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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.

Off the Beaten Plate: Jja Jang Myeon at O Café

Off the Beaten Plate visits O Cafe Korean Restaurant, 1530 W. Sixth St., for some interesting Korean dishes.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chorizo Sloppy José at Global Cafe

For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we decided to try out another Latin American-inspired twist on a popular American dish: the chorizo sloppy José (get it?) at Global Café.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chorizo Sloppy José at Global Cafe

This week, Off the Beaten Plate goes to Global Cafe and checks out the Chorizo Sloppy José.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Kumquats a little fruit that packs a punch

Sweet, sour and possibly the tartest fruit this side of a lemon, the kumquat is a bite-sized, seasonal winter citrus.

Cooking from Scratch: Homemade SpaghettiOs

All the same, I couldn’t quite commit to serving up a can of SpaghettiOs for dinner-proper, as my son requested soon after learning the jingle. Instead, I decided to try to make SpaghettiOs from scratch.

Lawrence Libations: Poached-pear mulled wine at John Brown's Underground

There’s nothing like a hot, literally steaming glass of wine on a chilly winter day.

Mulled wine at John Brown's Underground

Lawrence Libations visits John Brown's Underground for a glass of poached-pear mulled wine.

Chefs' favorite menu items

A few local chefs name their favorite local menu item.

Off the Beaten Plate: Tostada pizza at Minsky's

For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we traveled south of the border by way of Italy with Minksy’s tostada pizza.

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