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Kansas has fine dining, but when it comes to being memorable, the Kansas restaurants that make a special impression are often the little out of the way places. In this list of restaurants - tradition, uniqueness, and atmosphere count nearly as much as the quality of the food. This list includes some of the oldest and best known restaurants in Kansas, but there are some nearly unknown gems. The newest restaurant is less than a year old but some of these restaurants and diners have been in operation for generations. A list of less memorable restaurants that are still worth visiting is at the bottom of this page. The Kansas Specialty Food page includes special markets and bakeries where you may find sausages, jerky, horseradish pickles and other specialty foods to take with you. Visit the new Kansas Travel blog to learn what is new on this web site.

Kansas Restaurants

Brookville Hotel Restaurant - Abeline, KansasAbilene: Brookville Hotel Restaurant was originally located in Brookville, KS.  The original hotel was in the same family since 1894, and they started family style chicken dinners in 1933. About 7 years ago they moved the restaurant to a new building next to I-70 in Abilene, reproducing the facade of the original hotel and moving all of the fixtures.

Brookville Hotel serves nothing but family style skillet fried chicken dinners.

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Brookville Hotel, 105 E LaFayette Ave, Abilene, KS 67410
(785) 263-2244. Last visited in February 2010

The Free State Brewing Company - LawrenceLawrence: The Free State Brewing Company opened in 1989 as the first legal brewery in Kansas in over 100 years. Filling two floors of an attractive old building in a bustling part of the college town, this Brew Pub always feels like something is happening.

Free State appeals to a wide range of customers by providing an exciting & varied menu, excellent food and superior service.

One of the 8Wonders of Kansas Cuisine

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Free State Brewing, 636 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-4555. Last visited in December 2014

Mr. K;s Farmhouse RestaurantAbilene: Mr. K's Farmhouse is located at the edge of town, the large old farmhouse features reasonably priced country style food. Chicken fried steak, fried chicken rib eye, pork chops. One of the house specialties is steak strips - deep fried strips of steak - $7 with salad, soup and choice of potato.

To get 50% off on your birthday, you have to stand up and bend over for a spanking with a paddle. The paddles are marked with the name and birthday and the restaurant is full of paddles full of names. I think I would pay the full price, but Dwight Eisenhower was paddled on his 75th birthday.

 

 

Mr. K's Farmhouse, 407 South Van Buren, Abilene, KS 67410
(785) 263-7995. Last visited in January 2008

The Free State Brewing Company - LawrenceLawrence: Nancy Nguyen opened The Orient Vietnamese Cuisine 20 years ago in a small store front.

Just reasonably priced, wonderful Vietnamese Food! There are many good items, but I enjoy the spring rolls and Phad Thai so much that I tend to order the same food over and over. There isn't much atmosphere, other than the sound of the staff speaking Vietnamese in the kitchen, and the children (or by now, I assume, grandchildren) that are often quietly playing at one of the tables.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. The Orient recently moved next door, sharing space with Southern Cuisine. The sign on the door says they now have Sunday hours, but they were closed the Sunday I recently visited.

The Orient, 1006 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
(785) 843-0561. Last visited in May 2012

Prarie Nut Hut - Altoona, KansasAltoona: The Prairie Nut Hut in Altoona, Kansas is a unique little bar and grill that is worth a visit. It is a fun place to get generous servings of hamburgers, chicken fried steak and mountain oysters. Nominated for 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine.

The Prairie Nut Hut seats less than 40 customers. The floor is littered with peanut shells and the walls are decorated with Christmas lights, "I had a ball at the Prairie Nut Hut" T-shirts offered for sale, & messages like "Come in and have a seat, our mountain oysters are hard to beat."

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Prairie Nut Hut, 1306 Quincy Street, Altoona, KS 66710
(620) 568-2900. Last visited in May 2013

The Corner Pharmacy - Leavenworth, KansasLeavenworth: The Corner Pharmacy - I can't say enough about the soda fountain and lunch counter at the Corner Pharmacy in Leavenworth. The food is excellent and the prices will help take you back in time. A great hand dipped shake served in a tall fountain glass with extra milkshake in the metal malt cup on the side is only $2.39. 

This is one of the gems that you should make an extra effort to visit.

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The Corner Pharmacy, 429 Delaware, Leavenworth, KS 66048
(913) 682-1602. Last visited in April 2010

Renaissance Cafe - Assaria, KansasAssaria: Renaissance Cafe surrounds a sunken gymnasium in an 89 year old high school building. During the day, the Renaissance Cafe serves the kind of food you would expect to fine in a rural Kansas restaurant, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Cafe has a different chef and becomes a reasonably priced, fine Italian restaurant.

Evening house specialties include Cardamom Crusted Duck Breast, Steak Venato, and Pan Fried Beef Liver. Entrees range $14-21 and come with a choice of salad or soup, a vegetable and starch of the day.
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Renaissance Cafe, 210 N Center Street, Assaria, KS 67416
(785) 667-5535. Last visited in August 2013

El Pulgarcito Restaurant - Merriam, KansasMerriam: El Pulgarcito Restaurant has the first Salvadoran food I have had, and I love it. The menu is fairly limited and devoted half to Mexican food, half to food from El Salvador. I haven't had the Mexican dishes yet.

In addition to good chicken and shrimp dishes, I like the pupusas (corn flour flat bread stuffed with meat, cheese or beans). It comes with a large jar of curtido (Central American kimchi) to eat on the side.

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El Pulgarcito Restaurant, 5921 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203
(913) 384-3887. Last visited in May 2013

Beaumont HotelBeaumont: Beaumont Hotel is a popular weekend destination that was started in 1879 as a stagecoach and railroad stop. The Beaumont Hotel has both a regular dinning room decorated as a 50’s style diner. There is a nearby grass airstrip and planes can be taxied up to the hotel. There are three different guest registers: motorcyclists, pilots, and other guests.

The restaurant is only open on weekends. Take your camera for the 120 year old wooden water tower across from the hotel.

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Beaumont Hotel, 11651 SE Main St, Beaumont, Kansas 67012
(620) 843-2422. Last visited in September 2010

Beef Burger Bob's - Neodesha, KansasNeodesha: Beef Burger Bob's opened in the 1950s as the Iceberg Drive In, in Fredonia . Bob and Tony Babcock bought the Iceberg in 1972. Over time they expanded it into a restaurant and renamed it with the nickname that their customers had given to Bob. After 37 years they have moved to a new smaller location in the nearby community of Neodesha.

Beef burgers are loose meat sandwiches, much in the spirit of NuWay and Maid-Rite, but beef burgers are not as crumbly and hold together better. Everything that I have tried at Bob's is very good. More photos and a detailed review.

Beef Burger Bob's, 621 Main Street, Neodesha, Kansas 66757
(620) 325-5500. Last visited in August 2012

Bunker Hill CafeBunker Hill: Bunker Hill Cafe is in a 1917 limestone building that was originally a drugstore and soda fountain. The current restaurant was opened in 1974. This popular steakhouse is open only Thursday evening through Saturday.

The steaks are exceptional. In addition to beef, Bunker Hill cafe has buffalo and occasionally elk. If elk is available, when you visit, don't miss it. The honey baked breads, baked daily, are popular and available by the loaf to take home. With only about 12 tables, reservations are highly recommended. Bunker Hill Cafe is worth making a special effort to visit.

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Bunker Hill Cafe, 6th & Elm, Kansas 67626
(785) 483-6544. Last visited in July 2013

Breadbasket Restaurant and BakeryNewton: The Breadbasket is a modest sized bakery and Mennonite influenced restaurant that is particularly known for its breakfast buffets and its Saturday night German buffet. The baked goods are all very good and the sausage is the best I have ever had.

Open until 5:30 through the week and until 8:00 on Friday & Saturday. Open for lunch on Sunday. The Breadbasket is far from fine dining, but it is good dining.

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The Breadbasket, 219 North Main, Newton, Kansas 67114
(316) 283-3811. Last visited in January 2010 May 2015

Casoday Cafe - Casoday, KansasCassoday: Cassoday Cafe shares the tiny town with a couple of antique shops, a general store and a gas station. Established in 1879. It is only open for breakfast & lunch on Tuesday Saturday. There is a lunch buffet at Cassoday Cafe on the second Sunday of the month, but the big event is the first Sunday, when the cafe is open until noon with a motorcycle breakfast buffet. The breakfast has become so popular that tents are set up in the street in front of the restaurant. The record is 1,589 riders on one morning. Being renovated - not presently open

 

Cassoday Cafe & Catering, 211 Main St., Cassoday, KS 66842
(620) 735-4432. Last visited in June 2011

Old 56 Family Restaurant - Olathe, KansasOlathe: Old 56 Family Restaurant is like stepping back to 1956. It has a large, diner style menu with interesting dishes that you are unlikely to find at chain restaurants. Home style diners like smothered chopped steak, smothered chicken breast, or grilled beef liver. Breakfast is served all day. Old 56 has some of the best chicken soup I have ever had. This restaurant really feels like it is a small town restaurant in 1956. Not like it is recreating that feel, but like you have gone back in time. The music compliments that feeling.

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Chicken House, 8 East Highway 99, Olpe, Kansas 66865
(620) 475-3386. Last visited in January 2014

Idle-a-While Bar and Grill - Cherokee, KansasCherokee: The 75 year old Idle-a-While Bar and Grill in looks like it is more about being a bar than about the food, but the Idle-a-While is about the food.

Hand formed burgers, fresh made onion rings & French fries, mountain oysters, steaks and a wide variety of sandwiches. Open for lunch and supper, seven days a week.

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Idle-a-While Bar & Grill, 201 South Vine Street, Cherokee, KS66724
(620) 457-8778. Last visited in August 2013

Chicken House Cafe - Olpe, KansasOlpe: Chicken House is a 50 year old, family restaurant in Olpe, south of Emporia, Kansas. It is the kind of place where diners converse across the dining room, most of the men wear hats, the napkins are in dispensers on the tables, and the French fries are called Freedom Fries.

The food at Chicken House is good, and unusually reasonable. Service is adequate and friendly. Open Monday through Saturday.

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Chicken House, 8 East Highway 99, Olpe, Kansas 66865
(620) 475-3386. Last visited in April 2008

Tavern on the Plaza - Coffeyville, KansasCoffeyville: Tavern on the Plaza is in a handsome building, a former men's clothing store that was carefully renovated and converted into a two level bar and restaurant.

The menu is boring (just a list of items with no descriptions) and I was a bit disappointed at first. When the server was asked for suggestions, he basically just listed the items on the menu. Though later he was enthusiastic about describing the history of the building and its remodeling. But my meal was good: 12 ounce Kansas City Strip with three large deep fried shrimp. The steak and shrimp were both superior. The service was good, and the steak was cooked exactly as ordered (most Kansas restaurants overcook steak). Better yet, the meal was only $15.99 with salad and potato.

Tavern on the Plaza, 902 Walnut St, Coffeyville, KS 67337
(620) 251-8700. Last visited in April 2007

ABC CafeOverland Park: In just a short time, ABC Cafe has built a reputation for good, authentic Cantonese food. The hours are unusual (noon - midnight), in part because the employees at other Chinese restaurants come here for supper after the other places close.

My favorite thing to do, is to have dim sum ordered off the menu - several small plates at reasonable prices. My favorite dishes so far included salt & pepper pork chop, sticky rice stuffed chicken wings, and clams sautéed with black bean sauce.

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ABC Cafe,e, 10001 West 87th street Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 859-0089. Last visited in September 2013

Trail Days Bakery Cafe - Council Grove, KansasCouncil Grove: Trail Days Cafe and Museum is located in the 1861 limestone Sterilizer Home. The small complex of old buildings is a combination museum, cafe and bakery.

There are six buildings in the complex and the time period ranges from the 1850's to the 1950's. The food at the Trail Days Cafe and Museum has changed since our visit. It is now American Indian, Old World, Early American and 20th Century food.

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Trail Days Cafe and Museum, 112 West Main, Council Grove, Kansas 66846 (620) 767-5911. Last visited in May 2014

Andre's Confiserie Suisse in Overland Park, KansasOverland Park: Andre’s Confiserie Suisse and Rivaz Tearoom in Overland Park, Kansas makes high quality chocolate candies, French pastries & tortes and service light authentic Swiss lunches.

Andre and Elsbeth Bollier immigrated from Basel, Switzerland to Kansas City in June of 1955, and opened typical a Swiss Confiserie south of the Country Club Plaza at 5018 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri in October of that year. Andre's quickly became a Kansas City tradition. Andre's daughter Brigitte and husband Kevin opened Andre’s Confiserie Suisse in Overland Park, Kansas in 2002.

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Andre’s Confiserie Suisse, 4929 West 119th Street Overland Park, Kansas 66209 (913) 498-3440. Last visited in January 2011March 2014

Hays House 1857 - Council Grove, KansasCouncil Grove: Hays House 1857 was opened by Daniel Boone's Grandson in 1857. Although it has changed hands several times, it is the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Its customers have included Jesse James and George Armstrong Custer.

The Hays House serves mainly country style food with generous servings. Specialties include skillet fried chicken, crunch chicken salad, bone-in Beulah's Ham, prime rib, and great pies.

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Hays House 1857, 112 West Main, Council Grove, Kansas 66846
(620) 767-5911. Last visited in November 2012

Fritz's Chili - Overland Park, KansasOverland Park: Fritz's Chili carries on the tradition of Dixon's Famous Chili, a favorite of Harry Truman. This location and all of its fixtures are over 40 years old.

The "chili" isn't what you might expect. It is lightly seasoned ground beef, with or without beans. That's it - anything else is what you add. Other items to blend in, including cheese, onions, jalapeno sauce, and ketchup, are available on the side for a small additional fee. Finish your meal across the parking lot at the the original Sheridan's Frozen Custard.

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Fritz's Chili, 6737 W 75th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204
(913) 381-3543 . Last visited in November 2009

Sommerset Hall Cafe - Dover, KansasDover: Sommerset Hall Cafe has an interesting history. The building began as the Sage General Store in the late 1800s. The Oddfellows Lodge began meeting in the upstairs in 1902 and purchased the building in 1905. The Dover Lodge (I.O.O.F #490) still meets in Sommerset Hall today. The Cafe which occupies the lower floor of the building became nationally famous in November 2008 when Good Morning America Weekend announced that the Coconut Cream Pie baked by Sommerset Hall Cafe's Norma Grubb was the winner of their Best Slice Challenge.

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Sommerset Hall Cafe 701 SW Douglas Road, Topeka, Kansas 66610 (785) 256-6223. Last visited in January 2013

Broadmoor Bistro - Overland Park, KansasOverland Park: Broadmoor Bistro is a restaurant operated by students at Broadmoor Technical Center (part of the Shawnee Mission School District) in Overland Park, Kansas. The Bistro is only open Wednesday evenings during the school year and advanced reservations are required. For $25 you get your choice of two items from two appetizers or soup or salad, choice of entree, and choice of desert.

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Broadmoor Bistro, 6701 West 83rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
No telephone. Last visited in January 2012

Anthony's Diner - Eudora, KansasEudora: Anthony's Diner is a little Pop restaurant which specializes in Italian food. Anthony's serves large portions of very good food at a very reasonable price. Large sandwiches with the choice of potato are $6 and most complete diners are $6-8!

If I lived a just a little closer, I would become a regular at Anthony's Diner.

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Anthony's Diner, 10 West 9th Street, Eudora, Kansas 66025
(785) 690-7788. Last visited in March 2014

The BBQ Shack - Paola, KansasPaola: The BBQ Shack was one of the youngest restaurants to make KansasTravel.org's listing of Unique Kansas Restaurants. Although the folks with the BBQ Shack have been catering BBQ for many years, this fun little restaurant just opened in May of 2006.

BBQ Shack was featured on Dinners, Drive Ins, Dives during the fall of 2007. The BBQ Shack moved to a new location in the fall of 2008.

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The BBQ Shack,
705 North Pearl Street Paola, Kansas 66071
(913) 294-5908. Last visited in January 2013

Stroud's Restaurant - Fairway, KansasFairway: Few restaurant openings were as anxiously awaited as the April 2008 opening of Stroud's Restaurant & Bar in Fairway, Kansas.The Stroud's tradition dates back to 1933.

Stroud's is famous for famous for generous servings of skillet fried chicken, chicken fried steak, pork chops, and fried catfish, served family style along with very popular cinnamon rolls. I am particularly fond of their chicken soup, fried gizzards and cottage fried potatoes. Go on a week night or for lunch to avoid a long wait for a table.

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Stroud's Restaurant & Bar, 4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Fairway, Kansas 66205
(913) 262-8500. Last visited in May 2014

The BBQ Shack - Paola, KansasPaola: Beethoven's 9th: The Restaurant is a German restaurant just off the square in Paola, Kansas. Beethoven's 9th is only open Thursday through Saturday.

The menu includes German food, steaks, seafood, hamburgers and other sandwiches. The Jaeger Schnitzel is so good that I almost licked the plate. Beethoven's 9th offers 20 side dishes, including hot German potato salad, spaetzle, red cabbage, sauerkraut, baked potato and Caesar salad. Save room for the cookies, or buy some to take home with you.

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Beethoven's 9th: The Restaurant, 110 West Peoria, Paola, KS 66071
(913) 294-5908. Last visited in April 2014

Bowman's Nu Grille - Fort Scott, KansasFort Scott: Nu Grille opened in the 1946 and still has a wonderful neon sign that looks almost that old. This is the kind of classic joint and food that I am always looking for.

The cheeseburgers are good, but I particularly enjoyed the Nu Grille's homemade onion rings and French fries. And the food is cheap! A hamburger is only $2.49, homemade French fires or Sussy Qs are $1.99.

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Nu Grille , 24 North National Avenue, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
(620) 223-9949. Last visited in March 2014

Cosy Inn - Salina, KansasSalina: The Cozy Inn sells hamburgers by the sack. The tiny burgers are prepared on an 88 year old grill that is only used to cook burgers. There are only 6 seats at the restaurant's old counter. The hamburgers are 16 to the pound, down from 25 a few year back. The only items sold in the Cozy Inn are hamburgers, potato ships, soda and some Cozy Inn souvenirs.

 

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The Cozy Inn, 108 N 7th St., Salina, Kansas 67401
(785) 825-2699. Last visited in August 2013

Al's Chickenette - Hays, KansasHays: Al's Chickenette opened in 1949. The chicken restaurant has a wonderful old neon sign and a lot of history. It is clean and very reasonably priced.

Al's Chickenette is mostly on the list of Unique Kansas Restaurants for tradition and atmosphere, but there are a few choice items on the menu. The chicken fried steak has been the best dish tried by far.

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Al's Chickenette, 700 Vine Street, Hays, Kansas 67601
(785) 625-7414. Last visited in November 2012

Mom's Bar and Grill, SewardSeward: Mom's Bar and Grill is the only restaurant on this list on an unpaved street. None of the streets in Seward are paved. From the outside the restaurant looks like a metal shed and there is a poured cement floor. But the people are friendly, the food is good and it is a long drive to the next place. The chicken fried steak sandwich at Mom's Bar and Grill in Seward, Kansas is one of the best sandwiches I have ever had.

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Mom's Bar and Grill, 420 Lincoln, Seward, Kansas 67576
(620) 458-3554. Last visited in April 2013

Hillsdale: Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q is located in an old bank building in the tiny community of Hillsdale, Kansas - about 15 miles south of the
Kansas City Metropolitan area. The 21 year old restaurant is open only 3 days a week. Highlights include the spicy sausage, unusual pulled pork burnt ends, fresh cut fries and a sauce which is also available in some area stores.

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Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q, 201 Frisco Street, Hillsdale, Kansas 66036
(913) 783-4333. Last visited in April 2014

Renee Kelly's Harvest - Shawnee, KansasShawnee: As Caenan Castle, Renee Kelly's Harvest was a special events venue for several years, but in July of 2012, they also became a farm to table style restaurant. They are open just 4 evenings a week, plus brunch on Sundays. The menus change every few months or ore often in summer.

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Renee Kelly's Harvest, 12401 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66216
(913) 631-4100. Last visited in April 2014

R-B Drive In - Hutchinson, KansasHutchinson: R-B Drive In is a 61 year old classic local restaurant with great burgers and hand made French fries and onion rings.

R-B's hamburgers are available in a variety of sizes, up to the double beltbuster, a 2 pound hamburger for $10. The "home cut" French fries are great, and a bargain at 90 cents. You can get a whole pound of them for only $1.90.

R-B Drive In has very limited hours. They are only open until 4PM, Monday-Saturday. 5:30PM on Friday.

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R-B Drive In, 201 East Avenue A Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
(620) 662-9713. Last visited in April 2013

Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ - Hutchinson, KansasHutchinson: Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ is a small family run restaurant that has been in operation in Hutchinson, Kansas since 1982. Roy's is only open Tuesday to Saturday from 11AM until 3PM, or until the meat runs out.

Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ smokes briskets, boston butts, turkey breast, bone-in hams, St. Louis style ribs, and both hot links and mild polish sausage links.

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Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ, 1018 Nickerson Blvd, Hutchinson, KS 67501
(620) 663-7421. Last visited in April 2013

Bobo's Drive In - Topeka, KansasTopeka: Bobo's Drive In is a classic old drive in that has been operating in Topeka, Kansas since 1948, and has been at this location on 10th Avenue since 1953. There is a small area with counter or table service, but half of their customers are served by the car-hops

The best items sampled were Bobo's cheeseburger and handmade onion rings. The French fries, Coney Island, chocolate malt, and pork tenderloin were also good, though the tenderloin did not appear to be hand breaded.

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Bobo's Drive-In, 2300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 234-4511. Last visited in May 2014

 Korean Garden - Junction CityJunction City: Korean Garden is one of the newer Korean restaurants in Junction City, Kansas. I've never had a dish at Korean Garden that I didn't like.

My favorite main dishes include kalbi (BBQ short ribs), bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef) and ojinguh nokum (spicy stir fried baby octopus). Most dinners range from $12-17 and come with steamed rice and a variable selection of side dishes. My favorite sides so far have been the cucumber kim chee and sautéed mushrooms. 

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Korean Garden, 310 Grant Avenue, Junction City, KS 66441
(785) 238-8292. Last visited in May 2013

Speck's Bar and Grill - TopekaTopeka: Specks Bar and Grill began in 1957 as the Seabrook Tavern. Specialties include chicken fried steak, fresh cut french fries & chips, Rocky Mountain oysters, and hamburgers in 1/4, 1/2, 1 pound and 3 pound sizes. They bake their own buns daily. This popular neighborhood bar is one block west of 21st Street and Gage. Don't expect anything fancy.

My favorite dish at Specks is the fresh cut fries. I am also fond of the Bomber Hot Dog - smothered in Swiss cheese, Jalapeno peppers, sauerkraut and onions.

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Speck's Bar & Grill, 2105 Mission Ave, Topeka, KS 66614
(785) 272-9749. Last visited in November 2013

Pusan Korean Dinner - Junction CityJunction City: Pusan Restaurant & Korean Dinner is the kind of tiny out of the way place that we all hope to find. The woman who is usually behind the counter has run Pusan for 20 years. She is funny and friendly, though I have some trouble understanding her.

On your first visit, get the Lunch Special. It is $6.50 before 1:30 PM and $10 the rest of the day. After about 5 minutes the food will come - generous portions of bulgogi, 2 mando, fried rice, several different types of kimchi, and 3 garlic chicken wings. I particularly liked the bulgogi (thin strips of slightly sweet BBQ steak), cucumber kimchi and radish kimchi. More photos and detailed review.

Pusan Diner, 1634 N Washington St., Junction City, KS 66441
(785) 238-8848. Last visited in November 2012

B&C BBQ - WichitaWichita: B & C Barbeque occupies a former garage on the edge of the Old Town section of Wichita. B & C has a wonderful BBQ buffet, available only at lunch Monday - Saturday. B & C Barbeque isn't even a little fancy. The plates are disposable and you bus your own table.

If you like food with the lots of flavor, you will never find a barbeque restaurant better than B & C Barbeque. Be sure and try all of the meats: sausage, turkey, chicken, ham, brisket, pulled pork and pork ribs.

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B & C BBQ 355 N. Washington Street, Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 807-9119. Last visited in May 2013

Dagwood's Cafe - Kansas City, KansasKansas City: Dagwood's Cafe Restaurant - started business as a Dagwood's Eat Shop in 1938. Known for decades as Ruby's Dagwood's Cafe, the current incarnation began when Greg Hubler purchased the Cafe from Ruby in 2010. The restaurant is open only for breakfast and lunch, but is open seven days a week."

Dagwood's is best known for its huge, inexpensive breakfasts, but of the items I have tried so far, the hand breaded pork tenderloin has been
my favorite.

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Dagwood's Cafe, 1117 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103
(913) 677-0747. Last visited in January 2014

Bomber Burger - WichitaWichita: Bomber Burger first opened in 1952, and it has been in the Rickard family since 1985.

Bomber Burger has a counter with five booths and four small, two person tables. The table are round and partially cut away so they can be squeezed closer to the wall. The (original) grill and fryer are 5 feet behind the counter and you can watch the meals being prepared. Other than beverages, the only items on the menu are Ham & cheese, hot wings, fresh cut French fries and a variety of large hamburgers and double burgers.

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Bomber Burger, 4860 South Clifton Avenue Wichita, Kansas 67216
(316) 522-6291. Last visited in May 2014

Fritz's Railroad Restaurant - Kansas City, KansasKansas City: Fritz's Railroad Restaurant - At Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, the food is delivered to your table by a small train. The food is typical drive-in fare, though the chili and shakes are better than average. The chili is very meaty (about like a sloppy Joe) and has few beans. It is spicy but not too "hot."

This restaurant will please your children and the small child hiding in you.

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Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, 250 N 18th Street, KC, KS 66102
(913) 281-2777. Last visited in April 2014

Nu-Way Cafe - WichitaWichita: Nu-Way Cafe is the flagship of a small chain of restaurants serving crumbly, loose meat sandwiches - much like Maid-Rite. This was the very first Nu-Way and opened on July 4, 1930.

Great French fries and even better onion rings. The root beer is made daily and it is even better, it makes a wonderful root beer float. Everything I've tried at the Nu-Way Cafe is good. So good that after having my first meal at the Douglas Avenue Nu-Way, I returned for lunch the following day.

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Nu-Way Cafe, 1416 W Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 267-1131. Last visited in March 2012

Mad Jack's Fresh Fish - Kansas City, KansasKansas City: Mad Jack's Fresh Fish is a neat little restaurant and fish market that has been operating for 25 years. There are two counters, one for purchasing uncooked fish & one for cooked, and 6 small booths.

Servings are generous and I was particularly particularly happy with the generous serving of fried oysters for $8.49.

 

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Mad Jack's Fresh Fish, 1318 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 371-3384. Last visited in August 2013

Savute's Stick and Rudder ClubWichita: Savute's Italian Ristorante and the Stick and Rudder Club attached to it are a nice bar and Italian restaurant on the Northwest side of Wichita. The seats in the bar are all airline seats, and the bar and restaurant are filled with airplane memorabilia. The Savute family moved the restaurant to this location in 1952 and it is still run by the same family.

Although this is an Italian restaurant, the menu is eclectic and they also do a good job on items as diverse as fried oysters, ostrich steak and chicken gizzards. The steaks are popular! A very reasonably priced and comfortable restaurant.

Savute's Italian Ristorante 3303 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67219
(316) 838-0455. Last visited in August 2008

Quick's Bar-B-Q - Kansas City, KansasKansas City: Quick's Bar-B-Q has been operating since 1964. Founded by Earl Quick, this was the second location opened and it is operated by his son, Ron.

Quick's menu is large for a BBQ restaurant and includes many appetizers and such non typical items as catfish, cod, corn dogs, spiral cut deep fried hot dogs and hickory smoked, deep fried bologna sandwiches. My favorite items at Quick's Bar-B-Q are the ham, ribs, chili, and the fresh French fried potato wedges

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Quick's Bar-B-Q, 1007 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kansas 66103
(913) 236-7228. Last visited in May 2014

Stroud's Restaurant - Wichita, KSWichita: Stroud's Restaurant in Wichita is in a 1930s barn that was once part of a working ranch. It has the same feel as its distant cousin with the same name in Kansas City. There are fireplaces and one of the rooms looks out on a patio.

The food is served family style and almost everyone leaves with a box of food to take home. The chicken is among the best in Kansas. The chicken noodle soup can't be beat. I think the cinnamon rolls are even better than at the Stroud's in Kansas City, Missouri.

Open for supper 7 days a week. Open for lunch on Friday and Sunday only.

Stroud's Restaurant & Bar, 3661 North Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219
(316) 838-2454. Last visited in May 2013

Rosedale BBQ - Kansas City, KansasKansas City: Rosedale Barbeque - Kansas City is known for its BBQ and Rosedale Barbeque is one of the best and one of the least expensive. Rosedale BBQ has been in business since 1934, though they moved into the current facility about 1990.

Great fresh made sauce and tender and tasty ribs. The sides are good, including the fries which are served in a waxed paper bag. The counter help do a fantastic job of juggling multiple orders without ever writing anything down. You won't get to choose between Coke and Pepsi here - they serve RC Cola, along with Stewart's root beer in a bottle, or beer by the quart.More photos and a detailed review.

Rosedale Barbeque, 600 Southwest Boulevard, KC, KS 66103
(913) 262-0343. Last visited in April 2014

Ty's Diner - Wichita, KSWichita: Ty's Diner isn't a diner, but a 55 year old hamburger joint. The kind of burger joint where people wait in line most of the few hours Ty's is open each day. But the wait is rarely more than 15 minutes.

The menu is simple: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken strips, chicken fried steak, pork tenderloin and a half dozen other sandwiches. The hamburgers are hand formed from ground beef that is delivered each morning and the French fries are cut fresh each day.

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Ty's Diner, 928 West 2nd Street North Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 263-1416. Last visited in March 2011

T-Rex Cafe at the Legends at Village West in Kansas City, KansasKansas City: T-Rex Cafe is more of an attraction than a place I recommend for the food. The interior is filled with giant creatures from dinosaurs, to mammoths, to nautilus, to an enormous octopus that looms (and moves) above much of the dinning area. T-Rex Cafe is sure to make you a hero with your children or grandchildren.

Just one of many attractions and restaurants at Kansas City, Kansas' new Village West.  

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T- Rex Cafe, 1847 Village West Parkway Kansas City, KS 66111
(913) 334-8888.  Last visited in December 2012

Other Kansas Restaurants
Not as uniquely memorable, but still worth a visit

Atwood

Frosty Mug (last visit 5/07)
 132 Rawlins, Atwood, Kansas 67745 (785) 538-2121
  burgers, sandwiches, steaks


Colony

The Country Diner (last visit 9/12)
 21 West Broad Street, Colony, Kansas 66015 (620) 852-3007
  Simple, home cooking in large quantities ant a reasonable price


Fort Scott

Lyons Twin Mansions Bed & Breakfast and Spa (last visit 4/11)
 750 South National, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701 (620) 223-3305
  Generous servings of tea room style food in a Victorian mansion

Garden City

Herb's Carry Out (last visit 5/08)
 
110 W Kansas Avenue, Garden City, KS 67849 (620) 276-8021
  hamburgers, buffalo burgers and fresh baked goods

Pho Hoa One (last visit 5/10)
 
713 E. Fulton, Garden City, Kansas 67849 (620) 276-3393
   Vietnamese food - best fried rice I have ever had

Goodland

Butterfly Cafe (last visit 8/06)
 Renner Field, Goodland, Kansas 67735 (785) 890-2085
  in the civil aircraft terminal - sells whole pies to go

Hillsboro

Olde Towne Restaurant & Bakery (last visit 4/08)
 126 N Main St., Hillsboro, Kansas 67063(620) 947-5446. photo
   120 year old building, some German food and bumbleberry pie.
   Good atmosphere and concept, average food.

Hutchinson

Hutchinson Restaurant Guide


Iola

El Charro of Iola (last visit 9/07)
 17 W Madison Avenue Iola, Kansas 66749 (620) 365-7771
  good Mexican food. No margaritas, only cervezas.


Kansas City

Arthur Bryant's World Famous Barbeque (last visit 11/13)
 1702 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas 66111 (913) 788-7500
  Kansas branch of the famous Kansas City, Missouri BBQ restaurant

Christy's Tasty Queen (last visit 7/13)
 1405 South 55th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66106 (913) 287-2800
  Possibly the best pork tenderloin in the Kansas City area.

Frontier Steak House (last visit 7/11)
 9338 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66113 (913) 788-9159
   This 50 year old restaurant has small town prices and atmosphere

Lawrence

Aladdin Cafe (last visit 11/09)
 1021 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS66044 (785) 832-1100
  Good Mediterranean & Middle Eastern food, Sunday buffet.

Leavenworth

Homers Drive Inn (last visit 7/13)
 1320 S 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048 (913) 682-3034
  Began in the early '30s and at present location since 1938. The malt's
  are better than most, and prices are quite reasonable.

Leawood

Gates & Sons Bar-B-Q (last visit 12/13)
 2001 W 103rd Terrace, Leawood, Kansas 66206 - (913)383-1752
  Classic old Kansas City BBQ chain

Kaiyo Restaurant (last visit 1/09)
 4308 W 119th Street, Leawood, Kansas 66209 - (913) 663-1663
  intimate - good sushi

Room 39 (last visit 3/09)
 10561 Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas 66206 - (913) 648-7639
  Upscale trendy, daily menu changes.

Lenexa

Holy Land Cafe (last visit 9/12)
 12275 W 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas 66215 - (913) 310-9911
  Reasonably priced Mediterranean Food. Dining room may be
   uncomfortable in very hot or cold weather.

KC Grill N Kabob (last visit 5/14)  photo
 8611 Hauser Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66215 - (913) 541-1900
  Kansas City's only Persian restaurant. Nice lunch and weekend buffet.

The Pizza Man (last visit 4/14)
 10212 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215 - (913) 492-2116
  Great Chicago style dogs, Italian sandwich and thin crust pizza.

Louisburg

Timber Creek Bar & Grill (last visit 5/10)
 12 E Amity Street, Louisburg 66053 (913) 837-2600
  Large restaurant with huge outdoor deck. Music Friday & Saturday.
   hand breaded pork tenderloins, good service.

Manhattan

Coco Bolo's (last visit 7/11)
 1227 Bluemont Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 (785) 537-4700
  Latin American influenced menu, fun.

Mission

RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack (last visit 3/14)
 5835 Lamar Ave, Mission, Kansas 66202 (913) 262-7300
  BBQ, southern cooking, Sunday morning breakfast

Town Topic (last visit 4/13)
 6018 Johnson Dr, Mission, Kansas 66202 (913) 362-8830
  old Valentine Diner with good burgers, malts, and chili

Mulberry

Rockin K Steak & Rib (last visit 3/07)
 999 E 620th Ave, Mulberry, Kansas 66756 (620) 347-4980
  fun for kids of all ages

Newton

Reba's Restaurant and Bar (last visit 6/08)
 
301 N. Main Newton, Kansas (316) 284-9800
  fusion of European, American and Asian Food


Olathe

Olathe Restaurant Guide

Osborne

Circle Inn Restaurant (last visit 03/08)
 1106 W US Hwy 24, Osborne, Kansas 67463 (785) 346-9444
  Reopened since the tornado. Get the chocolate peanut butter pie!

Overland Park

Overland Park Restaurant Guide

Pittsburg

Jim's Steak House (last visit 2/12)
 1912 N Broadway St, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-5770
   Good onion rings, fries, steaks, and prices

Prairie Village

B.R.G.R. Kitchen and Bar (last visit 7/13)
 4038 W 83rd St, Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913) 825-2747
   Gourmet burgers, good onion straws & great pot roast

Shawnee

Bates City BBQ (last visit 1/14)
6493 Quivira Road, Shawnee, KS 66216 (913) 962-7447
  I love the fresh cut French fires and great inexpensive BBQ pork ribs.

Thayer

Big Ed's Steak House (last visit 9/10)
  Highway 169, Thayer, Kansas 66776 (620) 839-5335.
   generous servings of good porterhouse and shrimp

Topeka

Tup Tim Thai Restaurant (last visit 7/10)
 2949 S Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66611 (785) 266-2299

Wichita

Thai Tradition Restaurant (last visit 1/10)
 650 N, Carriage Pkwy #120, Wichita, KS 67208 (316) 687-1500
  Elegant but reasonably priced. Good spring rolls, great Phad Thai.


Yoder

Carriage Crossing Restaurant (last visit 3/14)
 
10002 S Yoder Rd, Haven, Kansas 67543 (620) 465-3612

 

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