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.

Love,
A

Dear burger,

Duck fat fries and the Smoke burger from The Burger Stand. Whoa.

Duck fat fries and the Smoke burger from The Burger Stand. Whoa.

Dear burger,

How did I live without knowing that the mecca of burgers was at The Burger Stand in Lawrence, Kan.? I’ve only just begun to eat my way through this menu, beginning with the Smoke burger and a side of duck fat fries. As the menu describes it, “Applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda cheese and chipotle-cocoa ketchup.”

Need I say more? Until we meet again, Burger Stand.

Love,
Alma