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Review: best lunch spots for students in Lawrence

Reporter Ava Lee weighs in on local restaurant scene
Ethan Hanratanagorn
Students congregate for second breakfast at LHS

Lawrence has an array of diverse restaurants students should try. With a wide range of price points and unique flavors, this review should cover all your lunchtime recommendation needs. Here are some of my favorites. 


Though I have received some backlash for this opinion, Rudy’s has remained the best pizza place in Lawrence for decades. The ratio of cheese and sauce to crust has been perfectly achieved, and to everyone who criticizes the density of the crust, you couldn’t be more wrong. 

Rudys has been a staple for both college kids, and central Lawrencians for decades. The fish pond and underground location give off a welcoming vibe, as well as their quality customer service. 

In addition to their exceptional pizza, Rudy’s also offers side salads to pair with your slice for $7.99 if you add a drink to your order. 

Burrito King

If you’re looking for a decently priced and great tasting burrito, Burrito King is the way to go. My go-to order is the #1 with steak, checking every box that a burrito should. Refried beans, fried rice, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and protein of your choice are all included in the experience. 

Burrito King has both breakfast and lunch items, making it a flexible option to incorporate into your list. Open from 7a.m.—3a.m., this option is appropriate almost any time of day.  

Zen Zero

For something a little more upscale, Zen Zero offers great Asian cuisines ranging from curry to classic pad thai noodles. The price, typically ranging from 10 to 20 dollars per meal, is pretty reasonable for the amount of food you receive, it also leaves room to share. 

My favorite menu item is the chicken pad thai or the spring rolls that come with the best peanut sauce I’ve ever had. Their bubble tea is worth trying as well if you’re dining in. 

As far as customer service goes, the servers are responsive and nice but not anything out of the ordinary. At Zen Zero there is something for everyone as the menu has a solid range of items. 

The Fresh Mediterranean Co

The Mediterranean Food Co. is good when I’m burnt out on my regular spots. My usual order is the Chicken Rice Bowl, with a mixture of rice, lettuce, pickled onions, and hummus. Their Gyro Pocket Pita Wrap is also a good option to consider. 

The customer service is mediocre but not terrible, and the prices are reasonable for the quality and amount of food you get.


Wheatfields might be one of my favorite spots to get a sandwich in town – but they have a lot more to offer than that. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a spot to hang out for a few hours, Wheatfields fosters an atmosphere for a range of needs. 

My favorite item is the turkey and cranberry relish sandwich, but it ties pretty close with the chicken salad sandwich. The breakfast menu is limited, that being said, the biscuits and gravy are killer. 

Wheatfields has a reputation for their bread, and it’s well deserved given their variety and quality. Their pastry selection is also one of the best in Lawrence and home of the iconic giant cinnamon rolls. They have decent coffee as well.

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Ava Lee
Ava Lee, Reporter
I'm a second-year reporter on the journalism staff. When I'm not working on a story, I'm playing tennis or practicing guitar. I enjoy watching High Fidelity with Zoe Kravitz and mastering my cold brew recipe.
Ethan Hanratanagorn
I'm a second-year reporter and a first-year photographer. In my spare time I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, workout, and hang out with my friends.

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