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

Ike’s Place–100 NW 14th St. (American) Closed Tue.  Restaurant with memorabilia about President Eisenhower, and also is considered to have excellent food. Some recommended items are ribeye, fish & chips, grilled vegetables, and street tacos (especially the tacos). (Dining room is open 9-3-21)

Alma

El Corral–327 Missouri Ave. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Food looks very authentic (south of the border style). Has tacos al pastor and enchiladas with either red or green (tomatillo) sauce. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

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. Meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken, rib dinner are among the recommendations. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Arlington

Carolyn’s Essenhaus–104 E. Main St. (German) Closed Tue evening, 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. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Assaria

Renaissance Cafe–210 N. Center St. (Italian) Open 5 pm to 9 pm Thu-Sat only.  This appears to be very well prepared Italian food in a small town that has a loyal customer base from surrounding towns who want to enjoy a special dinner. (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Atchison

Paolucci–113 S. 3rd St. (Italian) Open daily (closes at 1 pm on Sun).  Old school Italian restaurant that has operated for a number of years and still gets good reviews. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Coffeyville

El Pueblito–600 Northeast St. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  From the photos, it looks like pretty decent Mexican food. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Gen Hibachi–1415 W. 8th St. (Japanese) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Good reviews for the hibachi dishes. Also has sushi but most people do not get this (the hibachi is very popular). (Takeout only 9-19-21)

Copeland

Copeland Cafe–201 Main St. (American) Open 8 am to 2 pm (closed Sun).  Reviewers seem to be unanimous that it has good food. Wide variety of items are recommended. Copeland is on US 56 w. of Dodge City. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Dodge City

Chu Mys Kitchen–2208 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. (Vietnamese) Lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Reviewers say it is excellent with rich flavors. (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Tacos Jalisco–412 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. (Mexican) Open daily (open late night).  Authentic taqueria style Mexican food. Reviewers like the tacos al pastor (among others) and the horchata (Dining room is open 8-9-20)

El Dorado

Moe’s Grill–710 S. Main St. (American) Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner Tue-Fri.  I have to include a restaurant in El Dorado because my mom says this city is the first place where I ever ate at a restaurant (starting a long tradition which I now blog about). It was not Moe’s Grill (reviewers say it opened recently) but Moe’s does have very good reviews, with its hamburgers and barbecue seeming to be “legit” (to use terminology that did not exist in my early days of eating out). (Dining room is open 9-3-21)

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. (Dining room is open 6-17-21)

Chi Em Eats–11 E. 6th Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Good reviews–has lemongrass vermicelli bowls. (Dining room is open 6-17-21)

Fredonia

The Kitchen Table–114 S. 3rd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Some say it has the best breakfast buffet ever. People have equally good comments about lunch, but there is not a consensus about which is the best item (it seems that everything is good). There is a consensus, though, that you should try the pie (or cinnamon roll for breakfast). (Dining room is open 9-3-21)

Garden City

La Estrella–305 E. Kansas Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sun (open late night Fri & Sat).  Said to be authentic, very good, and cheap Mexican street food. (Dining room is open 8-9-20)

Pho Hoa One–713 E. Fulton St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun evening & Wed.  Reviewers say it is authentic and delicious (several say it may be the best Vietnamese in Kansas). (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Goodland

Westport on Main–1218 Main Ave. (American) Lunch Wed-Sun; Dinner Fri & Sat.  Somewhat upscale soup & sandwich restaurant (reuben, tuna melt, sloppy joe, etc.). Also has pasta dishes, hamburgers, and hot dogs. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Hamilton

Holmes Sundry–101 Main St. (American) Open 9 am to 7 pm; 10-9 on Sat (closed Sun).  Soda fountain and ice cream is what brings people here. Serves food, but I think the big draw is the ice cream. Hamilton is on SH 99 s. of Emporia. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

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. (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Hutchinson

Casa Azteca–2803 N. Lorraine St. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  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. (Dining room is open 8-9-20)

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. (Dining room is open 8-9-20)

Roy’s Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q–1018 Nickerson Blvd. (BBQ) Lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Reviews say this is excellent BBQ–comparable to Kansas City. Opens at 11 am every day and closes when it runs out of meat. (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Skaets Steak Shop–2300 N. Main St. (American) Closed Mon.  Good place for breakfast, especially the pancakes. Open flame broiler opens at 4:30 pm (for steaks and hamburgers). (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Junction City

Korean Garden–310 Grant Ave. (Korean) Lunch only (closed Sun & Mon). Dinner is said to be more authentic than lunch. Serves Korean (barley) tea. (Takeout only 8-11-21)

Negril Caribbean–127 W. 7th St. (Caribbean) Open daily except Sun evening.  Jerk chicken, ox tail, dinner, sweet potato pudding. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

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. (Dining room is open 9-3-21)

Excellent Choice–1000 N. 7th St. (Soul Food) Open Tue-Fri 11 am to 5 pm.  Is the “real deal” soul food. Catfish seems to be the favorite item. Gumbo and fried chicken are also popular. (Takeout only 9-3-21)

Hyundai–749 Shawnee St. (Korean) Open to 7 pm (closed Sat & Sun).  Authentic. Seems to have dishes not available at many other Korean restaurants (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Liberal

Pancake House–640 E. Pancake Blvd. (American) Open until 1 pm (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 (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Lindsborg

Crown and Rye–121 N. Main St. (Swedish) Open daily except Sun evening.  Formerly the Swedish Crown but now has new owners and a new name. Serves traditional Swedish food at lunch & dinner. (Dining room is open 6-17-21)

Drom Sott–112 W. Lincoln (Swedish) Breakfast only. Formerly the Swedish Country Inn–now has new owners. Used to have a traditional Swedish breakfast–now I’m not sure but at least has the Swedish pastries. Breakfast is free to hotel guests (I am not sure if it is open to the public). (Dining room is open 6-17-21)

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). (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

El Patron–429 Poyntz Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Food looks pretty good and reviewers say the same about it. Is not Tex-Mex, has sauces such as green sauce (I don’t know how spicy it is). (Dining room is open 8-1-20)

Fridas The True Mexican Taste–900 N. 3rd St. (Mexican) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  This is a food truck that serves takeout only, but Mexican food seems like the real deal. Specialties are gorditas, tamales with mole, carnitas, milanesa, street tacos, and others. (Takeout only but has outside tables 9-19-21)

Little Grill–6625 Dyer Rd. (Jamaican) Open 5 pm to 9 pm (closed Mon).  Good reviews–people like the food and it seems to be authentic. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

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. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Ottawa

Smoked Creations BBQ–222 E. Logan St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  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. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Piedmont

Jim & Lila’s Cafe–100 Main St. (American) Breakfast & lunch Mon-Sat; Dinner Fri & Sat (closed Sun).  Reviewers say it has good country style cooking, and service is good as well. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Pittsburg

Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s–1271 S. 220th St. (Chicken) Dinner Tue-Sun; lunch Sun only (closed Mon).  Pan fried chicken, German cole slaw, German potato salad. Located about 3 mi. s. of Pittsburg. Note: there is another restaurant listed on the Internet called Chicken Annie’s Original located e. of Frontenac. I do not know if some of the reviews and info. I have found are actually for this restaurant, but Yelp seems to indicate that the one people are reviewing is the one on S. 220th St. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Typhoon–1014 S. Broadway St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Curry is recommended, but it is in general said to be a very good Thai restaurant. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Protection

Don’s Place–230 N. Broadway Ave. (American) Breakfast & lunch Tue-Sun; Dinner Tue-Sat.  Reviewers say everything tastes home cooked. Breakfast, chicken fried steak, and pie are especially recommended. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Quinter

Melanie’s Kitchen Asian Cuisine–321 Main St. (Filipino).  Has Chinese food that mostly looks Americanized but has Filipino dishes that are probably more authentic Quinter is on I-70 w. of WaKeeney.. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Salina

Auntie Rita’s–1315 S. Santa Fe (Jamaican) Lunch only (closed Mon).  Good reviews (even though this cuisine is unfamiliar to many locals, they like the flavor of the food). (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Seoul USA–750 S. Broadway (Korean) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Authentic with a large menu (including some vegetarian dishes). (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Sharon Springs

Towns End Tavern–117 N. Main St. (Steakhouse) Open Fri dinner & Sat dinner only. More upscale steakhouse than most in rural Kansas (has prime rib, brussel sprouts, bananas foster bread pudding, etc.). Burger is also said to be very good. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

Strong City

Ad Astra–318 Cottonwood St. (Modern American) Lunch Fri-Sun; dinner Thu-Sun.  Good, inexpensive food–most popular is hamburger. Reuben sandwich and sliders are also favorites. Focuses on locally produced produce & meat. Also has good vegetarian options. (Dining room is open 6-17-21)

Topeka

Lonnie Q’s BBQ–3150 SE 21st St. (BBQ) Open 11am to 1 pm Mon-Fri (also Fri evening).  Most reviewers say the food is “fantastic” or “amazing.” Only has brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and turkey. Most say it is comparable to Kansas City BBQ. Customers say it is best to arrive right after 11 am in order not to wait in a long line. The Kansas style BBQ sauce here is darker and richer than other styles served throughout the US. (Dining room is open-reservations are required-ribs only served Thu & Fri 8-1-20)

Monsoon Grill–2040 SW Wanamaker Rd. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm). Reviewers say quality compares to Kansas City or other large cities. (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Tup Tim Thai–220 SW 29th St. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  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.” (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

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). Some people indicate that it is Thai & Lao. (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Gabby’s Peruvian–1713 W. Douglas Ave. (Peruvian) Open Thu-Sun only 11:30 am to 8 pm.  Food is authentic with a wide assortment of dishes (not just ceviche). (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Lemongrass–300 N. Mead (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Pho and other menu items are recommended (has a pretty extensive menu). (Dining room is open 8-1-20)

Little Saigon–1015 N. Broadway (Vietnamese) Closed Mon.  Noodle dishes are recommended but reviewers like just about everything. (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Malaysia Cafe–7777 E. 21st St. N. (Malaysian) Closed Sun.  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. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Mediterranean Grill–335 S. Town East Mall Dr. (Lebanese) Closed Sun.  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. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Molino’s–1064 N. Waco (Mexican) Open Daily.  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. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

My Tho–500 E. Central Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue & Wed.  Authentic and downscale (home style). This is the type of restaurant you would find in the typical Asian district rather than the (more Americanized and upscale) ones that would be found in the suburbs. (Temporarily closed 9-19-21)

Pig In Pig Out–1003 E. 13th St. N. (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon (open for lunch only).  Reviewers say this is one of the top BBQ restaurants in Wichita (and many say it is the best). Ribs and pulled pork are recommended. (Dining room is open 6-26-20)

Wilson

Made from Scratch–527 27th St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Mon).  Chicken (only on Sun), sandwich, omelette, pie (desserts are especially recommended here). (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Note: Al’s Grill (a Czech restaurant) is now closed. Supposedly kolaches are available in Wilson, though (apparently at Grandma’s Soda Shop). Czech sausages and meats, formerly available at Al’s Grill, may also be available in town. (8-21-21)

Woodbine

Brigitte’s Country Cafe- (American & German) Open 9 am to 2 pm (closed Sun).  Home cooking with very good reviews. Has German specials such as schnitzel on Wednesday and bratwurst on Friday. Facebook page says it is on Kansas Ave., but the town is so small I am sure it is not hard to find. (Dining room is open 8-21-21)

Zenda

Lumber Yard Steakhouse–311 N. Main St. (Steakhouse) Lunch Tue-Sat; Dinner Thu-Sat.  Very good reviews for steaks and prime rib. Has other items (such as ribs). They mainly say steaks & prime rib are the items worth a trip to this small town. Should get reservations on weekends. (Dining room is open 9-19-21)

 

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:

Culture Trip (Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in Kansas)

Dine Rank

KansasTravel.org

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

Yelp (Kansas)

Zomato (Wichita)

 

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