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Wichita is Home to Six of Kansas' Favorite Restaurants

Everyone has a favorite place to grab a bite to eat, but which Kansas restaurants have the most fans? To find out, the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association (KRHA) conducted an online survey with more than 500 Kansans who were asked one simple question, ‘What is your favorite Kansas­-based restaurant that isn’t a chain?’ The results have been compiled and released as Top 35 Non­-Chain Restaurants in Kansas.

“We were pleased when watching the results roll in and being reminded that Kansans have so many wonderful locally-­owned restaurants to choose from,” said Adam Mills, CEO of KRHA. “Running a successful restaurant is not easy, but the members of this list of favorites are certainly proof of how rewarding it can be.”

Six Wichita restaurants made the cut:

  • Connie's - Tied for 6th
  • Doo Dah Diner - Tied for 6th
  • Bionic Burger - Tied for 7th
  • Defazio's - Tied for 7th
  • Luciano's - Tied for 7th
  • The Anchor - Tied for 7th

The number one overall choice among Kansans, and the only barbecue restaurant on the list, was Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. Second place went to the Lawrence staple, Free State Brewery, followed by it’s neighbor along Mass Street and Topeka favorite, The Burger Stand. The Anchor Inn in Hutchinson rounded out the top four.

Lawrence was the city with the most restaurants on the list with ten. Wichita and Kansas City tied for
second with six a piece. Hutchinson with
three, and Hays, Topeka, and Salina each with two on the list of 35.

In terms of cuisine, American food was widely represented with 18 restaurants on the list. The second most popular cuisine was Mexican (12); followed by Italian (4). The only restaurant outside of these three categories was a Cajun restaurant, Terrebonne in Lawrence.

Kansan’s 35 Favorite Non-Chain Kansas Restaurants

First Place

  • Joe’s KC Bar-B-Que - American BBQ - Kansas City

Second Place

  • Free State Brewery - American Brewery/Gastropub - Lawrence

Third Place

  • Burger Stand - American Fast Casual/Burgers - Lawrence, Topeka

Fourth Place

  • Anchor Inn - Mexican - Hutchinson

Tied for 5th Place

  • Chicken Mary’s El - American Southerm - Pittsburg
  • Potro - Mexican - Paola, Lawrence, Bonner Springs
  • Limestone Pizza- Italian - Lawrence

Tied for 6th Place

  • Bogey’s - American Fast Casual/Burgers - Salina
  • Connie’s - Mexican - Wichita
  • Doo Dah Diner - American Diner - Wichita
  • Harry’s - American Steakhouse - Manhattan
  • Mi Ranchito - Mexican - Kansas City, Lawrence
  • Pullman Place - American Family Style - Leavenworth

Tied for 7th Place

  • Bionic Burger- American Fast Casual/Burgers - Wichita
  • Defazio’s - Italian - Wichita
  • El Mezcal - Mexican - Lawrence
  • El Potrillo - Mexican - Hutchinson
  • El Sol - Mexican - Ottawa, Lawrence
  • Gellas - American Brewery/Gastropub - Hays
  • Golden Q - American Sports Bar - Hays
  • Hays House - American Steakhouse - Council Grove
  • Jaliscos - Mexican - Kansas City
  • Jiffy Burger - American Fast Casual/Burger - Smith Center
  • La Bodega - Mexican - Kansas City
  • La Fiesta - Mexican - McPherson
  • Luciano’s - Italian - Wichita/Mulvane 
  • Martinelli’s- Italian - Salina 
  • Merchants - American Brewery/Gastropub - Lawrence
  • Nick & Jake’s - American Sports Bar - Kansas City
  • Panzon’s - Mexican - Kansas City
  • Skaets Steak Shop - American Family Style - Hutchinson
  • Terrebonne - Cajun - Lawrence
  • The Anchor - American Sports Bar - Wichita
  • Tortilla Jack’s - Mexican - Topeka
  • Wheatfields - American Breakfast/Bakery - Lawrence

 

Kansan’s 35 Favorite Non-Chain Kansas Restaurants: Categorical Breakdown

Cuisine Breakdown

  • American ­ 18
  • Mexican ­ 12
  • Italian ­ 4
  • Cajun ­ 1

American Food Breakdown

  • 3 breweries/gastropubs
  • 4 fast casual burger joints
  • 3 sports bars
  • 2 steakhouses
  • 2 family style
  • 1 diner
  • 1 breakfast/bakeries
  • 1 southern
  • 1 BBQ

Geographic Breakdown

  • Lawrence ­ 10
  • Wichita ­ 6
  • Kansas City ­ 6
  • Hutchinson ­ 3
  • Hays ­ 2
  • Topeka ­ 2
  • Salina  2
  • Paola ­ 1
  • Bonner Springs ­ 1
  • Pittsburg ­ 1
  • Manhattan ­ 1
  • Leavenworth ­ 1
  • Council Grove ­ 1
  • Smith Center ­ 1
  • Ottawa ­ 1
  • McPherson ­ 1

About the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association:

The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, founded in 1929, is the leading business association for restaurants, hotels, motels, country clubs, private clubs and allied business in Kansas. Along with the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Education Foundation, the association works to represent, educate and promote the rapidly growing industry of hospitality in Kansas. For more information on the KRHA, visit KRHA.org.

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