Restaurant Guide–Kansas

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Kansas City


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Abilene

Brookville Hotel–105 E. Lafayette Ave. (American) Dinner Wed-Sun; lunch Sat & Sun (closes at 7 pm on Sunday). It’s easy to order here because everyone gets the same thing–pan fried chicken and mashed potatoes (and people say it is very good). (2-18-17)

Panda Kitchen–610 S. Buckeye Ave. (Chinese) Open Daily.  I’m including this because Abilene was my grandfather’s home town, and I might want to visit and have Chinese food. In addition, though, reviewers say the food is quite good. Tofu and veggies look very good from the photos. (2-18-17)

Arkansas City

M&M Meals for the Soul–621 N. 1st St. (BBQ) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Soul food and barbecue restaurant (I think in this order). It has such good reviews I had to add it to the list. (2-18-17)

Arlington

Carolyn’s Essenhaus–104 E. Main St. (German) Closed Sat evening & Sun.  Mennonite food (I discovered how wonderful this is one time when I was in Newton). Homemade bread and pies are very popular. (2-18-17)

Dodge City

Saigon Cafe–202 E. Frontview (Vietnamese) Open Tue-Sat (lunch only).  This is the highest rated Asian restaurant in Dodge City. (2-18-17)

Note: Because of Saigon’s very limited hours, people may also be interested in Sarocha’s Thai at 1506 W. Wyatt Earp (closed on Wed but open lunch & dinner on other days). Urbanspoon reviews made Sarocha sound more authentic than Saigon, but these reviews are now several years old.

Tacos Jalisco–412 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. (Mexican).  Authentic taqueria style Mexican food. Reviewers like the tacos al pastor (among others) and the horchata (2-18-17)

Emporia

Amanda’s–702 Commercial St. (American) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Not Mennonite food, but seems to be similar quality. Popular for its breakfasts, sandwiches, and home made bread. (2-18-17)

Pho Bann Lao–409 Commercial St. (Lao) Open Daily.  Seems to be the highest rated Asian restaurant in Emporia. Serves Lao food and other dishes such as pho. (2-18-17)

Garden City

La Estrella–305 E. Kansas Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Authentic, very good, and cheap Mexican street food. (2-18-17)

Pho Hoa One–713 E. Fulton St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun evening & Wed.  Reviewers say it is authentic and delicious. (2-18-17)

Hays

Gella’s Diner–117 E. 11th St. (Mennonite) Open daily.  Home cooking. Mennonite cuisine (sauerkraut soup, homemade brats, bierocks, brebble fry bread, homemade potato & dumpling soup). Also has a brewery. (2-18-17)

Herington

West Walnut Market–327 W. Walnut St. (American) Open daily (serves breakfast).  Home cooked food served in a grocery store, and reviewers say it is a real gem. Biscuits and gravy are recommended for breakfast. (3-2-17)

Hutchinson

Casa Azteca–2803 N. Lorraine St. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  Probably has some Americanized dishes, but some seem authentic. Mole is made in house (not from a mix, according to a reviewer). Many say to order the molcajete. (3-2-17)

R-B Drive In–201 E. Ave. A (Fast Food) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Specialties are a smashed burger with crispy edges, fried mushrooms, meatloaf, pork tenderloin sandwiches, and onion rings. (3-2-17)

Skaets Steak Shop–2300 N. Main St. (American) Closed Mon.  Good place for breakfast, especially the pancakes. (3-2-17)

Junction City

Korean Garden–310 Grant Ave. (Korean) Closes at 7:30 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Dinner is more authentic than lunch. Serves Korean (barley) tea. (2-19-17)

Negril Caribbean–127 W. 7th St. (Caribbean) Open daily except Sun evening.  Jerk chicken, ox tail, dinner, sweet potato pudding. (2-19-17)

Pusan–1634 N. Washington St. (Korean) Closes at 7:30 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Authentic–Urbanspoon reviews said get the dinner (not the lunch special). Yelp says the lunch special is a good deal (not as much food, but the price is right). People concerned with getting authentic Korean food, though, seem to favor Korean Garden. (2-19-17)

Leavenworth

Baan Thai–301 S. 4th St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Reviews say it is outstanding. Pad thai is not rated as highly as the curries. (2-19-17)

Excellent Choice–1000 N. 7th St. (Soul Food) Open Tue-Fri (11-2 and 4:00 to 7:30).  Is the “real deal” soul food. Catfish seems to be the favorite item. Gumbo and fried chicken are also popular. (2-19-17)

Hyundai–749 Shawnee Rd. (Korean) Closed Sat evening & Sun.  Authentic. Seems to have dishes not available at many other Korean restaurants (2-19-17)

Liberal

Pancake House–640 E. Pancake Blvd. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Mon).  This is no joke-the main street in town is called Pancake Blvd. Quite a popular restaurant-Swedish pancakes is one of the choices (2-19-17)

Lindsborg

Swedish Country Inn–112 W. Lincoln (Swedish) Breakfast only.  Serves a traditional Swedish breakfast. Located in the Swedish Country Inn, and breakfast is free to hotel guests. (2-19-17)

Swedish Crown–121 N. Main St. (Swedish) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  I ate here when I was little and still remember it. Recent diners seem to be just as impressed. Breakfast is available on Sundays (pancakes). (2-19-17)

Manhattan

Baan Thai–1620 Ft. Riley Blvd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Good, flavorful Thai (but they have a location in Leavenworth that some say is even better). (2-19-17)

Keltic Star–1215 Moro St. (British) Closed Mon.  Classified as “British,” it is actually a Welsh pub serving food from Wales and Cornwall. Fish and chips, ruben, Welsh rarebit, and other traditional dishes are recommended. (3-2-17)

Newton

The Breadbasket–219 N. Main St. (American) Breakfast Mon-Sat; lunch daily; dinner Fri & Sat.  Mennonite style food. Best known for its breakfast buffet and its Fri & Sat night German buffet. (2-19-17)

Ottawa

Smoked Creations BBQ–222 E. Logan St. (BBQ).  Reviewers say this is among the best BBQ around (and this includes the nearby Kansas City BBQ). Everything is good, but the standout items are pulled pork and a pulled pork sandwich with bacon and cheese on top named the “pig out.” Baked beans are also recommended. (3-2-17)

Paola

Beethoven’s–2 W. Piankishaw St. (German) Open Thurs-Sat.  Jaeger Schnitzel is recommended. (2-19-17)

Pittsburg

Chicken Annie’s–1143 E. 600tb Ave. (Chicken) Dinner Tue-Sun; lunch Sun only (closed Mon).  Pan fried chicken, German cole slaw, German potato salad. Located 2 mi. n. and 2 mi. e. of Frontenac (2-19-17)

Typhoon–1014 S. Broadway St. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Curry is recommended, but it is in general a very good Thai restaurant. (2-19-17)

Salina

Pinoy Po Tayo–1315 S. Santa Fe (Filipino).  A Filipino restaurant that has won over the locals. Pancit is recommended. (2-19-17)

Seoul USA–750 S. Broadway (Korean) 11 am to 7:30 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  A Authentic and vegetarian friendly. (2-19-17)

Strong City

Ad Astra–318 Cottonwood St. (Modern American) Open Fri-Sun lunch & dinner.  Good, inexpensive food–most popular is hamburger. Focuses on locally produced produce & meat. Also has good vegetarian options. (2-19-17)

Topeka

Monsoon–2040 SW Wanamaker Rd. (Indian) Open Daily. Reviewers say quality compares to Kansas City or other large cities. (2-20-17)

Tup Tim Thai–220 SW 29th St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Reviewers suggest the lunch specials as a good bargain. Good items include the curries and the “Money Bags” appetizer. They do not make the food as spicy as at other Thai restaurants, but they will do so if you ask for “Thai hot.” (2-20-17)

Wichita

Chiang Mai Thai–3141 S. Hillside St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it is authentic, and I believe this is true because it is located near the Air Force base (this is usually where the authentic Asian food is found). (2-20-17)

Gabby’s Peruvian–1713 W. Douglas Ave. (Peruvian) Open Wed-Sat (and Sun breakfast & lunch).  Food is authentic with a wide assortment of dishes (not just ceviche). (2-20-17)

Little Saigon–1015 N. Broadway (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Noodle dishes are recommended. (2-20-17)

Malaysia Cafe–7777 E. 21st St. N. (Malaysian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Has Chinese and other Asian cuisines, but the Malaysian menu is recommended (you’ll get the dishes that are popular in Malaysia). Fast food style, and orders come in styrofoam containers, but the food is high quality. Urbanspoon reviewers recommended char kuey teow and Hainanese chicken rice. (2-20-17)

Mediterranean Grill–335 S. Town East Mall Dr. (Lebanese) Open daily except Sun evening.  May be the best Middle Eastern food in Wichita (and the only one I found on Yelp that looked worth recommending). Fatoosh, hummos, tabouli, and falafel are good. Any of the meats are recommended. (2-20-17)

Molino’s–1064 N. Waco (Mexican) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  This is authentic Mexican style (not Americanized) “alta cocina” Mexican food. I can’t vouch for how good it is, but it looks very good from the photos and reviews are very good (I think it’s the real deal). Just so you’ll know, though, it’s more expensive than most other Mexican restaurants. (2-20-17)

Wilson

Made from Scratch–527 27th St. (American) Open daily (according to some sources).  Chicken (only on Sun), sandwich, omelette, pie (desserts are especially recommended here). (2-20-17)

Note: Al’s Grill (a Czech restaurant) is now closed. Supposedly kolaches are available in Wilson, though (but I’m not sure where). Czech sausages and meats, formerly available at Al’s Grill, may also be available in town.

Woodbine

Woodbine Cafe–12 N. Broadway (German).  Has German food, but other items such as open faced roast beef sandwich are popular. (2-20-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

KansasTravel.org

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Kansas)

Zomato (Wichita)

 

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