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I love, love, LOVE this place. There is so much good that has come out of here that it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. The food is so well prepared, the prices en pointe, and they even serve handmade ice cream! Crazy. I used to come here all the time until I moved, and I miss this place more than anything.
For $25 a night, you literally get what you pay for - and bed bugs stay for free!
We were lucky not to get any, but the place looked so nasty that my penny-pinching ex husband - who has lived in actual poverty before - booked us another room at the Silver Legacy. Scary!
Eh, alright let's get honest here - I'm not a fan. This was the casino's sad attempt at creating a "downtown local nightlife" environment to rival that of REAL local culture, and they failed on a miserable scale. Sure, locals flocked to it (indoor rock climbing, helloooooo), but after a few weeks we realized...nah. Not for us.
Fantastic vegetarian place - loved the Pad Thai. I know, so boring - but if you do the basics right, the rest will follow. I'm not a huge fan of imitation meat, however, but the tofu was spot on!
If I was ever to have a religious experience, it would most certainly be for the Shroom Burger - how fitting. I don't know when I started liking mushrooms, but this was like a bite into heaven for me. Top it off with a beer or a prickly pear soda and you're on your way to the pearly gates.
I came here in the Fall of 2006 to study flamenco - and that, I did. The classes were small, the place incredibly cozy, and the instructors demanding as all hell. I couldn't have asked for a better time.
I haven't been back in seven years but it feels like yesterday, when I came in hungry on a Sunday morning for brunch and ordered their Eggs Florentine. I hated tomatoes and I hated spinach, but that day I walked out with a new found appreciation for food that has spiraled upward into a ridiculous food-related adventure. It was perfect. Better than I could have ever imagined.
When I come back to Paris, I will for sure revisit this place again.
Reno Public House popped up out of nowhere one day, and suddenly became a Midtown hit. It's juxtaposed to Midtown Eats, and it's such a perfect little bar to sit and have a beer one afternoon.
At night, it can get a little crazy. In the best way. Their beer selection is top notch!
Chapel Tavern used to occupy a small space down Virginia a few blocks. The ceiling felt like you could touch it. It had one pool table and a patio, and the area was a tad seedy.
The new Chapel Tavern occupies a what looks like a converted garage. A gorgeous wood space, meshed with silver steel for a beautiful contemporary look. They serve the best Blood & Sand I have ever had, ever. No one makes one like they do. Don't know what it is? Order it anyway.
They have a patio for the warm summer nights, and sometimes it can get so crowded that getting a drink order at the bar is goddamn impossible - but I will always love this place.
Why...is this rated so highly? The entire lake is covered in bird doodoo, you couldn't house life in there unless it's bacteria. The entire place is disgusting and smells bad, to top it off. Sure you can walk around this lake...or you could go to another park and not have to smell the stench of bird dinner aftermath.