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Ryan Poff
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Indianapolis
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Kingsport - West Des Moines
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    Economics, 2004 - 2010
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Good sports pub in Burlington, which unfortunately doesn't have that many options for drinking. A large bar and table area seats many, but it's shoulder to shoulder during happy hours with all the large offices nearby. Food is standard pub fare but I really do like their Cuban and tater-tots. Beer selection is pretty wide and it's always served fresh and cold, if a little pricey. A good place to watch a game or have a drink - it's really only limiting factor are the large crowds and the slow service that comes with that.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Stayed for roughly a month on business, paid for by the company. Rooms are very clean, modern, and up-to-date. There is a full size fridge with a stove top and microwave if you want to eat in. My room had a large L shaped desk which was very useful. Bed was comfortable, pillows not so much, but I am picky about pillows. This place could have easily earned four stars if not for oversights. 1) There is almost no hot water when I wake up at 7:30 and shower. I guess the "early birds got the worm," but hot water is a really basic deal that shouldn't be lacked. 2) The window unit for heat/cooling has no direct thermostat, only a high/low knob, so you're playing with the unit to get to a desired temperature, and there's no thermostat so you never know what the temp actually is. Not a huge deal as I was rarely uncomfortable, but it's an oversight. 3) Internet is very poor. While hotel internet is always the butt of jokes, this dropped me nearly hourly some nights. It was so bad to be unusable. Internet needs vast upgrades. 4) Cleaning only comes once a week. In a long term facility, that's expected, but they only bring TWO towels! You're either forced to wash your own towels (laundry is free - detergent isn't) or you can bring them back to the front desk. 5) There is a set of thick curtains directly behind the thin "slip" curtains that block out the sun, but these thick curtains weren't visible at first. I went two weeks without finding them while the sun woke me up as soon as it rose. Advise people that these curtains exist! This isn't a bad place for business, as the rooms are nice, it's quiet, and it has free laundry. A few issues really set it back, and they should be quick fixes for staff.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Babylon is quite a good little restaurant serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. It's located on a hill that is a bit awkward to get in and out of, but is accessible from the Target shopping center parking lot. The decor is bland and the place needs a good interior decorator, but the food and prices are very reasonable. I had the shawarma platter, which consisted of seasoned, shaved beef, a small portion of rice, cucumbers, and onions. The beef was well seasoned and crispy, but perhaps a bit too greasy. I had too much meat and not enough vegetables - exactly the opposite I was expecting, but the dish was still well above the norm for the area. My companion had a chicken dish with rice and the same vegetables. Her chicken was perfectly cooked, lean, and melt in your mouth. It was quite a bit better than my shawarma platter. Total bill was $34 including tax - however, sandwiches were available in the $6-$8. This would make an affordable, unique lunch spot. Good place and good people and some sorely needed variety for the area.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Had one of their lighter beers and an IPA several months ago when I rolled into town. The beers had no carbonation and were totally flat. I paid for them and never went back. I don't know anything about the food other than it was expensive when I went in, but given that the beer was bad and how many other good drinking options are available downtown, I don't see myself returning. The service was good and the atmosphere in there is quite nice for a brewpub, so if they got the brews down (at a minimum), they've got the facility to do something very well.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Not a fan. Went two to three weeks ago and was completely slammed on a Saturday. I couldn't figure out how to get the ice out of the soda machine and there also wasn't any ketchup on the table. Three small chicken tenders, small fry, drink, and a biscuit was nearly $9. You might as well go to Zaxby's down the street.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've been in Des Moines for the better part of a year and wanted to find a used book store like McKay's back in Tennessee. Half Price Books fits the bill. The selection is not nearly as extensive as the Nashville or Knoxville., TN McKay's, but it's around as good as the smaller McKay's near my hometown in Johnson City, TN. Prices were all over the board - I thought some books were going for below market rate, others above it. The music selection was a bit lacking in diversity of genres and overall volume. The video game selection was very small. Movie collection was in line with expectations, but lots of VHS tapes were on the shelves. I can't see many people trading in VHS tapes these days. The worst part was that each genre of books was "walled in" by bookshelves on both sides. Only one or two people could reasonably fit in the genre's "nook." If the store expanded its music and video game selection and went to a straight aisle format, it would be a big winner. Since it's the only fish in this pond in Des Moines, it seems like it can coast with its current mediocrity.
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Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Pulled pork sandwich, fries, and medium Diet Coke was nearly $15. Too much. Traveled to Kansas City Friday to see the Royals and have a BBQ here after hearing all the buzz by foodies. Ordered the pulled pork sandwich at the Brooklyn Ave original location, had to practically shout through a small opening in the glass for the cook to hear me. There wasn't a sign on the door stating whether they accepted Visa - luckily they did. The meat is served without sauce, but the sandwich is served on plain white bread, and with how big these sandwiches are, the thin bread can't cope. These sandwiches need to be served on a true bun. Lather that meat up with some sauce and the white bread just gets soggy and crumbles. The meat was smoked decently, but it doesn't come close to the true smokehouse favor of the Ridgewood in Bluff City, TN. The taste of the bare meat would have been acceptable had the meat not been so fatty. This meat was not "marbled" and in between the small portions of lean pulled pork was a great amount of fatback. This wasn't appropriate marbling...it was just gross, unhealthy lard. The original sauce was tangy and had some vinegar to it, but it wasn't good enough to be memorable. The "hot" sauce was equally forgettable. I didn't eat the sweet sauce. Famous Dave's, a BBQ casual dining chain, has much better sauces. The fries were homemade, deep-fried, and excellent. They were as good as any I've had at top-notch BBQ restaurants in the southeast, and were the only redeeming factor of the meal. As a native Tennessean and BBQ connoisseur, this place would be out of business if it relocated to my hometown within a few months after the buzz wears off. Not only can Arthur Bryant's not touch the best BBQ in our region, the original Ridgewood, it isn't even as good as small mom and pop shops(Firehouse, Pardners, Braden's) in east TN that can give you the same meal for half as much. As far as Des Moines goes, you'll get a better BBQ at Jethro's, Famous Dave's. or Smokey D's for less than you can eat Arthur Bryant's. All hype and no show.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago