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Survey Identifies Best Restaurants in Kansas 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association (KRHA), conducts an annual online survey of 500 Kansans for its Kansas Best Restaurants survey.

Last June, we polled 500 Kansans to find out what they thought was the best local restaurant in the state. The results were #1 – Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, #2 – Free State Brewery, and #3 – The Burger Stand.

This month we asked another 500 Kansans to name their favorite Kansas -based restaurants. Here are the results of our 2017 Best Restaurants in Kansas survey.


 #1 Free State Brewing Company #2 Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que  #3 TIE: 715 and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

KRHA member and Lawrence staple, Free State Brewing Company surpassed Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que this year as the number one choice. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, also a member of KRHA, took second place, while Lawrence based KRHA member 715 tied for third with Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. KRHA member Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers rounded out the top four. Other favorite Kansas restaurants included KRHA member Rowhouse Restaurant in Topeka as well as Gella's Diner in Hays and The Mad Greek in Lawrence. Wheatfield's, The Cozy Inn and Merchant's Pub & Plate, all of which are KRHA members, rounded out the top eleven.

“We pick our favorites based on outstanding food, service, loyalty, or the experience. Kansas boasts a wealth of restaurants to suite everyone’s taste, and we encourage you to try them all,” said Adam Mills, President & CEO of KRHA. “Restaurants are often the heart of local communities, where families and friends gather to share good times and where they turn to in time of need. We are proud to support the industry that generates jobs and boosters the economy.”

A few more restaurants that made the survey list that are worth noting include Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Brookville Hotel, Genovese Italian Restaurant, Ladybird Diner, Paisano’s Ristorante, Taco Shop, and India Palace.

Although we asked for the favorite Kansas based restaurant, a few respondents listed their favorite chain restaurants, which included McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Texas Road House and Longhorn Steakhouse.


Click here for a printable version of the press release.