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Brews and Bites: Uncovering Northeast Kansas' Distinctive Food and Drink Scene

Northeast Kansas has some of the best restaurants and dining experiences in the Midwest! From old-fashioned sodas, finger licking barbecue ribs, or cocktails in unique places, there are plenty of options and flavors to choose from--check out our faves!

Experience the Olde Mill in Bonner Springs

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, check out the Olde Mill Properties in Bonner Springs! The Olde Mill is home to several foodie-forward businesses including an ice cream shop with 28 favors of hand-scooped ice cream. This 100-year-old grain mill has been transformed into a vibrant gathering spot also featuring Quentin’s BBQ & Sides, Ten & Two Coffee Spirits and Games, and Outfield Beer Co. It’s the perfect spot to hang out for an evening of fun with family and friends. The Olde Mill is a place where you can start your day with a great cup of coffee or end your evening with a classic cocktail and BBQ. If you’re looking for locally brewed beer, Outfield Brewing is available for a pint anytime! Quentin’s BBQ & Sides is where you’ll find outrageously good BBQ but many other options including their scratch-made macaroni and cheese, totally non-traditional pizza options, and amazingly good daily specials featuring off-menu items and seasonal flavors. Every second Saturday of the month, May through October, you can visit the Fuel House and tour the private, members-only automotive club which houses dozens of classic and specialty cars owned by Kansas City car aficionados! Find out more online at or visit them at 611 W. 2nd Street in Bonner Springs. 

Sunset cocktails on a boat in Gardner

For a one-of-a-kind experience, you can’t top Saleh Secret Supper. Book an exclusive evening for you and your guests, and they will customize the 6-8 course meal to your desires and tastes, serving you a unique meal with a beautiful view of Gardner Lake. Your evening will conclude with cocktails and a sunset boat ride on the lake.

Experience Hiawatha at the Country Cabin

The Country Cabin Restaurant & Lodging invites you to explore one of Northeast Kansas' finest dining & cabin rental experiences. At The Country Cabin, we are focused on providing our customers with an unforgettable experience in a comfortable atmosphere.

Taco Trail in Kansas City, Kansas

Eat tacos, win prizes -what could be more fun? Sign up now for the free KCK Taco Trail pass and be immersed in a flavor-filled experience of culture and history through food. The trail includes nearly 60 local taquerias featuring street tacos, Tex-Mex style tacos, and more.

Lawrence is serving up authentic creole and cajun cuisine!

Come enjoy gumbo, po boys, and creole cuisine, in Lawrence. Located in the heart of Downtown on Massachusetts Street, or “Mass Street,” Terrebonne Po’ Boys is serving up delicious, fresh authentic creole and cajun cuisine. Whether you’re craving a fish po’ boy, a cajun cuban, or a bowl of jambalaya, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. Terrebonne offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Be sure to cross Mass Street and visit the Unmistakably Lawrence Visitors Center at 812 Massachusetts Street while you are here! 

Find a bit of the Caribbean in Leavenworth You’ll find a little bit of the Caribbean in historic downtown Leavenworth. Island Spice Jamaican Restaurant and Lounge is a veteran-owned hot spot for curried chicken, jerk pork, slow-simmered oxtail, callaloo and fried plantains. You can top off your order with a tropical cocktail that will have you dreaming of white-sand beaches and clear surf. You can even take a little bit of that island life home with you after your visit, since Island Spice owner Dave Richards bottles and sells his own jerk sauce. Just choose your heat intensity: You can play it safe with “Taste of the Island” mild, or test your taste buds with the fire of “The Reaper.”

Cardboard Café, brings food and games to the Lenexa Public Market

Enjoy savory waffles, and waffle pops, build your own Boba tea, and enjoy unique cocktails all while you dominate your opponents playing one of 200 board games at KC’s premier board game café. Become a regular at the weekly game nights, Mondays from 6--9 pm.

Latin American Cuisine in Downtown Merriam, Kansas

If you're craving the authentic taste of El Salvadoran fare, check out Anita's Cuisine and El Pulgarcito restaurants located on Merriam Drive. These two culinary gems offer an enticing array of Latin American fare that will transport your taste buds south of the border. At Anita's, savor traditional dishes bursting with flavor, from hand-made tamales to breakfast burritos, all made fresh daily. Just down the street a bit south, El Pulgarcito delights diners with 5-star Salvadoran specialties like pupusas and empanadas, each bite reminiscent of Central American cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for spicy salsa, made-from-scratch curtido, or comforting plantains, both restaurants promise an unforgettable culinary journey through Latin America, right here in the heart of Kansas. Read our "tale of two tamales" review here and check out all the dining options in Merriam >>

Vintage '78 Wine Bar in Overland Park

Vintage ’78 is a timeless wine bar located in the heart of bustling Downtown Overland Park. It offers a refined casual dining experience where elevated wine bar bites are served alongside craveable American classics in a chic and lively, yet intimate atmosphere. They provide a world–class wine experience that is fun and accessible and create an inviting neighborhood space to enjoy some of life’s little indulgences. Vintage ’78 features one of the largest selections of wine-by-the-glass in the Midwest, serving incremental pour sizes and flights as well as fantastic charcuterie and artisan cheese offered a la carte.

Paola speakeasy, 1920s style A 1920s one-room schoolhouse with a twist. Somerset Schoolhouse hosts a cigar shop and a themed speakeasy. It’s also a one-stop home boutique. Grab a cup of coffee or a specialty mixed drink and spend the evening cozied up next to the firepit under the stars or play yard games on the back patio.

Historic coffee shop in Seneca 

Located inside the one of a kind historical First National Bank building on Main Street in Seneca, you will find Cornerstone Coffeehaus. Serving freshly pulled espresso drinks, Italian sodas, freshly squeezed limeades, and more, Cornerstone is a perfect stop for a treat! In addition to drinks, Cornerstone offers fresh muffins each morning and a lunch menu of paninis and wraps, along with a daily special. The horseshoe counter is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a scoop of your favorite ice cream! Stop by to enjoy the cozy and welcoming ambiance, showcasing a blend of historic and modern day life in Seneca.

Plenty of dining options in Topeka

Topeka’s flourishing foodie scene continues to grow in offerings and acclaim! Locals are flocking to restaurants and bars across the city that have been voted “Best of Topeka” on multiple occasions. Read on for the scoop on a few of our local favorites.

BREW BANK - First self-serve bar in the state of Kansas with a variety of shareable artisan bites. THE PENNANT – Enjoy the retro aesthetic and a game of bowling with your meal. THE WHEEL BARREL - Signature sammies, house-made kettle chips, an extensive drink menu, and an eclectic atmosphere. BOBO’S DRIVE-IN - Known since 1948 for its popular drive-up, car-side service. 785 BEER COMPANY – The spot for brew enthusiasts, pizza lovers and pickleball players alike. THE WHITE LINEN - French-inspired fine-dining serving an eclectic mix of New American and traditional French cuisine. View the latest monthly tasting menu or make a reservation at THE WEATHER ROOM - The flagship restaurant of the Cyrus Hotel in downtown Topeka. Enjoy classic American fare, an extensive wine list, and both classic and seasonal cocktails.

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