Have you made your bucket list (a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket)? If you have, do yourself a favor and add these 11 restaurants to your “must see” list. If you have not written one, just print off this post and mark off the restaurants as you go!
1. Sommerset Hall Cafe (Dover)
You haven't lived until you've tried a slice of Norma's world-famous coconut cream pie, which won Good Morning America's "Best Slice Challenge" in 2008. Grab a cup of coffee, a slice of pie, and plan to stay awhile at the historic old Sage General Store.
2. Brookville Hotel (Abilene)
Abilene, Kansas: Home to Dwight D, Eisenhower and the best family-style chicken dinner in the state. (Two of our favorite things!)
3. Gella's Diner and Lb. Brewing Co. (Hays)
Tucked away inside a brick and mortar building in downtown Hays is Gellas and their award-winning brews and foods. (My personal favorite? The Fresh Salmon Burger with a Pale Ale to drink... Yum!)
4. The Free State Brewing Co. (Lawrence)
Another surefire spot for some stellar food and beer is Free Street Brewing, who believes that "without beer, things do not seem to go as well." We'll drink to that!
5. Bunker Hill Cafe (Bunker Hill)
Fresh and delicious seafood in landlocked Kansas... do you think it sounds like some sort of an oxymoron? Then you've clearly never tried Bunker Hill Cafe, which serves incredible catfish, salmon, crab legs, and other seafood favorites every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
6. Hays House (Council Grove)
Is there anything in this world more satisfying than a hearty, made-from-scratch meal? In short, no... which is why the historic Hays House has been doing it since 1857.
7. The Cozy Inn (Salina)
If you like burgers, you'll love this Salina institution, which serves sliders with "onions and attitude." (Word to the wise: Order at the window and eat outside or you WILL smell like the grill for the next 5 months.)
8. Olpe Chicken House (Olpe)
If there is one thing that Kansas does extremely well (aside from BBQ, of course), it's fried chicken -- and this little gem in eastern rural Kansas does it the best of all!
9. Beethoven's #9 Restaurant (Paola)
I love German food (which should come as no surprise given my last name) and have to say that Beethoven's makes the BEST German food outside of... well, Germany.
10. Grand Central Hotel & Grill (Cottonwood Falls)
Fabulous food and wine in a "small, elegant hotel with a western flair"... what's not to love?
11. NuWay Crumbly Burgers (Wichita)
Since 1930, these loose-meat burgers have been a Wichita area favorite for good reason -- they are moist, tasty, and crumble in all the right places.
Obviously, this is just one blogger’s take, so now it’s your turn to sound off: Which restaurant do you think everyone should visit before they die? Let us know in the comments!