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After weeks of polling students to find the best Lawrence has to offer, the University Daily Kansan presents this years winners for Top of the Hill. Students voted in more than 30 categories to name the best businesses in Lawrence.

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By Victoria Pitcher
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op of the Hill is my favorite section. When I first moved to Lawrence two years ago, I had no idea what it had to offer. I stuck to the restaurants and stores I was familiar with. Then I was assigned to write a story about The Burger Stand because it had won first place for best burger (which it has won again this year). That was the first time I tried one of their burgers, and, boy, was I missing out. It really was the best burger I had eaten in my life. But Top of the Hill is more than just an online poll to find the very best of Lawrence; it is a way to showcase the very best. Maybe you are in my shoes this year, and you are new to Lawrence or the University. If you havent had a chance to explore the culture and good food that Lawrence offers, take this section and start trying something new. Maybe its bowl of lo mein from Encore Cafe or a record from Love Garden Sounds. Whatever it is, make sure youre not missing out on the magic of Lawrence.

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The owner, staff and baker will be launching a new establishment, Loopys, which will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and wine, at 901 New Hampshire. The Miltons Coffee Shop on the first level of the Kansas Union will remain open. Miltons recently won first place for best breakfast in Top of the Hill. [The downtown location is] closing, yes, but I really look at it as more of a moving and rebranding rather than a closing per se, said Alex Beecher, the manager at the Kansas Union location and recent University graduate. While he expects the longer hours at Loopys to change downtowns business model, he assures coffee customers that Miltons Coffee Shop will continue to offer the same Davids Blend coffee and perhaps an even greater variety of baked goods. Loopys, which opened Nov. 26, serves artisan soups, sandwiches, Neapolitan-style pizzas, craft beers and wines. Emily Donovan prise here a guy named Jimmy John Litautaud. The shop has since grown into a 1,200-restaurant franchise in 40 states. Jimmy Johns advertises freaky fast delivery and seems to live up to that promise. Along with delivering fast, the company calls its food gourmet. Jimmy Johns also has different options for vegetables to put on your sandwich, like alfalfa sprouts. Aaron Cunningham, a junior from St. Louis, said he thinks the difference between Jimmy Johns and Subway is customer service. Every time I go in there, Im always greeted with a smile and a friendly voice, he said. If you want food, and you want it fast, Jimmy Johns is a safe bet. Kayla Soper
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Faithful patrons of Miltons Caf held white coffee mugs waiting for a table to empty at the small breakfast shop for the last time. After 15 years of serving espresso, omelettes and cookies in downtown Lawrence, the breakfast and lunch favorite has closed its doors. The restaurants final day was Nov. 18.
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Stop by Sylas and Maddys for a scoop of firstplace winning ice cream. With flavors ranging from Kansas twister to cake batter, Sylas and Maddys always has something new for those ice cream lovers to try. Dan Luckey from Lawrence has been working in the ice cream shop for about a year.
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Sylas and Maddys has always been a downtown tradition, Luckey said. His favorite flavor at the moment is pumpkin cheesecake, made with real pieces of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. One of the weirdest creations he has made is a half-chocolate, halfmargarita malt. Luckey and his co-worker Jacque Richardson, a fifth-year senior from Winfield, agree that the best parts of working for Sylas and Maddys are the people they work with and scooping ice cream for customers. People get really excited most of the time, Richardson said. I like that, when other people are equally excited about ice cream. So if youre looking for the perfect date spot or just craving the best ice cream in Lawrence, be sure to stop in Sylas and Maddys. Go ahead, make some crazy ice cream request. The employees will love it. Marian McCoy Owner Bill Longmire said he is thrilled Pizza Shuttle won a Top of the Hill award. He said Pizza Shuttle remains such a big hit with KU students because of the value of the pizza. It is good pizza at a very good price, he said. It is simple to do business with us. You can either get pizza or a soft drink. Because the store does not have a computer to track the popularity of items, Longmire said he could only guess that pepperoni is one of the most popular items. However, he said the store does sell a large amount of cream cheese pizzas. In our case, the cream cheese is a huge, huge winner, he said. Pizza Shuttle delivers late into the night and on the weekends, and its open until 3 a.m. Longmire said one of the goals of Pizza Shuttle is to deliver as quickly as possible. Marian McCoy

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Jimmy Johns is the winner of this years Top of the Hill best sandwich, and with three Lawrence locations, youre bound to have one near you. Jimmy Johns was founded in 1983 by no sur-

Pizza Shuttle won first place in the best pizza category. Located at 1601 W. 23rd Street, the business has been open since 1984. Pizza Shuttle has had a long relationship with KU students.

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and their not-so-deep wallets. Its fast delivery, and its good, said Francie Trimble, a freshman from Oklahoma City. And they dont charge you for delivery, which is nice. Dan Whitmore, the general manager of the Jimmy Johns at 922 Massachusetts St., believes what sets Jimmy Johns apart from the rest is the dynamite sandwich that is consistent and delicious. The faster you get that delicious sandwich, the faster you can eat it. Whitmore said the fastest delivery time at his location was around five minutes. Trimble remembers her sandwich being delivered in six minutes, the fastest delivery time shes experienced. Although the restaurants offer a wide variety of options, popular sandwiches at Jimmy Johns include the Beach Club and the Italian Night Club, as well as the Turkey Tom. Emma LeGault Subarna Bhattachan and Alejandro Lule, has been a Lawrence staple for about five years. We work hard to make people happy with our food, said general manager Alex Dominguez. We put a lot of effort into making sure that our food is the best it can be. The menu is primarily northern Italian inspired food, including several types of pasta such as fettuccini and gnocchki. Dominguez said are all homemade. Other menu items include soups, salads, crisp thin pizzas and homemade fresh rotisserie meats. Were not your typical American-Italian food, said Dominguez. Once you try us youll know what were trying to sell. Elly Grimm

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Biggs BBQ has been serving Kansas Citystyle BBQ in Lawrence since August 2004. Biggs has more than 20 barbecue dishes to choose from, the most popular being its burnt ends, available
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for $8.99. Following the burnt ends in popularity is the pulled pork for $8.99 and brisket for $9.99. Megan Butts, a junior from Overland Park, said Biggs has great barbecue with fast service. The prices are reasonable, which makes it a great place for dinner, she said. The average prices on the menu are about $8. But it isnt just the barbeque that makes Biggs one of a kind. Its homemade root beer and chocolate covered bacon are sure to raise curiosity. If youre not a barbecue fan, no worries. Biggs offers other entrees such as the veggie burger for $7.69, smoked boneless pork chop for $6.99, meatloaf for $6.99, chicken tenders for $7.49 and grilled salmon for $13.99. Biggs also offers a gluten-free menu. Bryenn Bierwirth

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If its getting late and studying for that exam has your stomach feeling a little empty, have no fear Jimmy Johns is there to save the day. The award for best delivery belongs to a sandwich shop that you may have heard of once or twice. With three Lawrence locations and the promise of a freaky fast delivery, Jimmy Johns is a clear favorite among impatient college students
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#2) Zen Zero

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Encore serves a variety of Asian food including teas, smoothies, soups, noodles, fried rice, desserts and traditional Asian entrees. According to owner Wanna Zhao, Encore fits a students

budget while maintaining high-quality food and a sit-down atmosphere. Lots of customers come back and tell us that our food quality is really good, Zhao said. I think thats what makes customers come back to visit a lot. Zhao said that unlike many Chinese restaurants, Encore Cafe tries to avoid being the typical American-Chinese eatery. I try to bring out more pan-Asian dishes, Zhao said. Its more down-to-earth Asian dishes instead of typical American-Chinese, The pad thai noodles and mongolian beef are two popular dishes at Encore. If students are looking for an affordable but top-notch Asian restaurant, Encore Cafe tops the list. Allison Kite

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If the cold Kansas weather has you dreaming of a tropical getaway, Sandbar offers an escape of sandy, Carribean-themed drinking. Established in 1989, The Sandbar was inspired by the laid-back lifestyle of Key West, Fla., and the music of Jimmy Buffet. Playing a nostalgic mix of surf and party music dating back to the 50s, this unique bar proudly holds the standard for best tropical drink choices in Lawrence. The most popular concoction is the Shark Attack, a sea-blue cherry limeade adorned with a toy shark. The Sandbar remains the most popular bar for returning alumni, and students enjoy the atmosphere for light-hearted nights with friends. It is a really unique place to go when Im downtown, said Taylor Umbrell, a junior from Olathe. I like that there is more to do than just sitting down to drink. An impressive display of wind, rain and lightning simulating a hurricane electrifies the bar every night at 10 p.m. A patron is chosen to dress in a sparkling green outfit and act as a mermaid. The mermaid reads a poem, a fake weather newscast echoes through the speakers and the hurricane blows in. Dane Vedder

Lawrencians can put their taste buds to the test with Buffalo Wild Wings wide selection of sweet, zesty and blazin seasoned wings and then wash it down one of the dozens of domestic and imported beers. Buffalo Wild Wings is a family-friendly bar and grill that offers daily wing and drink specials. Other specials include 45-cent traditional wings on Tuesdays, $2 Miller Lite drafts Wednesdays, and 60-cent boneless wings on Thursdays. Students like Tori Barnes, a senior from Overland Park, frequent Buffalo Wild Wings to meet with friends and watch Jayhawk football and basketball games. Whenever I cant make a KU game or its out of town, I like to eat there because they have so many TVs to watch it on, Barnes said. If the regular wing selections just arent hot enough, Buffalo Wild Wings offers the Blazin Wing Challenge. For $12, visitors get a dozen chicken wings slathered in the signature Blazin sauce, which is about 60 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper. The challenge is to eat them all in six minutes. Winners receive a free t-shirt and a complimentary meal for their next visit, and their photo put up on the Blazin Challenge wall of fame. Dane Vedder

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In 1989, Free State Brewery became the first legal brewery in Kansas in over a hundred years. This year Free State Brewery won Top of the Hills first place for the best beer selection. Tradition, customer requests and sales all play a part in the beer Free State decides to brew. Geoff Deman, Free States head brewer, said that along with seasonal beers that come out every year at the same time, the brewery have a few that are more popular. Copperhead is our number one selling flagship, but IPAs such as Winterfest tend to sell even quicker, he said. Along with the beer, Free State is also known for its black bean quesadillas and fish and chips. People can even text in their names for the wait list if they want to get ahead of the line. All in all, Free State is a great place to eat, have a drink and hang with good company. I like to think that we have the best, Deman said. Im glad to know that KU students feel the same way. Kayla Soper

Lawrence eatery Tapas Mexican Food has won Top of the Hill for their drink specials, which include 99-cent margaritas every game day. Tapas is a newer restaurant in Lawrence that opened in January. Customers quickly flocked to it, in part because of the specials offered. Our drink specials are 99 cent margaritas on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tapas owner Gus Juarez said. Whats really special, though, is that we also have these every Jayhawk game day. That really brings people in. Customers agree that these specials are second to none. I go to Tapas because I really like the atmosphere and the specials, said Sarah Stephens, a senior from Osage City. I always get the margaritas when I go. Ive looked all around town, and Tapas has the best and cheapest around. Support like this is what won Tapas the Top of the Hill honor, and the restaurant and its employees couldnt be happier. Its a very special day to learn that we won, Juarez said. Top of the Hill is one the best compliments to have in Lawrence. Tapas looks to continue its success by continuing these specials. Bret Ivy

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Cork & Barrel won Top of the Hill honors for best liquor store thanks to locations, drink specials and overall friendliness. Cork & Barrel has to be one of my favorite liquor stores in Lawrence, Reynold Six, a senior from Nashua, N.H., said. Its always one of my first choices when I go to buy some drinks. The store, which has two locations in Lawrence, has been a favorite for University students for years. This has helped Cork & Barrel win this honor for the first time. One reason I choose Cork & Barrel is because the employees there really got to know me, Six said. There were also multiple locations. So, if I needed to go buy drinks, I knew that I would be probably be close to a Cork & Barrel somewhere. Cork & Barrel also has unique specials and a wide variety of drinks that draw customers in. I think specials really help bring people in, Six said. If the specials, variety and many more features that the store brings to the Lawrence community continue, Cork & Barrel may win Top of the Hill honors again in the future. Bret Ivy

Described as luxurious resort style living by its website, The Connection is this years Top of the Hill winner for best apartments. These apartments are specifically tailored to students, providing a fun social atmosphere for its residents. Units available are one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom or four-bedroom. Each bedroom also has its own private bath. All units come fully furnished including bed and living room furniture as well as a full-sized washer and dryer. Each resident is charged individually and is not responsible for any of their roommates share of the rent if they were to move out unexpectedly. The number one thing that sets The Connection apart from other apartments in Lawrence has got to be our staff and customer service, said Kendahl Jones, general manager at The Connection. The second-most popular thing would definitely be the balconies. Along with spacious and contemporary apartments, residents enjoy the many amenities The Connection offers, including two pools, a hot tub and game rooms. The Connection also has a 24-hour fitness room and study rooms available to the residents. I think The Connection is a great place for students to live because our goal is to provide high-end, quality student living, Jones said. I live here and I work here, and I think it is a great place. Erica Staab

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#3) Target

Since 1960, Dillons has been providing Lawrence residents and University students with quality products and groceries. This year Dillons won first place in Top of the Hills best grocery store award. Since the opening of Lawrences first Dillons, three other locations have opened in town. The newest location on Massachusetts Street, had its grand opening in August. The original Dillons had once been destroyed in a fire in 1974, and then rebuilt. When it comes to our customers shopping, we aim to provide the freshest products, the best customer service and the best options available, said Sheila Lowrie, Dillons communication manager. Our attention to customer service is all about our people and their dedication to shoppers. Lowrie also said the grocery store is looking to expand departments especially its organic food section to accomodate the growing number of people concerned with how their food is prepared. We are very excited and humbled to take this award home, Lowrie said. Its very encouraging to hear back from our customers, and that feedback is very important to us. Elly Grimm

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bliss, pure bliss and ultimate bliss. Beds include facial tanners, high-pressure lamps and depending on the level of bed, different amounts of UV lamps. Ultraviolet and spray tan options are available as well. Its right on campus; everyone knows where the Oread is, said Annie Washburn, a junior from Chicago and Lemon Bliss Spa employee. For individuals uninterested in UV ray exposure, the VersaSpa Skin Care System delivers the sun-kissed look, through a skin smoothing and hydrating process, without the harmful effects of direct UV exposure. Bliss memberships are available with the purchase of a monthly package; qualifying members are also eligible for discounted upgrade pricing. You really cant beat the prices, Washburn said. Lydia Young 2012 Top of the Hill awards. We are honored that the students enjoy and utilize the rec center, said Mary Chappell, director of recreation services. The Ambler recreation center offers approximately 40 fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, body pump, triple kick, power step and Zumba. A one-class pass costs $3. A pass to participate in the second half of a semester classes costs $25, and the full-class pass costs $50. Students can purchase passes through the Enroll and Pay tab in the Kyou portal. The cost of the pass will be added to the total bill. Students can pick up their passes in Room 103 of the Ambler recreation center on the first day of classes. Megan Lucas

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Fortuity, perhaps in a nod to its name, is the winner of Top of the Hills best womens clothing award. Massachusetts Streets small, feminine boutique has the trends, the prices and now the votes to officially make it the top womens apparel store in Lawrence. Fortuity features an array of styles in clothing
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and accessories, from dresses to jeans, and scarves to jewelry. We try to keep on top of the trends, and our prices are amazing, said Kelsey Clifton, Fortuitys Lawrence branch store manager. The clothing manages to keep up with modern fashion and still remain affordable. Fortuitys trendy dresses are typically around $50 or under, proving that shoppers dont have to spend their savings to stay on top of the trends. Clifton also said her store caters to a variety of women from college students to beyond. Customer experience is really important, she said. We have stuff in here for all ages. Clifton said she is very proud and excited to have Fortuity named No. 1 in womens clothing in Lawrence. Hannah Pierangelo

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1200 oread ave.

#2) Mango Tan

#3) The Tan Company

Lemon Bliss Spa tanning salon offers the ultimate tanning experience close to campus. The salon is located inside the Oread hotel, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lemon Bliss Spa emphasizes the bliss and relaxation of its tanning facilities. There are three different levels of tanning beds:
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#2) Weavers

#3) Gap

Urban Outfitters is the complete hipster paradise. According to Tiffanie Reed, general manager of the clothing and knickknack store known as

Urban, the true target clientele is pretty much anyone and everyone. The store caters to tweens and teens mostly, but there are products for older clientele as well, Reed said, We arent age-specific at Urban. Not only can you find wardrobe essentials like the perfect winter flannel or an oversized Led Zeppelin tee, you can also pick up a set of cleverly labeled shot glasses. What sets Urban apart from other stores on Mass Street is that we speak to a younger style, Reed said. It is no wonder that Urban Outfitters was a Top of the Hill winner. Urban has the variety and originality that is a must to survive the hustle and bustle of downtown. Savannah Nelson

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#2) Dempseys

#3) Five Guys

#2) El Mezcal

#3) Cielito Lindo

The Burger Stand is a local favorite. Its menu consists of several unique burgers and extends to include hotdogs and even vegetarian options. Despite all the yummy choices available, the burger still holds the fame for this appropriately named restaurant. Manager Chris Hoffman said the restaurant sells about 200 to 400 burgers a day. Hoffman recommends checking the Specials board. Nearly all of my favorites have come from these daily specials rather than the everyday menu, he said. Our kitchen manager Sarah Hess does a wonderful job coming up with these amazing creations. He said his favorite was the Black & Blue burger. The Burger Stand also has a new weekly event: Video Gamer Night. Tuesdays at 8 p.m., it opens the Basement Beer Hall Bar for free video gaming with old consoles like Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. The delicious burgers and one-of-a-kind atmosphere make the Burger Stand a place not to be missed. Elena Cleaves

Chipotle has warmed the tortillas and hearts of many. Its menu is small, but its options are infinite. Each item on the menu allows for customization, from tortilla to rice to beans. Even with all of the choices, though, many students have their favorite go-to order. Chipotle is great. The chicken burrito is always the way to go, said Ian Sheppard, a sophomore from Great Bend. Taco Bell may serve half its menu for a few bucks, but Chipotle hands out the best ingredients for the same low prices. According to the companys website, Chipotle gets its ingredients from respectable family farms and uses meat and dairy products from animals that havent been raised with antibiotics or added hormones. With a warm flour tortilla, healthy meat, and fresh cheese and veggies for a low price, what isnt there to love about Chipotle?

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The Granada has earned the title of the favorite Lawrence music venue. The Granada wasnt always intended for music, though. The venue was originally built in the 1930s as a silent film theater. About 20 years ago, that finally changed. Since then the Granada has hosted an array of headliners ranging from The Flaming Lips to M83 and many more. The vibe at the Granada is typically high energy and high performance. In the middle of her performance, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells expressed that she didnt expect the crowd to be so rowdy and create such a lively environment. Pat McQuillan, a freshman from Saint Paul, Minn., said that he loves seeing shows at the Granada. No matter where you are standing, you feel extremely close to the stage, he said. Their shows are always a ton of fun. Pat said that out of all the shows he has seen at The Granada, Odd Future was the best. Ive seen them before a couple times, but never with a strictly college-aged audience, he said. It was insane. Plus, crowd surfing was pretty fun, too. Lyndsey Havens

Since 1990, Love Garden Sounds has made a name for itself as one of the best music stores in the Midwest. The store offers everything from vinyl records to CDs, providing customers with a wide variety of options to choose from. Its aisles are filled with a multitude of genresyou can pick up an old school rap album and a Phil Collins record at the same time. Love Garden Sounds has both used and new items. They also allow customers to buy, sell, and trade. Not only is Love Garden Sounds a music store, but it also became a record label in 2008. Theyve released two singles from local indie punk band Ad Astra per Aspera. Love Garden Sounds also features two store cats. The friendly cats have become a staple for the store and create a welcoming environment for customers. Love Garden Sounds maintains a Facebook and Twitter account, where it posts what its listening to as well as information regarding the store. Upon being voted best music store, owner Kelly Corcoran said, Its great to be recognized for all the hard work that we do to keep the store on the up-and-up. Ryan Wright

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