Around the BLOCK

Burger Stand at the Casbah

The Burger Stand first operated in Dempsey’s Pub. About 18 months ago culinary couples Molly and Robert Krause and  Simon and Codi Bates moved it to the old Casbah grocery space. Now called the Burger Stand at the Casbah, it sits next door to the other restaurant the foursome own, Esquina. Esquina recently revamped its menu and […]

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Esquina in Lawrence

Note: I just received an email from the owners alerting its customers that Esquina’s concept will be changing…..the cuisine will be Mediterranean in focus, and will offer table rather than counter service. The restaurant will close temporarily on Feb. 10 and reopen for business on Feb. 19. I’m posting this anyway, but be aware that […]

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Zen Zero-Lawrence

Zen Zero in Lawrence is packed every night, regardless of the wind chill factor or whether KU is playing basketball. That’s probably because it serves comforting soups, noodles and Asian specialties in a laid-back setting, with prices that are affordable for the many college students who frequent it. It reminds me very much of Lulu’s […]

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Five 21–Oread Hotel Restaurant in Lawrence

You’ve got to check out the new Oread Hotel Restaurant in Lawrence. It’s ten stories of stone and dark wood, complete with restaurants, bars and even a nightclub in a “cave” in the basement. Sitting atop Mount Oread, it has a tremendous view of the KU campus and beyond. We were there before a KU […]

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Wheatfields Bakery in Lawrence

Wheatfields is practically an institution in Lawrence, a go-to place for fresh artisan breads, as well as three meals a day. More than a dozen varieties are lovingly prepared in a wood-fired oven-my favorite is the Kalamata Olive. And if a full loaf is too much to handle, try the mini-boule. It’s the right size […]

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The Burger Stand

Looking for a mouth-watering, juicy burger in downtown Lawrence? This is the spot. It is here that  the humble burger rises to new heights, with upscale options like bison, kobe beef and falfel burgers, and duckfat and truffle fries.  The Burger Stand is in the back of Dempsey’s Irish Pub, an unusual arrangement that works […]

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715 Mass–Lawrence

715 Mass is not your typical college town restaurant.  Sleek, modern and trendy, this Italian cafe would more likely be found in a big city than in the small town of Lawrence. It has a vibe to it that will appeal as much to professors and lawyers as students. One striking design note–a wall of […]

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Cafe Beautiful-Lawrence

As we walked into Cafe Beautiful, my son and I were immediately captivated by the serene tableau that lay before us. Two tables were carefully set, scented candles filled the air, the lighting was low, and Frank Sinatra crooned in the background. The living room of the chef/owner’s apartment, on the second floor of a […]

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Krause Dining in Lawrence

Time is running out to get thee to Krause before it closes in mid-January. Treat yourself to an exceptional (albeit expensive) evening. You need only pick up the phone and make a reservation without delay, it’s booking up quickly as fans make one last pilgrimage to this extraordinary restaurant. This is a no menu type […]

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Teller’s Restaurant in Lawrence, KS

My husband and I recently went to Lawrence to see a KU football game. Though the Jayhawks didn’t have a successful afternoon, our outing was salvaged by dinner at Teller’s restaurant. From the service to the pizza to the nightly special, it was an enjoyable experience. It’s in a former bank building, hence the name, […]

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