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The Chef Cafe

  • 111 South 4th Street Manhattan, Kansas 66502
  • 785-537-6843
  • Website
  • Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Sat-Sun: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

When The Chef Cafe opened in 1943, it quickly became a popular spot for locals, and that stands true today. If you stop by on a weekend, chances are you’ll have to wait for a seat – but luckily there’s still enough “Chef Blend” coffee for everyone, which is roasted and blended locally at Radina’s in Aggieville.

Unfortunately, the Chef was closed¬†1986, and didn’t reopen until 2008, when a group of friends decided to bring the Chef back – creating a comfortable, modern family cafe with an eclectic menu, with everything from frittatas to peanut butter + jelly pancakes to Manmosas (PBR + a splash of orange juice). ¬†The Riley County Historical Society even provided the original neon sign to hang outside.