Dear Merchant’s Pub & Plate,

Merchant's burger

Merchant’s burger

Lawrence restaurants, step up your game because there’s a new player in town. The Merchant’s burger is possibly the most flavorful burger I’ve ever tried that hasn’t made my stomach feel like I ate a brick. Tack on a delicious salad and perfectly paired glass of brew and I’m in heaven. The “gastro” part of gastropub is evident in the amazing dance of flavors. By the way, did I mention the dessert menu includes bacon? Oh yeah, candied bacon on top of ice cream on top of a blondie. Let that soak in for a moment.

And no, I’m not ashamed that I’m going back for dinner again two days later. I will become a fixture here, whether you like it or not.


Alma is a journalist by trade, living and working in Chicago while staying true to her tree-hugging spirit, L.A. spirit. Favorite pastimes include watching great television, listening to fantastic podcasts and daydreaming about writing a novel. Favorite foods run the gamut from sweet to salty to savory to eggs Benedict. And chocolate. Especially chocolate.