The Burger Stand at the Casbah, Lawrence, KS – Duck Fat Fries or Truffle Fries?

If you follow this blog, you will notice I have a few posts of restaurants in Lawrence, KS.  I spend a bit of time there when I can.  One of the places I frequent on almost every visit is the The Burger Stand at the Casbah.

So what is so special about The Burger Stand?  Clearly I am a burger addict.  The Kobe burger and variety of fries are fantastic.  Typically I order either duck fat fries or the truffle fries.  This time I tried both!  Here’s the Kobe burger and duck fat fries:

kobe burger and dff

They cook all burgers to medium but confirm that is how you want it.  When I cut into it, it was perfect with some pink.  It’s still very juicy with good texture.  I heard another person order one well done. AHHHHH! That cow did not deserve to sacrifice its life and to be overcooked.

The burger is topped with pickled red onion, arugula, and truffle butter.  I normally don’t like pickles on my burger but the pickled onions are the perfect complement to the fatty Kobe.  I have not been able to bring myself to order a different burger yet.

As for the fries…I love the duck fat fries and the truffle fries.   All their fries are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Over my many visits, I have always preferred the duck fat fries. This time the truffle fries barely edged them out.  Do yourself a favor and don’t look at the bottom of the basket.  They do leave behind some excess vitamin G (grease).  They have a variety of unique sauces for your burger or fries but I find I don’t need it.

The Burger Stand is one of the things I look forward to on my trips to Lawrence.  They have a great Kobe burger and the fries are some of my favorite. It should have a bright future in downtown Lawrence for years to come.

Dive 2 Five Scale – 3.  This place has a very lively college atmosphere.  If it’s a game day, go early if you are trying to get lunch.  INSIDER TIP:  If the line to order when you walk in is long, look to see if the gate to the lower level is open.  You can order at the downstairs bar as well.  They make a great spicy bloody Mary to help you recover from the previous night’s events.  Those also come with bacon!

bloody mary

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Katie’s Pizzeria, St. Louis, MO – Kickstart My Heart

Recently I heard about a Kickstarter effort to open a new restaurant, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta.  This new restaurant is based on the existing restaurant, Katie’s Pizzeria in Richmond Heights.  I loved the idea of a restaurant reaching out to the community help fund their future dreams.  I made a trip by the existing location to see what pizza Katie had to offer.

A quick glance at the menu revealed that this is not your typical pizza place.  They had pizza choices with potatoes and parsnips on a pizza.  Who does that?  It was like a mad scientist creating some extremely unique combinations.  In order to get a feel for the place I ordered two regular size pizza’s and a small kids pizza for my son.

While waiting for the pizza to arrive, they brought out some fresh bread.  The server sat it down and you could see it was still steaming out.  It reminded me of fresh rolls.  It was soft, salty, and dense.  It was a great.  My son agreed.  He was stuffing two to three pieces of torn up bread in his mouth at a time.

breadFirst the kid’s cheese pizza.  How cute is this? 🙂

kids cheese pizzaFirst grown up pizza, the spicy coppa.

spicy coppaThe keyword for this pizza is spicy.  It brought back memories of pizzas I would eat in New Mexico with green chili’s.  If you like heat, this is your pizza.  The crust was a good base.  A little crispy but still have some chew to it.

Next was the pizza I enjoyed the most, the egg pizza.

egg pizzaIt was a little burnt on the edge.  I love eggs on everything, so why not pizza?  I should have known that I would enjoy this.  The surprise for me was how well the egg, rosemary, and onion went together.  I’m sure I will order this again.

Katie’s Pizza is not your typical pizza place with standard offerings.  Katie’s Pizza pushes the envelope with fantastic topping combinations.  I’m now a backer of Katie’s Kickstarter campaign.  How about you?  Click here to contribute!

box top

Dive 2 Five Scale: 3.  When I pulled up, it was plain on the outside.  I was surprised when I walked in how much I liked what they had done with the space.  I loved the character that the mismatched tables and chairs added.  The wooden bar was really nice. There were fresh flowers on each of the tables.  The attention to detail made this a great experience. The prices are on the high side for pizza, but the ingredients are fresh and well paired.

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World’s Fair Doughnuts, St. Louis, MO – A Step Back In Time

What’s the perfect pick me up on a dreary morning?  For me, nothing better than a fatty, sugar filled doughnut.  On a recent morning like that, I found myself at World’s Fair Doughnuts.

When you pull up you notice a few things: 1)  This is a tiny place.  2) There is limited parking. 3)  There is an older Mercedes outside with “DONUT” on the license plate.  Now that’s dedication!

outside 2

Once you walk in you will see there is no seating.  There was a good selection of your typical doughnuts (glazed, twist, apple fritters, long johns, iced, etc.).  There wasn’t anything too adventurous like you might see at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR or Doughnut Plant in NYC (my two all time favorite doughnut shops).

I ordered a chocolate long John and a small twist.  The chocolate long John had just the right amount of icing.  I even let my 1-year-old son try a few bites.  When I asked him if he liked it, he smiled and waved his arms wildly.  I’m pretty sure he gave it his seal of approval.  After eating the long John I tore into the small twist before even remembered to snap a picture.  Both were very tasty.

long john

My visit to World’s Fair Doughnuts brought me happiness in two ways.  First, a full belly from good doughnuts.  Secondly, it was nice seeing a family shop with such a long history still thriving in today’s culture.  I would definitely recommend a trip by WFD if you are in the area or you can do as I did and make it a special trip.  You will be happy you did.

Dive 2 Five Scale:  2.  This is basically just a small building that cranks out good doughnuts.  You can see one guy in the back making doughnuts and two women up front helping customers.  There are no frills and nothing to hide.  It doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t.  It’s very reasonably priced.  Just make sure you bring cash, that’s all they take.

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