It’s hard to get bored with the variety of restaurants in Lawrence. Many places, such as Free State Brewing Company, pride themselves on using many fresh, locally grown ingredients. The most popular restaurants are Lawrence originals, such as Ingredient, Zen Zero, and El Mezcal. Bigger chain restaurants are also a staple for many college students, including Chili’s, Applebee’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Jimmy John’s is a must-have for students leaving the bars because it is one of the only places open after the bars close at 2 a.m.
Most students eat on a college budget, and there is definitely affordable eating in Lawrence. For students looking for something fancier, Kansas City is less than an hour away and offers many classy restaurants and bars at the Country Club Plaza. Lawrence has all the necessities a college student could ask for, but Kansas City can spice up your dining experience. There’s something here for everyone—health food, fast food, vegetarian, barbecue, locally owned places, and chain restaurants.