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Re: “A first look at Mellow Mushroom

I hit MM twice the first week they were open (foolish I know, but it is very close to my office) for lunch. If you can get there before 11:30, you can get seated right away. After that be prepared to wait.

They surprised me. After my last horrible experimentation at that loathesome Chuy's across the parking lot, I didn't have high expectations for MM. While the abundant staff were still largely clueless on opening week, there were no order screwups and they are friendly and try hard. Too hard sometimes: our server asked us if we would like a couple shots of Patron to kick things off....at 11am. Had an Office Space flashback of Chochkey's "Can I get you some Extreme Nachos or Pizza Shooters to start things off!?!?"

I digress. The pie was great. The beer selection is astonishingly good (30 or 40 drafts). Who else in town has Köstritzer Schwarzbier on tap??? Not even Flying Saucer has the delectable black liquid from Bad Köstritz anymore!!!


Meatball appetizer is VERY good. Holy Shittake pizza excellent. 2nd visit I tried one of the hoagies, the something something mushroom club which was ok, but only just ok.

One major negative is the price. Both trips were $20 pp before tip.

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Posted by Torgo on 06/26/2013 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Howdy, Chuy's! Welcome to Arkansas

Had lunch there today. It was highly mediocre. The quality of food is far below El Porton, Casa Manana, etc. Even further below authentic Mexican food in SWLR like Eliella. On top of that, it is expensive. My bland "Classic" cheese enchiladas were really no better than tv dinner Mexican. It was $9 with green chili rice (which was maybe the best thing I had) and charro beans (which were not even close to as tasty as El Porton).

We did get plenty of chips. In fact the staff is still annoyingly rusty and confused, so us 2 people received 3 entire baskets of chips and had one of them refilled with a scoop at least once, maybe twice.

The thing is, the place LOOKS like it would delivery high quality. The atmosphere is like an even more festive Cozymel's (may it rest in peace). I was actually stunned at the food quality.

Really didn't want to hate the place since it is practically across the street from my office, so I always give a new place 3 chances. However, that quality for the high price (not as high as hipster heaven Local Lime) they better shape up fast.

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Posted by Torgo on 05/14/2013 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Blue Coast and the big burrito blues

I don't have anything against Blue Coast and made the trek from WLR to NLR when their store there opened YEARS AGO (this is not some new phenom). However, if they are so great, why did their store at a prime location on Cantrell in WLR close recently?

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Posted by Torgo on 12/18/2012 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Sprechen sie Deutsch? Am UALR, nein. UPDATE

It's been 10 days since anyone commented on this thread and I would like to keep the discussion going and encourage people who feel strongly on this issue to make themselves heard.

This is clearly a backwards step for a supposed institution of higher learning and potentially on the road to dumbing down the curriculum even more by dropping the foreign language requirement altogether.

Earlier posts have demonstrated how the German program at UALR has justified itself with a growing and active enrollment that is covering the cost of the program. However I don't think that student wishes or simple economics are the driving force here as internal UALR politics are taking priority over the good of the students.

The administration saw a narrow window of opportunity between a tenured professor retiring and an assistant professor soon gaining tenure to scrap the program. Apparently to replace it with nothing and some vague ideas of what was going to happen to already enrolled students. Which leads me to the most outrageous aspect of this whole sad situation: the students are the real victims here.

Even after the administration had decided to close the German program, students were still being allowed to enroll in Beginning German classes and even DECLARE A GERMAN MAJOR while completely oblivious to UALR's plans. This is an unconscionable breach of trust between the university and the students.

In the end, Dr. Wagner was asked to inform the students of the university's plans. This was highly inappropriate as has been just about every other aspect of the administration's handling of this decision.



Enough negativity and a call-to-action: if the local community values having the German Studies program continuing, I would repeat the suggestion made by Durango above:

1. Write a letter to the UALR board and President Bobbitt.
2. Send the same as a letter to the editor of the Dem-Gaz, Times, Arkansas Business and other trade publications.

Without wider awareness and support from the community, the administration will continue down the current path of reducing the choices available to students and thereby reducing the attractiveness of students attending UALR.

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Posted by Torgo on 09/27/2012 at 5:40 PM

 

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