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905 days ago

I've never been there for dinner, but their lunch buffet is great. The tandoori chicken is awesome. The buffet used to be a great deal, before they raised their prices and stopped offering a student discount, it was all you could eat for under $6.00. Now it costs about $7.50, which still isn't too bad.

UPDATE: I'm dropping off a star, because the prices just keep going up (lunch buffet is now over $8.00), and I can now make much better tandoori chicken myself, even if it is time intensive.

UPDATE #2: I'm dropping off yet another star. Their service and quality have slipped, but their prices haven't ($8.95 for the lunch buffet). Usually you have a pitcher of water at your table the second you are seated. Today, I didn't get my water until I was almost finished eating. For someone without my heat tolerance this could be a major issue. The food just wasn't as good either. Their vegetable curry usually has a pretty good assortment of vegetables, but today it was very lacking. It was almost just sauce with a few peas and a trace of cauliflower. It also contained a few chunks of what I could only guess was some variant of tofu. They also had an okra and potato dish on the buffet today that is usually excellent. Today it just wasn't very good, and it was quite greasy. Also, one of their dessert items is an Indian version of cheesecake, which is usually quite good. It is normally a rather dry dessert, but today it was so dry that it seemed like it was freeze dried. After looking at what I just wrote, I almost feel like I should give it two stars, but honestly I'll probably go back, as I've always liked it in the past, and their tandoori chicken was still good. Three stars for now, as maybe it was just a bad day.

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1092 days ago

I don't like Paul Revere's quite as much as I used to, due to a couple of recent changes. First, they used to have $1 slices during lunch, but they now seem to not have a special lunch price, and charge $1.25. Second, they usually deliver as far away as my apartment in Coralville, but the last time I called for delivery they said they weren't going that far. That being said, they are still the best deal for pizza in town, and even with the increase in price for their pizza by the slice, it's still the cheapest place to go for lunch, and the pizza is still as good or better than any other pizza chain.

UPDATE: At least it WAS a great place to grab a quick, cheap lunch. It closed a while back, and now there's some Mexican place in it's place.

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1245 days ago

I'd been in grad school for for several years, and had never eaten at The Summit. I just went there today because I got a free lunch to take a prospective student to lunch. The place is a bit on the pricey side for lunch fare (Sandwich and fries are in the $8.00-$9.00 range), but what I ordered was quite good. I'm not normally a fan of seafood at all, but for religious reasons (Today is Good Friday, Catholics aren't supposed to eat meat on Fridays in Lent, and are supposed to fast on Good Friday. Fasting just means one full meal and two other small meals that shouldn't add up to another full meal.) I ordered the grilled ahi sandwich, which is sesame seed crusted, seared tuna with a sweet Thai chili sauce. It was probably too good of a meal for Good Friday. Looks like I'll probably be eating a cheese sandwich for dinner.

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1850 days ago

Joensy's is in Solon, about 10 miles North of Iowa City. If you go to Joensy's, get a breaded tenderloin, or maybe a Boss Hogg, which is a tenderloin with bacon on it. These tenderloins are huge, and really good. If you have room for dessert, they also have really cheap pie.

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1926 days ago

Love, love, love Oasis for both their falafel and French fries. They use Asoya oil, which makes them taste even better.

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1975 days ago

Granted, we haven't eaten dinner here, but the lunch buffet made me decide never to come back! The food may be okay if one has never eaten good Indian food, but for those of us who have it was awful. This muck was spice-less, boring, and visually unappealing! "Bland" shouldn't be the word that comes to mind when one thinks "Indian food", but there wasn't a whiff of garam masala, cardamom, or much of anything else. The so-called Basmati rice was completely lacking in aroma or flavor... the best that could be said for it was that it soaked up the juices of the sorry dal. I realize that we're in the heartland, but surely we can do better!!

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2002 days ago

I guess if you're looking for something more authentic, the Oasis is the place to go. All the Turkish people I know go on and on about their pickles. And my roommate eats there a lot too. However, this boring old American actually prefers the gyros at a chain place like Pita Pit to the Oasis.

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2002 days ago

Some people seem to think very highly of the Atlas. I, on the other hand, think it is just an overpriced restaurant with average food. To make matters worse, the last time I went there, my beer wasn't even cold. You can't serve me warm beer and expect me to give your establishment a good review. I can understand things like food being a little overcooked, or something like that, but how hard is it to keep you beer chilled?

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2004 days ago

Peking Buffet is a great Chinese place. All you can eat for about $10. They have a good variety of buffet items, and while they are usually busy, there is almost always an open table.

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2004 days ago

The food is really good, however I do find it a bit overpriced.

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