Restaurants in Kansas

The three foremost culinary lures of Kansas are barbecue in the east around Kansas City, fried chicken dinners nearly everywhere but especially south of Kansas City in the town of Pittsburg, and itty-bitty hamburgers, aka sliders, which were originally served in Salina at the still-thriving Cozy Inn. Hidden gems include Niecie’s for soul food in Kansas City and Porubsky’s Grocery in Topeka, where winter specialties include chili with horseradish pickles.

Kansas’s Most Famous Dishes

Fried Chicken

Coffee-shop fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and greens

Chicken Dinner

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.


Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Kansas’s Best Restaurants

Chicken Annie’s


Roy’s Hickory Pit BBQ


A single slider, dressed with pickle chips
Cozy Inn


Caffetteria - Commuter Egg Sando


Barto’s Idle Hour


The Breadbasket - Bierocks
The Breadbasket


Martinelli’s Little Italy


Milton's Cafe - All American Breakfast
Milton’s Cafe


Nu Way Cafe - Onion Rings
Nu Way Cafe


Woodyard Bar-B-Que


Great heap of mixed pork & beef shreds, thick with BBQ sauce at Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que


Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Brookville Hotel


Kansas Articles & Guides

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20 Burgers to Eat Before it's Too Late

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Exterior view of Dave's showing gas pumps ... legendary chili dogs

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L C’s Bar-B-Q - Close Up

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Cheeseburger at Crabill's in Urbana, OH 

America's Best Classic Sliders

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The Breadbasket - Bierocks

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BBQ Sauce Arthur Bryant's Legendary BBQ In Kansas City, MO

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Even before Calvin Trillin declared Arthur Bryant's to be "possibly the single best restaurant in the world" in a 1974 Playboy magazine article, Kansas City was famous for barbecue....

Fried Chicken: The Delicious Double Dozen

Fried chicken is popular all across America and so different everywhere that it is not possible to say what city, state, or region does it best. While the process...


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