Jeffrey's easily wins the award for Most Likely to Run into a Professor or University Administrator Here. Technically the restaurant is located in Laramie's downtown but you'll definitely feel like you're on campus here. Why? Because it's leftily (yes, I made that word up) not corporate. They won't even associate with Coke or Pepsi, herbal tea is better for you. It also has an eclectic, enlightened, internationally-themed menu that caters to people who may be vegetarians or who have perhaps sworn off red meat or MSGs. If the menu could play an instrument, it would be the sitar. Yet it still has some polish in its decor and an almost art gallery ambiance. It's a little bit pricier than what most state university undergrads seek out. As you've probably guessed, most male blue collar types and cowboys avoid it, too, protesting its overall lack of machismo, french fries, and flirtatious waitresses.
Speaking of which, their staff is neither formal nor chummy, and during peak dinner rushes they're in short supply. The restaurant area is small enough to be managed by two or, when lucky, three servers (don't think I've ever seen more than that), but just barely and you will sometimes feel ignored.
Meals are qualitatively and nutritionally worth the extra buck or two. Dining here may add several years to your lifespan over a deep fried diner, but you will feel a bit like you've left the United States when you see the entrees on the menu. No burgers and fries here. Instead there are several Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian-inspired ingredients and no shortage of big salads with fresh fruits and vegetables. The salads are big enough for dinner today and lunch tomorrow. Yes you can get meat, but you may also be offered a more fashionable big, glow in the dark mushroom instead. You get to come home for dessert, though, with lots of fancy cheesecakes, cobblers and other sweets to choose from. Many years ago, Sara's Desserts occupied a part of the building that is now integrated into a single restaurant and, thankfully, her recipes have been kept on the roster.
Finally, the panoramic windows give the best views of the prettiest parts (relatively speaking) of downtown Laramie you'll find. This also allows your friends to see you rubbing elbows with the PhDs and VPs.
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