Shhh… can I let you in on a little secret (or 11)? Kansas is chock-full of secret and unforgettable restaurants, wineries and even speakeasies. If you are looking to try something new and under-the-radar, you will want to visit:
1. Cafe Beautiful (Lawrence)
Talk about unexpected. This small Kansas restaurant has been acknowledged by locals and world travelers alike for having some of the best Asian fusion dishes they've ever tasted.
2. G's Frozen Custard & Yogurt (Topeka)
Why settle for generic chain store ice cream and custard when you can get the REAL deal at this unassuming Topeka location?
3. 324 Speakeasy (Manhattan)
Get ready to party like it's 1929 at this fun and authentic members only Manhattan speakeasy!
4. Cedar Ridge Restaurant (Atchison)
No matter where you are in Kansas, it is VITAL that you get to Atchison to get a taste of one of Cedar Ridge's made-from-scratch meals (like this incredible homemade chicken and noodles).
5. Pickled Pete's Bar & Grill (Frontenac)
Sure, the fried chicken from Frontenac's neighboring Pittsburg is tasty... but it isn't to-die-for (and insanely affordable) bar food like Pickled Pete's!
6. Copper Oven Cafe & Bakery (Wichita)
The most important meal of the day just got even better thanks to this off-the-grid breakfast joint and in-house bakery.
7. Vogel Family Vineyards (Galena)
Why travel to California wine country when a unique and world renowned vineyard like the Vogel Family's is located right here in southeast Kansas?
8. Cafe Bel Ami (Wichita)
When it comes to fine dining in Wichita, there is nothing quite like the authentic French and Mediterranean dishes at what has been referred to by many as one of the best kept secrets in Wichita.
9. The Spot & Dining Car (Herington)
It's a known fact that small town bars have good food... but the food at The Spot? Exceptional! (Especially the appetizers, like these mini crabby bites.)
10. North Star Steakhouse (Topeka)
Considering that this capital city roadhouse has been going strong since 1942 says something about both the management and the food... Have you had the opportunity to try it?
11. Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm and Bed & Breakfast Inn (Nickerson)
There's a bit of a catch to having breakfast with the exotic animals at Hedrick's: You have to stay the night. (The mini vacation is well worth it though; trust me.)