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Off the Beaten Plate - Chicken Gizzards at Set'em Up Jack's

Off the Beaten Plate samples the chicken gizzards at Set'em Up Jack's.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken gizzards at Set 'Em Up Jack's

When in doubt, fry it. That’s the takeaway from this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, which took us to Set ‘Em Up Jack’s in search of chicken gizzards.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burger at 8 Flavors

Off the Beaten Plate visits 8 Flavors restaurant to try a Chinese Burger.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burger at 8 Flavors

It’s easy to walk into 8 Flavors and assume that the advertised “Chinese burgers” are some sort of wacky, modern riff on an American staple. After all, Americans invented the hamburger, right? Wrong.

Lawrence Libations: Draft Brew at Alchemy Coffee and Bake House

How does a glass of cold-press coffee come to look like (and sort of taste like) a pint of Guinness? That's the question we hoped to answer in this week's Lawrence Libations.

Lawrence Libations: Orange Hop Draft Brew from Alchemy Coffee

This month, Lawrence Libations checks out the cold-brew coffee that comes from a keg at Alchemy Coffee.

Off the Beaten Plate - Strange Chicken

Off the Beaten Plate visits Jade Garden for a taste of their Strange Chicken dish.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Strange Chicken at Jade Garden

At a place where you can dine on such Chinese delicacies as “pork blood with innards” and “spicy intestine with tofu,” we have to admit that we were expecting something a little more, well, weird, when we ordered up a plate of Jade Garden’s “Strange Chicken” earlier this week.

Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut soup at India Palace

For those of us who can’t get enough coconut, India Palace’s creamy but refreshing coconut soup is the perfect appetizer or even dessert.

Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut Soup

Off the Beaten Plate visits India Palace to try its sweet coconut soup.

Off the Beaten Plate: Duck Carnitas at Merchants Pub and Plate

Off the Beaten Plate visits Merchants Pub and Plate to try the duck carnitas.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Duck carnitas at Merchants Pub and Plate

Carnitas, a mainstay of Mexican eateries pretty much everywhere, usually involves braising or simmering pork in oil or sometimes lard until the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Love Burrito at Mi Ranchito

There’s a lot to love about Mi Ranchito’s “love burrito.” The chicken-stuffed bundle started out as a special at one of the restaurant’s Kansas City-area locations, but customers loved it so much that it eventually earned a permanent slot on the menu.

Off the Beaten Plate: Love Burrito at Mi Ranchito

This week, Off the Beaten Plate feels the love with Love Burrito at Mi Ranchito.

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Lawrence Libations: Italian Margarita at Paisano's Ristorante

If you’re craving Italian food but hankering for a refreshing Mexican cocktail on a warm spring day, Paisano’s has your solution: the Italian margarita.

Lawrence Libations: Paisano's Italian Margarita

Lawrence Libations visits Paisano's Ristorante, 2112 W. 25th St., and tries an Italian Margarita.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand

If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.

Off the Beaten Plate - Polenta Fries at The Burger Stand

Off the Beaten Plate visits The Burger Stand and tries out the polenta fries.

Off the Beaten Plate: Jja Jang Myeon at O Café

At first glance, O Café’s jja jang myeon — a Chinese-derived, Korean-adopted noodle dish — looks a bit spooky.

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