I love a good burger and Lawrence is blessed with a number of good local burger places as well as a number of premium chains. But when I want the best fast food burger, I go to Wendy's.
Their Double Stack (currently 99 cents) is the perfect combination of flavors and textures for me. The beef is good, the onions and pickles provide some crunch and the condiments, while basic, compliment the overall burger.
I try to avoid fries, but I have tried their new more rustic cut, and they are quite good. I like that they are pre-seasoned with sea salt.
Service is usually fairly quick, if not particularly friendly. But at this price range, they provide a good combination of product and service.
I am not taking out of town guests here, but for a quick fast food burger I have yet to find a better one in my all too extensive experience.
Based on my way to extensive experience, this DQ location stays busy even during the Winter. Being one of the only drive-thru locations in East Lawrence, likely keeps them busy, but I have always found the service to be quite good. If you like ice cream, this location should always on your list of choices.
My personal favorite is the basic vanilla cone, but on special occasions, I have always found their ice cream cakes to be a good choice for a party.
I like to support locally owned restaurants, but I am willing to frequent chains that do it right.
I have always found Longhorn Steakhouse to have excellent steaks as well as ribs.
The decor is pleasant with lots of old west and rancher type decorations.
With the loss of Don's Steakhouse, I often find myself recommending Longhorn, and generally I get positive feedback from those who visit.
The guys who do the repairs really know what they doing. I have taken cars to them, where they were able to resolve issues that other shops couldn't fix.
They always seem to be busy, but they will work with you to get your issues fixed in a timely manner.
Biemer's is my favorite BBQ place in Lawrence. I have tried pretty much everything on the menu, but I usually go with their Large Brisket Sandwich.
When the briskets is at its best (65%) of the time, it is the best I have ever had. Moist, a little fat, but not too much. Just really tasty. The rest of the time (35%) is still better than most brisket, can be a little dryer than ideal, or maybe a little too much fat, but I still really enjoy it.
I should say, I don't even use any sauce. The way they prepare brisket, it doesn't even require it.
My second favorite is the pulled pork. Very good.
If you are going for the first time, you have to try the brisket. If you are like me, it will be difficult to try anything else.