Off The Beaten Plate

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Off the Beaten Plate: Thousand year egg at Panda and Plum Garden

This Chinese treat looks like a 1,000-year-old hard-boiled egg. It doesn’t taste THAT old — but it sure doesn’t taste new.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled octopus at Genovese

This antipasti dish at Genovese has a few tentacles and suction cups.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Barbequed Egg Rolls at Bigg's

Every barbecue restaurant serves a pulled pork sandwich. Not every barbecue restaurant has this. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Baozi at Oriental Pearl

In China people eat these doughy pork-filled steamed buns for breakfast, often carrying out a couple in a paper bag to eat on the run.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Okra Enchiladas at El Potro

Okra in an enchilada — something different under all that cheese.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Gulab Jamun at India Palace

It’s similar to the American donut hole, but arrives warm and drenched in a sugary syrup.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burrito at Thai House

It’s rather unexpected to walk into a Thai restaurant and find a dish closely resembling an item found on a Mexican menu.

Off the Beaten Plate: Deep Fried S'mores at Tad's Pizzeria

It’s true; anything can be deep fried these days.

Off the Beaten Plate: Hibiscus ice cream at Limestone Pizza

Hibiscus is a flower native to tropical regions of the world, so if you’re unfamiliar with this particular ingredient, it’s not something springing up in Lawrence. While the large flower petals may appear in white, orange, pink, red, yellow or purple, this dish will arrive at your table as a purple-y magenta color, almost too pretty to devour, but that would be a mistake.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Kansas Roll at Oriental Bistro

The Kansas Roll at Oriental Bistro provides you with dinner and dessert at the time.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Banoffee Pie at The Roost

Ordered as a single serving, this miniature tart banoffee consists of just about every delectable ingredient you’d want in a pie.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Biscuit Ben-Yay at Big Biscuit

Part biscuit, part french toast, part beignet, tastes like funnel cake.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Nightmare on Massachusetts Street at Ingredient

It may not be an eating challenge, but this is one big burger. Finishing the whole thing could be nightmarish for some.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken fried meatloaf at Basil Leaf

The full name of this dish is “Chicken Fried Filet of Three Meatloaf” — with the three meats being pork, bison and beef.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Creamy Chicken Philly Pizza at Henry T’s

America, where even sandwiches can grow up to be anything they want to be — including pizza.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Deep fried Twinkies at Yokohama

On the one hand, fried Twinkies at a sushi place don’t make sense. On the other hand, the way Yokohama makes them, they kind of do.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Candied Cabbage Salad at Mariscos

Off the Beaten Plate’s first-ever featured salad is St. Patrick’s Day-perfect, and the kind of dish that might even convert professed cabbage-haters.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Venison tartare at Pachamama’s

Eating raw deer meat from a stone slab feels more chic than caveman-ish with this appetizer.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Thukpa at Zen Zero

In the Himalayan mountains, where most homes don’t have central heat, residents eat a lot of this spicy, satisfying soup to take off winter’s chill.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chili Mac Attack at Bigg's BBQ

What you’re really looking at is a layer of deep fried mac and cheese in a new creation on the menu at Bigg’s BBQ.

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