Lawrence Originals

Frequently Asked Questions

Cuisine: American

23rd Street Brewery

Local Brewery / American

23rd Street Brewery won a bronze medal for its "Papa's Pilsner" at the Great American Beer festival in Denver in 2006 and Silver for Crimson Phog in 2007. They use only the finest domestic and imported barley and hops to brew beers of tradition and beers of distinction. The brew house we call home has a 15 barrel Pub Brewing System on the upper level of the impressive brewery interior. The eats aren't bad either... the 23rd Street Brewery features a made-from-scratch menu of good old American food.

The Bird Dog


If it is lunch and a favorite beverage you're after, then the Bird Dog is for you. The style is classic American in decor and menu. Featuring an American sportsman theme, the Bird Dog is decked out with eleven 50" flat-screen televisions, a spacious bar, plenty of comfortable tables and opening onto an outdoor terrace that looks out toward the north gate of the KU campus, not far from the KU Alumni Building and Student Union. Located just inside the main lobby, you can find the Bird Dog's welcoming doors open often.

Johnny's Tavern

Burgers, Pizza

Johnny's Tavern is a Lawrence destination spot for locals, students and tourists. Serving up tradition since 1953, we are proud to be the "Longest Runnin' Tap in Town". Johnny's is "Lawrence's Other Famous Institution" and has lots of history and memorabilia on our 100 year old walls to prove it! Johnny's has the best burgers and thin crust, New York style pizza around. You can grab a slice and a cold one or get a pie to go. Our friendly staff is serving up daily blue plate specials, and lots of comforting, bar food, making sure you always leave happy. The nightlife at Johnny's is always lively with students, suits, shirts and jerseys all rockin' together until the wee hours. It is a place to see and be seen. You never know who you'll run into or, get married to... That's another story for the history books!

Johnny's Tavern West

Burgers, Pizza

Johnny's goes West! You now have another friendly neighborhood tavern in Lawrence- this one is on the Westside at 6th and Wakarusa. Johnny's Tavern West opened its doors in July 2009 and boasts a 'grown up' version of the original Johnny's in North Lawrence. Johnny's Tavern West has an expanded menu including gourmet comfort food, Tavern entrees, pastas and killer desserts. Of course you can still get the same great burgers, New York style pizza and delicious bar food that made Johnny's famous. There is a reason Johnny's has been around since 1953. These guys really know how to serve up great service and great food in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Even though you'll experience Johnny's true historical essence in North Lawrence, both Johnny's and Johnny's West are perfect for sports watch parties and group functions of all kinds. See you at Johnny's- "Lawrence's Original Sports Bar"!

Set'em Up Jack's


22 foot high definition TV, Plus 5 10 foot big screens! Absolutely the best sportsbar in Lawrence. You've gotta check it out! Over 100 feet of TV screens, NTN trivia, pool tables, golden tee, and darts. Take a ride to the eastside!

TEN / The Jayhawker


We are an American restaurant serving steaks, seafood and pasta. We are located in The Eldridge, the only registered historic hotel in Kansas. Our restaurant has an award winning wine list comprised of over 250 bottles recognized by Wine Spectator. With views of downtown Lawrence and a comfortable atmosphere, TEN is the perfect place to bring friends and family and enjoy a relaxing meal with a perfect glass of wine.

Wayne & Larry's

Local Sports Bar & Grill / American

Wayne & Larry's thanks "LAWRENCE" for your support!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BAR! Wayne and Larry's restaurant next to Royal Crest Bowling Lanes just got a major overhaul in decor and dining. The trimmings are new and pimpin — sports bar decor and essentials like projection-screen TVs, two pool tables, dart boards, video games (including a couple Golden Tees) and a shuffle board table.
Wayne & Larry's is proud to introduce our new line of Cheesecake! Stop by today and give it a try, drizzled in chocolate, raspberry, and cherry!

Yacht Club Sports Bar & Grill

Local Sports Bar & Grill / American

We've got it at the "YACHT!" Outdoor seating, 25 televisions, $5.99 Daily Lunch Specials, & "HOME OF THE BEER TOWERS!"

Cuisine: Barbeque

Biggs BBQ


Bigg's Barbecue offers some good old fashioned barbecue where you can also enjoy sporting events on Bigg's 17 television monitors! Bigg's barbecue is unique: unlike traditional Kansas City-style barbecue, all the meat -- brisket, pork, chicken and sausage -- is served with light sauce to accentuate the hickory-smoked flavor of the meat and Bigg's special dry rubs.

Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse


Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse BBQ - Bob started the establishment in 1977 and as he says "30 years and still smokin'!" Bob's serves up hearty sandwiches or large combination platters of Brisket, Ham, Turkey, Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Babyback Ribs and every order is served with a heaping helping of homemade tater curl french fries. Many side dishes and appetizers are available as well as Chef Salads and Green Salads. Our helpings are large but very moderately priced. We serve ice cold beer featuring both domestic and craft varieties.

Cuisine: Gourmet Comfort Food


Gourmet Comfort Food

With its warm, contemporary ambience, gourmet comfort food, delicious daily features, and exceptional service, Mariscos is considered to be the best dining experience in Lawrence. Enjoy innovative dishes featuring enticing appetizers, fresh seafood, steaks and pasta. Order half portion entrees anytime, inspired soups, salads and sandwiches for a lunch or to remember. Breakfast at Mariscos? You bet! - Mon-Fri 8am-11am. Sat & Sun 8am-1130 with a Sunday Brunch menu until 4pm. Visit Mariscos’ “Top Shelf Bar” featuring daily drink specials like our famous Half Price Martini Wednesdays. Mariscos offers unique wines carefully selected by our sommelier, that complement our exciting menu. You will find the most reasonable prices on quality wines that deliver affordable luxury to you. Mariscos takes pride in serving our community since 2001. Rick & Nancy Renfro welcome you for the first time or to visit us again if you haven’t been in a while.

Cuisine: Pizza

Rudy's Pizzeria


Choose from our classic spicy red wine sauce, Homemade pesto sauce, all natural alfredo sauce, bar-b-que sauce, or olive oil. Our cheese is our own blend that we shred Fresh Daily. We offer a traditional white crust as well as our own wheat crust, and each are available in original thickness or thin St. Louis style. We Have over 40 Toppings from which to choose...everything from Avocado to zucchini.

Wheat State Pizza

Gourmet Style Pizza

Gourmet Pizza Restaurant offering Wheat or White crusts in a Hand Tossed or Thin style. Wheat State also offers over 30 toppings and 8 sauces. Appetizers, desserts, ice cream and liters round out the menu.

Catering Menu, Take & Bake and Late Night Specials.

Cuisine: Indian

India Palace

Gourmet Indian

Welcome to India Palace, Lawrence, Kansas. The Place to experience fine dining in a great atmosphere. Come discover a wide variety of authentic, great tasting, Indian food made with traditional Indian spices and seasonings.

Cuisine: Italian

Bambino's @ the Grove

Northern Italian, Mediterranean

A Family owned and operated Ristorante, Bambino's has offered fine foods at fair prices to Lawrence for the last 14 years. Under the direction of Chef Roberto, Bambino's recently added an array of grilled entrees. Bambino's features traditional Northern Italian foods, daily chef specials and a vast wine selection. We take pride in the saying 'No patron will leave our restaurant hungry.' Boasting the best patio in town, Bambino's offers delivery as well as complete catering services.


Northern Italian

Armando is an award winning chef who has 16 years of cooking experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started working at Rose Pistola as a Sous-Chef and was the Executive Chef for the past seven years prior to joining Genovese. He has traveled to Italy frequently for research and development, food and wine tasting, and getting to know the local culture and people and, most importantly, the food.

Paisano's Ristorante

Southern Italian

Patrons continue to vote Paisano's in the "Best of" categories... Best Italian and Most Romantic... with Paisano's having received these awards 13 times in the history of the restaurant. Paisano's is a full-service Southern Italian restaurant whose services include dine-in, carry-out, delivery, catering, banquets, meetings, and special occasions to include weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.

Cuisine: Latin American

La Parrilla

Latin American

You will not find the variety of food at the very reasonable prices that La Parrilla has. You can get get chips, salsa, guacamole, two entrees, sangria and sopapillas, all for less than $30! The chimichangas, chicken and veggie are all excellent. Others rave about the La Parrilla rice bowls, or shrimp or fish tacos.

Cuisine: Local / Organic

Local Burger

Local and Organic Dishes / Grass-Fed Meats and Vegetarian Dishes

Local Burger has been featured in more national magazines than we have room to list, not to mention the Sundance Channel's "Big Idea's for a Small Planet" series in 2007. Local Burger is leading the evolution of fast food with fresh, organic, local, and sustainable fare that is free of unnatural additives and preservatives. Local Burger considers the special diet, the environment, the economy, animal welfare, and the health of everyone who eats there.

Cuisine: Mexican

Tortas Jalisco


Tortas Jalisco provides an array of tempting, authentic Mexican dishes. We are the area's only authentic Mexican restaurant and cantina and only use fresh, local produce in every dish to guarantee you will enjoy whatever you order. Whether you try our homemade tamales or tasty fish tacos, you can be guaranteed that you will leave planning your next trip. View our original Mexican food dinner menu to see all we have to offer.

La Familia Cafe


La Fam is widely known for its unique 'sweet' salsa, but there's much more to like here -- not least of which is the joint's cozy environment. All the standards are available a la carte and as dinners. Call for availability of popular house specialties like spinach enchiladas, home style enchiladas, tamales and pork burritos. The Fam also offers Mexican beer and margaritas. Great spot for before and after KU games. Always the best from our family to yours.

Cuisine: New American Market


New American, Market

To this day, Pachamamas has kept on the cutting edge of the culinary arts with national acclaim and numerous accolades. They strive to offer Lawrence and the entire Midwest region the quintessential dining experience. Their continued commitment to using locally sourced produce and artisanal items when possible has translated into seasonal menus of exceptional quality paired with sublime simplicity.

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Thai House


"We are most proud of our exceptional Thai cuisine. Thai Spice uses the finest ingredients and the best spices to create an amazingly exciting experience for your tastebuds.".

Each Thai House recipe interconnects the various cultures that have influenced and inspired it along the way. Its contrasting mix of diverse ingredients are what make it such a delicious wealth of seductive flavors. Our pride lays in the pursuit of providing our patrons with the rich experience that is the delight of traditional cuisine.

Zen Zero


The co-owners described Zen Zero as a Pan-Asian restaurant encompassing the favorite foods of Asia and the Pacific Rim, plus some fusion dishes combining different traditions.

But the heart of the menu is built around noodles which, like rice, are a staple component of meals from this region. So at Zen Zero, you'll find a variety of noodles presented in soups, salads, stirfrys and curries.

Cuisine: World Cuisine w/French and Asian Influences


World Cuisine w/French and Asian Influences

Clyde Barrow’sn first ever bank robbery in 1932 started their infamous gang known and Bonnie and Clyde. Chef Patrick Chow-Yuen master class chef offers a unique style cuisine with French and Asian influences.

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