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(I had typed something similar, but much less detailed, on April 20, 2014, but it was unfortunately removed after being reported by some idiot who thought I was celebrating Hitler's birth. I'm not. This is an alternative analysis of Adolf Hitler's life and legacy, not a celebration of it.)

Today is April 20, 2014. Typically on this day, people celebrate—or at least talk about—that today is 43rd annual Weed Day. Pro-legalization advocacy groups pump out more propaganda, opponents of "reefer madness" come out in force to condemn the lazy potheads, and people (teens and oldies alike) roll a joint or smoke a blunt in observance of this unofficial holiday.

Today is also the last Sunday of April and, according to the legend, (approximately) the 1,985th anniversary of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and divine resurrection three days later. To celebrate, Christians everywhere tell their children the tale of a giant bunny, representative of an ancient pagan fertility goddess, that lays candied eggs for youngsters to collect and greedily hoard from friends and family alike. In doing so, they celebrate the divinity of the Son of God.

There was another event in human history, however, that is arguably much more significant (at least in respect to Weed Day) and by far much darker, yet all the more neglected. On this day in 1889, at the Gasthof zum Pommer (a local inn located in Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary, a small town bordering Bavaria, Germany), a Polish peasant woman named Klara Pölzl, with her husband Alois, gave birth to a young boy. His name was Adolf Hitler.

Today is the 125th birthday of Adolf Hitler, the Führer und Reichskanzler of the Third Reich. While so many others post and comment on Weed Day or the Day of Our Lord's Resurrection, this year I will pay heed to the Day of the Dictator. As terrible and tyrannical as the devil of a man Hitler was, we as a society must remember that without his actions, the world as we know it would be much different and (dare I say?) potentially much worse.

Adolf Hitler helped pave the way for the modern era, an era of decreasing segregation and increasing diversification, where racism is on the run and racial tolerance is a respectable trait. How did the leader of the Nazi Party; executor of the Holocaust and persecution of ethnic minorities; and one of the most antisemitic, racist white supremacists help end racism? Hitler's racial intolerance and the atrocities he committed, or helped influence, against millions across the globe set a precedent of the extent of human hatred and exhibited to the world the dangers of permitting such people to hold positions of political power.

Hitler unintentionally made an example of the pain and suffering to which destructive ideologies like racism and nationalism can lead if given the opportunity to flourish in the minds of the populace and the seats of its governing bodies. Though his intention was to cultivate racism and his own arbitrary form of hate-based eugenics, in the end Adolf Hitler showed the world exactly why we as a species must fight against unjust discrimination and hatred based on social, ethnic, or cultural paradigms. Hitler's mission as the Führer was to spread hatred and yet in the end, all he did was help the world realize that the hatred needs to end.

Hitler unknowingly helped build the more tolerant and egalitarian society in which we now live by playing the villain. As unfortunate as it is that so many had to die so miserably, their sacrifice—both the victims of hate and guardians of freedom—helped leave a permanent stain in human history, a lesson I hope we will never forget.

ADOLF HITLER: A (NOT SO) SHORT SUMMARY

Hitler's Youth
Young Adolf was a trouble child with a troubled childhood. He openly defied his father and refused to conform to both the discipline of his parents and the strictures of his school. He showed much promise, however, and quickly became popular among both students and mentors. His teachers saw his exceptional intellectual prowess and his peers admired him for his savvy leadership skills. At the age of 8, Hitler had discovered his knack for singing beautifully in church choir and at one point even considered becoming a priest.

After his younger brother, Edmund, died of measles on February 2, 1900, he changed. The death of Edmund deeply affected young Adolf. Once a lively, outgoing young boy with a conscientious mind and bursting with confidence, Adolf Hitler became emotionally disconnected and sullen. At the impressionable age of 10, the end of Edmund's life triggered the beginning of Hitler's new one as the dark and deeply disturbed figure we know so well today.

Young Adulthood
Living a bohemian lifestyle, Hitler as a young adult was an aspiring (and struggling) artist. Painting with watercolors was his mode of expression. Seeking to further his dream, he applied at The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, but was rejected both times because of his "unfitness for painting." The director of the academy suggested Hitler take up architecture, but lacking the proper credentials, he was unable to pursue that path either. After his second rejection, Hitler was broke and his poverty forced him to settle at the Meldemannstraße dormitory for poor working men in 1910 after a year of homeless destitution. During this time, Vienna was in the midst of growing religious prejudice and racism, especially against immigrants, many of whom were Jews. Although difficult to pinpoint, scholars generally agree that Hitler developed his strong antisemitism during his time living in Vienna, and by the time he left the city (possibly to avoid conscription by the Austrian army) to live at his father's recently-inherited estate, Hitler's hatred for Jews was thriving deep within his embittered heart.

Military Career
After failing his physical exam and deemed unfit for service by the Austrian army, Adolf Hitler volunteered to serve in the Bavarian Army as an Austrian citizen. He served as a dispatch runner on the Western Front in France and Belgium in the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment 16 (1st Company of the List Regiment), and, after being wounded at the Battle of the Somme, was decorated for bravery, receiving the Iron Cross, Second Class, in 1914. At the recommendation German-Jewish World War I veteran Hugo Gutmann, Hitler also received the Iron Cross, First Class, on August 4, 1918, a rare honor for someone of his rank (Gefreiter). On May 18, 1918, he received the Black Wound Badge.

On October 15, 1918, Hitler was temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack. While hospitalized in Pasewalk, he learned of Germany's defeat. With a growing antisemitism in his heart and an embittered hatred for immigrants that he developed during his time in Vienna, Hitler bought into the "stabbed-in-the-back myth," or Dolchstoßlegende, that was popular among German right-wingers. Instead of just blaming Marxists and traitorous civilian leaders, however, Hitler also blamed "die Juden," especially Marxist Jews, for leading to Germany's failure in World War I.After witnessing what he saw as the disgracing and humiliation of Germany and its peoples, Adolf Hitler vowed to avenge the country and punish the traitors, especially the Marxists and Jews, for their treachery.

Returning to Munich after World War I, Hitler was recruited as an intelligence agent, assigned to influence other soldiers and to infiltrate the German Workers' Party (DAP). While monitoring the DAP, he was drawn to the antisemitic, nationalist, anti-capitalist, and anti-Marxist ideas of its founder, Anton Drexler. Impressed by Hitler's oratory skills, Drexler invited the young man to join the DAP and on September 12, 1919, Adolf Hitler became the 55th member of the party. Around this time, he was also exposed to the occultism he would later embrace after meeting fellow DAP founder Dietrich Eckhart, who was also a member of the Thule Society, a German occultist and völkisch group in Munich. Eckhart decided to mentor Hitler, expanding the man's understanding of Munich and introducing him a wide range of its people.

From Fighting in One World War to Starting Another
Seeking to grow its membership, the German Workers' Party (DAP) formally changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). To go along with the new change in its name, the NSDAP employed their newest member and his artistic skills to design a banner representing the party. After some thought, Adolf Hitler settled with the design of a swastika in a white circle on a red background. On March 31, 1920, Hitler was discharged from the army and became a full-fledged member of the NSDAP and the best orator in the party, with speeches most noted for his harsh diatribes against the Treaty of Versailles, rival political leaders, and especially against Marxists and Jews. Being a hotbed for anti-government German nationalism, Munich was the perfect place for Hitler to start his political career. Unfortunately for Hitler, however, the other members of the NSDAP saw him as too overbearing. In response, Hitler angrily resigned his position. Knowing that Hitler's resignation would mean the end of the NSDAP, however, they asked that Hitler would rejoin. He agreed, but only on two conditions: that the party's headquarters would remain in Munich and that he would replace Drexler as party chairman. The party accepted, though dissent and opposition to Hitler continued to fester. After a series of powerful speeches, however, he was granted absolute power as chairman of the party with only one nay vote cast.

Hitler continued to give speeches to his fellow members and public audiences, developing his rhetoric and adopting populist themes in order to attract a greater demographic. Though still having difficulties leaving lasting impressions on those with whom he met privately, Adolf became a highly skilled rhetorician and orator. Nevertheless, Hitler seemed to only attract Germans. As journalist H. R. Knickerbocker noted, it was as if all non-Germans were immune to his words.

In 1923, Adolf Hitler enlisted the help of World War I General Erich Ludendorff to aid in his attempted coup, known now as the Beer Hall Putsch. Trying to emulate Benito Mussolini's "March on Rome" in 1923 and modeling the party's appearance and policies after Italian Fascism, Hitler staged a coup of his own in Bavaria, followed by a challenge to the government in Berlin. Both Hitler and Ludendorff sought the support of Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Bavaria's de facto ruler and state commissioner. Kahr, along with Police Chief Hans Ritter von Seißer and Reichswehr General Otto von Lossow, wished to install a nationalist dictatorship, but without Hitler.

A violent conflict ensued during one of Kahr's speeches on November 8, 1923, when Hitler and his Nazi militia, the Sturmabteilung (SA, "Stormtroopers"), stormed the beer hall and demanded their support at gunpoint. After initially pledging their support, Kahr and his consorts quickly withdrew their pledges and refused to join Hitler in his coup. Refusing to take no for an answer, Hitler and his supporters marched from the beer hall to the Bavarian War Ministry to overthrow the Bavarian government, but the police dispersed them with deadly force.

Hitler's Imprisonment and the Writing of Mein Kampf
Hitler was arrested and charged with high treason, where he was sentenced by the special People's Court in Munich on April 1, 1924, to five years imprisonment at Landsberg prison. Despite the charges, he received friendly treatment by the guards and permitted exclusive rights to receive mail from his supporters and regular visits by party members.

Against objections from the state prosecutor, the Bavarian Supreme Court issued a pardon to Hitler and by the time he was released from prison, he had served just over a year of his five-year sentence. During that time, however, he managed to write his infamous autobiography, Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"), originally titled Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice. In this book, Hitler outlined and finalized his political and racial ideologies.

By the time Hitler was released from prison, the political atmosphere had cooled significantly and the economy had improved, thereby limiting his chances of rousing the public into action. After the failed coup, the NSDAP and its affiliated organizations were banned in Bavaria. In addition, Hitler was banned from public speaking. It wasn't long until both bans were lifted and Hitler was back in business. Then, the United States stock market crashed.

A Rising to Power
The resulting Great Depression threw Germany into its own severe economic depression, paving the way for Hitler's rise back into power. Taking advantage of the political opportunity, Hitler renounced his Austrian citizenship, but did not become a German citizen until seven years later on February 25, 1932, when the interior minister of Brunswick (who was a member of the NSDAP) appointed Hitler as administrator for the state's delegation to the Reichsrat in Berlin. Following his new citizenship, he ran against Hindenburg in the presidential elections and used his oratory prowess to win the support and favor from many of Germany's most powerful and prominent industrialists. When the results came in, Hitler had garnered 35% of the vote in the final election. Although he lost to Hindenburg, he established himself as a strong reckoning force in the German political sphere. He was such a strong influence in politics, in fact, that the industrialists and businessmen he befriended, along with two influential politicians, Franz von Papen and Alfred Hugenberg, wrote a letter to Hindenburg urging him to appoint Adolf Hitler as chancellor, which he reluctantly did after feeling pressure from the absence of a an effective government.

After securing the passage of Reichstag Fire Decree and manipulating the newly elected Reichstag through forced detention of dissenting Reichstag members and a prohibition of Communist members from attending, Hitler brought the Enabling Act to a vote. Employing the aforementioned tools to ensure its passage, the Enabling Act was voted into allow, thereby providing the German Cabinet (essentially Hitler) the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag. In doing so, through both the Enabling Act and the Reichstag Fire Decree, Hitler transformed the government into Hitler's own personal de facto legal dictatorship.

With full control over the legislative and executive branches of the government, Hitler and his political allies suppressed the remaining political opposition, strengthening his grasp over Germany. Trade unions were forced to dissolve and their leaders were arrested; the German Labour Front was formed to represent all workers, administrators, and company owners, furthering Hitler's national socialist ideals; and by the end of June, all other parties were intimidated into disbanding, including the Nazi Party's nominal coalition partner, the DNVP. On July 14, 1933, the NSDAP was declared the only legal political party in Germany.

When the SA began to demand more political and military power and caused anxiety among the German military, industrial, and political leaders, Hitler ordered for the devout Nazi militia group to be purged via "Blood Order," an event later known as The Night of the Long Knives. Ernst Röhm and other leaders of the Sturmabteilung, along with a number of political adversaries, were rounded up, arrested, and shot. While many in the international community and even some Germans within Germany were shocked by the mass murders, many in Germany saw Hitler as restoring order.

A Crowning Achievement
On August 2, 1934, President Hindenburg died. The previous day, however, the German Cabinet had enacted the "Law Concerning the Highest State Office of the Reich," which stated that upon Hindenburg's death, the office of the president would be abolished and its powers merged with those of the chancellor. Thusly, Hitler became the head of both state and government, and was formally named Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor) of Germany. This law contradicted the Enabling Act, however, so Hitler and the cabinet revised the new law to delegate presidential authority to the president of the High Court of Justice, rather than the chancellor, rendering him acting president pending new elections. This last move was the final legal remedy to eliminate any possibility that he could be legally removed from office.

Being head of state, Hitler became Supreme Commander of the armed forces. The traditional loyalty oath of servicemen was altered to affirm loyalty to Hitler personally, rather than to the office of Supreme Commander or the State. By roughly mid-August, the merger of the presidency with the chancellorship was approved by 90% of the electorate voting in a plebiscite.

Through blackmail, deceit, and subterfuge, Hitler established himself as supreme leader of the German nation. By submitting false allegations, passing detainment and prohibition laws, and silencing even the slightest of criticism or dissent, Adolf Hitler secured his position as the absolute sovereign ruler of all of Germany. Not only was he the Leader and Chancellor, not only the Supreme Commander and Head of both State and Government—he was revered by the German people as a god. With this unbridled power in his hands, he then used it to unleash the single greatest and most destructive war to have ever disgraced the human race. And only after 45–90 million people died did Hitler add another, dissatisfied that he did not kill more.

Conclusion
Adolf Hitler was an idealist and an artist, a leader and a speaker, a killer and an executor. A man with a brilliant mind, but an embittered and troubled heart, Hitler went from a conscientious young boy who sang in church choir and aspired to become a priest to a ruthless dictator who would stop at nothing to perfect the human race through purge and persecution.

He was a great man. He was greatly loved by his people, greatly hated by his foes, and greatly disturbed in his soul. Whether what Hitler did was for personal gain or for something greater, only he knows. What he did, however, is clear for all to see, read, hear, and witness through the annals of mid-20th century history. Nevertheless, regardless of whether you praise him as a god or damn him as a devil, no matter if you consider him a saint or see him as a sinner, the pain and suffering he caused is obvious. Arguably the most hated man in history, Adolf Hitler is one of the only men in history who can be credited with having intentionally caused the deaths of millions.

And yet, had this vile man never lived, if the Holocaust never occurred, and if the hell of the Second World War had not come to pass, I dare argue that this world would not have been a better place. If there is such a thing as destiny, then it was Hitler's destiny to fail, but only after he inadvertently taught the world and all its inhabitants the price of intolerance.

Adolf Hitler's intent was dark and it was cruel, through his inhumanity we learned to be more humane. Through his darkness, we found light. Borne from the aftermath of Hitler's reign was a race of people, a single race composed of blacks and whites, Jews and Gentiles, Asian and American—the human race. Believe it or not, Hitler helped us realize this. And although it would be absurd to thank him for all the terrible pain, death, and suffering he caused, I suggest we be proud of ourselves for having learned so well a lesson we would inevitably have been taught, if only so that we don't have to be taught it again.
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Is that a pro-Hitler documentary, +Tracey Brown? I'm not interested in Neo-Nazi propaganda. If it isn't, though, then I'll look into it.
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Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John "Johnny" R. Cash was not a perfect man and this song, though only a cover, tells his life story better than anyone or anything ever could.

If you plan on listening to this song, watch the music video that originally came with it. I can guarantee you that your eyes, however dry at the beginning, will no longer be at the end.

Rest in peace, Johnny Cash. You were not just a legend; you were the face of the human condition and, more specifically, of the human heart.

Lyrics:
I hurt myself today 
To see if I still feel 
I focus on the pain 
The only thing that's real 
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting 
Try to kill it all away 
But I remember everything 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

I wear this crown of thorns 
Upon my liar's chair 
Full of broken thoughts 
I cannot repair 
Beneath the stains of time 
The feelings disappear 
You are someone else 
I am still right here 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

If I could start again 
A million miles away 
I would keep myself 
I would find a way
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Great He was simply the best, Only John Cash could have sung it like that, with the emotion, Thanks for Sharing 
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As someone seeking to get a doctorate degree in philosophy, this is definitely encouraging.

Thanks again, +The Atlantic, for yet another thorough analysis.
 
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Announcement: Yesterday, I proposed to my girlfriend and today, I am now engaged!
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They are very good! 
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I feel much the same way. It's so saddening that people are so obstinate when it comes to accepting reality. Over the millennia, the idea and concept of God has been reformed and revised in order to fit alongside recent scientific discoveries. In recent years, however, resistance to scientific progress by religious fundamentalists has increased to the point that many are quite deluded when it comes to even the most basic of scientific principles. It's disheartening, really.
 
You can see the earnest confidence in the eyes of every single one of these people, and that's the most heartbreaking part.  There isn't an argument here that isn't pretty trivially refuted, so it forces me to ask what their lives are like that nobody who loves them, who cares about them, who's concerned with their wellbeing hasn't sat them down and explained the simple things.

I don't doubt that they're surrounded by love, I just wonder how neither they nor their closest nor the closest to those have anyone willing and able to help them see the real beauty of all we know about the world.
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A powerful song sung by a legend of a man.
 
Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John "Johnny" R. Cash was not a perfect man and this song, though only a cover, tells his life story better than anyone or anything ever could.

If you plan on listening to this song, watch the music video that originally came with it. I can guarantee you that your eyes, however dry at the beginning, will no longer be at the end.

Rest in peace, Johnny Cash. You were not just a legend; you were the face of the human condition and, more specifically, of the human heart.

Lyrics:
I hurt myself today 
To see if I still feel 
I focus on the pain 
The only thing that's real 
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting 
Try to kill it all away 
But I remember everything 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

I wear this crown of thorns 
Upon my liar's chair 
Full of broken thoughts 
I cannot repair 
Beneath the stains of time 
The feelings disappear 
You are someone else 
I am still right here 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

If I could start again 
A million miles away 
I would keep myself 
I would find a way
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favorite cash song 2nd is cocaine blues 3rd ring of fire
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Well damn.
 
Sigh. 
Canadian researchers found players of the computer game Starcraft reached their peak in terms of cognitive motor performance at 24.
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Via +The Huffington Post for +1'ing the post.
 
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I usually keep my personal life somewhat private, though I do have some news I am proud to share.

I have been in a long-distance relationship with this girl I met for a little under four years now and during that time we have learned more about each other before actually meeting than most people will know about their own spouses in a lifetime. Throughout these years, I have experienced more with her than many will with their closest lover, discovered more about her than anyone will ever know, and shared more about myself to her than I ever thought I would. I regret many things in my life, more than I can imagine, but I have never regretted even for a moment being with her. She truly is the love of my life.

On February 22, I finally met the love of my life in person. She flew down to spend nearly a month with me at my house and during this time, I have gotten to discover more about her than I ever thought possible. I must admit, it has been more difficult than I expected, but in the end I do not doubt it was worth all the trouble... and the wait.

Currently, I am in northwest Florida for the next couple or so weeks, beginning last Thursday (March 20), visiting her abode and meeting her family.

Despite all the troubles and problems we've faced, from the arguments we shared to the fights we've had, this has by far been the happiest time in my life thus far. I never thought I could love someone so dearly, but I'm glad I found out. And as for those arguments and fights, it brings me joy every time I look back on them because no matter how bad, every single time it ended in resolution—or at least on a loving note.

And sweetheart, if you're reading this, I just wanted to say: I love you.
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I recently found out that while my mother was seeking an affordable insurance plan, Obamacare is actually more expensive than most of the other insurance plans offered. However, this is primarily due to the fact that Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) blocked parts of Obamacare's implementation, including the federal subsidies given to participants, which would drastically lower the cost of the insurance and thereby making it affordable.

Having experienced this dilemma myself, I feel obligated to ask: is the unaffordability of the insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act caused by Republican measures to prevent its full implementation in many states or is it a problem with the reform bill itself? Or is it something else entirely?

I expect varying responses to this post and encourage the sharing of them all. I myself am undecided as to what I should think of this.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
After going to Poppa Rollo's Pizza for the first time just a couple days ago, I was definitely impressed. The service was amazing and the decor was thoroughly enjoyable. The food was good, but then again I haven't gotten to try much from there, so I may update this review after I go another time. Now, to address each aspect of the restaurant: The food was good, but it was not all that great. I had the Special Salad with the anchovies. It was tasty, but very salty (as was expected from a salad consisting primarily of anchovies and olives). My brother and friend both enjoyed the pizza they ordered quite thoroughly, though, so this may give you some insight as to the quality of the food. Once I try more food from here, I will update my review accordingly. The decor was very good, bordering on excellent. The place was quite busy, but the tables were nice and cozy and the general noise level was surprisingly low. I particularly enjoyed the old movies and shows that were playing on the big screen. In the waiting room, Flash Gordon was playing, absurdly fake graphics and melodrama included, and The Three Stooges were on in the actual eating area. Moreover, there is a number of arcade games in the playroom/kid's area. Overall, the environment in the place was pleasant and comfortable. My only complaint is that the smoking section (which included the kid's section) smelled like a giant ashtray, which can be quite unpleasant for those unaccustomed to the smell of cigarette smoke. The service was by far the best feature of the restaurant. Despite the wait time (around 15 minutes), the quality of service was excellent to say the least. Each time our drinks were low, we had them refilled or replaced immediately. In fact, the waitress brought out a small pitcher for our friend filled with the drink he ordered. She was very nice and made sure we were satisfied with our meals. Additionally, one of the other employees helped us take a picture and even joked with us while we ate. Overall, the service was superb and in this aspect I have no complaints. If you are interested in genuine Italian food at a great restaurant, I recommend Poppa Rollo's Pizza.
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Food: GoodDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
I had the Grande Burger without cheese and I must say that it was delicious. I didn't expect that a Mexican restaurant would cook such great burgers, but they certainly did exceedingly well on my order. I highly recommend it to anyone planning on eating here. The chips and salsa was also tasteful, though the green sauce seemed a bit different from the usual I find in similar restaurants. The service, however, was excellent and our waiter exhibited a superb attention to our dining experience, whether that be bringing another chip basket as soon as we were getting low or refilling our drinks without hesitation as they ran out. I was so pleased with the service here that I actually complimented the waiter and mentioned his exceptional work to the manager. As for the decor, it was pleasant and inviting. Watch out for the lamps that hang over each table, though! I got up too fast and bumped my head right on it. Ouch!
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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The people here are always nice and the food is delicious as well as nutritious.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I have been to a couple Cheddar's before, but this is by far the best one. The food is amazing and delicious, the service is superb, the decor is pleasant, and the prices are low. Every single time I have gone here, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Each waiter/waitress has been kind, attentive, and cooperative. If the order was wrong, they would make sure it was fixed. If my drink was low, they would bring me a filled replacement. If I would like more queso, but it would cost me a bit extra, the waiter will do everything he can in his power to cut the price down as much as possible. Once, when I was brought by two separate waiters the same side order (the place was very busy at the time), the second waiter gave us the food anyway and told us it was on the house. How awesome is that? Overall, this is one of the best places at which to eat in Waco. I do have some complaints, however, and although they are minor, I believe they are worth acknowledging. First is the fact that this establishment is almost always packed. Due to this, the wait time can range anywhere from under five minutes to closer to thirty, oftentimes falling somewhere between the two extremes. The noise level in the establishment is quite high and more often than not the place is crowded with bustling servers and customers going every which way. Once you get seated, I personally find it easy to tolerate what quickly becomes the equivalent of background white noise; however, some of the people with whom I ate are not so able to do so. Having said that, I suggest you steer clear of this Cheddar's if you hate loud and busy places. One very redeeming quality of this restaurant (and the franchise as a whole) is the fact that the service and decor gives one the impression that he or she is eating at a high-end diner. However, the absence of any dress code, the relaxed and amiable attitude of the servers, and the surprisingly low prices all complement this restaurant, well earning the name of being considered a "casual café." To top it all off, the food is beyond excellent and even when the order was a bit off, I nonetheless enjoyed my savory meal. If you don't mind a bit of a wait, a full house, and a somewhat noisy environment, this is definitely the best place to go. And after you eat (or before you do), if you're interested in some entertainment, the Starplex Cinema 16 is just around the corner!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Yet another generic Dairy Queen, this fast-food restaurant provides adequate food with adequate service. There's nothing all that special here. You can pick up a free copy of the "American Classifieds" newspaper here. Be sure to also check the notice board for any advertisements or offers you may be interested in.
Food: GoodDecor: Poor to fairService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago