a home cooked meal. All you could eat, too. Plus that wierd little guy, John something, would get up and sing standards and showtunes for all the old people for free.

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jonas_opines 2 years, 7 months ago

Somewhere that serves good sushi Sushi Haru in Leawood is about right.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 7 months ago

1979 - Takee Outtee New Orleans 1970's Taco Grande

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

Grande Island in the Philippines comes to mind too. Free steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers plus free beer for all military personnel.

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

Can't remember the name of the place. In Rio they had a restruant with an open pit fire place. They barbequed and roasted sides of beef, pigs and chickens all at the same time (as well as few critters I didn't recognize or ask).

Great food!!!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

Saying John Brown was a Kansan is like saying Idi Amin was a Saudi. Fred Phelps is a monomaniacal zealot also, but he has not sparked a civil war yet. Send em both over to that amoral France.
BTW, that Canook Naismith taught morals and sex ed to the original village people in France.

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PennyBrite 2 years, 7 months ago

La Parilla...BUT the OLD La Parilla before they changed

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CWGOKU 2 years, 7 months ago

He isn't a Kansan and quit thinking, it is Friday, go have a beer

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prospector 2 years, 7 months ago

Is streaking back? Coolio

"Another odd call, shortly after 10:30 p.m. a man returning home called Police after he says he saw at least five women running in the 1000 block of Kentucky Street. The man told emergency dispatchers that the women were naked. Three officers were sent to check the area, again no one was located."

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/overnight-wrap-up/2011/aug/26/august-26th-overnight-law-enforcement-fi/

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gphawk89 2 years, 7 months ago

The Village Pub, Breckenridge, CO. But alas, it's gone.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"Naismith was a touk wearing Hoser."

Yeah, but he actually lived here. I'm probably over-thinking all this. I've just never considered John Brown a Kansan.

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prospector 2 years, 7 months ago

Bob

Naismith was a touk wearing Hoser. At least he wasn't one of those Frenchie Cannucks.

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jaywalker 2 years, 7 months ago

Prejeans, Lafeyette, Louisiana. Or The Palm.

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Pitt_Mackeson 2 years, 7 months ago

probably Sirloin Stockade in Ottawa or Coyote Canyon in Topeka. Both owned by the same people who run Montana Mikes (ewww) but don't let that phase you. All you can eat cow meat and masht taters n ribs n macncheese n dessert crap......

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

I guess it better to be a notable Kansan, rather than a notorious Kansan.

Brownback and Thugs live unprecedented Notorious S.A.M. bless us all

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Irenaku 2 years, 7 months ago

Definitely Cheesecake Factory!!!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

"Well, he is now a notable Kansan according to people that determine such things" - T_O_B

Well you call it that, but if a bunch of yellow journalist editors who use eye-catching headlines, exaggeration, scandal-mongering, and sensationalism to sell more newspapers and undermine journalistic integrity pay some guy to paint an exaggerated and disturbing image of John Brown on the State Capitol walls, that does not make the mercenary a Kansan, it just shows you the power of media has on domesticated and docile masses of people.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"Back in those day, weren't none of them folks real Kansans...all imports. "

Everyone came from somewhere at some point. He never owned land and didn't stay. Not a Kansan. He did some good killing for us, though. We ought to give him a honorary degree from KU.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

Back in those day, weren't none of them folks real Kansans...all imports. Some from Connetitcut, some from Iowa. We gots real Kansans now though. Not none of them Floridians of course.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"A mercenary, plain and simple." RI

Well, he is now a notable Kansan according to people that determine such things. I don't think he ever owned property here and just stayed with one of his sons for less than a year.

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somedude20 2 years, 7 months ago

Sammie's Curry in a Hurry!!!! "That stuff will make you a god damned sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me" Should be Sammie's motto^

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CWGOKU 2 years, 7 months ago

No, maybe Pennsylvania now that I think about it.

Anyway, I'd pick whatever restaraunt that Mangino is NOT eating at, if youu know what I mean

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kaw7987 2 years, 7 months ago

For the rest of my life? Noodles and company or ingredient. I love their food and they're only places I could go daily and keep from getting really fat! For forever fatness.. Encore cafe! Yum yum yum!

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CWGOKU 2 years, 7 months ago

Where ever TOB is making biscuits and gravy

I think he is from Ohio

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

T_O_B, A mercenary, plain and simple. Just like those moveon.org people with their signon.org crap.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

Someone settle this for me... is John Brown really a Kansan?

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grammaddy 2 years, 7 months ago

A.B.'s!! Love those crepes! A.B. is the best cook EVER!!!

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g_rock 2 years, 7 months ago

Someplace with breakfast. Served to me in bed. Which is where I wish I was right now.

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breeze 2 years, 7 months ago

The problem with this is that it assumes one would eat only at Lawrence restaurants. Sorry to say but there aren't many good restaurants in Lawrence.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

Sunday mornings are to be reserved for reflection on the ways of Jesus and the redemption of your eternal soul. Anyone who does not attend services is most likely on the sketchy list for not being saved. Attending church on a regular basis strengths social bonds as well as creating a sense of family. An opportunity to help your State and participate in volunteer faith based activities.

However, the only souls I'm aware of are the ones on the bottoms of my feet and I'm a heathenistic, socialist, pinko commie. So you bet, fishing on sundays is a perfectly acceptable activity.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"Yardhouse has scantily clad dancer/waitresses that serve $1.25 tacos?"

Nah, that's Twisters. Depending on when you go, they have attractive waitresses that probably work somewhere else after dark where they are scantily clad.

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prospector 2 years, 7 months ago

Duh, Is there more than one?

Y'all get out of my way.

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BABBOY 2 years, 7 months ago

Hibachi Hut, Margaritas, Oklahoma Joe’s, Via’s Pizza, Jess and Jim’s, Free State, Mad Greek, Papa Keno’s (of old) Coco Bolo’s, and maybe Jack Stack but Joes is better.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 7 months ago

RED LOBSTER.. they sure need one in Lawrence!!!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

Yardhouse has scantily clad dancer/waitresses that serve $1.25 tacos?

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Bill Lee 2 years, 7 months ago

Golden Corral or another non-Chinese buffet. Best in Lawrence now has to be Fridays at the Flamingo. I could live with El Matador, too.

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kernal 2 years, 7 months ago

Paradise Cafe.

Thank goodness, Missy McCoy, who we have to thank for Douglas County Pie and other delectable goodies, is working on a cookbook which will include many of our favorite recipes from the Paradise Cafe. Now, if someone would just do that for TinPanAlley and Cornucopia...

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

Free State or Yardhouse, cost not being an issue. Cost being an issue, Auties.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

Tacos el Sol on East 6th Street in Topeka. Real food, not TexMex. Try the tongue tacos or barbacoa.

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Jonathan Kealing 2 years, 7 months ago

Free State Brewery. No question. Must have good beer if I'm going to be eating there for the rest of my life!

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

This question is unrealistic. There too many restaurants in this town. What the hell is cerveza? Probably some kind of Thai food. If I hear one more person talk about pad thai I'm gonna rip my fingernails out. I rarely eat, but I do like the peanuts at Shenago Lounge.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 7 months ago

Wa - I can never get tired of sushi and sashimi.

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

Any restruant as long as they have margaritas, whisky and beer. Oh, and a good jukebox!. Whoops, almost forgot, and a big screen TV.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

We do have a new habitual poster. Just signed up on the 19th....last week. He is already like a brother to some of us...uh...well...maybe not so much like a brother...but...uh...more like some other brother.

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thuja 2 years, 7 months ago

I think we need a few more habitual posters on this site.

That's what I think.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

I'll go with Roe. Chez Autie.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 7 months ago

A full sized Holiday Inn of course.

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tange 2 years, 7 months ago

If I could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of my life, I would choose another path.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Hmm...either one of them Buttrito Kings or the Club of The Pink Flamingo (Friday Style). Both a little "dirty" but, Oh, so satisfying.....

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oopssillyme 2 years, 7 months ago

Vermont St. BBQ........oh, wait....

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

On a much happier note. As it is my bedtime. A lullaby...

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Ah, back to the question at hand. I would not involve the " Merc ." As I have eaten some very " Organic " things worldwide , but, no real meat from that grocer, natural meat as it was, though.

Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do.....Pretty sick, though... And hard to swallow...

This is what War does to people....if you can refer to them as people...

Answer. PBJ's. Could live on them forever with a nice cold glass of milk.

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labmonkey 2 years, 7 months ago

Golden Corral because they have pretty much everything.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

For Kenny, my neighbor.

A rocked up version from the original. And, thanks for not hitting me a couple of winters ago when I woke you up to ask you if you could move that big truck for the blades to move the snow.

To a good Dude...

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Kenny !!

This guy Rocks !! He is a neighbor, and a really good guy. There is a reason he is "looking down" to the camera. Is big as a truck. Thanks, Kenny!! - Odeo

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H_Lecter 2 years, 7 months ago

Bloody Mary's.
Love the location and...the name

...with The Yardhouse & Cheescake Factory as back-ups

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