Basil Leaf Cafe.

My friend Amea introduced me to Basil Leaf Cafe in Lawrence, Kansas.  It’s is awesome and one of my favorite spots for dinner.  I enjoy the cozy atmosphere and fresh flowers on the tables.  Every meal has been wonderful and the serving size always leaves you leftovers for lunch the following day!

 

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House Salad. My dream salad.

The house salad is the way to go.  Fresh greens, tomatoes, and green peppers make for a great foundation, but the croutons, artichoke hearts, and banana peppers really make this salad a must-have when visiting.  I get this every time!

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Risotto Balls.

Arancini is an appetizer that consists of sausage, vegetables, and a five-cheese risotto shaped into a ball, and covered in a parmesan and panko crust.  It is deep fried to perfection and served with a fire roasted tomato sauce.  These are absolutely fantastic!

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Risotto!!!!

This is a chicken, leek, and wild mushroom risotto.  This is by far the best risotto I’ve ever had -anywhere!  It’s full of flavor and cooked perfectly.  Some of you may know this: risotto is difficult to cook.  I feel that it needs to be watched over carefully and takes a while to cook.  I say this from experience.  🙂 And let’s just say it didn’t turn out well.  🙂  Basil Leaf does not have this dish any more (they change menus to keep things spicy), but usually feature a risotto.  I try to branch out each time I visit, but the risotto is always calling my name!

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Chuy’s!

I love to eat, but nothing is as comforting as Mexican food!  Chuy’s was a great experience: fun, upbeat, delicious, and the service was exceptional.  In the beginning, we stuffed our faces with chips, salsa, and a cheese dip.  Since it was our first time, the server brought us a dip that tasted similar to ranch… with all three flavors, we quickly went through baskets of tortilla chips and different flavor combinations.

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Legit.

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Clockwise from top: Salsa, cheese dip, unknown ranch dip for free

A friend and I split the fajita’s for two, and it was awesome!  The meat was tender and veggies were flavorful.  It was nothing to write home to, but everything was tasting great!  I would definitely get fajitas again.  Also, the flour tortillas are made in-house daily.  In fact, you can see people making them when being seated to your table.

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My mouth is watering just typing this post. Just saying.

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Seriously, is this real life?

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The entry way. This place has a fun vibe.