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, but other than the exterior, there are only minor vestiges of its former life. The interior is certainly not stuffy or staid, rather casual and quite comfortable.
Our server was very knowledgeable about the nightly specials, the preparation of every dish on the menu we asked about, as well as beer and wine selections.He was friendly, but certainly not obsequious. His recommendation of a red Duroc pork chop included a short dissertation on its origins and flavor. It was a great choice, as was the pizza we shared as an appetizer. (For those of you who live in the area, consider stopping by to buy some dough, available even for those not dining there.) My husband was delighted when the server asked if he wanted freshly grated parmesan on his house-made pasta. As usual, they stopped grating before he said “when”.
The bread was fresh and chewy. I suspect it came from Wheatfield’s Bakery on Vermont, just a couple blocks away, which I love. It was served on a rectangular wood block, with two small piles of salt and pepper to season the olive oil.
Teller’s has long been a popular spot on Massachusetts and is usually packed. If you don’t make a reservation, there’s a cozy bar to pass the time.