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Coming soon (very soon): Merchants Pub, new-and-improved Basil Leaf Cafe

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/sep/16/261587/ **UPDATE (2 p.m. Tuesday):** Pushed back again! A new press release from Merchants says that instead of Thursday, they'll open at 11 a.m. Saturday. **UPDATE (4:30 p.m. Monday):** Merchants will open for business at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release that just came in. Reservations can be ...

Tasting notes: Sandbar Subs, grape stomp, wine dinner, Free State fries and squealers

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2013/sep/05/260975/ A few notes from Lawrence's food and drink scene. **Downtown Sandbar Sub Shop** The new, downtown Sandbar Sub Shop is up and running at 745 New Hampshire St., across the street from the Sandbar. [Mrs. Mass checked it out for this week’s edition of CheckOut and gave the shop’s ...

Kansas! magazine food edition features Lawrence favorites, lesser-known outstate eateries

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/28/260657/ The fall issue of Kansas! magazine, its food edition, features the mag’s 20 favorite restaurants statewide, and four of them are in Lawrence. Locals won’t be in for any surprises here; those four restaurants are the oft-touted [715][1], [Free State Brewing Co.][2], [WheatFields][3] and the [Burger Stand][4]. But get ...

Tasting notes: Lawrence bar guide, Spanish wines and a ‘handy’ beer dinner

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2013/aug/01/258897/ A few notes from Lawrence's eating and drinking front — a little heavy on the drinking side this time. **This week** Kansas City’s Ink magazine has a Lawrence watering hole on the cover of its latest edition, and more Lawrence inside. Ink released its first [Lawrence Bar Guide this ...

Toast to Lawrence’s post-raid rebirth with a cold glass of Free State's Phoenix Rising

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/21/260351/ Today marks the [150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence][1], and thus a great afternoon or evening to toast to the city’s remarkable rebirth. Free State Brewing Co. has created the perfect beer for this — a special commemorative brew called Phoenix Rising, now on tap at the [brewpub][2]. ...

Food truck on the move: Blissful Bite now serving lunch downtown

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/09/259705/ The [Blissful Bite, Lawrence’s only active food truck][1], is getting more active. The bright yellow mobile kitchen is now serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the parking lot at 11th and Massachusetts streets. The truck rolled out the new lunch service last ...

Tasting notes: Organic wines at the Oread, Sicilian wines at Genovese and the Elvis Burger

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/09/259649/ There are two wine dinners next week in Lawrence. They’re both happening the same night, though, so you’ll have to choose — organic or Sicilian? Plus, Elvis (Burger) lives. **Thursday** Organic Wines of the World is the title of the [Oread][1]’s next quarterly wine dinner, planned Thursday at the ...

Shot and a beer by night, craft cocktail and chair massage by (Mon)day

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/aug/05/259522/ Picture the [Jackpot Saloon][1], and “relaxing” and "refreshing" probably aren't the first words that jump to mind. On a busy night the downtown bar best known for its eclectic mix of live music is dark, crowded, sweaty and loud, and its signature $5 specials are flowing — that would ...

Flavors from Lawrence featured in newest issue of Saveur magazine

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jul/31/259323/ Flip past the glistening French apricot-almond tart, the write-up on a London cookbook author’s kitchen re-do and the tasting notes for German kölsch in the newest issue of Saveur magazine, and things start to look closer to home. Very close. Page 62: “Salad Social: Lawrence is the potluckiest town ...

Merc, 715 and Merchants Pub chefs to face off at Douglas County Fair

Sara Shepherd

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/aug/02/238703/ Wallace Cochran of [the Merc][1] will seek to defend his [Chefs Challenge champion title][2] Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. This year’s cook-off will feature Cochran with Michael Beard of [715][3], 715 Massachusetts St., and T.K. Peterson of [Merchants Pub and Plate][4], scheduled to open in August at ...

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