A Quick Day in Lawrence, KS

It’s crazy to think that one week ago we were leaving Kansas after a whirlwind trip for Doug’s little brother’s graduation in the center of the state. Isn’t it crazy how quickly time goes by once you return from vacation? Anyway, the relative passage of time is neither here nor there. When we arrived at the Kansas City airport we picked up our rental car, met with a friend for lunch, and then high-tailed it to our favorite city in the Sunflower State: Lawrence. To be honest, I can’t believe I haven’t done a profile on Lawrence yet!

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One thing I’ve noticed in life is this: If you want to find the best donuts in town, find out where the senior citizen crowd goes. You certainly won’t find the most aesthetically pleasing joint, but you will find the best donuts. Start your day in Lawrence out at Munchers Bakery. The cream cheese donuts were highly recommended, but I loved my blueberry and apple fritters.

Munchers Donuts

Once your’e hopped up on sugar and caffeine, burn off some of that energy by heading over to Clinton Lake for some fresh air and pretty scenery, or take a stroll around KU–the University of Kansas.

Then, head over to the most popular part of town– Massachusets St (called Mass St). If you truly wanted to, it would be easy to spend the entire day on Mass, poking around each and every shop–varying from big chains like Gap, to antique stores, music stores, and more.

Arriving at Mass Street, you’re probably ready for lunch. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there is a great restaurant to fit the bill.

Notable shops include…

Love Garden Sounds, a music store with a wide variety of CDs and Vinyl, including some hard-to-finds. Since I’ve been visiting Lawrence the shop has been in three different locations, but the loyal customers take it all in stride. The shopfront they’re in now has a primo location so I don’t anticipate any shakeups for a while. Isn’t the deconstructed piano in their front window incredible?

Love Garden

Love Garden

Wild Man Vintage is a clothing store dealing in (you guessed it) vintage. It rules, but we’re biased because our buddy works here. But really, look at that amazing selection of vintage boots!

Wild Man Vintage

Wild Man Vintage

In the evening, catch a show at Liberty Hall, The Granada, The Bottleneck, or even Jackpot!  I’ve seen several shops at Liberty Hall and they have been some of the best ones I’ve ever been to. It’s easy to get really close to the stage!

After the show head back to your friend’s apartment–you are staying with a college buddy, right? And partake in a time-tested tradition–ordering a midnight pizza from Fat Freddy’s. Their delivery hours are insanely late: up to 3 and 4 AM!

Anyway… that’s what I’d do! ;)

Larryville Weekend

Doug and I snuck away to Lawrence, KS this weekend to hang out with our friends Paul and Sarah. The home of KU, it is one of the more exciting  cities in Kansas. Mass Street is well known for its shops, music venues, and restaurants.

Basically my goal for the weekend was to eat as much delicious food as possible. I do not have a photo of the under-cooked chicken sandwich I received at The Burger Stand, but their food is good, with creative flavors and lots of options. The truffle fries were definitely the stand-out of the visit.  I do not hold my unfortunate sandwich experience against them. Next time I’ll order a regular burger and specify “well done,” though.

Brunch at 715: Smoked Trout Benedict (interesting play on eggs Benedict). The others in my group had sausage and beans, pastrami hash, and biscuits and gravy. It would appear this restauraunt is foodie heaven–unique twists on normal standards and locally-sourced ingredients.

Lunch at Free State Brewery: three cheeses grilled sandwich with creamy tomato soup. I have had a better fancy grilled cheese at Con Pane, but it was good, and this tomato soup was great! 

We did other stuff to celebrate Kansas Day (Jan 29) like purchase items from Kansas artists at Made and Wonder Fair, and go on a long and meandering drive, eventually ending up at the Kansas river to throw rocks in it.

It was nice to escape for two days.