Mrs. Mass.: Bird Dog all bark and good bites

Lawrence has no shortage of fantastic restaurants downtown (we all know that). But if you travel up the hill to Kansas University’s campus, you probably know the options to dine out aren’t as bountiful.

Luckily, located at the north entrance of main campus is Bird Dog Bar, which features an upscale, American sportsman theme and tasty meals.


Jessica Pauly/Special to the Journal-World

Find Bird Dog Bar at 1200 Oread Ave., 830-3921,

Because it’s open for lunch and dinner all week long, it’s really the only option you need to know about when hiking the hill.

The Bird Dog Bar is located right inside The Oread’s entryway (off to the left), which makes it an easy spot to locate when visiting the main campus. A 10-minute walk from KU’s Memorial Stadium, this restaurant and bar is also ideal (thanks again to location) before and after football games in the fall.

Interested in venturing off Mass. Street with family in town, we visited Bird Dog a couple of weeks back for a Sunday lunch and were happy to soak up the relaxed vibe and pleasant surroundings. The exposed limestone walls and tall, airy windows are unique features that exude a freshness and simplicity.

Named after a beloved dog named Samantha (so the story is told on the back of the menu), Bird Dog has named each of its restaurant tables after a pup (we sat a “Lucy”). A dog-lover myself, I enjoyed reading about the restaurant’s inspiration stemming from a dear pet.

Besides having a lovely ambiance and a great story, Bird Dog offers some excellent eats, too! The well-organized menu has something for everyone; it’s focused and full of the classics. Starters, burgers, salads, wraps and even steak!

I kept it simple with the chicken club and fries, and the mister had a turkey melt with a side of mac and cheese. Truth be told, I’ve had plenty of items from this menu and can’t say a bad word about any of them.

The Bird Dog Bar may be a hop, skip and a jump from Mass. Street, but it’s worth the trip. And if you find yourself on KU’s campus in the near future, you may as well head over for a drink and a quick bite (or more). There’s even an outdoor patio to enjoy once the weather decides to heat up! All in all, Bird Dog joins the list of other terrific restaurants in town.

— Jessica Pauly, aka Mrs. Mass., gives her thoughts on shopping, urban living and what’s new in Lawrence in CheckOut weekly and on her blog,


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