AndyPlank

Andy Plank

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JAMF stocking stuffed with $30M equity…

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That building is way too small to fit even five of those men. Thirty million dollars is great and all, but still, the building has to be bigger than that, or we gotta shrink the men.

Who currently has the best pinball…

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I don't know if they're necessarily the best, but The Joynt has two pinball machines in the back that are always fun to play while drinking a couple happy hour tap beers.

Would like to see a Denny's or IHOP come…

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For reals. Try any of the "hometown" all-day breakfast options we have -- Chick-a-Dee's, Randy's, Altoona Family Restaurant, etc. The service is more sincere, the food is better and you get more of it, and you get to support a local business! This is one of the things Eau Claire definitely got right!

Can anyone recommend a good golf course if…

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I third the Osseo suggestion. $13 is as cheap as it gets. It's a nice course to learn on, and, as of yesterday, there's a family of geese - goslings included - that follows you from the bridge on hole four to the tee box on five.

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Reviewed: Noodle Wrap

Noodle Wrap really surprised me. The Hmong dishes are unique for Eau Claire. The look of the place and the location always threw me off, I thought it'd be a lower-quality cuisine sort of place, but the food and preparation were high quality. Proportions are really big. The Hmong Egg Roll was as big as my fist and really, really good. All varieties of dishes can be made veggie-friendly!

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Reviewed: The Joynt

The Joynt is a second home to many people. It's a dive-type bar that doesn't really fit in with the Water St scene - which is perfect for the more artistic and open-minded people near Water St. There's a lot of good conversation, the best rotation of bartenders in town, a good jukebox(jazz, indie, reggae, Frank Sinatra) and cheap drinks. A glass of (non-light)beer is $1 or less and mixed drinks are $2. Dogs are allowed and they'll even throw your canine friend a bone every once in a while. Best place in town! Period, or exclamation point.

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Reviewed: Clancy's Irish Parrot Bar

The jukebox in the back of Clancy's is the best in town for good indie-rock and a few pop-punk mixes. The crowd gets progressively younger throughout the night, so if you're in the mood to hang out with some slightly older fellows and talk and watch sports or generally bull-shit, Clancy's early hours are great. At night, the jukebox gets louder and the younger crowd wanders in. There's a good regular crew of bicyclists and hip kids that indulge in conversation throughout the night. Bartenders range from cool to super cool, and beers mixed drinks are cheap. Great bar to watch Brewers games with other fans in the summer evenings!

The “Student Ghetto”

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I used to live in that house on the right. We called it The Cusp and had a bunch of shows in the basement.
The landlord never finished putting walls in the basement, nor a real ceiling. He also never did any of the big improvements to the building that he told us he would when we signed our lease. From other stories I've heard, I think it's clear that landlords in the Student Ghetto are pretty careless toward the individuals who occupy their buildings.
Do I think that Student Ghetto is an offensive term? Not especially. When Burger King was still on Madison Street, however, I thought that Burger King Ghetto was a bit harsh. Burger King is a fine establishment.