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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. ...

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The whole hog: Butcher serves up all-natural sausages at Leeway Franks

Lee Meisel first fell in love with sausages as a teenager growing up in rural North Dakota. It was in the midst of deer season one year that Meisel scored a job making sausages at a small butcher shop in his hometown of Mandan. There, he learned many of the techniques that he would later use as 715’s resident butcher.

Off the Beaten Plate: Tempeh Parmesan at Yello Sub

For a sandwich modeled after chicken Parmesan that doesn't actually contain any animal protein, Yello Sub's Tempeh Parmesan offers a surprisingly meaty taste and texture.

Roasted squash and salmon: summer simplicity

I wrote last week about liking to cook simple things in the summer that aren't fussy, with ingredients that are easily accessible from the kitchen ...

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with some fancy franks

Today is National Hot Dog Day, and lovers of encased meats are rejoicing across the country. Here are four places in Lawrence with special kinds ...

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Off the Beaten Plate: Inari at Dondon

These sweet little pouches take their name from the Shinto god Inari, who is believed to have a fondness for fried tofu — the more you know, as they say.

Off the Beaten Plate: The Waldorf at Glory Days Pizza

Looking through the hallowed archives of Off the Beaten Plate, it's pretty clear that my colleagues and I have a thing for innovative pizza creations.

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Demand for natural, organic products evident in evolving Lawrence grocery market

Seven-year-old Maddon Brittingham has rarely met a fruit he didn’t like. He’s been fostering an “addiction” to watermelon for quite a while now (according to his mother, Kellie) but decided to branch out last Tuesday on a shopping trip to the recently opened Sprouts Farmers Market at 4740 Bauer Farm Drive.

Lawrence Libations: Tigerlilly at Zen Zero

If you're a fan of bubble tea and its gelatinous globes of tapioca, you'll probably enjoy the Tigerlilly at Zen Zero. Basil seeds (not basil leaves) float around the bottom of this Asian-inspired cocktail, which made its debut a few weeks back at the downtown restaurant.

Off the Beaten Plate: Salted caramel bacon pops at Ted's Taphouse

They might look like a couple small pieces of chocolate cake from far away (remember Hostess Zingers? I do, because my mom never let me near them as a kid) but the salted caramel bacon pops at Ted’s Taphouse are a mostly savory affair.

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Hank Charcuterie's secret to making perfect pork chops

Pork chops are a favorite of Hank Charcuterie owner/chef Vaughn Good’s all year round, but he says those cooking the sweet meat at home this summer might need to pay special attention to their pork chops when using a grill.

Off the Beaten Plate: Red bean pancake at Panda and Plum Garden

Off the Beaten Plate visits Panda & Plum Garden to try the red bean pancake.

Off the Beaten Plate: Red bean pancake at Panda and Plum Garden

Trying out a dessert that's like China’s version of a crepe.

Setting the tables: Restaurant turns wine cellar into fine dining experience

If it grows together, it goes together. That’s the idea behind the new fine-dining pop-up restaurant that’s located, funnily enough, below ground.

Off the Beaten Plate: Spaghetti Pie at Tad's Pizzeria

Off the Beaten Plate visits Tad's Pizzeria to try a pizza topped with spaghetti and meatballs.

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