Wined & Dined

Food trucks multiplying, driving for more freedom in Lawrence

Sara Shepherd

Lawrence’s food truck population has tripled this year (from one to three!), and interest in them is growing, too. In case you missed the smattering of recent mentions in the Journal-World, here’s a roundup of what’s going on with the local food truck scene. http://www.lawrence.com/photos/galleries/2014/may/12/party-pix-kansas-food-truck-festival/104249/ **Regulations** Journal-World city reporter Chad ...

What are the best dishes from new Lawrence restaurants? Give us your picks for future food icons

Sara Shepherd

Last week, with your help, we compiled a list of the top 10 Lawrence food icons. New restaurants — no matter how awesome — didn’t really stand a chance compared to these famous longtime favorites. (Miss the story? Check it out [here][1].) So this week we're going to highlight some ...

First Lawrence Restaurant Week set for Sept. 14-20

Sara Shepherd

Prepare yourselves, foodies: The first Lawrence Restaurant Week is set for Sept.14 through 20 in downtown Lawrence. Downtown Lawrence Inc. is organizing the new event and expects at least a dozen downtown restaurants to participate, said Sally Zogry, DLI director. Each restaurant — representing cuisine from Pachamama's fine-dining to Jefferson's ...

What are Lawrence's most iconic menu items? Help us decide

Sara Shepherd

**MONDAY MORNING UPDATE:** Since posting this blog on Friday, I’ve gotten lots more suggestions via email, Twitter, Facebook and comments (below). Following are just a few of the new additions. Anything else, foodies of Lawrence? Let me know today! • Texas Burrito at Border Bandido • Spring roll salad at ...

Culinaria plans Final Friday food event featuring tacos, tequila cocktails

Sara Shepherd

The area around the Warehouse Arts District still lacks a traditional restaurant, but a catering company located there will open for dinner Friday as part of this month's Final Friday event. [Culinaria][1], 512 E. Ninth St. Suite A (the old stone house behind Vintage Emporium), has been opening its event ...

Java Break celebrates 20th anniversary in 24/7 style

Sara Shepherd

Java Break has been caffeinating Lawrence 24 hours a day for 20 years. To celebrate the milestone anniversary in 24/7 fashion, the funky, half-underground coffee shop at Seventh and New Hampshire streets is offering half-price everything from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2007/may/22/124153/ When it comes to coffee shops, Java ...

Alchemy Coffee now a bakery, too

Sara Shepherd

I wish I were better at resisting temptation, but man, do I love a sweet treat with my coffee. And especially given all the coffee shops selling stale or over-sugared, trucked-in baked goods — or none at all — I REALLY love a handmade, freshly baked sweet treat with my ...

Magazine honors wine lists at Lawrence hotels

Sara Shepherd

Two Lawrence restaurants made Wine Spectator’s [2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards][1], the magazine announced today. Five 21, inside the Oread Hotel, and Ten, inside the Eldridge Hotel, received Awards of Excellence (the lowest of Wine Spectator’s three tiers of rankings). The [same two restaurants made Wine Spectator’s 2013 list][2]. They ...

Ephemeral local ingredient du jour: the chanterelle mushroom

Sara Shepherd

At some of Lawrence’s more creative restaurants, the daily specials menu is a great — if not the only — place to find dishes featuring ephemeral local ingredients. (Think about it: putting produce with unpredictable availability on a permanent menu doesn't really work.) Right now, one of those unusual ingredients-du-jour ...

Just-opened Mass Street Soda selling sweet, bubbly versions of almost everything

Sara Shepherd

Mass Street Soda popped the cap today and informally opened at 1103 Massachusetts St. Even with most of the shop's 1,000-plus sodas still in the process of being moved from box to shelf, there are already so many it’s crazy — and really hard to pick just one. “Basically, if ...

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