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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.

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.

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.

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

I was a little suspicious upon catching my first glimpse of the spaghetti pie at Tad's Pizzeria, which despite the menu's description — a pizza topped with spaghetti, meatballs and Parmesan cheese — didn't exactly look like how I'd pictured it.

Off the Beaten Plage: Southwestern chicken egg rolls at La Familia

Off the Beaten Plate visits La Familia for a taste of their southwestern chicken egg rolls.

Off the Beaten Plate: Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls at La Familia Cafe & Cantina

You wouldn’t expect to see egg rolls at a traditional Mexican joint, but that’s what we found during a recent lunchtime trip to La Familia Cafe & Cantina.

Off the Beaten Plate: Pig ear sandwich at Kingfish Soulfood Bistro

It’s a popular item at Kingfish Soul Food and Bistro, but you won’t see folks eating the pig-ear sandwich on a daily basis down South. At least that’s what the restaurant’s owner, who goes simply by Kingfish, tells me during a recent trip to the eastern Lawrence eatery.

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.

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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