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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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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.

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.

Off the Beaten Plate - Tostada Pizza at Minsky's

Off the Beaten Plate visits Minsky's for its Tostada Pizza

Off the Beaten Plate: Waffle Benedict at The Waffle Iron

If, like me, your everyday breakfast consists of two Eggo waffles hastily eaten on the ride to work, a meal at The Waffle Iron is a particularly special occasion.

Off the Beaten Plate: Bún at Little Saigon Cafe

Don't let the name fool you — this dish doesn't involve any bread.

Off the Beaten Plate: Quinoa and sweet corn fritters at La Parrilla

Quinoa has a bit of a reputation as a health food, a favorite among hippie types and fitness buffs for its high levels of protein and fiber. It's gluten-free, and not really associated with heavy fried dishes.

Off the Beaten Plate: Halum cheese at Aladdin Cafe

We've never met a cheese we didn't like, and the Halum appetizer at Aladdin Cafe (our first experience with the variety) was no exception.

Off the Beaten Plate: Mochi ice cream at Encore Cafe

This frozen treat is like two desserts in one — soft, gelatinous mochi (a Japanese pounded rice cake, for the uninitiated) on the outside and a scoop of ice cream on the inside.

Off the Beaten Plate: Hercules Burger at The Mad Greek

If you've ever bitten into a hamburger and thought to yourself, "This could really use more meat," the Mad Greek's Hercules Burger may be the meal for you.

Off the Beaten Plate: Agedashi tofu at Wa Japanese Restaurant

Even the most tofu-phobic might appreciate this traditional Japanese dish from Wa. After all, everything is better fried, as they say.

Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled Glazer at Harolds Fried Chicken & Donuts

If you catch a glimpse of the Grilled Glazer from far away, it might appear to be a normal chicken sandwich. Upon closer inspection, though, and it's pretty clear that this is no ordinary meal.

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