Kansas November 19, 2016
11 Classic Restaurants In Kansas That Every Local Must Experience At Least Once
Kansas is home to some pretty famous and iconic restaurants. From tangy KC BBQ to authentic German fare all the way to fresh and flavorful seafood, there is no shortage of delicious cuisine to go around. However, if you consider yourself to be a true Kansan, you have visited these 11 classic (and iconic) restaurants at least once:
1. Nu Grille Cafe (Fort Scott)
Talk about a classic: the New Grille Cafe was opened in the mid-1940s and still features the same home-cooked meals (and outstanding onion rings), and hospitality as the day it opened.
2. Hays House Restaurant (Council Grove)
Whether you order the lunch special (like this sloppy joe -- yum!), buffet, or one of the made-from-scratch dessert options, you are sure to find something to love at Kansas's oldest and longest-running restaurant.
3. Guy & Mae's Tavern (Williamsburg)
Let me put it this way: You haven't experienced REAL KC BBQ until you've experienced Guy & Maes...
4. Bobo's Drive In (Topeka)
This ain't your run-of-the-mill, generic fast food joint; Bobo's is a Topeka institution that has food so tasty, it was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
5. Brookville Hotel (Abilene)
Family-style meals that include fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and relish assortment... need I say more?
6. Sommerset Hall Cafe (Dover)
You aren't a true Kansan (or American, for that matter) until you've tried a slice of Norma's famous Coconut Cream Pie.
7. Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant (Kansas City)
Only at this Kansas City tradition (which has been going strong since 1954) can you have your mouthwatering burger delivered to you via an overhead model train!
8. Cozy Inn (Salina)
Salina is home to several stellar burger joints, but the most famous and delicious of all are the bite-sized sliders cooked up fresh at the Cozy Inn.
9. Stroud's (Wichita)
It's no secret that Kansas is home to some of the best chicken fried steak in the country (or maybe even the world)... but some of the best chicken fried steak in Kansas? You can find that at both Kansas Stroud's locations.
10. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que (Kansas City)
Housed in a gas station and featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, and Vanity Fair, Joe's KC is famous for its incredible BBQ and innovative sandwiches (like the Z-Man: Slow-smoked beef brisket, smoked provolone cheese, topped with two crispy onion rings, on a toasted Kaiser roll).
11. Tavern On the Plaza (Coffeyville)
Does the Tavern remind you of something you'd find in the Old West? It should, as it was built in 1872 and strives "to offer
for every taste
and every budget."
How many of these restaurants have you been to before? What other restaurants in Kansas are classics?