I-70 Across Kansas

284 MILES | 4 hr 30 min | by Michael Stern

Five destination eateries across Kansas, all within minutes of Interstate 70. Heading east to west, we bid adieu to Kansas City with breakfast at Niecie’s, which opens at 5:30am to serve soulful biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and chicken and waffles. Stop at Porubsky’s Grocery in Topeka for cold-weather chili with nose-tingling horseradish pickles and at the Cozy Inn in Salina for a half dozen or more itty-bitty, pickle-topped burgers, served by the joint that invented the slider (in 1922). Two legendary chicken dinner restaurants line the route: the Brookville Hotel in Abeline and Al’s Chickenette out west in Hays.



A St. Louis soul food best, Niecie's is a 3-meal-a-day gathering place for regulars and visitors. Chicken & waffles is a specialty. As are pig ear sandwiches.


Porubsky’s Grocery

Visit Topeka's Porubsky's between October and March, when Charlie makes his hearty chili. Top it off with ferociously hot horseradish pickles!


Brookville Hotel

Fried chicken is the lure to this Kansas destination restaurant. It's skillet fried and served with mashed potatoes, gravy and all appropriate side dishes.


Cozy Inn

The Cozy Inn of Salina, Kansas, is the original slider restaurant, specializing in addictive itty-bitty burgers to be eaten a half-dozen at a time.

Must Eats

Al’s Chickenette

Since 1949, Al's Chickenette of Hays, Kansas, has been serving locals and travelers along I-70 top notch chicken dinners.

Must Eats