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Merchant’s is hands-down the best restaurant in Lawrence. The food is outstanding, the menu changes regularly with the seasons, and Chef TK Peterson and Sous Chef Nathan Desetti create the most marvelous creative dishes. The wait staff is tremendous - they stay with the restaurant so you have people dedicated to its success; friendly, courteous, attentive, and professional. The small wine list is good and the house wines are top notch. There are 30 craft beer taps featuring regional brews as well as brews from around the country. The noise level is such that you can actually carry on a conversation at your table. Merchant’s is the best! MoreOpenTable Diner -
Lawrence, Kansas, is a university town with an array of cultural opportunities and dining choices. You can find your choice of locally owned cafes and restaurants on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence's Old Town. Choose a gourmet burger with cheese and veggie toppings and creative side dishes, or visit a Tuscan bistro for farm-to-table cuisine and outdoor seating for an intimate dinner. For a casual delight, choose an Asian fusion restaurant for Thai curry noodles, savory whole fish, and spicy sauced chicken over rice alongside local craft beers and microbrews. To start off your day in style, visit a locally owned American option with house-made pastries and an array of coffee drinks. You can savor classic Neapolitan-style Margherita pizza with farm-fresh ingredients at a wood-fired grill featuring patio seating or opt for a cozy option featuring Korean favorites like bibimbap or bulgogi.