Off the Beaten Plate: Hibiscus ice cream at Limestone Pizza


Hibiscus ice cream at Limestone Pizza, 814 Massachusetts St.

Hibiscus is a flower native to tropical regions of the world, so if you’re unfamiliar with this particular ingredient, it’s not something springing up in Lawrence. While the large flower petals may appear in white, orange, pink, red, yellow or purple, the hibiscus ice cream at Limestone Pizza + Kitchen + Bar will arrive at your table as a purple-y magenta color, almost too pretty to devour.

It tastes like a sweet and tangy sorbet, the only difference being the creamy texture (from the milk) of this light and refreshing fruity dessert. Three scoops arrive with a crisp waffle cookie.

Where to get it: Limestone Pizza + Kitchen + Bar, 814 Massachusetts St.

What you’ll pay: $4, plus tax

Try it with: If you like sweets on sweets on sweets, order the berry crostata ($5) and dip into a sugar coma. Otherwise, you’re probably all set with the ice cream.

Also on the menu: Their own special “neo-prairie” pizza made from Kansas flour, local farm-sourced tomatoes and other regional ingredients. The 12-inch personal pizza options include Margherita, mushroom, farmer (bacon, egg, spinach and Gruyere), sausage and a few others. Everything made from scratch, try their non-pizza offerings such as local wings, house pita, ham and beans, pastrami sandwich or number of fresh salads. Keep up with the ever-changing menu for seasonal and innovative new dishes.

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email food and features reporter Nadia Imafidon at Follow her at


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.