It was the night before my wedding and I wanted a gel, french manicure. I didn't have much time to research my options so I took a leap of faith that Total Nails would provide what I wanted. They took me as a walk in around 6:30 pm on a Friday night, and my manicure was flawless. Price was very reasonable and the nail artist was very pleasant. It included a very brief hand massage. Overall, I was very satisfied.
I randomly picked this office because it was an option for my insurance. I called for an appointment on Wednesday and got an appointment Friday morning which I liked. I got a cleaning and xrays. Before going in today, I read some very poor reviews which put me in a bad state of mind but my experience was good.
The inside appearance isn't anything special. Cheap looking waiting room chairs, no decor really but staff were friendly, and as I filled out paperwork for my first visit, I may have waited 15 extra minutes. Xrays were fast, and dentist (Dr. Joseph Smillie) was pleasant enough. He mostly talked about some other dentist's work as he looked at my teeth.
Next, another lady cleaned my teeth. Again, friendly enough and she seemed very thorough. I almost feel like she did one of the most thorough cleanings I've had yet. Very close location to work so I may return.
If you are in the mood for Chinese buffet, Royal Buffet won't disappoint. Huge variety of seafood, vegetables, and American side items like fries and fried chicken are available too. It's clean and simple in appearance. Definitely nothing fancy from the outside. Staff was friendly. I really enjoyed their all you can eat hibachi, sushi, and crab for under $14. One of the few places to eat on the Westside and a guilty pleasure for sure.
I visited the new location in downtown for the first time and I was blown away. It's like a real life Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Colorful, fun, whimsical. I've been to Dylan 's candy store in New York, but Sweet Pete's is more fun. From the chandeliers to the high-back Victorian chairs in vibrant candy colors to the giant lollipops and bumblebees hanging about, their decor has this fantastic flair that merges elegance with candy land. They have a cafe, candy store, candy bar on the second floor and venue space on the third. The cafe is delicious but keep in mind the entrees are more quality over quantity. They also offer a full bar and hold weekly events with specialty cocktails, appetizers and music on their true-to-the-south front porch. And word has it they just got more parking and have dreams of becoming bigger. I can't wait to see what comes and I look forward to signing up for one of their candy making classes.
I came for the grand opening because, hey, I can't pass up free pizza. You can't really mess up pizza but there aren't many places that make it worth me coming back either. I could honestly say I would return to Blaze Pizza. The atmosphere reminds me of a pizzaria version of Chipotle. The pizzas are thin crust with a nice crunch. The plethera of toppings promises to provide endless options for build your own pizzas. All for around $8 seals the deal. Now all I need to do is decide what to add on my next pizza.
We finally visited Chomp Chomp during October's Art Walk. It's a very small hole in the wall next to Burro Bar but it was overflowing with customers waiting in anticipation. The wall is covered with decals and they have plastic tables outside but it's a laid back atmosphere to come for some high quality food. They sport about 10 items on their menu that they serve up fast with friendly service. I got the portobello mushroom burger (I believe it was the One Up? Mario reference gives them extra points) which was amazing. I was going to save some for later but couldn't stop myself! I got a salad which had an interesting kind of pickled topping and my fiance got there homemade chips. Before we even left, I was already planning what I was going to order next time.
Tip- don't be confused when they ask for everyone in your party to order at the same time. They separate the checks later but I believe it helps them organize the orders for speedier service.
I got a gel manicure from here back in July which was done very well, but after my experience there yesterday, I won't be returning.
My fiance surprised me with a trip to the salon for a mani/pedi as a birthday present. I walked in around 6:30 on a Saturday and I never felt more unwelcome in a salon. I'm a quiet and shy person by nature so when I wasn't quick enough to pick a nail polish or didn't put my feet in the water fast enough because it was so hot, my nail tech actually snapped at me. I felt bad at first like maybe they were having a bad day. So I smiled at another girl doing my nails and they wouldn't even return a smile the whole evening. It's hard to have a nice experience when you feel like a bother.
Also, I don't care if someone speaks another language I don't understand. I grew up that way, but at least try and hide when your talking about your clients. My nail tech was the only one talking in the salon so it was easy to see she was commenting on how annoyed she was with me but I watched as she chatted about another customer behind her back as she left too. It was just sad.
When everyone stood up and packed their things and headed out the door as I was STILL SITTING with my nails under the drying fan station, I was blown away by how unprofessional this establishment was. I pay for the experience not just pretty nails and this experience is not worth it.
I last experienced Yamas' main restaurant for a work social about a year ago and had a great time with great food, but I was surprised by how disappointing my experience in Yamas Hookah lounge was this past Friday night. I came for a going away party with my boyfriend. We both usually get water but I was surprised when we were each given a glass of ice and 2 Zephrhills water bottles that came out to be $2.50 each. Who charges for water?
Anyways, we couldn't stay long and didn't want to just take up a table so my boyfriend had some beers and I ordered a gyro with a salad. I guess we goofed with the order because we got the "gyro plate" and not a traditional "gyro wrap". The gyro plate was like a deconstructed gyro except the filling is a side salad and there is no tzatziki sauce. Basically, it was slices of meat and some pita triangles with a side salad. My total came out to be $25 (+20% tip because there was a big party) and that's not including the bf's beers.
To top off the night, the owner was getting antsy with us because our party wasn't showing up fast enough. We weren't alone though because he started chewing out a small group of girls at the table next to us because all of there group hadn't shown up either and it effected his restaurant. Otherwise, our server was attentive, and food was okay but overpriced.
I'll admit when I am wrong, and I was wrong about Captain D's on 103rd St. To start off, the last time I ate at this location (or any Captain D's) was in 2011. All I remember was greasy and subpar food that gave me a stomach ache. The only reason why I returned today was because I was dragged there, but I was surprised to see not only healthy options like baked salmon and various vegetables but beef/shrimp skewers that were reasonably priced. As a dietitian, I was impressed. I'm often asked for healthy fast food options, and I believe I've found some great suggestions here. It's not gourmet, but it offers healthy options for the health conscious eater on the go. Besides that, service was great!
I never thought i would write a review for Cracker Barrel. I'm not crazy about Southern style cooking so I can't speak for everything due to my bias but I was really impressed with their Chef Salad. While with a friend several years ago, i tried their Chef Salad, and I was pretty disappointed because it had cubes of turkey which reminded me of something off a salad bar and simple, ice-berge lettuce. Not worth the $8.69 I spent.
Fast forward to today, and I decided to try it again because my mother was dead set on going. I was surprised not only with real strips of turkey but delicious deviled eggs instead of simply boiled, a healthy combo of spinach, romaine and spring mix lettuce, as well as a hearty helping of other toppings. My plate was so attractive, my mom was wanting what i ordered.
It's nice to see an establishment continue to improve their menu items, especially their healthier choices. I now have a go-to place for a healthy and satisfying meal under $9.