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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: So much at Mass st.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the many restaurants especially on Mass St.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lawrence is an AWESOME town. There is a pretty big downtown area (Mass Street) with lots of local restaurants/chain restaurants of every variety. Anything you're in the mood for, you will find and it will more than exceed your expectations. The options are really endless--and there are plenty of options outside of the downtown area as well. If you have the money for off-campus dining, you don't have to go far to find a good place to pick up burgers, pizza, Mexican--whatever you're in the mood for. And the KU website provides a website with the list of restaurants that take Beak 'em Bucks from your meal card too which is a big bonus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For the size of Lawrence there is a large variety of restaurants but quantity doesn't always equal quality

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There actually is a lot of choices off campus, but keep in mind that some of them are rather far.


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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.


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Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • El Mezcal
  • Free State Brewing Company
  • Zen Zero
24-Hour Dining
  • IHOP
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
  • First Watch Restaurant
  • Milton's
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
  • Papa Keno's
  • Rudy's
  • Wheat State Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Free State Brewing Company
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Chili's
  • Jimmy John's
  • Macalister's
  • Paisano's Restorante
  • Panera
  • Quinton's Bar & Deli
  • Royal Peking Restaurant
  • Thai House
  • The Wheel
Did You Know?
There are more than 110 restaurants in Lawrence, from fast food to fine dining.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

2300 Louisiana St.
(785) 843-0023
Community Mercantile
901 Iowa St.
(785) 843-8544
1015 W. 23rd St.
(785) 841-3366
1740 Massachusetts St.
(785) 842-2942
3000 W. 6th St.
(785) 843-1406
Hy-Vee Food Stores
3504 Clinton Pkwy.
(785) 832-0044
Hy-Vee Food Stores
4000 W. 6th St.
(785) 832-9449

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American
1012 Massachusetts St.
(785) 838-9464
Price: $4-$12
Cool Features: Huge TVs, pool tables, and darts.
Food: Mexican
911 Massachusetts St.
(785) 843-8800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Really big burritos with all fresh ingredients and free-range meat.
El Mezcal
Food: Mexican
1819 W. 23rd St.
(785) 832-8775
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: Authentic Mexican and huge margaritas.
First Watch Restaurant
Food: Breakfast
2540 Iowa St.
(785) 842-7999
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A very popular breakfast spot with a live piano player on the weekends.
Free State Brewing Company
Food: American
636 Massachusetts St.
(785) 843-4555
Price: $8-$20
Cool Features: First legal brewery in Kansas; features six in-house brews.
Henry T's Bar & Grill
Food: American
3520 W. 6th St.
(785) 749-2999
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Karaoke, outdoor deck seating, and satellite TV.
Hereford House
Food: Steak, seafood
4931 W. 6th St.
(785) 842-2333
Price: $10-$40
Cool Features: Best of Lawrence 2005 winner for best steak.
Food: American, healthy
947 Massachusetts Ave.
(785) 832-0100
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: One of only two Thai restaurants in Lawrence
Jade Mongolian Barbeque
Food: Asian
1511 W. 23rd St.
(785) 865-JADE
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Create-your-own Asian grill-style cooking.
Jefferson's Restaurant
Food: American, seafood
743 Massachusetts St.
(785) 832-2000
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Offers crab legs, crawfish, shellfish, and catfish.
Mad Greek
Food: Greek, Italian
907 Massachusetts St.
(785) 843-2441
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Lunch hour price breaks and authentic Mediterranian food.
Milton's Coffee
Food: Breakfast
920 Massachusetts St.
(785) 832-2330
Price: $3-$6
Cool Features: Outdoor area with trees and limited seating
Mr. Goodcents
Food: Deli
1410 Kasold Dr.
(785) 843-8400
Price: $5-$15
Food: International
800 New Hampshire
(785) 841-0990
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: Fresh food from around the world, with special new menu items introduced every month.
Papa Keno's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
1035 Massachusetts Ave.
(785) 841-7272
Price: $3-$18
Cool Features: Late-night dining
Peking Taste
Food: Chinese
2210 Iowa St.
(785) 749-4788
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Award-winning food.
Rudy's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
704 Massachusetts Ave.
(785) 749-0055
Price: $4-$20
Cool Features: Started in a downtown basement nook in Topeka.
Wheat State Pizza
Food: Pizza
711 W. 23rd St.
(785) 865-2323
Price: $4-$20
Cool Features: High-quality bar food, pool tables.
Yello Sub
Food: Sandwiches/subs
1814 W. 23rd St.
(785) 843-6000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Offers delivery and hot sandwiches
Zen Zero
Food: Asian
811 Massachusetts St.
(785) 832-0001
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lots of vegetarian and healthy options.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 235 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 235 responses

  • 65% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 28% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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