Around RowHouse this week...

Moving right along.  The new kitchen crew is starting to hit their stride.  Abigail led the menu this coming week, I think it clever and humble, and I think it will deliver deliciousness.  I'm especially excited to try the Butternut Squash and Gouda Polenta with Mushrooms.  I'm also anxious to concoct this Fennel and Celery Soup.  Elegant and Simple for Dessert, just the way we like it around here.  

We ate well in Los Angeles and Vicinity this past week.  A couple new favorite places for me.  The Federal Bar delivered this Seared Ahi Tuna Crudo that now ranks as one of my favorite bites.  Tony's Darts Away got to me with their Vegan Chicken Wings.....I KNOW...WHAT?   But I devoured them, and this was my second lunch of the day.  Whitney and Marshal showed us around Dreamworks who also fed us well.  I can't leave out Aunt Jeanie's Chocolate Cherry cake with the Boiled Sugar Chocolate Frosting.  MMMMMMMMMMMMM.    Love to California and all the Kansas's we visit out there!  Miss them already.

Most of the crew went away for Winter Break and everyone seems to have come back ready to go.  Look out February.  

Thanks for being here!

-Greg Fox

Veganfest 2015, is on the schedule for the last Monday night in February, the 23rd.  Last year we raised nearly $4000.00 for the Topeka Rescue Mission.  Please plan early if you'd like to join us.

Our  menu  Feb 4 - 7, 2015...

  • Salad:  Kale, Romaine, Mint, Red Onion, Peanut Vinaigrette
  • Soup:  Butternut Squash with Curry, Ginger, and Cilantro
  • Vegetarian Entree:  Celery Root and Sweet Pepper Pot Sticker, Carrot Slaw, Raisin Compote
  • Entree 2:  Sesame Seed Crusted Mahi Mahi, Stir Fried Cabbage and Snap Peas, Green Onion and Orange 
  • Entree 3:  Boneless Korean Beef Shortribs, Wasabi Whipped Sweet Potato, Radish and Cilantro Salad
  • Dessert:  Celery and Basil Sorbet with Shortbread Cookie 
  • Dessert:  Citrus Creme Brulee with Plum Jam
  • Dessert:  Almond Cupcakes with Green Tea Glaze

Our  menu  Jan 28 - 31, 2015...

  • Salad:  Kale, Romaine, Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans, Blueberry Vinaigrette
  • Soup:  Cream of Fennel and Celery with Roasted Leeks
  • Vegetarian Entree:  Butternut Squash and Gouda Cheese Polenta with Rosemary Mushroom Stew
  • Entree 2:  Cajun Spiced Shrimp, Brussels Sprouts Slaw, Green Onion Vinaigrette
  • Entree 3:  Balsamic BBQ Glazed Beef, Smashed Red Potatoes, Sauteed Greens
  • Dessert:  Raspberry and Peach Sorbet with Shortbread Cookies 
  • Dessert:  Poppyseed Cupcake with Lemon Icing
  • Dessert:  Vanilla Cream Pie with Whiskey Caramel, Toasted Graham Crackers

Our 2015 Valentine's Menu is taking shape (Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th, $80 per/person $25 Deposit to reserve) We do not have openings on Saturday the 14th, we do have a few spots left on Friday.  

  • First Taste:  Bubbles and Berries with Mint
  • Chef's Tasting Course:  TBA
  • Salad:  Kale, Romaine, Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans, Blueberry Vinaigrette
  • Soup:  Tomato Bisque with Whipped Cream and Dill
  • Vegetarian Entree:  TBA
  • Entree 2:  Seared Jumbo Sea Scallop, Citrus Salsa, Black Rice
  • Entree 3:  Slow Braised Beef Tenderloin, Sweet Potato Dumplings, Au Jus, Crispy Kale
  • Entree 4:  Pistachio Crusted Mahi Mahi, Carrot Puree, Sage Cream
  • Sorbet:  Citrus Mint and Raspberry
  • Dessert:  Strawberry Cream Pie
  • Dessert:  Flour-less Chocolate Cake
  • Dessert:  Shortbread Cookies

Dinner at RowHouse is $43 per person.  Our Tasting menu includes a sampling of every item on our menu for the week. Please feel free to choose only one of the entrees and still enjoy the other courses.  We are also happy to make portions more "modest" if you would like.  We do our best to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions.  

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.
  • 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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