Category Archive: Things to Do and Places to Eat

Sep 19

Things to do in Lawrence

If Workshops, THATCamp, and a Knowledge Representation conference are not enough for you…..

* Check out the KU Calendar for listings of lectures and other events happening at KU.

* provides a list of concerts, movies, galleries, and other events happening in Lawrence.

Sep 16

Dining Options on Campus and in Downtown Lawrence

Welcome to Lawrence and the University of Kansas! Below is a selection of dining, coffee, and snack options for the Digital Humanities Forum. The descriptions are divided into Campus Options (for lunches and snacks) and Downtown Options (for when you are not on campus).

This list is by no means comprehensive. Additional information about dining options in Lawrence is available through the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau (, (, and through user-generated sites like Yelp! ( and UrbanSpoon (

Note: Several of the campus options are closed on Saturday, so be sure to check the hours for each!

Key: $ – inexpensive; $$ – moderate; $$$ – more expensive

1. Campus Options (locations near or in the Kansas Union and the Watson Library)

A. In the Kansas Union: (1301 Jayhawk Blvd.)

Hawk Shop Store, 4th Floor, Kansas Union

  • M-Th.7am-11pm, F. 7am-11pm, Sat. 7am-11pm, Sun. 12pm-9pm
  • Convenience store with the usually fare. Pre-packaged sandwiches, some hot food (hot dogs, corn dogs, etc.), chips, candy, etc.

Impromptu Café, 3rd Floor, Kansas Union

  • 785-864-8001;
  • Semester Hours: M-F 11am to 2pm; *closed Saturday and Sunday*
  • Impromptu is known for its watermelon lemonade; lunch offerings include a tasty selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrées (table service)
  • $ Most entrées $6.95-$8.95

The Market, 3rd Floor, Kansas Union

  • M-Th. 8am-5pm, F 8am-4pm, *closed Saturday and Sunday the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25*
  • Cafeteria with the following options:
    • Fresco! Cuisine: daily entrées
    • Boulevard Grill: burgers, chicken fingers, fries
    • Quesarito: Burritos, quesadillas, tacos
    • Garden Gourmet: salad bar, soups, Panini
    • Pizza Hut: personal pan pizza and bread sticks
    • Brellas: wraps and artisan sandwiches
    • Sushi with Gusto: sushi
    • Corner Bakery: cookies, muffins, baked goods
  • $ Most lunch entrées $5-$8

Milton’s Coffee Shop, 1st Floor, Kansas Union

  • M-Th. 7am-5pm, F. 7am-5pm, *closed Saturday and Sunday*
  • This is a smaller version of a Lawrence favorite. It has great special espresso drinks and small selection of assorted pastries
  • $

Pulse Coffee Bar, 4th Floor, Kansas Union

  • M-Th. 7:30am-7pm, F. 7:30am-6pm, Sat. 9am-3pm, closed Sunday
  • Serves flavored coffee drinks, has a good smoothie selection, and packed ice cream. Also has some assorted pastries, and will have “to-go” pre-made deli sandwiches available on Saturday
  • $

B. In the Oread Hotel (1200 Oread Ave., at the northern end of Jayhawk Blvd)

Bird Dog Bar, Oread Hotel, main floor

Coffee Corner at The Oread, Oread Hotel, main level

Jimmy John’s, Oread Hotel, lower level

A Slice of History, Oread Hotel, lower level

C. In Watson Library (1425 Jayhawk Blvd)

Watson Library Food Stop, 3rd Floor Watson Library

  • M-Th.8am-8:30pm, F. 8am-2pm, *closed Saturday and Sunday*
  • Packaged snacks and sandwiches, baked goods, brewed coffee

2. Downtown Lawrence Options (non-chain restaurants on and around Massachusetts Street)

The Burger Stand at the Casbah, 803 Massachusetts Street (between 8th and 9th Streets)

  • 785-856-0543,
  • Restaurant Hours: Mon – Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 11am – 9pm
  • Bar Hours: Sun – Mon 11am – 2am
  • Gourmet burgers and fries. Karaoke.
  • $$

Encore Café, 1007 Massachusetts Street (between 10th and 11th Streets)

  • 785-856-3682,
  • Sun. – Th. 11am – 10pm, F. – Sat. 11am – 11pm
  • Asian fusion
  • $$ Most entrées $6.95-9.95

Esquina, 801 Massachusetts Street (at the corner of 8th St.)

Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts Street (between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 785-843-4555,
  • Mon. – Sat. 11am to midnight, Sunday Noon – 11pm
  • Brewery with casual dining, including burgers, Tex-mex items, pasta, and pub fare
  • $$ Most entrées $7.95-11.95

India Palace, 129 E 10th Street (between Massachusetts and New Hampshire Streets)

  • 785-331-4300,
  • Lunch Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:30 to 2:30, Sat. – Sun. 11:30 to 2:45; Dinner Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 5:00 to 9:45, Fri. – Sat. 5:00 to 10:15
  • Indian food, lunch buffet
  • $$ Dinner entrées $9.95-13.95

La Parilla, 814 Massachusetts Street (between 8th and 9th Streets)

Teller’s, 746 Massachusetts Street (at 8th Street)

  • 785-843-4111,
  • Lunch Mon-Sat. 11am-2pm; Dinner M-Th. 5pm-10pm, until 11pm Fri-Sat, until 9pm Sundays; Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm
  • Bistro with Italian slant
  • $$$ Dinner entrées $15-35 (most $15-20); $5 lunch specials Mon-Thu.

WheatFields Bakery & Café, 904 Vermont Street (at 9th Street)

  • 785-841-5553,
  • M-F 6:30am – 8:00pm, Sat. 6:30am – 6:30pm, Sun. 7:30am – 4:00pm
  • Fresh baked breads and pastries with a breakfast menu, sandwich menu, and small dinner menu
  • $$ Most lunch and breakfast entrees $5.95-7.45; dinner entrées $8.95-10.95

Zen Zero, 811 Massachusetts Street (between 8th and 9th Streets)

  • 785-832-0001,
  • Sun- Mon: 11am – 9pm, Tue- Sat: 11am- 10pm
  • Asian Fusion
  • $$ Entrées $6.99-12.99

715, 715 Massachusetts Street (between 7th and 8th Streets)

  • 785-856-7150,
  • M-F 11am-12am, Sat & Sun. 9am-12am
  • European bistro, with handmade central Italian cuisine and locally-sourced foods
  • $$$ Lunch entrées, $6-11; Dinner entrées $12-24
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