Wined & Dined

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 ...

New restaurant now serving in Sixth Street gas station

Sara Shepherd

After a short-lived fried chicken joint recently closed, a new restaurant called Eats — their slogan is “real food fast” — is now serving inside the Phillips 66 Miller Mart at 3300 W. Sixth St. Owner Anthony Cannon, a Lawrence High School grad, said he’s worked in a number of ...

Name that oven: Soon-to-open pizza restaurant taking submissions for wood-fired ‘behemoth’

Sara Shepherd

At the centerpiece of the soon-to-open Limestone Pizza Kitchen and Bar is a 20,000-pound, white-brick-on-the-inside, local-limestone-on-the-outside wood-fired oven that reaches 1,000 degrees and can cook a pizza in 90 seconds. This thing is a “behemoth,” Limestone says on its Facebook page, “but she’s gentle as a dove.” And she needs ...

Intorno closes, another restaurant may already be eyeing Round Corner spot (via Town Talk)

Sara Shepherd

Intorno Italian restaurant — located in the cool, window-lined corner space at Eighth and Massachusetts streets — has closed after a year and a half. The restaurant couldn't produce the volume of business it needed, chef and owner Jim Vaughn told my colleague Chad Lawhorn, who [reported the closure in ...

Food truck festival coming to Warehouse Arts District

Sara Shepherd

Lawrence doesn’t have many food trucks of its own (I know of just one, [the Blissful Bite][1]), but a group plans to import some for a just-announced event in the Warehouse Arts District. The Kansas Food Truck Festival is tentatively set for 5 to 10 p.m. May 10 in the ...

Tasting notes: Irish whiskey and St. Pat’s eats (starting now)

Sara Shepherd

A few upcoming drinking and dining notes for the coming week — and with St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, Irish is naturally a common theme. If you know of other St. Pat’s food and drink specials (ideally, something cooler than green beer?) share with the group by posting in the ...

Mexican or Chinese? Yes, at odd Eudora restaurant

Sara Shepherd

Salsa and crab rangoon, together at last. Actually, the two have been in a steady relationship the past 14 years at what's easily one of the area’s oddest (and most genius?) restaurants, Jasmin in downtown Eudora. Jasmin serves both Mexican and Chinese food, and has since the restaurant opened in ...

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