Around RowHouse this week...

During the heat of the season, produce is at it's best, but planning menus gets tricky as the heat makes my appetite harder to appease. This menu features light and bright flavors of Summer.  Clean Flavors dominate this menu.  I hope you enjoy.  

This Friday, August 1st, we are showing off a new space and the Garden out back.  519 Van Buren is part of this property and has just undergone an extensive renovation.  We decided to try it out like a new pair of shoes and see what feels right in the space.  Art will be by the very talented Stephanie Weiss.  Antiques of the Flint Hills, by Pam Mehrhof of Cabin Antiques, Lake Wabaunsee, Kansas.  We will have some snacks and a free beverage, and a cash bar will be available.  We'd love to know what you think of the spot.

Our Art and Antiques show is from 4pm until 830pm.   

Thanks for being here.   Have a great week!

Next week the menu has some interesting twists.  Cantaloupe in Risotto is oddball concept, but we've been thinking about it and while it's in season we are going a head and giving it a whirl.  I've also heard this is one of, if not the best year for Sweet corn in Kansas, so I'm excited to feature it in a lovely and simple soup.  I think it's going to be a winner all the way around.

Many of you know my two girls Amanda and Anna are "graduating" to their next phase of culinary life.  Both are moving afar in the Fall.  A couple of very rare openings are needed to be filled by the right people.  So if you know of any one looking to bring their mark to RowHouse, send them my way.  We have a tough, three part interview process and are keen on finding the right fit.  We also will be needing some part time help out front as things busy up in the next few months.  Great opportunity for Washburn Students.  Thanks

Our  menu July 30 - Aug 2, 2014...   

  • Salad:  Watermelon, Pickled Cucumber, Greens, Feta Vinaigrette
  • Soup:  3 Bean with Thyme (Pinto, String Bean, and Garbanzo)
  • Vegetarian Entree:  BBQ Sweet Potato Tostado, Pickled Beets, Sweet Corn
  • Entree 2:  Almond and Parmesan Crusted Mahi Mahi, Parsley Vinaigrette, Summer Slaw
  • Entree 3:  Sliced Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Tomato Jam, Zucchini and Quinoa 
  • Dessert:  White Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Dessert:  Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Dessert:  Apple and Herb Cookie with Chive Caramel

Our  menu Aug 6 - 9, 2014...   

  • Salad:  Creamy Cucumber, Red Onion, Dill, and Greens with Salt Roasted Chickpeas
  • Soup:  Sweet Corn and Basil
  • Vegetarian Entree:  Cantaloupe and Mint Risotto
  • Entree 2:  Seared Salmon, Lemon and Parsley Aioli, String Bean and New Potato Succotash
  • Entree 3:  Sliced Beef Tenderloin, Garden Herb Vinaigrette, Roasted Tomato, Zucchini, Olive, and Feta
  • Dessert:  Bumbleberry Crumble with Whipped Cream
  • Dessert:  Apricot and White Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Dessert:  Cornmeal Cupcake with Sweet Jalapeno Butter

When making reservations please know the house has three levels and many unique dining rooms. The main floor is handicap accessible, but the top floor and garden level do have stairs. We try to honor table and floor request but are not always able to do so because of limited space for large groups. If you have a specific table or room you'd like, please let us know when making your reservation and we will do our best to make it happen. We are contantly looking for ways to make your evening with us even better.  One of us is on staff at RowHouse Wednesday through Saturday from 2 pm to Close.  We return calls Wednesday through Saturday in the order received.  

We have a lovely winelist, Premium Liquors, awesome cocktails, and great beers.   Wine and Alcohol cannot be brought in to the restaurant as of April 1, 2011


Some of my local favorite places to eat.....


  • Tumptim Thai: I can't say enough good thing about their food. Yum!
  • The Blind Tiger: I come from beer people. This is good beer.
  • New City Cafe: Hip, uptown food.
  • Chez Yazu: Beautiful, intimate and so French.
  • El Mezcal Topeka Boulevard: Staple: once a week at least.
  • The Celtic Fox:  Give me a Smithwick's
  • Quniton's: Great sandwiches and an amazing tap selection. Love the new bistro burgers! 
  • The Burger Stand:  College Hill Area
  • Encore: Lawrence Secret:  get the Vegan General Tsao's Chicken"
  • 715:  Lawrence - One of my favorite restaurants 

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