The Best Things to Eat and Drink in Kansas
There’s no place like Kansas when it comes to cuisine. Though it’s not frequently a part of the culinary conversation in this country, the Sunflower State has some of the best fried chicken, ribs, and chili that you’ll find. So, to celebrate the best of Kansas, we rounded up the Jayhawk State’s finest foods, drinks, and culinary hotspots as part of our second annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
Kansas has no one culinary center, so to get the full tour of the state’s best food, you need to go on a road trip. Start off in the Kansas side of Kansas City for some doughnuts at Hana’s Donuts, then continue your day in Topeka for the Downtown Topeka Farmers Market, where you can buy locally-sourced produce and crafts for a successful morning. Don’t forget lunch at AJ’s NY Pizzeria, of course. Then hop in your car and cruise all the way down to Wichita for the finest dining in Kansas at Scotch & Sirloin.
Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and brunch spot to its best bar and craft beer in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. The results are the best food and drink in every state, and here are the finest that Kansas has to offer.