Opened in 2013, Merchant’s Pub & Plate is located on Massachusetts Street in Downtown Lawrence, KS. and is a local favorite.
Referring to itself as a “gastropub” (a restaurant and bar that serves high-end beer and food), Merchant’s stays true to the description with its beer selection including 30 beers on tap, which is the largest selection in Lawrence. Their selection includes local options from Lawrence breweries, Kansas City breweries and West Coast breweries with fresh seasonal food pairings to tie it all together.
Merchant’s, formerly Teller’s restaurant, is a former bank building downtown providing an atmosphere that really can’t be duplicated.
The bathrooms can be found through the old vault as well. A nice touch!
Some appetizers to chose from that you cannot go wrong follow:
The pomme frites (fancy-speak for fries) served with aioli, green goddess, and ketchup.
The local cheese curds. YUM.
Much to my dismay, it appears I did not save a picture of my favorite, the brie and apple crostini. Fresh brie spread on a Wheatfields baguette (a local Lawrence bakery), with cracked pepper and sour apple relish. Maybe it’s because brie is my favorite cheese, but this is probably one of my favorite dishes I have ever eaten…EVER.
The buffalo chicken meatballs are also a good choice (also not pictured) but do have a little kick, so be wary!
One of my favorite plates to choose from here is their Kale caesar salad; works perfect for a pairing, too. I decided to get the crab cakes with mine. Very very good!
I would give Merchant’s Pub & Plate a 9/10.