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Local Wildlife Rescue

I found an injured baby hawk in my front yard this weekend. I called UI Wildlife Medical clinic (ph: 2172441195) and asked for their advice. They said that this time a year a lot of baby birds either fall out or get kicked out of their nest by the parents. Staff advised me to bring the bird into their clinic. If you find a potentially orphaned animal, they encourage you to call them and consult a plan of action. Read more about rescuing wildlife here.


Masijta Grill Urbana Korean BBQ

I tried out the new korean BBQ in downtown Urbana. The food was good and the cooking was entertaining as they cook the meat on the built-into-your-table grill. The dishes appear small, so make sure you ask exactly what comes with your dish. We ordered too much not knowing all of the side dishes that came with the main course. Great staff, serves beer, grills meat at your table. Totally worth trying. 


New artwork on display at Cafe Kopi

Come check out the new art that we have on display at Cafe Kopi for the month of June. These pieces of art get changed from time to time, but this one in the orange room is by David Morrison. There are plenty of others to check out throughout the shop, so stop by and check them out.


Additional BEST Food / Drink entry: soft shell crab sandwich @ bacaro - FRIDAY only

When you are the best around, the compliments come frequently and without much fanfare. So, bacaro wasn't listed as part of the BEST this year because, well, it's kind of hard to keep just saying that many nice things about the crew that runs the upscale, yet wildly casual, restaurant in Downtown Champaign.

But, I saw this on Facebook, and I felt like it was worth recognizing. It's partially just a personal opinion, since the dish in question is one of my absolute most favorite things in the world, but here you are....

BEST random lunch special at a place that doesn't serve lunch

Soft shell crab sandwich at bacaro

I haven't eaten it yet, but Jesus, of course it's going to be the best. Look at it. So simple, and perfect in every way. The price tag seems a touch steep at first glance, but if you can spend $13.50 on a cheeseburger and fries in Champaign then you can spend $15 on a fresh soft shell crab sandwich here, too.

This is only being served this Friday, June 6, 2014 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. It's going to be very hard for me to simply not order two of them. Goddamnit. (SF)


Quis Dogs newest food truck in town

Quis Dogs is the newest food truck to hit C-U. It's been up and running for about three weeks or so, and I stumbled upon it last weekend in Downtown Champaign. 

Quis Dogs serves 1/4 lb Nathan's hot dogs, which are large and delicious. Each meal comes with a hot dog (limited toppings available), a bag of Lay's chips, and a bottle of water for $5. Not so bad, if you're looking for something quick and cheap. 

I had the dog with chili con queso, which was essentially a poor man's pump cheese version of queso fundido, but it wasn't all that bad. The hot dog was good and it was hot. I'm not sure I'd order hot cheese on a hot dog on a hot day again, but that's another story. I was about to gripe about how there is no Chicago dog on the menu ($6), but the owner Mark has just added one.  I plan to get one of those very, very soon.

Although there doesn't seem to be anything particularly special about this truck, it's brand new, so I'm hopeful that there will be some more experimentation once the owner finds his footing. I'll definitely check it out again soon. Visit the truck's Facebook page (linked above) for an updated menu and posts about future locations. 


Sweet Buns at Seven Saints

These bad boys are sweet buns stuffed with cheese, flash fried, and topped with cinnamon and sugar. Order them with a side of honey or goat cheese dip, and you've got dessert.