Feel like it’s time you got caught up on the restaurant scene in Lawrence? Start with Lawrence Restaurant Week, which begins this Sunday, and features special menus from 19 restaurants (including the recently opened Ladybird Diner). Carnivores should consider 715 (715 Massachusetts) — a four-course dinner (you could opt for a glass of rose, heritage pork meatballs, an apple and pecan salad, rabbit ravioli, and affogato (espresso with sweet cream gelato)) is $35. Vegetarians might opt for Ramen Bowls (125 E 10th Street) with a $29 three-course meal of shiitake mushroom tacos, creamy corn ramen with spicy tofu and a Japanese dessert sampler. Add on a flight of three sakes for $6. LRW runs through Saturday, September 20.
The Genessee Royale (1531 Genessee) is now serving brunch (think smoked salmon on an toasted bagel and a Croque Madame with a runny egg) Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the addition of brunch, the West Bottoms eatery will no longer be serving lunch on Mondays.
The Belton Fall Festival is today and tomorrow. Saturday kicks off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast ($5 in advance, $6 at the breakfast) at 9 a.m. There will be live music, crafters, train rides, food and a beer garden at the festival on Main Street.
Your body might go into turkey leg and funnel cake withdrawal if you don’t keep feeding it the staples of the county fair. The Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival has got you covered. It runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Blue Springs (Main between 8th and 12th) with a carnival, Budweiser beer garden and all the curly fries and lemonade you can imagine.
Fiesta Hispana, a free festival in Barney Allis Plaza (12th and Central) runs tonight through Sunday. There’s folk dancing, Mariachi bands and a battle of the DJs (Saturday night starting at 10 p.m.).
Food trucks duke it out for a good cause Saturday. Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City (13851 Madison Avenue) hosts a Food Truck Showdown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. With a $2 donation to Harvesters, you can try any of the five food trucks offerings.
Independence Uncorked, a wine festival meant to showcase Missouri wines, returns to the Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence on Saturday. More than 20 wineries from the Show Me State will be participating, including Kansas City’s Amigoni Urban Winery, Springfield’s Oovda Winery and Hermann’s Adam Puchta Winery. The second annual wine tasting runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20.
There’s a wine festival on the Kansas side too. The Village West WineFest is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark (9400 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas). You can sample more than 200 wines and/or 100 beers, and, this year, they’ll be offering cigars for sale. There will be fireworks at 9 p.m. and an after party with a cash bar from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. General Admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets (access at 5 p.m.) are $150.[Image via Facebook: 715 Restaurant]