Ramen bowls with crispy beef make a quick and satisfying dinner

Ramen: the college student's best friend. I actually went all the way through college not having once even tried ramen. I just couldn't bring myself ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Bulgogi beef at Oriental Bistro

Literally meaning “fire meat” in Korean (sounds fairly Neanderthalian, no?), this dish consists of thinly sliced beef that’s been marinated (traditionally in a mixture of ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Deconstructed guacamole at 23rd Street Brewery

Guacamole broken down to its parts.

Brussels sprouts for grown-ups

We all agree that we like Brussels sprouts now, right? I mean, growing up I never saw one, let alone ate one, and they were ...

Lawrence Local Table to host coffee-inspired 'Dinner at Decade' this month Lawrence Local Table is staging a “Dinner at Decade” this month, and to honor its host, the culinary collective is building the meal around ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Sesame balls at Red Pepper Chinese Restaurant

These sweet little morsels are popular in China, where they’re traditionally eaten on birthdays or New Year’s celebrations.

Avocado chicken salad a refreshing twist on an old favorite

Lately, my family has been eating rather a lot of chicken. The price of beef is part of the driver for that, but I've also ...

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Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week returns this week with new surprises, old favorites

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, formerly known as simply Lawrence Restaurant Week, is back. Nineteen eateries are participating in this year’s event, which kicks off today and runs through Saturday.

New executive chef at Eldridge Hotel announced; revamped menu coming for TEN, Jayhawker

Drue Kennedy has been named the new executive chef at The Eldridge Hotel, The Olivia Collection — which manages both the Eldridge and The Oread ...

Locally Sourced: Take an up-close look at agriculture

If you delight in gathering your food while enjoying the great outdoors, then put on your favorite fleece and visit to some of the area’s many farms, orchards and ranches.

Off the Beaten Plate: Corn nuggets at Jefferson's Restaurant

A trip to Jefferson’s just isn’t complete without a sampling of one of the restaurant’s many fried delicacies. This week’s visit — our first after the January fire that shuttered Jefferson’s until its grand reopening last week — included a basket of the Lawrence staple’s corn nuggets.

Recent KU grads selling 'gourmet' tacos out of Bullwinkles Bar

The recently opened 14th Street Tacos may be located inside Bullwinkles Bar, the Oread Neighborhood watering hole popular with college students, but owners Brad Jarvis ...

Dillons cheese steward embarks on journey to earn national certification

Sara Knickerbocker, 24, is the resident “cheese steward” at the Massachusetts Street Dillons store. She can recognize Norwegian cheese from a mile away (they’re usually rind-less) and, on a recent Monday morning at the so-called “Dapper Dillons,” excitedly rattled off the origins of the semi-soft Port Salut cheese, which she says was originally developed by French monks in the 19th century.

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Lawrence Libations: Bad Idea at Prime Blu

For some of us, the college experience is just as much about the questionable life choices one often makes while intoxicated as it is about scholarly pursuits. In honor of university students’ recent return to Lawrence, we thought we’d revisit some of those iffy decisions with a drink Prime Blu manager David Kwon has simply dubbed “Bad Idea.”

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Off the Beaten Plate: Meatloaf po' boy at Terrebonne Cafe

At Terrebonne, homemade slices of (very hefty) meatloaf are piled onto a toasted French roll with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and the cafe’s special po’ boy sauce.

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week to return Sept. 13-19

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week will return Sept. 13-19, organizers with Downtown Lawrence Inc. have announced.

Off the Beaten Plate: Dulce de leche chimichanga at Tres Mexicanos

You’re likely to find a chimichanga — basically a deep-fried burrito — at almost any Mexican restaurant in town. What’s a little more off the beaten plate (ahem) is Tres Mexicanos’ sweet reworking of the Tex Mex favorite, which in this case involves dulce de leche. So, yum.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chocolate Cheese Smoke Burger at KC Smoke Burger

At KC Smoke Burger, chocolate and 100-percent Angus beef have been merged into one smoky, sweet creation.

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Lawrence Libations: Snowdrift martini at the Jayhawker

Fully expecting something white and frothy and well, snow-like, I was pleasantly surprised by the Snowdrift, which bartender Kristy Lopez guesses is meant to evoke the kind of cuddly coziness we associate with wintertime.

Cooling off with a cucumber salad, cocktail

If you don't have a garden, you probably know someone who does who's got cucumbers coming out of their ears. I promise. 'Tis the season. ...