Best of Lawrence is back and we want your help

Where to go for a first date or a special holiday meal elicits a decision-making process capable of stealing from us a few hours or adding stress to our already busy lives.

After scouring the web, calling friends and carefully reviewing menus, a drink to take the edge of may be in order. But where to go for that? Sure, we can find a Bud Light just about anywhere but what if we need something with a little more character?

Of course all best laid plans face interruption when a tire blows or the car stalls in an intersection. Where to take your car for service then experiences that transition from afterthought to emergency. And the options are many.

So that’s part of why we’re here and why we’re resurrecting our Best of Lawrence competition. It'll be five years since you’ve told us your favorite food, drink, fun and games. We’re bringing it back to re-open the discussion within our community of what places get it right. We’re bringing it back so we can turn to a guide in a pinch.

And we’re bringing it back because it’s a damned good time. Some of our best conversations have been about food and over drink. Further, contests like these incite a competitive fire amongst Lawrencians long loyal to their favorite bar or coffee house.

One change from past contests is that this will purely be ran through, Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be trying a few things in the coming weeks and want you to be a part of it. Voting will begin in January but we want you to weigh in on what you think of our categories. What’s missing? Are any categories out of place? This is your contest.

We’ll also roll out a few holiday contests for you to vote on next week and around the winter holidays. Be ready to vote on your favorite place to feast when you’ve long given up on not burning your turkey.

Check out the list below and weigh in via the comments section or on Twitter and Facebook. Let us know what you think.

Best hotel to send visiting family and friends

Best spot for a date

Best wi-fi hotspot

Best beer selection

Best live music venue

Best bookstore

Best coffee

Best place to dance

Best burger

Best Latin American food

Best Italian food

Best Middle Eastern food

Best Asian food

Best pizza

Best dessert

Best place to go for breakfast

Best meal in a hurry

Best place to get your car fixed

Best late night eats

Best place to get a hair cut

Best new restaurant in the last year

Best place to watch a game

Best restaurant overall

Best store cat


Megan Green Stuke 11 years, 10 months ago

Best bar? Best place to go for a beer? Best bartenders? Best bargain?

blueberries 11 years, 10 months ago

Can we begin to support the community by keeping's calendar updated?

townie79 11 years, 10 months ago

how about best downtown retail store? you seem to only point out food and drink places with the exception of store cat, mechanic and hair cut place. ( I do like the best bartender category though)

alm77 11 years, 10 months ago

Wait, is starting to get un-lame? Guess I'll have to wait and see...

I agree with townie, there needs to be a shopping category for clothing, jewelry, etc.

jacollins 11 years, 10 months ago

Best gluten-free restaurant! Best place to find gluten-free groceries! Best Celiac-friendly bar!

Sylvie Rueff 11 years, 10 months ago

Best hair place - Marty Olson @ Do's Deluxe Best Bookstore - Raven & Dusty Bookshelf

Best place to shop and/or take a visitor shopping - Spectator & Hobb's - Nomads is good, too.

Best facial - Jennie Washburn

tyboogie 11 years, 10 months ago

best online blog, best monthly event, best burger, best music artist, best shopping.

dncinnanc 11 years, 9 months ago

Definitely best clothing - both men's & women's categories, best jewelry/accessories, best shoe store, best cocktail/martini, best hole-in-the-wall, best place for happy hour, best appitizers, best drink special.

Maybe change "Best Latin American" to "Best Mexican/Latin American" so as not to confuse people or favor one location.

RejuveneSpa 11 years, 9 months ago

Best Hair Cut? Maybe "Best Salon" and/or "Best Spa".

mmplawrence 11 years, 8 months ago

Best Printer in town should be one of the choices!

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