In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a goddess who presides over planting, fertility and harvesting. In fact, the term Pachamama is usually translated as Mother Earth. With this in mind, it is no surprise that our own Pachamamas restaurant here in Lawrence is full of fresh, local ingredients, with an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability. I visited this classic establishment with my own mama while she was in town, and we had a hay day with the unique options and satisfying dishes.

Chic entryway with beautiful lighting and wood detail.

Panoramic windows keep the interior space crisp and polished.

Pachamamas’ menu is designed around “New American Market Cuisine” which, according to their website, is essentially a way of cooking that blends flavors from America’s melting pot with traditional techniques. And with a menu that changes seasonally (the lunch menu changes four times a year, and the dinner menu changes twice a year), you never know what to expect! I enjoy a restaurant that can shake things up just as much as I enjoy those that are known for their signature items.

8th Street Mac "N" Cheese & Baked Brie Cheese.

Shrimp "N" Grits Swiss Chard Parcels.

Exquisite presentation and fine lunch atmosphere at Pachamamas.

Seafood Croquette Wrap (served with a side of toasted garlic veggies).

Speaking of shaking things up, have you ever had shrimp and grits swiss chard parcels accompanied by jalapeno peanut butter and a slice of radish atop a baguette? That’s just one example of the astonishing creations that are produced at Pachamamas. And yes, we did order that. We also ordered the 8th Street Mac “N” Cheese, the Baked Brie Cheese, and the Seafood Croquette Wrap, all to share. And of course, we had to have wine with our feast lunch (I told you we had a hay day).

Each of the plates we ordered were almost too perfect to touch; the presentation here is polished and colorful. The brie was served with dark berry preserves, the mac’n cheese arrives cloaked with a fried egg, the seafood wrap is grilled to perfection with bits of artichoke and pickled onion peering out from within. It was ambrosial and zesty.

Ah yes, the wine, the view. This is my kinda lunch date.

With this view, there's not one bad seat in the house.

In the past, I’ve thought of Pachamamas as the place to go only for celebrations. It always seemed a bit too upscale for a simple Friday lunch or dinner date. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so happy to be wrong; not only was our lunch affordable, but the food presentation and taste is too wonderful to save just for special occasions. Our three small plates (the shrimp’n grits, mac’n cheese, and brie) were only $6 each, and the seafood wrap was $11. Mom picked up the check, but I assure you it was no more than $50 (including wine). While the menu changes seasonally (it just changed in early October), the mac’n cheese is still listed (gooooo get it!!). Enjoy our local Pachamamas – it surely is Mother Earth at her finest.

Find Pachamamas at: 800 New Hampshire St, Lawrence KS 66044. [785.841.9997]

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One Response to “Pachamamas”

  1. Meryl says:

    Yes, indeed–it’s an awesome lunch place! All the gorgeous food and very affordable. It’s also one of my favorite cocktail spots. I was just there this weekend for a friend’s post-dinner birthday drinks, and it was incredible, as always!