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2016/10/23 21:29:33 (permalink)

Lawrence, Kansas area eats

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In a little over a week I'll be in Lawrence, Kansas for a few days. I've looked through many posts, including this one....
 
http://forums.roadfood.com/Places-to-eat-in-Lawrence-Kansas-m479949.aspx
 
....and have some good ideas of places to look for. It seems that Free State Brewery is a favorite, and there seems to be a lot of love for Local Burger and The Burger Stand. But a few years have passed since that thread was active, and other mentions of Lawrence have been sporadic since then. Are there any diners or greasy spoons to look out for? Places with great pie? Since Lawrence is a college town, I'm interested in hearing about favorite ethnic places (Asian, African, etc.).
 
Are there favorite RF places to consider between Lawrence and Kansas City? Or within a reasonable drive from Lawrence? If I have time I may try to drive to Topeka and have chili at Porubsky. Is it worth it?
 
 
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/23 22:33:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby quijote 2016/10/31 13:45:22
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My one and only food stop ever in Lawrence was at Sylas & Maddie's Ice Cream and I would absolutely return. Topeka I know much better. Bradley's Corner Cafe does a great job with diner classics such as a rugged hot roast beef sandwich and a tender chicken fried steak. And they always have a pie list of 30 different slices to choose from, with coconut having been the standout.

If you do go to Topeka, the capitol building has stunning murals and don't miss the Brown vs. The Board of Education National Historical Site.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/25 20:05:58 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby 1bbqboy 2016/10/26 08:32:21
As a resident of Lawrence, I definitely recommend the Free State Brewery and The Burger Stand.  Local Burger is no longer in business and Teller's is now Merchants Plates and Pub.  Between Lawrence and Kansas City you could try Wanda's Roadside Cafe in De Soto.  In town, you could check out any of the following:  Ladybird Diner, 715, Limestone, Hank Charcuterie, Leeway Franks, Wheatfields, The Roost, Encore, and Zen Zero.  All of these are in the downtown area except for Hank and Leeway.  You can Google most of them for a webpage/menu.
 
 
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/26 08:36:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby quijote 2016/10/31 13:45:35
The Natural History Museum on campus is worth a visit. Home of Comanche, only survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/28 00:01:22 (permalink)
Thanks, all, for the recommendations--both culinary and cultural! I'm looking forward to seeing the KU campus (where I'll be working for a couple of days), so I should be able to get in a visit to the museum and a couple of other places. I'll also do what I can to sneak in a trip to Topeka. Buffetbuster, Bradley's Corner Cafe definitely sounds like my kind of place: chicken fried steak and coconut cream pie are tugging at my heartstrings. Sylas and Maddies in Lawrence also looks good--the flavor list is quite extensive and seems pretty creative. GerryD, thanks for the Lawrence recs. I looked up the places you listed, and the Ladybird Diner sounds particularly compelling-- fried chicken sandwiches, lots of pie.... I'm looking forward to this trip!
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/28 01:19:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby quijote 2016/10/31 13:45:39
There's also a Runza Hut in town :-) 
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/31 13:45:05 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby 1bbqboy 2016/10/31 14:09:52
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There's also a Runza Hut in town :-) 


Aha! I thought they were only in Nebraska! It looks like the Lawrence, KS Runza is just minutes from my hotel. This trip will be interesting!
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/10/31 15:12:04 (permalink)
Just talked to my friend that has lived there for years-he says Dempsey's for burger and brew, La Famila for Mexican, La Prima Tazza, next to Free State, for coffee. Enjoy yourself.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/11/07 23:51:28 (permalink)
Thanks all, for the helpful information and recommendations. In Lawrence i enjoyed a lunch of chicken fried steak followed by amazing coconut cream pie at Ladybird Diner, and I also enjoyed a medium-strength beer (but didn't have a burger) at Free State and a relaxing coffee at La Prima Tazza next door. And I did manage to get to Sylas and Maddie's one night before they closed--the coconut cream pie ice cream was good, but I loved the praline ice cream. The conference I attended took a bit more of my "free" time than I thought it would, so the rest of my Lawrence meals were hotel breakfasts, appetizers at the conference receptions (on campus or at Maceli's downtown), or quick take-out meals (from Thai Diner and Peking House) on my tired way back to the hotel. Someday I hope to go back and do a proper food crawl of the city. My half-day in Topeka (before the conference began) involved chili and hot pickles at Gorubsky's and a chicken fried steak sandwich, followed by coconut cream pie, at Bradley's Corner Cafe. Do you sense a theme here? Over the weekend, after the conference ended, I stayed over in Kansas City where I enjoyed LC's Barbecue (burnt ends), El Pollo Rey (marinated grilled chicken served with tortillas, rice, beans, pickled onions), and Stroud's (fried chicken, of course)--all recommendations from Buddy Roadhouse. I did manage to sneak in a visit to the Museum of Natural History at KU and the Capitol in Topeka. It was a short but very fun trip-- Thank you all for your recommendations.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/11/08 07:17:26 (permalink)
Thanks for coming back on here and letting us know where you went quijote.  The capitol in Topeka is one of my favorites, mostly because of the murals.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/11/08 07:52:46 (permalink)
Finally, something Roadfood relevant. Thanks quijote.
We'll be stopping  in Topeka when we do Sandra's Laura Ingalls Wilder tour next fall. I know buffetbuster has mentioned Bradley's Corner Café to me, glad you had the opportunity to check it out
 
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/11/09 22:15:42 (permalink)
 
I would definitely go back to Bradley's Corner Cafe to do a pie tasting, as there were at least a couple dozen pies available. The coconut cream pie was a very tasty version of the standard custard filling variety, but what really set it apart was a meringue topping instead of the usual whipped cream. (But it now occurs to me: If there's no whipped cream, is it coconut cream pie? Hmm.)  I also highly recommend the coconut cream pie at Ladybird Diner, if you get a chance to pass through Lawrence. Ladybird is more of a modern take on the diner concept, with artisanal bacon on things and other little touches, such as roasted poblano peppers on the chicken fried steak. The coconut cream pie was much richer than the Bradley's version; I suspect they put coconut milk in the filling. There were many other pies (cream, fruit, nut, etc.) on offer, as well.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/11/10 10:41:43 (permalink)
Cool! Just sorry you didn't get to putt putt to the Runza Hut.
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Re: Lawrence, Kansas area eats 2016/11/10 13:00:09 (permalink)
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I also highly recommend the coconut cream pie at Ladybird Diner, if you get a chance to pass through Lawrence.

That's a great tip and one I am all over the next time passing through.  Thanks so much!


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