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) Open Fri-Sun only. 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). (Dining room is open-reservations strongly recommended-restaurant only open May to Oct. 8-1-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 8-9-20)

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. (Dining room is open 8-1-20)

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. (4-1-19)

Atchison

Gateway to Kansas Shops & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain–504 Commercial St. (American) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Has hamburgers and daily specials (such as tenderloin steak sandwich on Thursday). The real draw here seems to be the soda shop decor, the chocolate malt, and the store you can browse (many items are used and are on consignment). (1-21-20)

Dodge City

Chu Mys Kitchen–2208 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. (Vietnamese) Lunch only (closed Mon).  Reviewers say it is excellent with rich flavors. (I don’t know if the dining room is open 8-9-20)

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). (1-21-20)

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. (5-24-19)

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. (5-24-19)

Fredonia

The Kitchen Table–114 S. 3rd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Many reviewers 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. (1-21-20)

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). (I don’t know if the dining room is open 8-9-20)

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)

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. (5-24-19)

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. (I don’t know if the dining room is open 8-9-20)

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). (I believe the dining room is open 8-9-20)

Junction City

Korean Garden–310 Grant Ave. (Korean) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Fri & Sat (closed Sun & Mon). Dinner is said to be more authentic than lunch. Serves Korean (barley) tea. (Takeout only 8-1-20)

Negril Caribbean–127 W. 7th St. (Caribbean) Open daily except Sun evening.  Jerk chicken, ox tail, dinner, sweet potato pudding. (I don’t know if dining room is open 8-1-20)

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. (2-27-19)

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. (2-27-19)

Hyundai–749 Shawnee St. (Korean) Closed Sat evening & Sun (closes 7 pm other days).  Authentic. Seems to have dishes not available at many other Korean restaurants (2-27-19)

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 (Apparently the dining room is open 6-26-20)

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 (I am not sure if it is open to the public). (4-1-19)

Swedish Crown–121 N. Main St. (Swedish) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Old restaurant that had been closed but reopened Jul. 2019. Serves traditional Swedish food. (Temporarily closed 8-1-20)

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). (Takeout and delivery only 8-1-20)

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)

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. (I believe the dining room is open 8-9-20)

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. (5-7-19)

Paola

Beethoven’s #9–2 W. Piankishaw St. (German) Open Thurs-Sat (lunch & dinner).  Jaeger Schnitzel is recommended. (1-21-20)

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. (1-21-20)

Typhoon–1014 S. Broadway St. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Curry is recommended, but it is in general is said to be a very good Thai restaurant. (1-21-20)

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)

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. (5-24-19)

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.” (Takeout or delivery only 6-26-20)

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) Closed Mon & Tue (and closes Sun at 7 pm).  Food is authentic with a wide assortment of dishes (not just ceviche). (Takeout only 6-26-20)

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. (Takeout and delivery only 8-1-20)

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. (Takeout only 6-26-20)

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. (Takeout and delivery only 6-26-20)

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. (Apparently the dining room is open 8-1-20)

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; open daily (according to some sources).  Chicken (only on Sun), sandwich, omelette, pie (desserts are especially recommended here). (5-24-19)

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. (5-24-19)

Woodbine

Woodbine Cafe–12 N. Broadway (German).  Has German food, but other items such as open faced roast beef sandwich are popular. (6-30-19)

 

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)

KansasTravel.org

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

Yelp (Kansas)

Zomato (Wichita)

 

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