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14 “Thanks CU for voting us one of the best places to get dessert!” Now with 3 locations to serve you: 116 N. Neil St. Downtown Champaign 217-359-4500 201 E. Peabody ARC Building Campustown 217-265-4790 2001 S. Lincoln VetMed Building Urbana 217-244-8653

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Entertainment 13

Dining 19

New Business 6 Green Business Smoke Shop 7 Place to Get Nails Done 8 Hair Salon/Place to Get Hair Colored New Clothes 9 Vintage Clothes Park 10 Regional Store Place to Buy a Bike 11 24-Hour Hangout Place to Get a Tattoo Gay-Friendly Night Life 12 Worst of CU

Place to See a Movie/Theater Venue 14 Art Gallery Performance Theater 15 Comedy Venue Place to See Music 16 Beer Garden Band Fun Facts 17 Local Band CU Personality Place to Buy Music 18 Regional Attraction

BBQ/Regional Restaurant 20 Food Trucks Pizza 21 Vegetarian Restaurant Mexican 23 Mexican Dishes Breakfast 24 Coffee Shop Dessert 25 Asian Dishes 26 Burgers Bakery 27 Wine Bar 28 Drinks and Cocktails Bar Selection 29 Beer Selection Place to Buy Alcohol

Editors' Picks 30 buzz’s Favorite Pizza 33

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EDITOR’S NOTE S AMA N T H A BAKALL Every October, the fine folks of Champaign-Urbana take time out of their days to vote on the eventual contents of this issue — what they believe is the best of the best in this town. We’ve spent months talking about it, weeks planning it and many, many days designing it, and now, you are holding the finished product. Central Illinoisians, I’d like to introduce to you, buzz’s (best) Best of CU. We’ve done it a little differently this year. You’ll find within these pages not only voted categories by the community, but categories that we’ve chosen ourselves in hopes of expanding the breadth of our coverage. Some of you will probably be sad to see some of the categories gone, but don’t fret! There are new ones to take their places. For me, this issue marks the beginning of the end — a bittersweet moment in both my college and buzz careers. Three and a half years ago, I was a snotty Freshman on this campus, absolutely loathing everyone and everything because Illinois was my last choice for college. I didn’t want to go where everyone else in my high school went. I wanted to be different, unique and make a name for myself. Fast forward to now, and I have realized that Illinois should have always been my first choice because I would not be where I am if I had gone anywhere else. My time at Illinois has been punctuated by fateful moments of realization — the feeling that you are doing exactly what you should be doing or happenstance meetings with individuals who end up being more than just another face. At Illinois, I finally came into my own. I figured out what I was meant to do with my life (writing, living and breathing food) and why I love it so (my family). Perhaps I would’ve realized this elsewhere. Perhaps not. My start at buzz was equally serendipitous. A girl I worked on an class assignment for five minutes with remembered I wrote a food blog and forwarded me an email from the buzz Food & Drink section: They were hiring. “Why not?” I thought. And my journey started there. I began writing at buzz and The Daily Illini in the fall of 2010. It’s amazing sometimes how fast you figure out what you do and do not like, because it took one story from the DI for me to hate it and one story from buzz to know I loved it. I continued writing for several months and moved up to Food & Drink Editor. A year after that, I was chosen to be Editor-in-Chief. And this is where everything becomes bittersweet. Next March, my tenure at buzz will be coming to a close, and next May, I will be graduating from the University (with a possibility of grad school). I owe much of who I am to this school, organization and most of all, these twin cities that have allowed me to become the woman I am. So hats off, CU, this one’s for you.

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Amber Yu, Johanna Tesfaye, Folake Osibodu, Chris Brown COMMUNITY EDITOR Tom Thoren CU CALENDAR Bobbi Thomas COPY EDITORS Karl Shroeder DISTRIBUTION Brandi and Steve Wills STUDENT SALES MANAGER Molly Lannon CLASSIFIED SALES MANAGER Deb Sosnowski AD DIRECTOR Travis Truitt PUBLISHER Lilyan J. Levant

Top Row Managing Editor Nick Martin, Art Director Michael Zhang, Assistant Art Director Tyler Schmidt. Second Row Community Editor Thomas Thoren, Food and Drink Editor Jasmine Lee, Movies and TV Editor Joyce Famakinwa. Third Row Arts and Entertainment Editor Jessica Bourque, Music Editor Evan Lyman, Assistant Music Editor Dan Durley. Fourth Row Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor Andrea Baumgartner, Designer Chelsea Choi, Designer YooJin Hong. Fifth Row Designer Dane Georges, Copy Chief Jordan Ramos

TALK TO BUZZ ON THE WEB EMAIL WRITE 512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL 217.337.3801 We reserve the right to edit submissions. buzz will not publish a letter without the verbal consent of the writer prior to publication date. buzz Magazine is a student-run publication of Illini Media Company and does not necessarily represent, in whole or in part, the views of the University of Illinois administration, faculty or students.


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New Business

the five months since it opened, Big Grove Tavern has expanded CU’s food scene by narrowing its focus, geographically speaking at least. By emphasizing local food sources, patrons can drink an Illinois-brewed beer to wash down a bite of sausage that was stuffed in-house with in-state produce, and know where all of the meal’s ingredients came from. The restaurant strives to use ingredients that are as local as possible. Even the seafood is sourced from the Great Lakes to keep the entire menu based within the Midwest. “When there is someone in town or within 25 miles or 50 miles that does a great job with whatever product we’re looking for, then they’re always our first go-to people if we can,” said General Manager Michael Johnson. Nearly all of the restaurant’s food is made in-house as well, he said, with the exception of some, such as the bread purchased down the street at Pekara Bakery. With the menu changing with the seasons, eating at Big Grove Tavern just once is hardly experiencing the restaurant. The meat and proteins in the dishes are usually consistent, Johnson said, but the other ingredients vary to keep things fresh and appealing to serious eaters and casual foodies alike. “We’ve got a table of early 20-year-olds drinking and having some bar bites right next to a group of business men in their suits having a nice dinner,” Johnson said. “We really went for


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Big grove tavern

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The current most popular dessert is Executive Chef Jessica Gorin’s chocolate cake pudding, that Johnson describes as “super decadent.” This fall, Big Grove Tavern is introducing many changes, namely the expansion of its menu. “We’re actually adding a handful of vegetarian options to the menu,” Johnson said. “It seems like a large population of the culture that re-

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a larger demographic that not only is looking to get into good quality food, but really cares about where their food comes from and how their animals were treated before they were processed.” The menu’s hits include the Tavern Burger, with its blend of beef, pork and bison, and the Tater Tots that “aren’t your average Tater Tots you had when you were a kid,” Johnson said.

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ounded in 1974, Common Ground is a co-op that sells foodstuffs from local farms, as well as other organic and fair-trade items.

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“We’re not owned by one, but by many,” said Joy Rust, Common Ground’s Manager of Marketing. “We interviewed and surveyed the own-

ers to see if they wanted to do an expansion (of the store). It’s definitely an input from all over the community.”

ally cares about farm-to-table restaurants are vegetarians as well.” The restaurant plans to continue its beerand-dinner Saturdays and add more specialty nights. Tuesdays will continue to feature family fried chicken and sweet potato waffles, and there will be free wine tastings the first Monday of the month.

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The store's motto, Rust said, is, “‘Know your food.’ We’ve started doing other things with it, too, like ‘Know your farmers.’” Knowing what you eat and where it came from is made easy by Common Ground. The website offers a still-growing list of farmers who supply their produce, and many of the items in the store are labeled with the farm from which they came. Common Ground has been working toward providing the community with food since it was started 34 years ago. At that time, the co-op was made up completely of a volunteer work force. After moving to Urbana in 2008 with only 10 employees, it has grown to 55 employees. And it’s still growing. The recent expansion is coming to a close and the new space will include a fullservice deli, salad bar, community kitchen and much more. The co-op has chronicled the whole expansion process on their website, including an explanation of the financial cost. “The co-op has become the primary channel for many local farmers to provide their goods year-round, serving to increase our communities’ investment in local farms that produce food in a sustainable fashion,” Rust said. “These years have also seen an emphasis on strategic planning, infrastructure and better business practices...” Knowing your food has never been easier, thanks to Common Ground. Common Ground is open every day 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Smoke shop

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Jon’s Pipe shop

509 E. Green St., Champaign


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oasting a collection of more than 3,000 pipes, 60,000 cigars and more than 350 blends of pure, handmade tobaccos, Jon’s Pipe Shop is not only the Best Smoke Shop in CU, but one of the best in North America. Jon’s

is so renowned that Hans Nielsen, arguably the best pipe maker in the world, visits at least once a year from Denmark. Located on Green between Fifth and Sixth Streets, Jon’s is recognizable for the Jester-like

wooden statue that peeks out the front window. For those who have only passed by, the shop deserves a deeper look. The inside of Jon’s looks like Ollivander’s, but with pipes instead of wands. Walking through the shop is almost like stepping

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into another era. Customers are welcomed by the rich brown colors of the pipes and lovely aromas wafting from the tobacco storage room. Established in 1959 by U of I students, Jon’s is steeped in university history. Several of the shop’s tobacco blends are named after reputable alumni, such as “Hatch’s Choice,” named after Gaylord Hatch, a dean of LAS, and “Garvey,” named after John Garvey, the founder of the Illinois Jazz Program. In addition to themed tobacco, Jon’s carries pipes of all shapes and sizes made of the finest Briarwood and Meerschaum. “Our pipes range from sublime, to rare and valuable, to inexpensive,” said Michael LaDue, manager of Jon’s. Among the countless pipes lining the walls of the shop and the specialty pipes shaped like the heads of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, a pipe connoisseur can find anything his heart desires. While they carry unique products, what makes Jon’s so beloved is its warm atmosphere. Customers of all walks of life visit the shop to share their common love of quality tobacco. Many times, customers find themselves staying for a while, smoking a pipe and chatting. It's no wonder that Jon’s has won the Best of CU's Best Smoke Shop several years in a row. Its enormous selection, excellent customer service and longtime connection with U of I make it one of a kind.

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ichael Nguyen and Michelle Vuong opened Modern Nails to the community of Champaign-Urbana just four years ago. Now, they are the Best Nail Salon in CU. Becoming No. 1 is not their only goal as salon owners; they live to deliver excellent customer service and care. Modern Nails takes much pride in being the best when it comes to customer satisfaction and always being prepared to address any problem that a customer may have. “Our statement is ‘elegant and affordable.’ What it means is, no matter who you are, when you walk into our door, you are being greeted and treated with the utmost care and services,” said Nguyen. Nguyen talked about the success of his salon and how it came to be. “We pride ourselves for being different,” said Nguyen when asked what separates his salon from the rest. “We aim for full satisfaction from our clients.” Modern Nails is located on Kirby Avenue, not too far from campus, which is convenient for students and other locals who do not want to be on a hectic college campus. In fall of 2010, Modern Nails expanded its branch to what is now Campus Nails located on 509 E. Green, but due to renovation and the growth of the first salon, they decided to stick



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with just the original for fear that they may “spread (themselves) too thinly.” This has proven to be a perfectly fine idea since their original store now has many more features than one would find at other salons. It holds 16 (yes, 16) La Fleur Pedicure Chairs so that their clients won’t have to sit around and wait

their turn. Instead, customers can walk right into one of the open chairs and let it massage all your worries away as they begin to pamper your feet. With a staff of more than 10 dedicated workers, Modern Nails guarantees that you will be in and out quickly and leave as a happy customer.

hair salon/place to get hair colored

Best Hair Salon/Hair Color

od Sickler was crowned victor for Best Hair Salon and Best Place to get Hair Colored. Located in Champaign, this hair studio was

constructed in October of 2005, becoming the center for numerous ideals of art, beauty and wellness. Within the shop, an upscale hair

Modern Nails is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, they open a little later at 11 a.m. while closing at 4 p.m. Modern Nails strives to always be available for their customers, so call them or stop on in and see why they are the No. 1 salon in CU!

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salon and spa is located centrally between a photography studio, medical spa, dental office, chiropractor facility and a personal training studio. The classy establishment follows a simple motto that reflects the work done within the center: Art Service Passion. On average, 75-100 clients are seen every day at Rod Sickler. The staff are busiest at work styling hair, pampering, and dazzling their guests every Thursday through Saturday. Their work begins to pick up the pace toward the end of the year, during the fall and winter seasons. Eager to offer customers more, Rod Sickler remodeled the shop just this past year, almost doubling the space. They hope to magnify the wellness center and seek out other related services to offer to their clients in the future. After speaking with Whitney Fleming, the hair salon manager, she offered some insights, saying

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that one of the best aspects of the salon is how they offer such a wide variety of services. The intensive staff training program is especially notable, ensuring that every employee has a friendly attitude toward his or her work. Fleming said that the most satisfying response a client could have after being styled is “the smile on their face.” Owner Rod Sickler participates in Sexy Hair shows, which allow him to travel the world. Upon arriving back to the shop’s base, Sickler shares his insights and observations from around the world about the latest trends and techniques for his staff to use on their clients. Fleming suggests that this traveling and development of skills is why clients come to Rod Sickler: for their “signature way of cutting layers” and for the established system Rod has introduced to the salon. Fleming said it’s the staff’s passion, along with the amazing clients and work environment, that makes working and patroning Rod Sickler such an awesome experience.

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place to buy new clothing

ocated on N. Neil St. in downtown Champaign, Circles is nestled next to a bakery and restaurant, a perfect location where one can easily pop into the shop. Established in 1984, owner Danelle Jameson took over Circles in 1993. Since then, Jameson has put emphasis on bringing clothing to Circles that is artistic and puts value on quality. She likes to pick pieces that offer a unique alternative to what is found at the mall. “I travel a lot and go to markets across the country, including art shows and people watching,” Jameson said, discussing her process for selecting clothing for the shop. Circles is the place to also look for a statement piece of clothing, be it a new fringe satchel or down-to-the stitching Oxford shoes with floral prints. “Some people like to wear it all when it comes creating a statement,” Jameson said. Jameson, originally from Decatur, Ill., came to Champaign to study mathematics at the University of Illinois, and later changed her major


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eather boas, vintage glasses and leather jackets of every flavor greet customers as they walk into Dandelion. Dandelion, located in the heart of downtown Champaign, is one of the more unique vintage clothing stores in the CU area. Merely wandering in this store will tell any


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customer why Dandelion has earned this year’s Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothing award. Sara Hudson, owner of Dandelion and University alumnus, opened the store in 1993. Hudson says the idea to open a vintage store occurred to her while working at an advertising agency in San Francisco.

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would go overseas for about six weeks every year to build her line for spring. “Eventually I’d like to redevelop that end of

my creativity and would like to open a men’s clothing boutique … Like a ‘brother’ shop to Circles,” Jameson said.

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to art history. She uses that background to create an artistic aesthetic for Circles. “Circles is distinct from other boutiques because of the focus between artistry, design and balance, rather than solely focusing on name brands. Boutiques have their own style and that stems from the buyer,” Jameson said. For a small shop, Circles has plenty of room to navigate. The décor of the shop complements well with a neat palette of slate grey, plums and slight evergreens. That includes the main counter, which is copper — rimmed with a uniform pattern of pennies. Fashion was also something bred into Jameson’s childhood. “I grew up in fabric stores, accompanying my mother and grandmother. Like other kids, I would run around touching everything, but there was a point where I saw the fabric as a library. You go in and study patterns,” Jameson said. Jameson also used to design her own line of clothing for Circles from 1998 to 2006. She

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Jamila Tyler “I was really inspired by the California vintage scene, by all of the shops on Height Street,” Hudson said. Unique pieces are always ready and available at Dandelion. “We go on buying trips all over the Midwest: Chicago, St. Louis and all the little towns in between,” Hudson said. Unlike some of the more higher priced vintage stores located in big cities, Dandelion’s prices are very reasonable, making it a perfect spot for the vintage lovers on a budget. Hudson chooses the pieces for her store based on her own tastes. “I go with my gut. It’s what I like, it’s what I think other people would like,” she said. “It has to be retro, funky or somehow interesting.” One of the ways that the store sets itself apart from other vintage stores is its strong aesthetic; it features a selection of new accessories such as tights and sunglasses mixed in with the vintage pieces. “You shouldn’t do only fifties or only nineties.

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You need to take a little from each and do your own unique look,” Hudson said. What this does is create a visually stunning hodgepodge of the best pieces from all decades. You’re just as likely to find a pair of red velvet platform heels next to a thigh-length '60s mod dress. And for all you male vintage lovers out there, Dandelion is the place to go. Unlike similar stores, Dandelion offers a large men’s section replete with suede jackets from the '70s and camouflage jackets of every type. When asked about her favorite piece currently in the store, Hudson points to a green Southwestern-inspired suede jacket hanging on the wall. “Somebody put in the time to bedazzle and sew and crank it up. It’s really unique, very old and cool,” Hudson said. If you’re looking to add unique vintage pieces that you won’t find at the mall, head on over to Dandelion. You’ll be sure to find that special piece to love


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eadowbrook Park, located at the corner of Race Street and Windsor Road in Urbana, is one of the Urbana Park District’s most beautiful sites. Its 130 acres contain three miles of trails and are open dawn to dusk, all year round. Windy fall afternoons could not be more serene than they are in Meadowbrook. The park offers six trails, most of which allow bikes and pets. The trails range from cement and heavily traveled, to makeshift and private, so whether you are going on a stroll with your neighbors and their dog or alone in contemplative


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silence, there is a path for you. Meadowbrook Park also contains the Wandell Sculpture Garden, a walk lined with work by various artists. The Wandell Sculpture Garden was established in 1999 in honor of Celia and Willet Wandell, who owned a plant nursery and were fond of “supporting art in a natural setting.” Although most of the sculptures are located in the heart of the sculpture garden, a few can be seen along other paths in the park. Before each piece stands a plaque with the artist’s name, vision and title of the piece. “Connectors,”

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Armored Gopher Games

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a sculpture by Micki LeMieux, is unlike anything you will ever see. Other artists whose works are featured are John Adduci, Peter Michel, Cecilia Allen and many more. There are a total of 23 sculptures in the park, a map of which can be found online at www. Finding a park that offers such a creative outlet for artists and a gallery for local art appreciators is rare. A visit to Meadowbrook Park soothes the soul and is an escape from today’s fast-paced society. Take half a day off sometime and go enjoy nature’s artistry.

wo walls lined with board games and trading card game decks of every variety, supplies for painting role-playing game miniatures, extra dice for more Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, and enough tables and chairs to host gamers from around town. Husband-and-wife team Dave and Heather Hoover, owners of Armored Gopher Games, have the gaming community pegged. “We work really hard … to make sure everybody feels welcomed,” said Heather Hoover, co-owner. Armored Gopher has been in CU for about five and a half years, with the Hoovers as co-owners for the past four. In that time, they have grown into a larger location and expanded what they call the “Gopher Mafia,” their family of customers.

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They treat their “Gophers” like family by hosting fundraisers when they hear that a customer’s family needs assistance. The store also hosts book signings and tournaments for the various games they sell in order to foster more of a community atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their battles with each other. The next time your game of Monopoly get a little too heated and Risk just doesn’t satisfy your blood thirst, you may want to settle the score by joining the Gopher Mafia on a Monday night when they play Warhammer 40,000 in the store. “We’ll get anywhere from four to 20 people in here pulling out armies of plastic soldiers, throwing them on the board with some terrain and shooting the

crap out of each other,” said Dave Hoover, co-owner. Friday nights feature Magic the Gathering, and routinely fill the store to its 46-person capacity. Their drafting format is a popular way to play, Heather Hoover said, because it allows you to pick cards from many decks that circulate around the table until you have formed a deck. “It’s like fantasy football, only with goofy cards,” she said. Armored Gopher hosts some officially recognized tournaments that charge an entry fee, but their friendlier normal game nights are free. They encourage people to come talk with the employees or other Gophers to find a game they might like.

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Place to Buy a Bike

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Champaign Cycle

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hampaign Cycle is the best place to buy a bike in the CU area. From hybrid commuters to all-terrain mountain bikes, road-racing bikes to relaxing recumbents, there is a bike for anyone with any need. The store showcases its higher-end road bikes near the front, and the more affordable and accessible bikes, such as cruisers, single speeds and children’s bikes, in the back. “We try to have a mix of everything,” said manager Alex Hegeman-Davis. “We try to just have a lot of stuff.” The most popular bikes are fitness hybrids, Hegeman-Davis said, because they are more upright and better for commuting than many road bikes, but still have narrow tires that make them more exercise-friendly than mountain bikes. The store also recently added the Surly Bikeline and Castelli clothing brand to meet consumer interest. Champaign Cycle mainly sells new bikes, but the employees also perform repairs on customers’ bikes. Aside from selling bikes, an aim of Cham-


paign Cycle is to help develop the cycling community of CU. “We’re trying to do more and more community outreach and get people more interested in cycling as a whole, just because it’s healthy and it’s easy,” Hegeman-Davis said. During the summer months, there is a regular group bike ride that takes off from the store, he said, as well as other spur-of-the-moment rides. The store also organizes other rides, such as the Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, which was held on Oct. 13. There is an annual community bike sale held on-site every spring. People can bring in their bikes, name their selling price, and the store will facilitate the sale. Ten percent of the sales go to Habitat for Humanity, while the rest go back to the seller. With the winter months coming, their indoor trainer rides have begun again. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, riders can bring their trainers to the store and ride with fellow cyclists as they watch movies.

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reen Street alone seems as though it has a million different tattoo shops. The competition to be CU's Best Place to get Tatted is fierce, but for the past two years, No Regrets Tattoos has proven to be worthy of the title. Located in downtown Champaign, No Regrets offers a wide range of tattoo and body piercing services. When I went to check out the shop, I also decided to get another cartilage piercing. Body piercer Karla Grimes did the deed, and her friendliness and professionalism echoed that of the rest of the shop’s. She made me feel comfortable and relaxed, and even humored my questions on how many people get their youknow-whats pierced, to which she said “you’d be surprised.” Great customer service like this is vital, but that’s not the only thing No Regrets has going for them. Owner Matt Stines, who opened the shop in Champaign six years ago, believes that their high expectations set them apart from the competition. “We pride ourselves on being clean and safe

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Merry Ann’s Diner


erry Ann’s Diner has been faithfully serving its customers since 1983. Created by Anastase Pomonis, the diner was named after his wife. Since Pomonis’ passing in July, his son, Tony Pomonis, has run the diner with the help of other family and church members. “Me and my family go to the same church as the owner, and before the father passed away a couple months ago, last summer I started working for (Anastase Pomonis),” said Ryan Kutil, general manager of the Neil Street location. “When the general manager position opened up, he offered that position to me so I came over here in April and May of this year.” The cozy diner on the corner of Neil Street and Kirby Avenue is one of three locations owned by Tony Pomonis. But the popularity and atmosphere of community speaks for the overall presence of Merry Ann’s in Champaign-Urbana. There is an old-school feel to the diner — one that resembles a restaurant you’d find along Route 66 — with its small booths, quick service, massive quantities of food and affordable prices. Customers leave with full stomachs and the satisfaction of getting one’s money’s worth. And for this reason, many come back for more,

and I think we’re above the standards that the state provides,” Stines said. And he’s not exaggerating. The cleanliness of the shop was one of the first things that stuck out to me. Everything was sanitary to the point where they could probably persuade my mother, who has given me the “your body is a temple” speech more than once, to get inked. Stines, who has won more than 50 awards and frequently attends tattoo shows and conventions, is constantly striving to push the shop forward. “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards. I don’t want to get complacent and stop progressing,” Stines said. All of the artists bring something different to the table, which is another advantage for both the customer and the shop itself. “We cover all bases of types and styles of work. A lot of shops only go towards one style of work whereas we do multiple,” Stines explains. As I sit here writing this, new piercing in tact, I can confidently say I have no regrets.

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becoming what Kutil dubs “the regulars.” “The most rewarding part of this job is meeting the regulars,” Kutil said. “(I) make a lot of friends, a lot of contacts. See the same people every day and wonder where they are if they don’t show up.” But don’t be fooled into thinking Merry Ann’s

serves only certain types of customers. The chief reason for the diner’s popularity and success is the appreciation and love by an array of people within the CU community. “We get a lot of retired guys that sit at the same booth, counter, seat and meet with the same guys routinely,” Kutil said. “Monday through Friday, we

pretty much get the same crowd. We get a lot of business people at lunch coming in, and obviously a large amount of college students come late at night after the bars.” Visit one (or two, or all three) of the diner’s locations and determine whether Merry Ann’s truly owns up to this critically acclaimed title for yourself. November 8 - 14, 2012 buzz 11

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You go a few feet; stop for five minutes. Go another few feet; stop for five more minutes. "HEY, ASSHOLE! WHY WON’T YOU JUST CROSS AT THE CROSSWALK? What is this? An ENTIRE sorority is crossing the street AT THE SAME TIME? What do you mean Springfield is closed? Blarh! Garphf!" —What cars could say if they could talk —Nick Martin, Managing Editor

Bikers who Refuse to Use Bike Lanes Worst Place to Take a Nap in Public The girls’ bathroom in the basement of the English Building. There is a rank couch just randomly placed in the girls’ bathroom. While I do understand the desire to sleep on a couch in between classes, I strongly feel that a bathroom is not a conducive place for getting in some shuteye. But there have been at least three occurrences of me coming out of a stall, going over to the sinks to wash my hands, and seeing a girl, passed out, on that couch. Please, oh, please, try and find somewhere else to nap. —Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink Editor

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ticular, and is open to anyone looking for a fun night. e: “As long as you lac nge p u want to come and ird Lo have fun, all are Th ltini o welcome,” Berm- B ingham said. There are weekly attractions such as drag shows on Sundays, goth nights on Mondays, country nights on Wednesdays and Greek nights on Thursdays. There are also weekly Greek parties, Bermingham said, because of their popular lighting, decorations, DJs and themes. Oh, and one other attraction. “Almost every night we have girls tell us how clean our bathrooms are compared to most of the bars on campus,” Bermingham said. “They go on and on about how we actually have toilet paper!” Did I forget to mention the bar’s smoke machine and confetti blaster? Located just two blocks from the Illinois Terminal, you can hop a bus and be at the party in no time.

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alfway between downtown Champaign and Green Street, in “Midtown,” is Chester Street Bar, also known as “C Street.” This location helps the bar cater to a varied crowd and attract people from many different walks of life. “It’s fun and very eclectic. We get a good mix of people,” said Tom Bermingham, manager of Chester Street Bar for the past 20 years. “You meet anyone from goths to old stoners to Greeks, depending on the night.” Though the bar is known for its gay-friendly atmosphere, that is not necessarily the bar’s intention, and it’s not even that accurate anymore. “It’s really not a gay bar anymore,” Bermingham said. “Sixty percent of people that come to the drag shows are straight or girls with their boyfriends. A lot of guys come here to pick up girls.” C-Street first became the go-to late-night hangout of the LGBT community years ago when Bermingham began working at the bar. The community had no gathering place, so the bar met that need and became somewhat of a home. But still, the bar is geared toward nobody in par-

"What the hell is your problem, buddy? The urban planners of our nice city gave you a safe, designated lane! Do you think about anyone but your own eco-friendly self?” —What every single person says when a biker is riding on the street/ sidewalk. —Nick Martin, Managing Editor

The Blue Parking Meters "What the suck! Why is a quarters only 10 minutes? Is this thing broken? Was that quarter an oversized dime? A dollar for forty minutes? This is bullshit!” —The reaction every single person ever had upon realizing they were parked at these stupid meters. —Nick Martin, Managing Editor

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The University’s treatment of graduate students

Maybe you should just pay the students for the work they do and abide by the contract you signed with the GEO so we can avoid going through all of this every year. — Thomas Thoren, Community Editor

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The Kams vomit smell that you can practically taste from the quad It’s growing. Always. —Evan Lyman

Papa John's Papa John’s reminds me of cartoon pizza: It looks like something a Ninja Turtle would eat, but tastes like cardboard, paint and the unfair slave labor of third world children. As Papa John says, “Terrible frozen ingredients make a Godawful pizza; that’s why nobody makes a worse pizza than Papa John's!” I think a better slogan for this crap-tastic chain would be, “Papa John's: When you need to feed people you don’t care about without spending much money.” —Nick Martin, Managing Editor

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or the second year in a row, The Art Theater has deservedly won CU's Best Theater Venue, complete with showings of first-run independent and foreign features, and special events ranging from late night movies to festivals. General manager Austin McCann hopes viewers will find these movies unique, but more importantly, that the Art Theater’s perks will enhance the theater experience. “I want to provide good movies that can challenge people and encourage conversation,” McCann said. Anyone unfamiliar with most of the first-run titles at the Art Theater shouldn’t feel dissuaded. “There needs to be some sort of vision for what we want the theater to be, but more events allow for some exploration and gives each audience its own cinematic pleasures,” McCann said. As great as it is to see an alternative theater stay afloat in a tentative industry, there’s no denying that digital has happened. Theaters outside of the main business pull haven’t been able to keep up with change and have gone under. The Art Theater remains strong, and still shows movies on film. With the Virginia Theatre closed until next spring, that makes it the only theater in the area using celluloid, and with a great sound system to boot. Although the future looks dim for the format – the Art Theater expects to make the full conversion to digital projection this spring – there are still plenty of movies lined up until then for film fans to check out. BUZZ THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8

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“Movies are vibrant and alive on screen, and it’s important to see them the way they were meant to be seen,” McCann said. The Art Theater’s concession stands offers delicious, locally made treats for cheap prices, and a new program with doctoral students from the University to further put audiences into conversation with one another.

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The Art Theater has supported movies that never would have been seen on the big screen anywhere else near the CU area, and its new developments will expand to get more out of the filmgoing experience. Ebertfest may be in the spring, but The Art Theater is CU’s annual film festival that transcends the uniform filmgoing experience.

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year in a row to defend its title as winner of Best Art Gallery in CU. Although there is no owner, James Barham founded indi go three and a half years ago to cater to artists in the Champaign-Urbana community. Operating under the philosophy of “visual space has essentially no owner,” the Artist Co-Op provides a space, as well as support, for a variety of different artists and their work, including new artists who haven’t yet received a lot of exposure. The Artist Co-Op is located near the intersection of University and Neil, nestled between a retro thrift store and guitar shop. Inside, the relatively small gallery feels spacious, with high ceilings and bright lighting. One of the gallery’s most prominent architectural features is the large, white-washed brick wall that provides a clean and simple backdrop for artists’ work to stand out. The gallery is divided into two levels, another unique feature of its architecture. The lower level provides a more intimate space for display with dim lighting and several cubby holes set into the walls. Local artists can pay a mere $25 to have the space available for exhibitions and openings. There are a lot of rotating events, ranging from

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exhibitions, poetry readings, musical events and private events. Indi go is also known to host fundraising events for local causes. Indi go’s most recent exhibition highlighted the work of Carolina Rodriguez, a visual artist from Costa Rica. The exhibit revolved around the juxtaposition of pre-Colombian art from

Costa Rica, prairie landscapes of the Midwest and urban scenes from Costa Rica and Chicago. With a constant rotation of events and openings for artists, indi go is a great place to get a little art noshing done while in the area. For a calendar and opportunities, visit

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here aren’t many places where you can experience a variety of diverse, cultural and professional performances for less than $10 (if you're a student), yet Krannert can easily claim this title. Boasting more than 400 shows this year alone, Krannert takes the cake for the Best Performance Theater. “Students get a discount for all performances. You won’t pay more than $10 a ticket,” said Bridget Lee-Calfas, the public information director at Krannert. With 100 free performances every year, ranging



from classical music and opera to student-run shows, Krannert is filled with a variety of opportunities for all ages and interests of people. If a performance isn’t for you, there are events and amenities that can keep you just as entertained. For those of you looking to save some cash, stop by Krannert on Thursdays at 5 p.m. to get a meal and entertainment. “Every Thursday at 5 we have a wine tasting if you’re 21 or older. If not, there’s free cheese and crackers with live music,” Lee-Calfas said. The Stage 5 Bar in the lobby is another place

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he stage is set, the microphone is checked and the audience members have drinks in hand. Home to comedians from all around the region and winner of Best Comedy Venue, Memphis on Main takes care of your need to laugh without guard. Located at the corner of Main and Chestnut, Memphis on Main was founded by couple Ben and Tiffany who took the former Vriner’s Confectionery and turned it into a venue for live entertainment in the CU area. From karaoke nights on Thursdays to local blues bands performing over the weekend, Memphis is best known for its comedy nights every Wednesday night, and a lot of the credit can be given to two brothers. Jesse and Justin Tuttle, comedians and head coordinators of Memphis on Main’s comedy shows, started the comedy scene at Memphis on Main three years ago when they really saw potential with the spacing of the bar. “The room is set up really well if you’re going to a bar for comedy. Because the stage is set in the back, it’s a professional sound system, professional lights,” Jesse said.

to sip on some wine, socialize and grab a quick bite to eat. The menu is filled with quick appetizers that are perfect during intermission of a show. Krannert also boasts a café to satisfy those looking for something more substantial. The Intermezzo Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and includes vegetarian options, sweet treats, breakfast goods, filling lunches and of course, coffee. Most of the ingredients are locally produced and organic, as Krannert is a certified Green Business. If you’re craving a piece of cake or a cup of cof-

fee, you can order ahead to keep your stomach from rumbling too long. Make sure you check out The Promenade gift shop as well. The shop contains jewelry, art, gifts and cards. As for the performances, there are ones for theater-lovers, free shows and events for pennypinchers, organic food for health nuts, a gift shop for shopaholics, and wine for the sophisticated type. With a long list of amenities and events for all types, it’s no surprise that Krannert Center is crowned Best Performance Theater.

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The comedy nights include a wide variety of comedians from locals such as Andrew Voris and Rich Castle, to headliners such as Kyle Kinane and Todd Yohn, who have been featured on Comedy Central and Conan O’Brien. The line-up is promising and the acts are polished. So if your inner comedian feels like it can take on Memphis on Main, follow these steps: First try open mic nights at the Clark Bar in downtown Champaign. The crowd is much more welcoming and the first 15 people are able to test their talent. With your newly earned confidence, sign up for a five-minute slot at Memphis on Main. The bar takes 10 people and it’s recommended to sign up at least two weeks in advance, since different people come in from Champaign, Peoria, Springfield and Chicago. Arrive on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. to amaze the crowd. “We especially want college students to perform and get them into Memphis and allow them to perform. It’s half the fun of it … Seeing a couple of people you don’t see normally,” Jesse said.

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Canopy Club, you can see a man play a piano, an EDM artist and a world famous bassist all in one week. The design of the club, and even the name, gives an allure to the rain forest, which isn’t a coincidence. As Mike Armintrout, talent buyer at the club, said, “The premise behind the name is like the rainforest, which hosts numerous species of plants and animals; the club hosts numerous types of events and live entertainment.” Fans come for the artists, but they stay for the awesome lights, drink specials and upbeat environment, all of which contribute to the appeal of Canopy. “We want to provide an environment where people from all walks of life and all different tastes and styles can come here and see a show that hopefully provides them with a positive entertainment experience," Armintrout said. While the band sets up for the show, one can indulge in the beverage selection at one of the two bars inside the club. After you’re done en-


joying the drinks, there is an impressive dance floor in the middle of the club. Canopy has hosted some varied artists in the past year including Diplo, Neon Indian and STS9. This year’s schedule is no different. They have already had a few impressive bands who performed during the Pygmalion Festival including Best Coast, Hum and Lætitia Sadier. Canopy has also hosted EDM artists Krewella and Wolfgang Gartner already. Coming up are hip hop producer AraabMUZIK, country band Florida Georgia line and Big Gigantic. Canopy stays true to their word when they say they book artists from across the musical spectrum. The way Armintrout is able to book such a variation of well-known artists is due to the pristine reputation he likes to uphold with performers. The way he sees it, as long as Canopy treats the artists well during the day, the artists will in turn put on a their best show for the audience and hopefully come back to perform again. That same hospitality Armintrout shows



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performers is reciprocated to concert-goers. “We want to treat the patrons like they’re the rock stars,” said Armintrout. At the end of the concert, Canopy offers free cups of water to patrons as they leave. After

two hours of jumping up and down, nothing sounds more refreshing than a cup of cold water. Unlike most venues that only offer overpriced water bottles, this is another homely touch Canopy offers.

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fell in love with Mike ‘N’ Molly’s beer garden during Pygmalion. It’s the ivy climbing the bricks walls. It’s the seemingly ancient brick walls, crumbling and eroding as the weather takes its toll. It’s the humble stage. It’s the cigarette smoke wafting into the air. It’s the patrons silently immersed in the music. It has a draw. There’s a charm to it. Even in the pouring rain, patrons find their way into the beer garden. It could be that the beer garden has some sort of magical charm. Or maybe it’s the nicotine pangs. There’s a reason that CU voted Mike ‘N’ Molly’s beer garden as their favorite, and it undoubtedly has something to do with the personable charm of the venue itself. “It’s obviously one of the better venues downtown for local music,” said Kenneth Weatherford, bartender at Mike ‘N’ Molly’s. “It’s a place where you can go and hang out with a lot of musical artists.”

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Though the beer garden is larger than the upstairs stage, both stages have an incredibly close and small feel to them. It’s as if there’s nothing beyond that wrought-iron fence. It’s just you and the music. Alone at last. “We have a lot of good shows out there, weather permitting obviously,” Weatherford said. This time of year, most of Mike ‘N’ Molly’s shows are upstairs, said Weatherford. It’s rare they’ll have outside shows when it starts to get cold. “It’s definitely Champaign’s only outside music venue,” said Weatherford. “It’s kind of off the beaten path, but once you get there you feel like you’re at home in the beer garden.” The beer garden itself, before Mike ‘N’ Molly’s moved in, used to be a parking lot, said Weatherford. And that was a shame. But it’s not a parking lot anymore. It is the soul of Mike ‘N’ Molly’s.

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fter receiving a toy drum kit at age six and a guitar by the 6th grade, it’s safe to say Angie Heaton’s blood has been running thick with twangy, musical fluid for nearly her entire life. Self-proclaimed as “part Phoebe from Friends and part Alice from The Brady Bunch,” the blondehaired singer-songwriter is this year’s recipient of the Best of CU’s Best Band/Musician award. Best described as rock-meets-country, Heaton’s musical accomplishments have netted her positions in multiple rock and independent bands since the mid-‘90s. Heaton has released four fulllength albums under Parasol Records and its subsidiaries, and has also worked for the label, so she has a special place in her heart for Parasol and the local music scene. “I was so blessed and just plain lucky to be able to have such a cool job [at Parasol] for such a long time,” Heaton said. When asked to name her favorite local venue, Heaton could not name just one. “There is nothing like playing at The Highdive, closely followed by Cowboy Monkey. You can always count on things sounding good on stage and off at those places,” Heaton said. “For a more intimate venue, I love to play The Iron Post. The energy is great, and the seating and stage placement are very cozy.” Heaton cites rock and disco songs from the ‘70s as her early musical influences. “I heard a few Blondie songs and was all over it. I needed to make that sound,” said Heaton. Inspired by her own experiences, Heaton explains her past songwriting as something akin to a musical conveyor belt. Songs began to pour out of her following a bad breakup, though she ended up repressing most of her work, as she

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did not want to write another song about her ex. “Needless to say, the joke’s on me. I haven’t been able to write a song in years … but I plan

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espite being born in Florida, Dawna Nelson never hesitates when asked where she’s from. “Champaign just always felt like home,” she said. “I was raised in Florida, was transplanted here around junior high. I went to high school in Monticello, but whenever someone asks me where I’m from, I always say Champaign.” After moving to Nashville, Tenn. for a few years to pursue music, Nelson returned to the comforts of Champaign and has stayed ever since. She has spent the last 13 years singing with the band The Impalas, a blues-y rock band that frequently plays the Champaign bar scene. Her voice is a powerful force, so it’s no surprise that she has left a big enough impression on the CU community to be voted as Best CU Personality.

Nelson has just as much affection for the CU community as it has for her, frequently volunteering and praising the great Midwestern values of Champaign-Urbana. “I’ve served on the board of directors for the Greater Community Aids Project for several years, and whenever I’ve sent out the word that we needed help, whether it be for more volunteers or for donations, it always seems that the people of this community are very quick to respond positively,” Nelson said. She is even selfless when it comes to her own music. “I always tell people that The Impalas are a great band despite the fact that I’m in it,” Nelson said. While she is definitely in tune with every part of the CU music scene, she refused to pick her favorite place to play. “Oh God I can’t answer that,” she said. “I would get in so much trouble if I answered that. I’d have angry villagers outside my door with pitchforks.” For someone who gives so much to the CU community, I think we’ll let her slide.

Best CU Personality: Dawna Nelson

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entertainment best

place to buy music

Maddie Rehayem

Exile On Main STREET


a world where the odds seem to be stacked against record stores, Exile on Main Street flourishes in downtown Champaign. Spend only a half hour in the shop and you will be astonished by the amount of business that Jeff Brandt, owner of Exile on Main Street, has on any given day. Part of what make Exile the best place to buy music is that there isn’t much competition. “We’re the only one that actually carries new music,” Brandt said, mentioning Record Swap, the other area record store. He said that even places like Best Buy don’t carry as much music as they used to. It’s hard to imagine now, but Brandt speaks of a time when there used to be at least three music stores on Green Street. “Part of why I was willing to go out on a limb and try to do this was because there was a market that was fairly untapped,” Brandt said. “Periscope had closed, Record Service had closed … there’s tons of places that had all disappeared.” Today, despite its off-campus location, Exile On Main Street still gets plenty of student customers. “The city has done a really good job in the last 10 years just advertising that it’s not that difficult to get downtown,” Brandt said. Being located right down the street from a 24-hour diner (Merry Ann’s), and in a busy downtown area with numerous restaurants and bars, it's a great way to attract students and still appeal to CU residents


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who want to avoid campus. “There’s some people who would not have been frequent customers had I put it anywhere else,” Brandt said. The customers, students or not, come for the music. “I feel really lucky; I’m so far behind on

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actually getting things on the floor to sell them. It’s a good problem to have.” Exile is currently stocked with the latest releases, from Ty Segall’s most recent album Twins to Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. Brandt also stocks video games, DVDs and other types

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of neoclassical statues, Far Eastern art and huge European-style gardens surrounding a GeorgianRevival mansion” – or, in other words, Wonderland.

of media. And in case you were wondering, the name came after the location. Exile on Main St. is one of Brandt’s favorite Rolling Stones albums. “I figured if Mick Jagger had sued me it would be good publicity one way or the other,” Brandt said.

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The Allerton Music Barn

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llerton Park, located 45 minutes from CU, near Monticello, has been described as “a vast prairie turned into a personal fantasy land

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In 1914, Robert Allerton inherited 1,500 acres of land called “The Farms” from his father, a successful investment banker, and transformed it into a

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formal garden and sculpture walk with the help of his adopted son, John Gregg Allerton. In 1946, the Allertons moved to Hawaii and donated their entire estate to the University of Illinois for use as an education and research center, forest reserve and public park. As you wander through the estate, your surroundings will become more and more curious. You may stumble upon the Fu Dog Garden, which showcases two rows of blue ceramic fu dogs with eyes that stare into your soul, the Peony Garden, which houses 70 varieties of peonies, the Hidden Garden, with 12-foot-high walls of shrubbery, or the Sunken Garden, a large, grassy area sunken below ground level and surrounded by majestic stone gateways. Throughout the park and surrounding forest, there are over 100 sculpture pieces that Allerton collected during his world travels. Allerton Park is a popular place to hold retreats, weddings, graduation ceremonies and camps, but it also makes a great place to spend the day. I would recommend bringing some friends, a bottle of wine (though alcohol is technically prohibited) and a pie and hanging out atop the rolling meadows as if you were the heirs of a vast fortune. The forests also have good trails for hiking, and picnic tables and grills are provided for picnickers. You may find you never want to leave this enchanting place, but the park closes at sunset.

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bbq & regional restaurant

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Black Dog Smoke & Ale House

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Food Truck

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The Vegasm from Cracked Food Truck, photo by Samantha Bakall.

Cracked Cracked has the good mind of parking on Fourth and Green on weeknights, taking full advantage of college students who are jonesing for anything salty and satisfying at 2 a.m. Everyone should immediately go and try the Goy-vey. It has salami, bacon and hash browns — but the best part is the spicy cream cheese slathered on one bun. It is glorious! Gorging on cheap and tasty sandwiches served up by attractive men is not a bad way to end the night. —Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink Editor

Ode to the Crave Truck


lack Dog Smoke & Ale House, located at 201 N. Broadway Ave. in Urbana is serving up the best barbecue in the ChampaignUrbana area. Since opening in February of 2009, Black Dog quickly began gaining buzz all around the area for its barbecue greatness. From its smoked meats to the impressive bar, Black Dog Smoke & Ale house certainly has something for everybody. Black Dog knows its barbecue. Mike Cochran of Black Dog explains how they “do things right, low and slow.” By the crowds flocking in, Black Dog evidently knows a thing or two about barbecue. Through indirect heat of smoking cherry, oak and applewood, the smoker slowly cooks up 600 pounds of meat at a time. Black Dog’s selection of locally raised meats include the sought after burnt ends, pork spare ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked catfish, rib tips and smoked chicken, all of which are smoked to perfection. But what is barbecue without the sauce? During my visit to Black Dog, Cochran explained that his love for barbecue began as a hobby in his backyard in Kankakee, Ill. He broadened his barbecue sauce knowledge by traveling through the best states for barbecue, Texas to Carolina. Because “Illinois is the crossroads of everything,” Black Dog set up shop. To accompany its meats, seven perfect sauces were created to cater to every taste. The seven include Georgia peach, Texas sauce, Carolina red, Carolina vinegar, Milo’s mustard sauce,

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hot Georgia peach and Chipotle. Many love all the sauces, but if you’re ever unsure, just order Black Dog’s flight of sauces! Aside from the perfectly cooked meats and delicious sauces, the sides bring the whole feast full circle. Although Black Dog keeps the sides pretty simple, they are not to be missed. Before I tried Black Dog for the first time, many raved to me about their sweet potato fries. They did not disappoint. For my second side I went with the spicy southwestern potato salad, which was, of course, perfection. Also available are the twice-baked potatoes, pit beans and slaw! To wash everything down, I would recommend trying one, or a few, of Black Dog’s specially selected craft beers. Cochran emphasized that the idea of Black Dog was “barbecue versus pub with an emphasis on craft beer.” The beers are all unique and sought after, creating a perfect place for any beer connoisseur. Black Dog’s meats, sauces and sides have won the love of people all over the area and people can’t seem to get enough, which makes me excited to announce Black Dog Smoke & Ale House as not only Champaign-Urbana’s Best Barbecue, but also the Best of CU’s Best Regional Restaurant! Nearing the close of my interview with Cochran, I asked him if he expected to gain this much love from the Champaign-Urbana area when first opening Black Dog’s doors, to which he replied, “Confident, but wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”

The barbecue served up at Black Dog Smoke & Ale House has won the hearts of its loyal fans all over the area, but there is more to this place than just the food and drinks. When you walk through Black Dog’s door, an instant feeling of comfort and a friendly, laidback atmosphere instantly draw you in. Though a little on the smaller size, the turnover rate is quick without creating a sense of being rushed. The service I experienced and the service of those I have spoken to have been nothing but pleasant. Every guest of Black Dog is treated like a long-lost friend, only adding to the comfortable atmosphere. The servers do a great job of working the room so that every table leaves with the best experience possible. Black Dog is the winner of the Best Barbecue and the Best Regional Restaurant of Champaign-Urbana because it does things right. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Black Dog, located in the heart of downtown Urbana, you are truly missing out on some of the most satisfying comfort food in the area! Come see for yourselves what so many all over CU have been raving about! But word to the wise, if you are attempting to get a taste of the stellar burnt ends, I would get there before the lunch and dinner rush! You can contact Black Dog Smoke & Ale House at (217) 344-9334 and for updates on news, daily specials and updates you may follow them on Twitter: @blackdogurbana or you may find and like them on Facebook.

Waffles are one of the most underrated foods out there. Always second (or third) to pancakes or french toast, this crispy cousin is significantly more versatile than its doughy relatives. Crave Truck took full advantage of this, serving up sweet, sticky and ultra crisp Belgian-style waffles with all the fixins’, if that tickled your fancy. Otherwise, the Classic was just swell. Sadly, setbacks due to regulations with food trucks, not only in Champaign-Urbana, but all over Illinois, caused the owners of the Crave Truck to sell their attractive red truck and move onto bigger and better things. We’ll miss you, Crave! —Samantha Bakall, Editorin-Chief

Derald’s The finest diner on wheels in Champaign-Urbana, serving up breakfast and lunch for hungry folks, and conveniently perfuming Mathews with enticing wafts of bacon, Derald’s has been a local establishment for more than 25 years. It’s a familiar sight every morning on Mathews Avenue; the bright orange and blue truck with a row of lawn chairs parked out front, the silver counter gleaming in the sun and the daily specials perennially posted on the glass. Their breakfast sandwiches are simple and classic, but hard to beat. Their fish sandwich isn’t too shabby, either. So just float over to Derald’s on the never-ending clouds of tantalizing bacon grease, grab a seat with the regulars and eat up. —Samantha Bakall, Editor-in-Chief

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Papa Del’s Pizza

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206 E. Green St., Champaign

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izza rules the mid-day comfort eating, latenight warm cheesy craving, and the really late-night I’m-so-tired-I-don’t-care-anymore muncher lifestyle, all to a tee. With pizza being a large staple of the college lifestyle, the votes are in for one of the most important Best of CU categories, and the winner of Best Pizza is (drum role please!): Papa Del’s Pizza on Green Street! The secret to their success? Fresh ingredients. “All the ingredients are fresh everyday (including the pizza dough). Everything’s made to order,”



said waitress Ashley Miskimins. “There’s not any good deep dish places around here. This is well known; its been around for a while.” The deceivingly large restaurant features a rustic, homey atmosphere with a central fireplace in the front room. Miskimins said, however, that a majority of their customers prefer delivery or “dine-ins” where you can order your pizza ahead of time. A little reminder: The most popular Original Sicilian deep-dish style pizza takes about 45 minutes from the time you order. The other Super

Stuffed pizza takes about 55 minutes. If that’s too long to wait, Papa Del’s also features deep dish by the slice. However, they begin selling the slices for half off starting at 3 p.m. until they sell out (which took all of three minutes when I visited). My advice? If you want to eat at the restaurant, try ordering ahead and dining in. Not a fan of deep dish? Papa Del’s has an AllAmerican Thin pizza that takes only about 30 minutes to cook. “My favorite pizza place on campus would be

Vegetarian Restaurant

here are few places that one can combine the concepts of vegetarian and vegan dining, jazz and electronic shows, and a wholeheartedly genuine staff, all while underground. At first glance, one might notice the assembly of green vines congregated around an old-fashioned brick structure; in fact, one might even think it's someone's colorful home. However, a beautifully hand-painted sign titled “The Red Herring Restaurant and Coffeehouse” will inform you otherwise. With its upper floors in use by the Channing-Murray Foundation, a Unitarian-Universalist campus center, the underground section is used for good eats, as thought up by head chef, Dan Garrison, and staff. With few vegetarian restaurants to compare with, Red Herring goes beyond the norm in multiple ways — and very awesome ones, at that. What sets the restaurant apart is the amount of thought and care gone into its meal preparation and customer appreciation. Besides buying their ingredients from local farmers in the intermediate area, if you’re hungry, Red Herring will feed you. “It’s not a big deal for us, you know,” Garrison said. “If that’s your case, then that’s what it is.” Offering a wide variety that caters particularly to both vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, there’s something for everyone. Some of the more popular items included on the menu are tofu broccoli, banh mi and tempeh tacos. Another league of

Papa Del’s because it’s so yummy and there’s no other place like it around here,” said freshman Sarah Maurer. “I like the deep dish Chicago Style pizza and welcoming atmosphere.” Ignorant freshman favorite you say? I think not! Maurer even learned about Papa Del’s from her alumni parents who favored the restaurant years ago. When you’re looking for the best deep dish and thin crust in town, Chambana has voted and students agree, “It’s pop’s for pizza or no place at all!”

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Constantin Roman

The Red Herring

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separation between the restaurant from others is their vigilant use of quinoa and kale, as opposed to just plain rice and lettuce. While you might not be thinking about what’s in your food, Garrison is. Besides making sure your food is prepared just how you like it, he makes sure that “the adequate

proteins are gonna be dished up for the day” in your meal, too. Red Herring consists of an ace staff, with all of the right things in mind. “We want to support our local community and put back in to [it],” said Assistant Manager Anna Grass. Most importantly, they strive to

bring forth a positive atmosphere. “Welcoming, socially non-critical and non-judgmental,” were a few immediate responses given by Garrison, in addition to, “I don’t want people to come in and think that they’re getting some sort of afterthought.” November 8 - 14, 2012 buzz 21

Farm-to-Table American Cuisine

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mexican food

burgundy corner building sandwiched between Green and First, Maize Mexican Grill thrives on vibrancy. Counters bedecked in bright Talavera Tile sigh with platefuls of authentic tacos de pescado, volcanes and chalupas. Students, truck drivers and grandmothers all rub shoulders in anticipation of premium Mexican food served by a pleasant and efficient staff. Despite the crowd, unabashed laughter accompanies the crunch of fresh tortilla chips and slurps of salsa. Manager and owner Armando Sandoval, who attributes the restaurant’s success to the humble corn tortilla, beams over the contented murmur. “The thing is, with the handmade tortilla, everything gets a different flavor,” Sandoval said. There is a huge difference indeed, as clearly noted by the bubbly conversation and happy faces. Maize tortillas even serve as a surprise perk for the gluten intolerant. Originally from Mexico City, Sandoval promises authentic taste to the entire Champaign-Urbana community and believes first-timers will “fall in love” with Maize’s tlacoyos and quesadillas. What sets apart Maize’s quesadillas? First of all, fresh ingredients are delivered every morning to the little shop. Sandoval introduces both unique and staple Mexican ingredients, including huitlacoche (also known as corn smut — that earthy, mushroom-flavored corn filling that generously lines the insides of tacos,

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quesadillas and tamales) and pumpkin flower. A nuance not lost on the community, customers appreciate the genuine flavors. Sandoval encourages seasoned tasters to try his fare of tacos, the specialty of his hometown.

Grilled or fried, the homemade tortilla triumphs at Maize. Speaking of fried, Maize’s fried quesadilla should not be missed out on. It’s a goldenbrown, crispy half-moon, bursting with cheese and whatever desired toppings. Basically, the

CU has a lot of awesome Mexican restaurants; these are some of our favorite dishes

Mas Amigos’ tortilla chips and salsa These chips are thick and sturdy enough to hold a heaping pile of salsa. Last spring on Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, my roommates and I stumbled upon five catering trays of these chips and another tray or two of salsa. I ate approximately 20 straight meals consisting of nothing but Mas Amigos’ chips and salsa. —Thomas Thoren, Community Editor

The chori pollo tacos from Dos Reales, in all its greasy glory, is my go-to order. This dish was basically made just for me: Browned chorizo atop ribbons of grilled chicken with sides of tomato, guacamole, onions, cilantro and corn tortillas.

Mexican answer to an Italian calzone. By insisting on homemade and fresh ingredients, Sandoval’s Maize Mexican Grill captures customers’ hearts with the first bite. Love at first chorizo chalupa? Let your taste buds swoon.

editors’ pick Anytime I divert away from the chori pollo, my tummy is disappointed and refuses to feel satisfied even if I’ve finished whatever else I’ve ordered. —Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink Editor

Dos Reales’ Chori pollo tacos

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Dos Reales' chori pollo tacos. Photo by Jasmine Lee

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EL Charro’s Dollar Taco Wednesday Every Odin’s Day, El Charro Mexican Grocery and Restaurant offers a delicious boon to both mouths and wallets. All tacos cost a mere dollar! Includes steak, chicken, chorizo (Mexican sausage), beef tongue, pastor and veggies (including rice, beans, tomato, lettuce, and avocado). Go this week, and get a Mexican Coke (with real

sugar!) in a bottle to enhance the delicious. —Nick Martin, Managing Editor

Maize’s Pumpkin Flower and Huitlacoche Quesadillas

Sounds weird, right? Wrong. If there were ever two flavors of quesadilla that I could only ever eat for the rest of my life, it would be these two. And that's a lot coming from me, considering I rarely eat a meal that doesn't include meat in some way, shape or form. The pumpkin flower quesadilla is perfectly seasoned — it's light, savory and cheesy all wrapped up in one beautifully grilled, handmade tortilla. The huitlacoche quesadilla (huitlacoche, for those of you who don't eat them almost weekly, is technically an edible corn fungus. Sounds funky as hell, but imagine it more as a mushroom growing on corn instead of the ground. That's not too bad!) might be even more tasty than the pumpkin flower quesadilla, mainly because I have a frightening love of mushrooms and all of its fungal companions. Earthy and rich, but not over the top, Maize does it right every time. —Samantha Bakall, Editor-in-Chief

Fiesta Cafe’s “Alex Tacos” Fiesta Café’s 'Alex Tacos' are perfect for anyone looking for Mexican food that is a bit less “traditional.” They are simple and delicious: A massive amount of flavorful ground pork, cilantro and grilled onions all stuffed into corn tortillas and smothered in their spicy green sauce. I suggest putting extra sauce on them if you’re not a pansy. —Dan Durley, Assistant Music Editor

Fiesta Cafe's Alex Tacos. Photo by Dan Durley

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Original Pancake House

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1909 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign

Waffle with strawberries and whipped cream from Original Pancake House.


reakfast can be a hard meal to come by. When the morning sun finally forces you out of bed and your stomach starts a grumblin' with hunger, the hunt is on. Thankfully, Original Pancake House (OHop), which offers costumers everything from pancakes to omelets to French toast, all in a traditional pancake house setting, is not too far away. Decorated to look like a living room, complete with fireplace, OHop gives costumers a welcoming feeling upon first entry. Hosts immediately greet customers and seconds after taking a seat, a waiter or waitress and coffee server come to attend the table. “I always have a coffee guy going around,” said Eric Faulkner, owner of OHop. “Whereas at (other


restaurants) it’s only the server taking care of it. Our servers are always going around talking to people.” Although the restaurant isn’t open 24 hours a day like other chains, the food from the place is worth getting up a couple of hours earlier in the morning. “(What sets us apart is) our quality food and level of service,” Faulkner said. The house specialty at OHop is the Apple Pancake. When seen on the menu, it states to allow extra time for preparation. That’s because the Apple Pancake is a single giant cake covered with sautéed apples and a cinnamon sugar glaze. Along with speciality plates, the restaurant offers traditional favorites such as bacon and eggs.

However, the bacon served at OHop is thick cut, so an order of bacon can have as much as a half pound of meat. “We also have fresh squeezed orange juice, which a lot of places don’t have and we have ovenbaked omelets,” Faulkner said. The omelets are a big difference compared to the smaller ones usually served up at larger breakfast chains. They’re fluffier, fuller and have more taste to them. Even if you’re too lazy to wake up an hour or two earlier to travel to OHop on your own, on a weekend when your parents visit, suggest having a family meal there, because whether you’re a student, with your family or with a group of friends, OHop is the place to enjoy a warm plate of pancakes.

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Editor's pick

Half portion on french toast from Sam's Cafe

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Sam’s Cafe has the best French toast in town. Hands down. I ordered a half portion of the French toast and I was served a giant pancake of a French toast, golden brown and cinnamony, no syrup necessary. And it’s not just their French toast — it’s legitimately every single thing on their menu. Their biscuits and gravy is this gloriously large plate of chewy biscuits and brown gravy that tastes gorgeously of bacon grease. Their pancakes are incredibly thin and dissolve-in-your-mouth and just on the right side of salty. Sam’s Cafe is a great place to drag all of your friends to and brag “I HAVE FOUND THE BEST DINER IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA!" —Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink editor

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a group of people were to find themselves in downtown Champaign for a day, they should only hope to be walking down Walnut Street. Of the many types of venues that downtown has to offer, a hip coffee shop is one of the expected norms. However, Cafe Kopi manages to take what could easily be misconstrued as a derogative stereotype (i.e. a coffee establishment that will only cater to your caffeine needs if you’re hip enough) and in-

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stead acts as a place of community, and a place that brews a fine cup of coffee. With its sidewalk patio setup always occupied with an eclectic mix of people and bustling conversation, Cafe Kopi only manages to furthermore impress upon entering its interior. Much like entering an old and beloved house, the space immediately emanates a “classic, rustic feel,” just as owner Paul West works hard to produce.

With multicolored walls covered with constantly changing art (currently bicycle-themed), ceilings with mood lighting, clusters of paper cranes and a stream of soft music floating overhead, it’s hard not to get comfortable. However, such an at-ease ambiance isn’t all there is to be admired. Looking at their chief product — coffee drinks — their processes are exemplary and tasty. Crafting everything from a cup of house-brewed

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coffee to a triple-shot macchiato soy-milk latte, there’s something for everyone in any mood. With seasonal specials like hot cider, pumpkin chais and apple pie lattes, the culinary fun is just beginning. With what could be considered the Holy Grail of snacks, there’s anything from sandwiches made from scratch, to a refrigerated case of chips, nuts and chocolates, to an assortment of baked goods to satiate anything from a mere craving to an elongated study session’s hunger-pang. Whether you’re an anxious student, parent with a youngster, refined elder or just a tourist passing by, there’s more than likely to be something for any and all needs. With affable employees constantly flitting from the front-end to the farther recesses of the shop, Cafe Kopi’s main concern is always the customer. Not to mention, having been around for more than 10 years, Cafe Kopi has earned its reputation as a dependable business that listens. Besides being involved with local businesses like Columbia Street Roastery, Cafe Kopi has a quality that is an underrated attribute of daily life: sincerely caring. “I love the customers. That sounds kind of corny, but we try so hard to keep everything the way we’re expected to,” West said. “When people stop me and tell me we’re doing a good job, it makes it all worthwhile.”

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Jarling’s Custard Cup

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best desserts Editors' pick

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Best Place To Get Dessert: Jarlings


ith fresh-baked waffle cones, about 5052 snowstorm flavors and a secret recipe dating back to 1949, it’s no wonder going to Jarling’s Custard Cup is a really sweet treat. George and Helen Potter began the business in 1949 in Danville, Ill., and, after a 20-year run, sold the establishment to Wilmer and Dorothea Jarling. Since then, the Jarling family has owned both the Danville and Champaign locations, with the latter opening in 1983. “A lot of people have grown up with this place,” Angie Horath, shop manager, said. “They went to either high school, grade school or the university here. They got married, they moved away, or maybe they stayed here. Whatever it is, they bring their family here. And it just continues.” If you’ve never been to the friendly ice cream shop before, Horath recommends trying a cold fudge sundae. Indulge in rich, velvety fudge drizzled on a scoop of premium ice cream with real vanilla flavor. But if you’re ready to go past the basics, the lemon custard is a close second. It was a hit at the Danville shop and has become a customer favorite at the Champaign location as

well. The custard has a chiffon-like texture without the bitter taste that one usually expects from a lemon flavor. Sam Saban, sophomore in Education at the University of Illinois, swears by the unlikely combination of chocolate and lemon. “My mom grew up in Danville, so I always thought of Jarling’s as a special treat when I was younger,” said Saban. In addition to the sacred, one-of-a-kind custard recipe, Jarling’s Custard Cup is one of few places that still offers old-fashioned sodas. “We have old-fashioned sodas that they used to have in pharmacies. They’re very popular with the older crowd and the younger crowd is starting to get used to them too, now that they’ve been introduced to them,” Horath said. It’s this quality of Jarling’s that makes it such a landmark in the CU community. Frozen yogurt and bubble tea may be trendy now, but classic ice cream flavors never go out of style. If reveling in a scoop of delicious custard with the perfect creamy texture sounds like the ideal dessert for you, then Jarling’s is definitely the place to go to seek your sweet retreat.

Fun fact: You can go to a different restaurant for dessert MORE THAN ONCE PER MEAL! Why does each meal need only one dessert? Try two! Courier Cafe’s MilkshakE “Even though these are better enjoyed as breakfast than as dessert, they are still technically a dessert food. They will fill you up like a hearty breakfast, however, because they come to your table still in the large mixing cup they were made in.” —Thomas Thoren, Community Editor Big Grove Tavern’s Seasonal Sorbet “I have a slight obsession with frozen dessert, which is why I adore Big Grove Tavern’s seasonal sorbet. Everything on the menu is made with locally produced and grown ingredients, including their fresh, icy sorbet. The flavors are always unique, and despite some of the odd combinations, like celery and watermelon, they surprisingly make sense. It's definitely worth the trip down Neil, even in chilly weather.” ­—Andrea Baumgartner, Arts & Entertainment Assistant Editor Cream & Flutter’s Dark Chocolate Brownie “Take a perfectly gooey brownie, frost it with a bittersweet chocolate ganache, top the whole

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thing with crushed Oreos and what do you get? The cure for sadness! It’s nearly impossible to be unhappy whilst savoring one of Cream and Flutter’s dark chocolate brownies. Don’t be scared away by the seemingly rich chocolate trifecta of brownie, ganache and cookies; the brownies aren’t overwhelming sweet and will never leave you with a sugar-induced tummy ache.” ­ —Jessica Bourque, Arts & Entertainment Editor Mirabelle fine pastry's Almond Horn “Scrumdiddlyumptious! These horseshoe shaped pastries have a crunchy, almond-coated exterior that gives way to a soft, crumbly center. Could it get any better?! Yes. Mirabelle’s dips half of every horn in delicious dark chocolate. Eat yours with cup of coffee and show all your friends how sophisticated you are!” —Jessica Bourque, Arts & Entertainment Editor CocoMero’s Frozen Yogurt “Cocomero has the unfortunate stigma of being the ‘cutesy fro-yo’ shop, but those who feel that way most likely have a severe nostalgia loss of childhood desserts. At Cocomero, you perform my personal dream of combining as many frozen treats as your heart desires.” —Tyler Schmidt, Assistant Art Director

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Try some of our favorite Asian places around town

Fire Burger from Farren's. Photo by Dan Durley

Best Burger with the Most Misleading Name Vegetable biriyani at Aroma Curry House. Photo by Thomas Thoren

Green curry from Bangkok Thai. Photo by Jasmine Lee

The name couldn’t be more misleading. Gross' Burger, all the way in Danville, Ill., (25 Henderson St., Danville, Ill. 217-442-8848) has the best burger I’ve ever eaten. It contains fresh, hand-packed meat from a local butcher delivered (assumingly) daily. Plus, the fries have garlic butter on them and there are awesomely thick milkshakes for only $2! Even the restaurant’s atmosphere is unique, if not exceedingly jingoist. Go and see what I mean, well worth the drive! — Nick Martin, Managing Editor

Best Burger with a Spicy Kick

Siam Terrace's tofu pad thai. October 23. Photo by Constantin Roman

AROMA CURRY HOUSE'S Vegetable biriyani India is part of Asia, so this counts. You could pick anything from here, really, but this was the dish that let me know to come back many times. I have celebrated two birthdays this year with Aroma’s food, including a fun surprise if you let them know. What is it? I know, but you should go to find out yourself! —Thomas Thoren, Community editor

Bangkok Thai’s Green Curry Thank heavens for Bangkok Thai, because it has finally, FINALLY curbed my craving for truly excellent green curry. I like it with tofu and at level three of spiciness, because I’d much rather taste all the coconut-y goodness of the curry than deal with burn-your-tastebuds levels of spiciness. Also, Bangkok Thai actually understands the need for more rice than soup ratio, and serves up a giant side portion of white rice. —Jasmine Lee, Food &

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Cravings’ Ma-po tofu Besides tasting awesome, Ma-po tofu holds familial significance for me as well — it was the dish my grandparents would make me when I would come over to their house as a little girl. And Cravings makes it right. It's simple — tofu, ground pork and spicy peppers — but it's all love. —Samantha Bakall, Editor-in-Chief

Siam Terrace’s Tofu Pad Thai I’m not really a Thai food connoisseur. Hell, I don’t think I’ve ever ordered anything but tofu pad thai at a Thai restaurant. But I have ordered tofu pad thai at damn near every Thai restaurant in town, and the tofu pad thai at Siam Terrace is tough to beat. The dish is perfectly spicy (although you can order a less spicy version if you so choose), and, most importantly, the tofu is perfectly cooked. Which is

Beef noodle soup from Mandarin Wok. Photo by Yoojin Hong

great, because undercooked, flimsy tofu is pretty much the most disgusting thing ever. —Dan Durley, Assistant Music Editor

Mandarin Wok’s Beef Noodle Soup Anyone who knows authentic Chinese food knows that it’s not always easy to come by in this town. Most Chinese places here drown their food in grease and syrup to appease drunk college students, but as soon as you walk into Mandarin Wok, its authenticity is immediately recognizable. They have a separate menu that is only in Chinese and their clientele is composed almost entirely of international students looking for a taste of home. Next time you go, skip the crab rangoon and the General Tso’s and try their beef noodle soup. The beef is amazingly tender and there’s nothing better than that hot, steaming broth on a cold winter’s day. Every time I order it, it reminds me of Chinatown restaurants and home cooking. ­—Michael Zhang, Art Director

Farren’s Pub and Eatery makes a mean burger. Farren’s has a handful of different burger variations to choose from, with my personal favorite being the Fire Burger. It is supremely spicy. Be sure to pay extra for a side of their homemade potato chips cooked with black truffle salt. They are absolutely worth the extra few bucks. —Dan Durley, Assistant Music Editor

Best Burger on Green Street Admittedly, I rarely come to Sliders Burgers as a precursor to bars, but Sliders is my perfect drunk burger. Right next to Murphy’s and with rotating toppings and sauces, it is hard to go wrong with the classic slider trio. —Tyler Schmidt, Assistant Art Director

Best Vegetarian Friendly Burger Burgers aren’t only made from meat, y'know? Try switching it up with Courier Cafe’s black bean burger, paired with homemade pineapple, jalapeno and cilantro salsa; it’s the perfect complement to the smoky flavors. Served on a hearty, freshly-baked multigrain bun, the burger holds together no matter how many toppings you pile on because who likes a messy, crumbly burger? Nobody! That’s who! —Jessica Bourque, Arts & Entertainment Editor

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pen since 2005, Pekara is no stranger to buzz’s Best of CU. Pekara is a local bakery and bistro in downtown Champaign that features quality organic foods made from scratch. Pekara’s philosophy? “We believe every aspect of life can and should be enjoyed,” said owner Ruzica Cuk. “Good bread only requires four basic ingredients, but it takes skill and time to bring about the best flavors and textures. Mostly, we really like good bread.” When Cuk moved to Illinois from Serbia in 1993, she realized there was no bread available here that she truly enjoyed. Instead of continuing her search for a great bread, she took things into her own hands and decided to start her own bakery that would bake from scratch and use no preservatives. The bakery is open daily and offers a wide selection of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pekara Bakery and Bistro

Pekara has a huge variety of breads including Deli Rye, Whole Wheat Sourdough and Pain De Campagne, just to name a few. Customers should also try the chocolate croissants or Parisian macaroons if they are the mood for something sweet. When asked what makes her bakery stand out from others, Cuk said, “The quality of the product. We have over 200 items, and no others have what we offer.” Beautifully decorated, each delicacy truly shows the passion and dedication that went into creating it. The secret? “The bakery business changes every year and that’s what makes it so interesting and passionate,” Cuk said. “It really is a science and art to bake breads.” So if you are in the mood to treat yourself, stop by Pekara and try a tasty treat or two.

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orth Walnut Street seems to be a hotbed for culinary treats and experiences; Bacaro is cozily situated on a strip of concrete that offers goodies such as Cafe Kopi, Radio Maria and Cream & Flutter. The upscale and trendy restaurant fully takes advantage of its dark and expansive windows, positioning romantic two-top tables flush against the glass. Bacaro’s website explains that the restaurant has evolved from its original inception, now showcasing seasonal and local products on their ever rotating menu,

as opposed to its initially limited offerings of crostini and panini. However, at Bacaro, wine is foremost and is clearly the darling of owner and chef, Thad Morrow. Shelves lined with bottles and bottles of wine wrap around the inside of Bacaro. Every server is familiar and well-versed with the impressive wine menu and will cheerfully guide the patron through it, as well as offer suggestions, to make one’s selection as easy and enjoyable as possible, whether he or she be a wine noob

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Radio Maria’s Sangria Mojito The sangria mojito at Radio Maria comes with either red or white wine, but get the red. The generous splashes of house-infused raspberry vodka just beg to be accompanied with red wine. While there’s no rum in this particular drink, the fresh mint, along with fresh fruit, Triple sec and simple syrup, gives it a distinctly mojito flavor. —Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink Editor (See picture to the left) Blind Pig Brewery’s $2 Jameson on Sundays It’s cheap. It’s a classic. It’s all I could ask for. —Thomas Thoren, Community Editor (See picture to the right) Radio Maria’s Caipirinha The Brazilians know how it’s done. Caipirinhas are made with simple syrup, lime juice and cachaca, a liquor made from sugar cane. They’re sweet, tart, easy to drink and far too good to just have one. —Samantha Bakall, Editor-in-Chief Espresso Royale’s Kiddie Cocktail Au Naturale I’m a barista fanboy; I’m very fickle about who

makes my drinks. That’s why when I go to the Expresso Royale on Goodwin Ave., I ask for Evan Metz! See Evan make up a kiddle cocktail with all natural (all local) ingredients like carbonated water, lemons, limes, syrup and grenadine. It’s

or a wine enthusiast. Once an order for a bottle is dispatched, the server will fetch the wines off the shelves, like books in a library, possibly even scampering up conveniently placed ladders alongside the shelves. For truly fine dining in Champaign Urbana, Bacaro fulfills that experience to a tee. Bacaro is open from Tuesday to Sunday for dinner and late-night wine sipping, from 5-11 p.m. Be sure to reserve your next swanky couples’ date or fancy girls’ night here.

Here are some treats to whet your whistle, drunk or sober!

refreshing and not too sweet! —Nick Martin, Managing Editor Caramel Apple Cider from Pekara The traditional fall snack in drink form. It’s amazing. That’s the only way to describe it. — Zach Dalzell, Photo Editor

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leaming dark wood, high-backed black leather booths, dim lighting and the low murmur of conversing bar-goers; this is a pretty apt description of a typical night at Seven Saints Bar. Situated a couple steps away from Walnut and University on 32 E. Chester St., the fluttering maroon awnings and blackened windows don’t reveal much about the insides of the establishment. However, step inside past the heavy fall of curtain and say hello to a group of young men and women who are astoundingly well-educated in beer and spirits, headlined by the vivacious General Manager, Anne Clark. The bartenders at Seven Saints are invested in the offered selection of liquor that presently resides in the bar’s seemingly endless barrels and fridges, and the range of information that any one of them can reel off is staggering. It’s no wonder why Seven Saints won Best Bar Selection in all of Champaign-Urbana. To note, the liquor menu at SS is not so much a menu as it is a thick book stuffed with laminated pages upon pages of spirits. Even the expected index of cocktails comes with a helpfully thorough description of the leading spirit, and liquor listings are further divvied up into chapter heads like “House Favorite Gins” and “Canadian Whiskies.” Educating and keeping the clientele happy are top priority for Clark. “It’s exciting, too,” she nods. “You can drink tequila, vodka, Jack Daniels, but once you start exploring the world of what bourbons and American whiskeys can be, it’s just more fun. While of course it’s true that


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human beings are creatures of habit, we also like to be intrigued and presented with new ideas. There’s still the nostalgia of having a Jack and Coke, but there’s also so many other things to try that have so many other characteristics and flavors, and there’s that story, that human connection that spirits represent. It’s definitely about keeping the consumers informed so that it [the drinking experience] keeps being exciting for them.” Seven Saints is all about making connections, which is clear through Clark’s insistence on stocking the bar with local and limited availability spirits. However, that isn’t to say that SS doesn’t offer familiar names like Patron, Grey Goose or Jack Daniel's. Clark explains that “we represent each style of spirit so that we can attract diverse clientele, as fairly as we can, but within that, of course we’ll have nationally recognized brands, because you want people to feel comfortable ordering. But what we also do at Seven Saints is educate the staff to the extent that we can also introduce guests to alternatives, like when people order Patron, we can also introduce them to Torada, a tequila which is aged more like a whiskey, an Extra Anejo, in bourbon and sherry barrels.” Seven Saints also famously cranks out weekly Uncorked Mondays, Tuesday Brewsdays and Whiskey Wednesdays. In the recent past, SS has crafted a specialty menu for Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day. In the same vein, Clark plans on creating coldweather drinks, splashing liquors and spices into coffees, hot chocolates and Curtis Orchard cider.

Blind Pig Brewery's house beers.


he best beer selection category of buzz’s Best of CU has been dominated by the Blind Pig in recent years. A fan favorite of buzz readers, it should come as no surprise that The Blind Pig Brewery is the winner yet again. It is one of the few bars in the CU area that identifies itself as a brewery, and that emphasis on beer is evident in any visit to The Blind Pig. The website also boasts that The Blind Pig is “Champaign’s 1st all-grain brewery since prohibition.” This bar has more to offer than beer, however. The dim lighting, old wooden furniture and eclectic décor create an appealing atmosphere in which one might expect to encounter a Hogwarts professor. This is real life so that encounter is unlikely, but with its Old English vibe, The Blind Pig could easily fit into Harry Potter’s fictional world. Located at 120 N. Neil St. in downtown Champaign, The Blind Pig Brewery opened as a spin-off from The Blind Pig Co. on Walnut. The brewery is sometimes referred to as “The Piglet” to the older, original Blind Pig. Chris Knight, the man behind this

popular pub franchise, has even found success way beyond the accolades of buzz’s Best of CU. Knight’s Blind Pig Co. has been praised in a variety of beer publications, including BeerAdvocate, which gave it a spot on the Top 50 Places to Drink Beer in the USA. This recognition is surely due to the charming atmosphere in combination with the huge selection of beers available every night. Just how much beer is there to choose from at The Blind Pig Brewery? The bar boasts a total of 14 taps and more than 100 bottled beers, with four taps dedicated to the Blind Pig Beers they brew. The other ten are rotating microbrew taps from other breweries. In terms of variety, the type of beer offered is said to “change out at the brewmaster’s discretion.” Seasonal beers currently on tap include Honey Pumpkin, Blueberry Cider, American Pale Ale and Dark Mild. There is a lot of exciting beer to choose from and, considering the fact that the person in charge of beer options is called a “master,” The Blind Pig Brewery is clearly at the top of its game.

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ake a Border’s bookstore, remove all of the books, replace them with bottles of alcohol and that’s how you make a Binny’s Beverage Depot! With more than 1,800 beers, 2,000 spirits and an endless amount of wine to choose from, Binny’s Beverage Depot can quench the thirsts of alcohol snobs and slobs alike, which is why it this year’s Best Place in CU to Buy Alcohol. They sell everything from a $5 beer to a $500 Bordeaux. Honestly, if you’re looking for it, then they have it, and if for some reason they don’t have it, then they can order it. It’s amazing! Binny’s also has a wide selection of cigars and general party supplies. You can find beer pong balls, pocket shots and, of course, solo cups, plus much more. Binny’s is a chain retailer, but is based in Skokie, Ill., and has more than 27 stores in the Chicagoland area. The Champaign store, which opened this past

year, was the first Binny’s to open downstate. Just recently, a Binny’s opened in Bloomington, Ill., as well. Because it is a chain that generates more than $250 million in sales, the prices at Binny’s are incredibly low and hard to beat; you can buy a bottle of wine for a little more than $4 which is probably, if not definitely, the cheapest in town. Binny’s is a family owned company that was founded by Harold Binstein in 1948. When Mr. Binstein passed away in 1995, his son, Michael Binstein, a former investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. and a Washington Post columnist, took over and has helmed the business for the past 16 years. You can check out Binny’s in person at 802 W. Town Center Blvd (where the Borders used to be!) or you can shop online at where you’ll find an even wider selection of alcohol, premade gift baskets, a Binny’s blog and more!

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Here’s buzz’s favorite stuff to do all over town, be it eat, shop, read or just be merry!

Cafe Luna’s brunch There aren’t many brunch places in ChampaignUrbana, so once I find one, I latch on with a slightly manic fervor. Cafe Luna is one of my favorite places to go for brunch. I stress “brunch,” because a few times I recommended Luna to my friends, they assumed I was talking about the dinner tapas that the restaurant also serves. Nope. On a hazy Sunday morning, the best place to wile away a few hours, munching on gorgeously prepared food and sipping at an amazingly tasty mint and pineapple juice, is Cafe Luna. My absolute favorite dish is the Florentine Eggs Benedict topped with the sun dried tomato hollandaise. Crumbles of goat cheese atop a perfectly poached egg, wilted garlicky spinach, tomato and then liberally drizzled with an entirely unique hollandaise — my god, it was an experience. I almost cried when I finished it because all that tastiness was gone. So take your mom or your roommate or your besties and — ooh! Don’t forget to end your meal with a serving of their beignets. —Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink Editor Jane Addams Book Shop Since I'm a bibliophile, Jane Addams Book Shop in downtown Champaign does it for me on so many levels. The shop contains tens of thousands of books spanning three floors, so many hours could be spent there perusing shelves, reading backs of covers and wishing for more spending money. The best part is that almost all of the books are at a reduced price, an ideal quality for me while shopping. Plus, if you subscribe to their newsletter, you get the details on staff picks, new additions to the shop and a coupon every single month! Get reading, kids! —Jordan Ramos, Copy Chief The summer drought I understand that this had a lot of downsides across the country, but man, was it pretty awesome to have sunny day after sunny day in CU this summer. A nice, severe drought every few years wouldn’t be bad at all. —Thomas Thoren, Community Editor The UGL Despite my efforts to think of a cool hole-in-thewall place no one has heard of, I still would end up having to choose the Undergrad Library as one of my favorite places on campus. First off, it has a large and ever growing comic book collection, which I genuinely believe has saved me thousands of dollars and 20 square feet of storage space. On top of the new movies and games continuously brought in, the UGL is also partly to blame for my sad nerd love for roleplaying games by stocking most Dungeons and Dragons rule books. —Tyler Schmidt, Assistant Art Director CU’s Impressive Independent Media Producers! CU is a hub of free expression. CU Independent Media Center produces awesome radio, art and the excellent Public i, our town’s best watchdog

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Clockwise from top, Jane Addams Book Shop, Palette Cafe, Cafe Luna

journalism. Smile Politely is a fantastic local culture blog with one of the best podcasts in town. Adam Barnett’s, a free-format online radio station, is playing music unlike anyone else and exposing listeners to songs that rarely get mainstream radio play. Aaron Shults has a great video blog, Garfield's Kitchen, where he showcases local/touring bands making tasty food. Likewise, Jake Metz showcases local music by making professional quality recordings/performance videos as Urbana Basement Sessions. This probably isn’t even all the indie media in CU, they're just the first ones I thought of! Oh, hey! Illini Media, owner of buzz, The Daily Illini, WPGU, the Illio Yearbook and the (awesome, new) Technograph counts, too! Our community is a massive media manufacturer! —Nick Martin, Managing Editor Palette Cafe at Krannert Art Museum I am not a huge coffee drinker, but I love the aroma of it, especially paired with the earthy, antique smell of the Krannert Art Museum and the cafe’s neighboring exhibits. It’s usually pretty quiet during the

day, so if you ever need a place to just sit and read or do homework, or even be a little inspired by some art, the Palette Cafe is perfect for that — not to mention if you are a caffeine addict, they make a pretty good cup of bean. —Andrea Baumgartner, Arts & Entertainment Assistant Editor 2 Minute Theater At some point or another, we have all attempted to explain a film’s plot. Usually when people ask me what a movie is about, I throw together some ridiculous explanation. For example, The Avengers is about Tony Stark snaking his way through the film and then finally driving off into the sunset with Bruce Banner (I’m sorry, did I miss anything?) Seven Psychopaths looks like it’s about how the film would have been ruined in the hands of Guy Ritchie and somehow dogs, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell are involved. In a way, 2 minute Theater at The Art Theater affords audience members the same opportunity. At late night screenings, an audience member gets the chance to give the night's feature film a two-minute introduction. Last time I was at

The Art Theater, the introduction included a brief history of director Steven Soderbergh’s examination of institutions, and in the spirit of the film, the guy took his shirt off, with mixed results. —Joyce Famakinwa, Movies and TV Editor G-Mart Did watching The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises this summer leave you giddy like a school girl at a J. Biebs concert? Do you need a way to satisfy that superhero fix but don't know how? Well, new comic books are printed every Wednesday, featuring all of your favorite characters, and they are all available at G-Mart! Located on East Main and is a one stop shop for all of your comic needs. Whether you are picking up new issues, graphic novels, action figures or just want to talk about how Rob Liefeld sucks, be sure to stop in. The staff is always willing to help you out whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned vet to comic books. This superhero/comic movie craze isn't going anywhere so you might as well embrace it and find out who Rocket Raccoon is before he hits the big screen. —Dane Georges, Designer

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Art Mart in Lincoln Square Mall I have recently become a member of “The Finer Things Club” ever since I discovered Art Mart in Lincoln Square Mall. Art Mart doesn’t sell your typical run-of-the-mill salami in their deli section; they sell Habanero salami and pancetta imported straight from Italy. Art Mart doesn’t brew their coffee from an old tub of Folgers; Art Mart brews their very own hand-picked blend of coffee beans from Intelligentsia Coffee, the famous roastery from Chicago. Art Mart doesn’t sell an ordinary bag of pretzels; they sell truffle oil pretzels ... You get the picture. On top of their interesting deli, coffee and snack fare, Art Mart carries a nice selection of wine, some unique beer and a good selection of Belgian chocolate. Add in their delicious homemade baked goods and you have yourself one hell of a store. —Dan Durley, Assistant Music Editor (picture above) Global Tobacco Global Tobacco is probably not the “best smoke shop” in town. They don’t have a great cigar selection or signature tobacco blends. However, I live directly above the place. Not only do they have exceptional service (the guy behind the counter asks me “What’s up, boss?” every single time I walk through the door without failure, which to me, signifies great service) but they also have perhaps the most incredible and bewildering picture of all time in their front window: An obvious Photoshop of Bill Cosby smoking hookah. No matter what kind of shit I’m going through, seeing that picture every day restores my faith in humanity. As I walk past Global on my way to the elevator, I glimpse into Bill’s eyes and know that everything will be okay. And then I get a craving for some puddin’ pops and hookah. —Evan Lyman, Music Editor Destihl’s Beer-Battered Bacon Thanks to Louis Stevens (the character who made Shia LaBeouf a thing), we all know bacon is nature’s candy. All you gotta do is fry it up in a pan and cram it down your pie hole, no frills or other preparation necessary. I didn’t think it could get any better. But this is America, where sweet indulgence can ALWAYS be taken one

step further, and Destihl showed me how to take bacon to the next level with their beer-battered bacon plates. They add another layer to the crispy, flaky goodness by frying it in a jalapeno-and-beer batter. It will make your mouth and eyes water from the sheer beauty of its visage. It might also raise your cholesterol, but trust me, it’s worth it. — Evan Lyman, Music Editor That’s Rentertainment These days, with resources like Netflix, the niche for movie rentals has definitely plummeted. But there will always be a demand for more obscure titles that won’t be available on Netflix, or even at the library. And that’s where this wonderful place comes in. That’s Rentertainment is a paradise for movie connoisseurs, movie buffs and just plain movie-watchers alike. It’s easy to get lost in their vast collection, which is organized neatly into every category you could think of: By director, indie films, foreign films, dramas, anime, pulp horror classics, etc. You can find virtually any movie you might be looking for here, and even better, you’re almost always bound to stumble upon some awesome movie you weren’t looking for. If you can’t find a movie at That’s Rentertainment, it’s probably not worth watching. —Michael Zhang, Art Director Golden Harbor I literally cannot NOT talk about food ever. It’s a curse and a blessing. Growing up Chinese, food was always a huge part of our family experience. From just me and my grandparents, to a table with the largest Lazy Susan probably in the world as to accommodate my entire family, food is it. Being from Chicago, silly good Asian food was easy to find. If I were looking for Chinese food, well, naturally, I would go to Chinatown. Down here is a different story, which is why Golden Harbor is so damn good. It’s about as legit as traditional Cantonesestyle cooking gets outside of Chicago or San Francisco. The food there is meant to be eaten family style, which means, don’t just invite one friend when you do go, ask six or seven. They make wicked duck, pork buns and crispy tofu. You’ll leave stuffed with leftovers to boot. — Samantha Bakall, Editor-in-Chief

Please, I want to go home

buzz Staff

buzz's favorite pizzas

Different slices from all around town showing off the pizza-rific variety!

editors’ pick

With the power of pizza combined, we made a mix-mash pizza of slices representing each of our favorite pizzas. 1- Jet’s 8-corner BLT with turbo crust Practically any of Jet’s pizzas are fantastic, but my favorite is the BLT with Turbo Crust. Turbo Crust is rubbed in butter, garlic and Parmesan, and the beauty of the rectangular 8-corner pizza is that each slice has a ridiculously crispy crust. To those who consider lettuce on pizza a heresy — don’t worry, it’s thoroughly de-vegetized by the mayonnaise and bacon that come with the vaguely healthy mozzarella and tomato. ­—Jasmine Lee, Food & Drink Editor 2- Manolo’s Apple Butter Bacon Manolo’s Apple Butter Bacon Pizza is a fantastic combination of sweet and savory flavors that complement each other well, especially during the fall months. —Evan Lyman, Music Editor 3- Prime Time's Original Crust with Pineapple and Jalapeno Let’s start with the crust: Thin, but not so






2 crispy that it’s cracker-esque, and charred in all the right places. The amount of semi-sweet sauce is in perfect harmony with the mozzarella cheese. Prime Time is also home to a slew of fun toppings: roast beef, giardinera, pepperoncinis and more! I recommend pineapple and jalapeno for a unique combo. ­—Jessica Bourque, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Zach Dalzell 5- Papa Del’s Original Sicilian Pan with Sausage and Mushroom

No pizza rivals Chicago deep dish. So when I started going to school here, a big concern was where I was going to get my pizza. My aunt and cousin showed me Papa Del’s and promised it would live up to my high standards. Honestly, anything you put on top of Papa Del’s pan pizza is great, but my go-to always will be sausage and mushroom. —Andrea Baumgartner, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor 6- One World’s El Mejicano It’s a traditional pizza topped with chorizo, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno. C’mon. That’s a recipe for a damn good pizza. —Dan Durley, Assistant Music Editor

4 4- Manolo’s Spotted Goat


Spotted Goat from Manolo’s is my go-to pizza. The Goat has no meat, but its great combination of cheeses, garlic alfredo and red sauce makes you want to savor every bite. This isn’t the greasy slice of cardboard you use to fill your stomach when there is no other option. —Joyce Famakinwa, Movies & TV Editor

MUSHROOM WITH TURBO CRUST I love bacon; it's really not a hard sell. Nothing could possibly be better than smoked pork. Then put that on a pizza with mushrooms and a cheesy, crispy crust! Phew! I'm getting all hotand-bothered just thinking about it! —Samantha Bakall, Editor-in-Chief

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index Allerton Park 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello, IL 61856 (217) 333-3287 Armored Gopher 1502 North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 344-4263 Aroma Cafe 118 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-3200 Aroma Curry House 2502 Village Green Place Champaign, IL 61822 (217) 352-3663 Art Mart 127 Lincoln Sq, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 344-7979 Art Theater Co-Op 126 West Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 355-0068 Bacaro Wine Lounge 113 North Walnut Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-6982 Bangkok Thai 410 E Green St, Unit 3 Champaign, IL 61820 Big Grove Tavern 1 Main Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 239-3505 The Bike Project 202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 469-5126 Binny’s Beverage Depot 802 West Town Center Boulevard Champaign, IL 61822 (217) 355-0625 Black Dog Smoke & Ale House 201 North Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 344-9334 The Blind Pig 120 North Walnut Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-1532 Boltini Lounge 211 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 378-8001 Bombay Indian Grill 403 East Green Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 344-3380 Buvons Wine Bar 203 North Vine Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 337-7704 Cafe Luna 116 North Chestnut Street, Champaign, IL 61820

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(217) 356-5862 Cafe Zojo Suite D, 2740 Philo Road, Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 328-9656 Cafe Kopi 109 North Walnut Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-4266 Canopy Club 708 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 344-2263 Champaign Cycle 506 South Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 352-7600 Champaign Surplus 303 South Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-4703 Chester Street Bar 63 East Chester Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-5607 Carrie's Antiques and Jewelry 204 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-3231 Circles Boutique 601 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-1115 Cocomero 709 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 328-3888 Common Ground Co-op 300 South Broadway Avenue #166, Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 352-3347 Courier Cafe 111 North Race Street Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 328-1811 Cowboy Monkey 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-2688 Cravings Restaurant 603 South Wright Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 328-2538 Cream & Flutter 114 North Walnut Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 355-5400 Crane Alley 115 W Main St #1, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 384-7526 Dandelion 9 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 355-9333 Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works 301 North Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-0301 Dos Reales Mexican Restaurant 1407 North Prospect Avenue Champaign (217) 351-6879 Durst Cycle 1201 South Mattis Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 352-3300 El Charro Mexican Grocery and Restaurant 55 East Green Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 337-6647 El Toro Mexican Restaurant 2561 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 351-7024 Emerald City Lounge 118 North 1st Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-8661 Exile on Main Street 1 Main Street #108, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-6246 Espresso Royale 602 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 328-1112 Evergreen Tobacco 309 East Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 337-7777 Farren's Pub and Eatery 308 North Randolph Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-6977 Fiesta Cafe 216 South 1st Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-5902 Five Star Tattoo 503 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 355-5077 Friar Tuck Beverage 1333 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy, IL 61874 (217) 355-7933 G-Mart 44 East Main Street #103, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-7733 Global Tobacco 202 East Green Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 607-2643

Golden Harbor Authentic Chinese Cuisine 505 South Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-8988 Goodwill Industries International 912 West Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 359-8729 Goodrich Savoy 16 Theaters 232 W. Burwash Ave, Savoy, IL 61874 (217) 355-3456 Grainger Engineering Library 1301 W Springfield Ave , Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 333-3576 Green Purpose Recycling Center 807 Pioneer Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 954-1450 Gross' Burgers 25 Henderson Street Danville, IL 61832 (217) 442-8848 H20 Salon 109 N Broadway, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 337-1480 Harvest Moon Drive-In 1123 South Sangamon Avenue, Gibson City, IL 60936 (217) 784-8770 Hessel Park Valley Road, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-4012 Hickory River Smokehouse 1706 North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 337-1656 The Highdive 51 Main Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-2337 The I.D.E.A. Store 28 East Springfield Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-7878 Indi Go Artist Co-op 9 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL, 61820 (217) 721 0850 Ippatsu Salon 73 East Chester Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-6547 Jane Addams Book Shop 208 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-2555 Jarling’s Custard Cup

309 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-2273 Jet's Pizza 512 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-3333 Jon’s Pipe Shop 509 E Green St #1, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 344-3459 Jupiter’s Pizzeria and Billiards 39 Main Street, Champaign IL, 61820 (217) 398-5988 Kohl's 109 Convenience Center Road, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-0431 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 333-6700 Krannert Art Museum 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1861 Le Peep 2209 South Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-7599 Li'l Porgy’s Bar-B-Q 1917 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 398-6811 Maize Mexican Grill 60 East Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 355-6400 Mandarin Wok 403 East Green Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 337-1200 Manolo's Pizza and Empanadas 1115 West Oregon Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 365-0110 Mas Amigos 40 East Springfield Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-2100 Market at the Square East Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 384-2319 Mirabelle Fine Pastry 124 West Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 384-6460 Meadowbrook Park 1902 South Duncan Road, Champaign, IL 6182

(217) 351-3019 Merry Ann’s Diner 1 East Main Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 531-1160 Memphis on Main 55 East Main Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-1097 Mike ‘N’ Molly’s 105 North Market Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 355-1236 Modern Nails Salon 1711 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 954-0500 New Life Tattoos 404 East Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 367-5320 No Regrets Tattoos 117 West Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 351-9902 One World Pizza 508 East Green Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 344-4000 The Original Pancake House 1909 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 352-8866 Papa Del’s Pizza 206 East Green Street, Champaign, IL (217) 359-7700 Pekara Bakery and Bistro 116 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-4500 Piccadilly Beverage Shops 505 South Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-8777 Prime Time Pizza 505 East University Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 356-9100 Quality Bar 110 N Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-3425 Radio Maria Restaurant 119 North Walnut Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-7729 The Red Herring, 1209 West Oregon Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 367-2340

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Cosmopolitan Club at the University of Art & other exhibits Illinois University YMCA Wealth of Notions: Economists in Conflict 7pm The Rare Book and Manu- Preschool Story Time Rantoul Public Library script Library, 8:30am Egungun! Power Con- 10am Family Reading Night cealed and PJ Party Krannert Art Museum Rantoul Public Library and Kinkead Pavilion 7pm 9am Illini Student Musicals Expressions in Color: Presents...The Drowsy Selections from the 20th-Century Collection Chaperone The Quad, 7:30pm Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion Movies & theater 9am Fashioning Traditions November Dance 2012 of Japan Krannert Center for Krannert Art Museum Performing Arts and Kinkead Pavilion 7:30pm 9am SITI Company: Café Fields of Indigo: Instal- Variations lation by Rowland Krannert Center for Ricketts with Sound by Performing Arts Norbert Herber 7:30pm Krannert Art Museum Ongoing Events and Kinkead Pavilion 9am Yarn N Yak Rantoul Public Library Classes, lectures, & 7pm


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Egungun! Power Concealed Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 9am Expressions in Color: Selections from the 20th-Century Collection Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 9am Fashioning Traditions of Japan Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 2pm Fields of Indigo: Installation by Rowland Ricketts with Sound by Norbert Herber Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 2pm

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Sports, games, & recreation Puzzle Exchange Rantoul Public Library 5pm

TUESDAY 13 Art & other exhibits

Wealth of Notions: Economists in Conflict The Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 8:30am Egungun! Power Conkaraoke cealed Krannert Art Museum and Johannes Brahms’ In- Classes, lectures, & Kinkead Pavilion, 9am strumental Music with workshops Expressions in Color: Piano: Ian Hobson Saturday Physics Selections from the Smith Memorial Hall “Our Weird Quantum 20th-Century Collection 7:30pm World” Krannert Art Museum and Bruiser Queen Loomis Lab, 10:15am Classes, lectures, & Kinkead Pavilion, 9am Mike N Molly’s, 9pm CSM - Music Together Miscellaneous workshops Fashioning Traditions Girls Next Door Aca(ages birth-5 yrs) F.I.N.D. Orphy of Japan pella: One Night Only! Champaign School of Orpheum Children’s Sci- West African Dance Classes, lectures, & Krannert Art Museum Canopy Club, 7pm Music, 10am ence Museum, 1pm Class with Djibril workshops and Kinkead Pavilion Karaoke with DJ HanCamara nah Red Herring CoffeeCSM - Piano Prep Level 9am Fields of Indigo: InstalPhoenix, 8pm house, 6pm 1 (ages 4-5) lation by Rowland Florencia en el AmazoChampaign School of Food & festivals Ricketts with Sound by nas Music, 5:15pm Norbert Herber Krannert Center for CSM - Songbirds Fall Industry Night Krannert Art Museum Performing Arts Session (ages 5-7) Radio Maria, 10pm and Kinkead Pavilion 7:30pm Champaign School of Live music & karaoke Music, 6:15pm 9am Late Night with DJ Belly Libretto: Florencia en CSM - Hip Hop Rhythm Classes, lectures, & Radio Maria, 10pm Class (ages 8+) el Amazonas workshops Champaign School of Krannert Center for Miscellaneous Music, 7:15pm Performing Arts, 2pm Beginner Tango course Florencia en el AmaMcKinley Presbyterian F.I.N.D. Orphy Food & festivals zonas Church and Foundation Orpheum Children’s SciKrannert Center for 7pm ence Museum, 1pm Krishna Dinners Performing Arts, 3pm Reggae Party: Fall Red Herring Coffeehouse Friends of Theatre: Timothy Ehlen, piano 6:30pm A Conversation with 2012 Krannert Center for Daniel Sullivan Canopy Club, 10:30pm Movies & theater Live music & karaoke Krannert Center for Performing Arts, 3pm Movies & theater UI Trombone Choir Performing Arts, 7pm CSM - Beginning Gui- SITI Company: Café BOOM-JAM Open Krannert Center for Per- Stage CSM - Piano Prep Level tar Level 1 (ages 7-12) Variations November Dance forming Arts, 7:30pm 2 (ages 4-5) Champaign School of Krannert Center for Boomerang’s Bar and Krannert Center for Signal Path Champaign School of Music Performing Arts Grill, 8pm Performing Arts Canopy Club Music, 5:15pm 12pm 7:30pm Lounge Night 7:30pm 9pm CSM - Beginning Piano CSM - Pop Star Fall November Dance Radio Maria, 10pm SITI Company: Café Level 2 (ages 7-9) Session (ages 8-12) Krannert Center for Abe Froman Project Variations Miscellaneous Champaign School of Champaign School of Performing Arts Miller Beer and WGKC Krannert Center for Music, 6:15pm Music 7:30pm Main Stage, 8:30pm Performing Arts F.I.N.D. Orphy CSM - Adult Beginning 1pm 7:30pm Orpheum Children’s Sci- Hootenanny Sports, games, & Violin (ages 18+) Rosebowl Tavern ence Museum, 1pm Live music & karaoke recreation Champaign School of Rantoul Public Library 8pm SATURDAY 10 Music, 7:15pm Book Club Coed Pageant Gaming Day Art & other exhibits Mike N Molly’s Miscellaneous Rantoul Public Library Rantoul Public Library Live music & karaoke 2pm 9pm 12pm Wealth of Notions: F.I.N.D. Orphy Economists in Conflict JOE PUG with Denison Orpheum Children’s Sci- CNTRL: BEYOND EDM Ongoing Events Witmer The Rare Book and ence Museum, 1pm Canopy Club, 9pm SUNDAY 11 Canopy Club, 10pm Manuscript Library Crafternoon Chicago (the band) Exhibit: A World of Libretto: Florencia en Art & other exhibits Shoes 8:30am Rantoul Public Library Assembly Hall, 7:30pm Egungun! Power Con- el Amazonas UI Steel Band and Spurlock Museum, 12pm 3:30pm Wealth of Notions: Krannert Center for cealed Writers Group I-Pan Economists in Conflict Writers Group Krannert Art Museum and Performing Arts Rantoul Public Library Krannert Center for PerThe Rare Book and Manu- Rantoul Public Library 6:30pm Kinkead Pavilion, 9am 5pm forming Arts, 7:30pm 3pm script Library, 8:30am

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Live music & karaoke

Open Decks with DJ Belly Radio Maria, 10pm Carolina Chocolate Drops Movies & theater Krannert Center for AsiaLENS Film Screen- Performing Arts 7:30pm ing: Pinoy Sunday Salvatore Martirano Spurlock Museum Composition Award 7pm Concert Ongoing Events Krannert Center for Performing Arts Exhibit: A World of 7:30pm Shoes Afterglow: Salvatore Spurlock Museum Martirano Composi12pm tion Award Concert Krannert Center for WEDNESDAY 14 Performing Arts Art & other exhibits 9:30pm ARAABMUZIK with DJ Wealth of Notions: Economists in Conflict SOLO and Jay Moses The Rare Book and Manu- Canopy Club, 9pm Open Mic Night! script Library Samuel Music 8:30am Egungun! Power Con- 5pm cealed Miscellaneous Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion F.I.N.D. Orphy 9am Orpheum Children’s SciExpressions in Color: ence Museum, 1pm Selections from the C-U Comedy’s: Stand 20th-Century Collection Up Comedy Krannert Art Museum Memphis on Main and Kinkead Pavilion 9pm 9am Trivia Fashioning Traditions Mike N Molly’s, 8pm of Japan Ongoing Events Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion Domino Club 9am Rantoul Public Library Fields of Indigo: Instal- 1pm lation by Rowland Ricketts with Sound by Sports, games, & recreation Norbert Herber Krannert Art Museum Pokemon Club and Kinkead Pavilion Rantoul Public Library 9am 5pm

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Caribbean Grill Lunch to Go Refinery, 11am

“Four Legs Good”--two legs bad!

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Michael Ian Black Comedy Show Illini Union, 8pm F.I.N.D. Orphy Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 1pm Express Yourself! Exploring Gender Performance University YMCA 7pm Puzzle Exchange Rantoul Public Library 2pm Rantoul Public Library Board Meeting Rantoul Public Library 7pm

MEET THE PROS featuring Al Fleener Champaign Public Library, 12pm CSM - Beginning Piano Level 1 (ages 5-6) Champaign School of Music, 5:15pm CSM - Rock Band Level 1 & 2 (ages 8-16) Champaign School of Music, 6:15pm



Classes, lectures, & workshops


Jupiter String Quartet Krannert Center for Performing Arts 7:30pm

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Rick’s Bakery 2018 S Philo Rd, Urbana, IL 61801 217) 344-9383 Rod Sickler Salon and Spa 2520 Village Green Place, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 403-1790 Siam Terrace 212 West Main Street Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 367-8424 Sliders Burgers 616 East Green Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 328-3944 The Station Theater 223 North Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 384-4000 Steak ‘n Shake 2010 North Prospect Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-1606 Strawberry Fields 306 Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 328-1655 That's Rentertainment 516 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 384-0977 Undercover 628 South 5th Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 328-4152 The Undergraduate Library 1402 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 333-3477 Urban Outfitters 507 East Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 328-0277 Virginia Theater 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 (217)-356-9063 West Side Park Close to Champaign Central High School

Stumped? Find the solutions in the Classifieds pages.

Across 1 There’s one at the beginning of each of this puzzle’s four theme entries 7 Retail estab. 10 Holder and Reno, for short 13 “Nets to Catch the Wind” poet Wylie 14 Goneril’s father 15 Sign for a packed theater 16 Getting gray 17 Ways out 19 Sketch show with Dollar Bill Montgomery 20 Bart Simpson word 21 Gothic novelist Radcliffe 23 1 of 18 24 Explorer with a peak named after him 29 C times C, divided by IV 32 Chef who says “Pork fat rules!” 33 Had some hash 34 Type of 1-across, in Mexico 35 Burn in the tub 36 Election Day day: abbr. 37 Leader of 1960s UK rockers The Pacemakers 38 Till compartment 39 ___ Harbour, Fla. 40 Shown past the foyer 41 “What is it?” 42 Native American group (and source of a Washington city that differs by one letter) 44 Yell on the links

45 Pop-up blockers block them 46 Drug abused by Rush Limbaugh and Courtney Love 50 Like growly stomachs 55 Removed from the actual action, as with a commentator 56 Where Cedric the Entertainer got a big break 57 ___ chi 58 Jimmy Eat World’s “Drugs ___” 59 “I thought it’d never get here!” 60 Damascus’s place: abbr. 61 Lofty poem 62 Notable feature of each 1-across


1 Grin from ear to ear 2 First name in gymnastics 3 Strove for first 4 Monogram pt. 5 Illegitimate 6 Unit of energy 7 She played drums on “Seven Nation Army” 8 Venue for drunken singing 9 Preset on a stereo, maybe 10 Org. 11 Bryant Gumbel’s brother 12 Player suspended in 2003 for using a corked bat 14 Zodiac sign for Ben Affleck or Roger Federer 18 Crime novelist Grafton 20 MSNBC rival

22 Lon ___ (palindromic coup leader) 24 Piquant 25 Pageant host 26 Lima and pinto 27 They may be stored in “Favorites” 28 Comic Poundstone 29 Nixon whose voice replaced Natalie Wood’s in “West Side Story” 30 Golden Arches sandwich, sometimes 31 “Love Will Lead You Back” singer Taylor 34 Shift 36 Don’t rush 37 Reaches, as a high point 39 One of the Seven Sisters 40 Lamentable 42 Drink once pitched by Yogi Berra 43 Beatnik interjection 44 Govt. arm mentioned by Eminem in “Without Me” 46 Muesli ingredients 47 Get an inside shot? 48 Giant slain by Odin, thus creating the Earth 49 Intense anger 51 ___ contendere 52 Rapper on the reality show “The Surreal Life,” for short 53 Last word in ultimatums 54 Pixels, really 56 Tongue depressor sound

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Paul Jenkins, Phenomena Point Swing and Flank (detail), 1964. Acrylic on canvas Festival of Arts Purchase Fund 1965-10-1 Š Paul Jenkins

40 buzz November 8 - 14, 2012

Buzz Magazine: Nov. 8, 2012  

Nov. 8, 2012: Read about the best CU had to offer in entertainment, dining and community in our special 40-page edition!

Buzz Magazine: Nov. 8, 2012  

Nov. 8, 2012: Read about the best CU had to offer in entertainment, dining and community in our special 40-page edition!