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Oh, Espresso Royale, truly the most noble of cof-
fee venues, you continue to awe us. Situated firmly at
a locus central to our travel on campus, your symbol
is a shining beacon of hope for the downtrodden and
numb, those who seek only a caffeine injection to pro-
pel them through one more panic-ridden day of study.
Inside, your tables and chairs offer comforting, wel-
coming sites of study when the UGLi is full of noisy
freshmen. Your majestic tones of brown and deep red
exultantly restore our energy, similar to how your cof-
fee restores us like an IV full of saline. Yours, Espresso
Royale, is a kingdom free of meaningless distractions.
Among your competitors, who could challenge
you? Not Amer's! And as for the rest, ha! What "rest?"
Starbucks, without pretension toward independence?
Surely not Ambrosia or Rendezvous - what are they
in the face of your your innocuous accessibility? Great
king of coffee, you know the power of the horde, of
coffee handed out en masse to your subjects.
We return, Wednesday after Wednesday for your
$2 lattes. The rest of the week is an apathetic haze
as we survey the seat of your power, the drip coffee,
each variety calling out our names like an old friend.
There is no usurper, Espresso, no challenger. Your
throne is secure.
- BEN VANWAGONER
According to its website, Pizza
House is "A Slice of Chicago, in
your home town!!!" Making the
literal interpretation of that state-
ment a reality would require the
newest laser-drilling technology,
the cooperation of millions of peo-
ple, hundreds of billions of dollars
and a ton of helicopters (and once
we airlifted the slice of city over
here, we wouldn't even have a good
place to put it). Luckily for us, it
turns out Pizza House was actu-
ally using a form of metonymy and
referring to Chicago-style pizza
(who knew?), which is not only far
easier to accomplish, but also much
Pizza House is a great place to go
for some deep-dish delights. Locat-
ed conveniently on Church Street
between South University and Wil-
lard Street, it's never a far walk -
unless you live on North Campus,
in which case you have my deepest
condolences. But never fear, neigh-
bors to the north, for Pizza House
delivers until the miraculous hour
of 4 a.m., setting it apart from the
competition. So whether you live in
East Quad and are too lazy to cross
the street to satisfy your late night
munchies or you're being held as a
hungry hostage on North Campus
by the tyrannous bus schedule,
Pizza House will bring a saucy
solution straight to your door.
There are some who think Pizza
House is overpriced, and to be fair, it
is kind of expensive. I believe it was
Winston Churchill who once said
"responsibility is the price of great-
ness." But at Pizza House, the price
of greatness starts at around $10.99.
As far as the pizza itself goes,
Pizza House does a pretty damn
good job emulating the city of Chi-
cago's success on the pizza front.
And it smells and looks as good as
it tastes. Whether you go deep-dish
or not, your taste buds, nostrils and
retinae will all leave happy - even
if your wallet doesn't.
- JAMIE BLOCK
Good No Thai! customers are astute when it comes to the art of purchas-
ing No Thai! food. They scoff pretentiously at those they overhear ponder-
ingwhat a restaurantecalled No Thai! would serve ("Why would a restaurant
make a point of telling people what they don'tserve?"). They smile to them-
selves when novice customers contemplate the meaning of the question
mark following "medium" on the menu's list of spice levels. (Though to be
fair, "medium?" isn't the best assessment of the spiciness it stands for)
The whimsicality of No Thai!'s misnomer, casual use of punctuation
and foreign cuisine make it the perfect place to grab a deliciously fill-
ing meal while feelingtotally indifferent about how hipster, indie, scene,
urban or bohemian you look (or whatever else you youngsters are cur-
rently striving to be these days).
For those who claim they judge restaurants based on food quality
and aren't concerned with their image: You're not fooling anyone. In all
seriousness, though, two remarkable qualities of No Thai! cuisine keep
customers satisfied and ensure return visits.
First, No Thai!'s food smells almost better than it tastes, and it tastes
great. If you're low on cash, you can get roughly the same satisfaction
from standing outside the restaurant and enjoying exotic scents as you
can from actually indulging in its flavorful dishes.
But No Thai's best achievement lies is its ability to create meals that
survive collegiate conditions. Surprisingly, the week-old No Thai! left-
overs lying in your refrigerator will taste just as good after two minutes
in the microwave. Thank goodness for large portions, take-out boxes
and those newfangled radiation machines.
More hip than Jimmy John's, but void of Bubble Island's predomi-
nately freshmen patronage and mysterious food-like substances (what
are those bubbles made of anyway?), No Thai! is the best eatery on South
- CAROLYN KLARECKI
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Open 9am-lam 7 days a week
Corner of South U & South Forest
Ladies, it's almost that time, for
bare toes and sandals,
Sole Sisters and Pamper Me Pretty
want to get you ready for the summer
with a relaxing Pediassage and cute sandals
Shoe-Tini / Pediassage Party
April 1 @ 6 pm