If you had to choose a type of food that best defines Kansas, what would you pick? After thinking long and hard about it, we would have to say it’s fried chicken… oh, and chicken fried steak! That being said, we have compiled a list of the best places to get these iconic meals, which include these 14 irresistible restaurants:
1. Stroud's (Wichita)
Not only does Stroud's serve the "best pan-fried chicken in Kansas," they also serve an amazing family-style chicken fried steak meal complete with soup or salad, beans, potato, and dessert!
2. Chicken Annie's (Girard)
Read on for more information about Chicken Annie's...
3. Chicken Annie's Original (Pittsburg)
4. Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s (Pittsburg)
5. Barto's Idle Hour (Frontenac)
Almost there, I promise!
6. Chicken Mary's (Pittsburg)
The reason for this madness is next...
7. Gebhardt's Chicken Dinners (Mulberry)
Ladies and gentlemen: I give you Crawford County Fried Chicken! Named one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine" by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, Chicken Annie's Original, Chicken Annie's Girard, Chicken Annie's Pichler's, Chicken Mary's, Barto's Idle Hour, and Gebhardt's Chicken and Dinners each serve incredible fried chicken dinners that closely compare in terms of quality and taste. Go and stay a weekend in Crawford County to get a meal from each of these memorable restaurants -- you won't regret it!
8. Hays House Restaurant (Council Grove)
The longest running restaurant in Kansas also has one of the most tried and true chicken fried steak recipes in the state!
9. Carriage Crossing (Yoder)
Whether you are craving hand-breaded chicken fried steak or fried chicken, you are guaranteed to find the best (with some unforgettable homemade sides) at this Amish-owned and operated cafe.
10. JD's Country Style Chicken (Hays)
True story: Back when I was going to school at Fort Hays, I used to frequent JD's almost every week! Try it for yourself and you will understand why...
11. Welcome Home Cafe (Colby)
For chicken fried steak as good as mom used to make (if not better... sorry, mom!), its gotta be Colby's Welcome Home Cafe!
12. Stroud's (Overland Park)
Fear not, eastern Kansas: There is a memorable Stroud's restaurant in your neighborhood, too!
13. Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. (Hays)
What? You thought that Gella's only had German food and one-of-a-kind brews? Then you have obviously never had the mouthwatering chicken fried chicken or chicken fried steak.
14. Uptown Cafe (Pratt)
Pratt's Uptown Cafe serves uptown food at a truly down-home price!