By Travis Campbell
This semester’s closure of the Grill House has left some students in a bind, looking for lower-cost dining options off-campus. Fortunately, being a college town, Lawrence has several specials throughout the week to suit the needs, and budgets, of practically anyone.
The Burger Stand at the Casbah, located at 803 Massachusetts, offers a late-night special consisting of five dollars for a burger and fries. This special is offered nightly and, while seemingly simple upon first glance, their American Kobe beef and house-cut fries are truly among the best in Lawrence. Another burger special can be found at Set’em Up Jacks at 1800 E. 23rd Street, but is restricted to Monday nights. In addition to this half-price burger special, Set’em Up Jacks menu includes daily specials. A complete listing can be found on their website at: www.setemupjacks.com.
Tres Mexicanos, located at 1800 E. 23rd Street (In the same strip mall as Set’em Up Jacks) , offers a Taco Tuesday special comprised of 99-cent hard-shell tacos and four soft tacos for $4.99. El Potro, at 3333 Iowa Street, also has a 99-cent taco special, however this is only on Monday nights.
If you should find yourself tiring of burgers and tacos, Jin Shan Chinese Buffet, also conveniently located in the shopping center at 1800 E. 23rd Street, offers a lunch special on Mondays and Wednesdays. Coming in at under $10 per person for an all you can eat buffet, this is undeniably one of the best deals in Lawrence.
For something a little more up-market, Genovese Italian Restaurant at 941 Massachusetts offers a different item for their express lunch special during the week as well as half-price appetizers during their happy hour from 2-5 pm. Also downtown, Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Bar at 947 New Hampshire, India Palace at 129 E. 10th, and Aladdin Café at 1021 Massachusetts all offer lunch buffets seven days a week.
With low-cost options like these, all located within relatively close proximity to campus, there is something to suit practically any palate.