I had only a light breakfast in Kansas City and lunch was a quick snack as I headed out for the open roads of Kansas itself. Consequently, I was hungry when I sat down for my evening meal at El Charro.
It seemed like a nice little spot, with a section of elevated seating above the main floor. There were plenty of customers of all ages and types but that did not slow down the service. A quick-arriving bowl of nachos with a spicy salsa sauce and a Corona beer soon put me at ease while I waited for my order to arrive!
Favorite Dish: After the heavy-duty gourmet meals at the finest locations in Kansas City, I was ready to go back to more common fare. As a result, I ordered a simple Cheese Chicken (which I had never had before). It was a grilled chicken breast topped with cheese sauce & grilled onions, served with lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, rice and refried beans ($7.75). It was delicious, a meal that I totally enjoyed! Even with a beer and a tip the meal only came to US$12
Using my little tourist guide pamphlet that I had picked up upon entering Fort Scott, I had decided on a Chinese meal at a restaurant a short walk up one of the main streets of the historic district. By now, it was dark and a Friday night, but the streets were still almost deserted as I walked along.
It was not far, as I passed by a big B&B on the side of the street, that a big white Jaguar sedan stopped on the street and the driver shouted out, saying that they had not received any response at the door and asking me if the place was open. I said that I did not know and started to walk away. However, I then stopped and asked them if they were looking for a place to stay. When they said yes, I told them to pull off the street so I could talk to them. It turned out to be two older couples from the New York area who had just arrived in town. Once I hauled my little brochure out of my pocket, the two guys got out for a closer look as I pointed out the locations of various accommodations and what the tourist lady had told me. When they asked me if 'they could talk me into parting with it', I said 'go ahead - I don't need it anymore'. After shaking my hand and thanking me profusely, away they went! I was already a tour guide after only 2 hours in town!
Favorite Dish: When I reached my Chinese restaurant a few minutes later, it was not quite up to my expectations so I returned to a nice looking Mexican restaurant that I had just walked past.
I took this photo of the restaurant and its nice looking building the next morning before I left town.
The Brookville Hotel is no longer a hotel and it is no longer in Brookville - go figure! Since the early 1900s the Brookville has been serving its famous family style chicken dinners in the old-style dining rooms. But now in Abilene, right next to the busy interstate, and in a new facility built to look like the old one.
Favorite Dish: There's only one thing on the menu. Or, rather, there IS NO menu. You just sit down and they start bringing your country-style fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, and all the fixin's. It's all served family-style. An authentic taste of farm cooking.
This is more than the oldest restaurant in Kansas - it is the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Opened in 1857 by Seth Hays, Council Grove's founder and a grandson of Daniel Boone, the Hays House saw many uses: church, courtroom, theatre, and political meeting place. Oh yes, and dining room. Some of the better known customers from the early years were General George Custer and Jesse James. The town of Council Grove was one of the last major supply towns on the wagon train trail to Santa Fe, and the Hays House was said to have been built right in the middle of the trail.
Favorite Dish: It was too long ago, I don't remember. Must go back. However, it is known for beef brisket, ham, crispy fried chicken, and best of all - fresh peach pie with ice cream. Yes indeed, I MUST go back.
Perhaps the state's second-most well known eating place, but only to the populace at large. To true state travelers, the Emma Chase is the quintessential small-town diner. Though it looks no different from other local cafes around the sunflower state, Kansas Explorers and other state insiders know this spot well, and meet there often. Located in the Flint Hills of central Kansas, Cottonwood Falls is a reminder of a different time, and the EC fits right into the mold. Besides offering better (far better, actually) dining fair than most local spots, people from all over the midwest convene at the Emma on Friday nights for music (bluegrass, gospel, country, rock) depending on the week. There are special Sunday morning breakfast buffets for bicyclists, bikers, antique auto drivers, and fly-in pilots.
It's a very special place for Kansans. Let's meet at the Emma!
Favorite Dish: Chicken Fried Steak - served the Kansas Explorer way. Fresh meat, never frozen, hand pounded and breaded, pan fried. Real mashed potatoes. Also a great choice is the pork tenderloin sandwich - wonderful. Nothing prepackaged and frozen here. And wonderful pie - my favorite is the gooseberry, Nancy loves the rhubarb.
The richest and tastiest ice cream I have ever eaten anywhere! Many of their house specialty flavors are named as tribute to the great state of Kansas.
Favorite Dish: A bowl of Kansas Twister ice cream. It's made with peanut butter ice cream, Oreo cookies, fudge swirl and chunks, and Spanish peanuts.
This is a fine place for breakfast and lunch. It is built around a great bakery. The bread is very well crafted. There is a nice selection and it is fresh. Well worth the stop.
Attached is a very nice simple restaurant. The sandwiches and salads are imaginative and fresh.. The coffee is good and dark as I like it.
The seating is comfortable. The bathrooms are clean and accessible. The atmosphere is relaxed and you never feel rushed. The service is friendly efficient. There is wi-fi available.
Favorite Dish: The bread is the real draw for me. The sandwiches are good, The lovely Barbara likes the salads. The sourdough and French bread are very good.
Located in a little strip mall on the south side of Lawrence this place is well worth the visit. It is kind of small a few tables and a counter. It is clean and friendly.
Order at the counter and the food will be brought to you at the table.
It is bright and casual. The kitchen is open and the food is fresh and well prepared.
Open 10am to 9pm closed Sunday.
They do not take checks.
Favorite Dish: I like any of the noodle dishes.
There are lots of vegetarian options. Like the nice spring rolls.
They willingly make substitutions as the food is freshly made to order.
Kansas' Best Bread - not according to me, or even some clever marketing guru. That's from some people who should know - the Kansas Wheat Growers Association.
Lawrence's Wheatfields Cafe has a well-deserved reputation as a wonderful place for breakfast, a sandwich, bowl of soup, salad, empanada, quiche, focaccia, or just coffee and pastry. The organic, artisan breads are baked on the premises in a specially designed wood-fired brick oven. It's bright, clean, and cheery with artwork on display and just enough college-town hipness to give it character.
And by all means, take home some of their loaves of incredible bread.
Favorite Dish: I have only eaten there once so far, but will go back as often as I can. On my first visit, I had an incredibly tasty pastrami and swiss on their own, freshly-baked sourdough rye. Wow!
This is one of the nicest things we found in Southeast Kansas when we moved here. The restaurant is the only business left in the small mining town of Scammon Kansas. It is run by an extended family. It is clean and consistent in quality and service.
It is not super fancy the food is the star. If you come to south east Kansas and miss it you made a mistake. We drive an hour each way a few times a year to eat here. It is that good!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is lasagna with the extra garlic sauce. The other pasta dishes are quite nice as well.
They have some nice wines and a full bar as well.
Tiffany House - Yesterday's Treasures (In Hutchinson)
I also think Carriage Crossings in Yoder (just outside of Hutchinson)is a quaint place. It's in an Amish town, run by Amish people.
This restaurant has a wonderful Victorian ambiance with lace curtains and tablecloths, tiffany lamps, antique wooden furniture, and romantic lighting.
Favorite Dish: Spinach Quiche at Tiffany House -- it's what they're famous for!
Well, I would have to say that the Sixth Street McDonald's in Junction City is my favourite. Quit laughing at me! I am serious. I don't know what it is, but their food just seems to taste better than at other Micky-D's. And I enjoyed the service.
Very clean. Nice, service oriented employees.
Favorite Dish: French fries! Yum!
The best meat I´ve ever eaten.
I promise I will check upon my memorabilia to find out the name of that restaurant because I have to recommend that one. Be patient!
The strip I got, I could have eaten it with my spoon. It disolved in my mounth like hot ice cream. they explained that those animals are fed with corn only and are kept from stress and other factors for a beef quality.
The place is nice and it´s not really expensive.
Wine options are the usual ones.
Favorite Dish: Kansas City strip. It is not anything but a New york but the people here say they came up with that cut so it is actually the Kansas City strip! New Yorok made it famous though, so people refers to NY for this cut.
Is like Brazilian nut, they actually come from Bolivia, but Brazil export them so people abroad will recognize them as Brazilian nut. Isn´t it nuts?
Kansas City is known for it's barbecue. There are good places to eat all over the state. One of the more interesting places is Hayes House in Council Grove. It is the oldest operating restaurant West of the Mississippi River.
For BIG, juicy steaks - eat at Tyme Out Lounge in Grandview Plaza. These are the best Kansas steaks you'll eat! You can get information by calling 1-800-528-2489
Heck, besides being a great steak house, it's also the local favorite business hang-out for a beer or mixed drink.
Service was outstanding from front desk to the maintenance man who went out of his way to say good...more
2300 W. 6th Street, Lawrence, Kansas, 66049, United States
Good for: Families
I only stayed here once. It is stale and not many people usually stay here. It is the anchor hotel...more