Food & Drink in Kansas

$17 for $30 Worth of European Groceries, Pastries, and Deli Fare at Taste of Europe

Taste of Europe

Deer Creek

$30 $17

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Grocers stock shelves with imported dumplings, fish, and kefir alongside quality deli meats, specialty cheeses & European candy

Standup Comedy and Appetizer for Two at Kansas City Improv Through January 31 (Up to 53% Off)

Kansas City Improv

Kansas City Improv Comedy Club

$48.99 $23

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Comedy club features performers seen on Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Comedy Central

Live Blues Performance for Two or Four at Uncle Bo's Live (Up to 49% Off)

Uncle Bo's LIVE

Downtown

$40 $21

Listen to live blues performances while munching on barbecue staples

One or Two Medium Signature or Single Topping Pizzas with Salads at Long Island Pete's (Up to 50% Off)

Long Island Pete's

Olathe

$20.99 $11

New York style pizza and barbecue come together in a menu that features sandwiches, salads, and pizzas topped with a medley of smoked meats

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Baked Goods at Scratch Bakery ($20 Total Value)

Scratch Bakery

Lawrence

$5 $2.75

Traditional American and European baked goods, such as cookies, brownies, croissants and éclairs, made from scratch daily.

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Pho at Pho Good ($30 Total Value)

Pho Good

Shawnee

$15 $7.50

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Raw sirloin & rice noodles loll in bowls of onion broth to comprise pho, which customers customize by adding handfuls of cilantro & sprouts

Casual American Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Kites Grille & Bar (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Kites Grille & Bar

Aggieville

$20 $12

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Named after the professional baseball player who opened it 60 years ago, eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, and riblets

$25.99 for $50 Worth of Prepared Paleo Meals from Evolve Paleo Chef

Evolve Paleo Chef

Evolve Paleo

$50 $25.99

Prepared meals, such as smoked salmon hash and blackened chicken, that follow the paleo diet's evolutionary eating principles

Breakfast, Lunch, Ice Cream, or Takeout at Fraese Drug and Soda Fountain & Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Fraese Drug and Soda Fountain & Grill

Hutchinson

$5 $2.75

The old-time breakfast-and-lunch menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and ice-cream treats in a historical soda-fountain shop

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Mexico Lindo

Mexico Lindo

Platte City

$20 $11

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Sleek Mexican eatery dishes up enchiladas de mole poblano, shrimp in a green-onion and jalapeño sauce, carne asada, and tacos

Steak-House Cuisine for Dinner or Brunch at Gaslight Grill (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Gaslight Grill

Cornerstone Of Leawood

$60 $33

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Brunches of omelets and prime rib or epicurean dinners of pistachio-crusted salmon, grilled lamb chops, and roasted chicken with ham jus

$10 for $17 Worth of Pancakes and Diner Food at IHOP. Six Locations Available.

IHOP

Multiple Locations

$17 $10

The national brand delivers pancakes, eggs, and bacon in varying combinations alongside burgers, sandwiches, and other diner classics

$10 for $17 Worth of Pancakes and Diner Food at IHOP. Six Locations Available.

IHOP

Multiple Locations

$17 $10

The national brand delivers pancakes, eggs, and bacon in varying combinations alongside burgers, sandwiches, and other diner classics

Beefburger Meal for One, Two, or Four with Sides and Drinks at Do-B's (Up to 60% Off)

Do-B's

Emporia

$15 $6

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1/3-pound Beefburgers on a dry-grilled potato bun served alongside sides like fries, onion rings, pepper jack cheese bites

American Food for Parties of Two or Four at Riverside Café (45% Off)

Riverside Cafe South

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Breakfast all day along with comfort-food favorites, so diners can choose from corned-beef hash, chicken-fried steak, and reuben sandwiches

$490 for $890 Worth of Water — Advanced Water Tech

Advanced Water Tech

Prairie Village

$890 $490

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Three Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of American Food, or American Food for Four at Curtis C's Diner (Up to Half Off)

Curtis C's Diner

Newton

$6 $3

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Diners chow down on hamburgers or biscuits and homemade gravy as they admire sports memorabilia dotting baseball-diamond green walls

$13.50 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Wings, and Calzones at Simple Simon's Pizza

Simple Simon's Pizza

Paola

$10 $4.50

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Pizzas with toppings such as pickles and potato chips complement calzones, wings, and sandwiches

$10 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at Johnsons Smokehouse BBQ

Johnsons Smokehouse BBQ

Great Bend

$20 $10

Family traditions produce pork spare ribs, beef brisket and burnt ends paired with desserts such as homemade pecan and sweet potato pie

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Burgers at Boudreux Burger Barn (Up to $30 Value)

Boudreux Burger Barn

Peck

$10 $5

Burger joint also serves chicken strips, corn dogs, grilled ham and cheese, and onion rings

Mexican Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at La Chinita Mexican Restaurant (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

La Chinita Mexican Restaurant

Historic Midtown

$20 $9.50

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Family-friendly eatery prepares classic Mexican cuisine such as tacos and enchiladas and serves them with tasty margaritas

Pizza and Appetizers for Two or Four at Old Town Pizza (40% Off)

Old Town Pizza

Overland Park

$20 $12

Thin, crispy pizza crusts—including gluten-free and specialty pizzas—topped with ingredients such as pepperoni, sausage, and artichokes

$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Johnny Carino’s

Johnny Carino's

Kansas City

$20 $10

Menu showcases signature dishes such as Skilletini, 16-layer lasagna, and spicy shrimp and chicken

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Cuisine as Los Charros Mexican Restaurant (50% Off)

Los Charros Mexican Restaurant

McAlister Parkway

$12 $6

Authentic Mexican cuisine and exotic margaritas at this family-friendly storefront restaurant

Small Candy Gram, a Large Snack Gram, or $10 for $20 Worth of Sweet Treats at A Touch of Fun

A Touch of Fun

Olathe

$20 $10

Small candy gram includes 10 full-size brand-name candies; large snack gram includes 35 full-size brand-name candies, snacks, and cookies

$14 for Two Buffet Visits and Three Large One-Topping Pizzas at CiCi's Pizza ($28 Value)

CiCi's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$28 $14

Pizza buffet gives patrons the chance to endlessly mix-and-match slices with helpings of salad, pasta, and dessert

Dine-In or Take-Out Mexican Food at Rusty's Mexican Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Rusty's Mexican Grill

Manhattan

$20 $10

Quesadillas, Texas-style nachos, and other hearty Mexican dishes served in a laidback bar with plenty of cocktails and draft beers

Breakfast and Lunch Fare at Le Peep (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Le Peep

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

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Specialty egg dishes, tropical smoothies, and fun twists on classic fare wake up taste buds during breakfast and lunch

Pizzas and Italian Cuisine for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Mio, an Italian Pizzeria (Up to 40% Off)

Mio, an Italian Pizzeria

Parkway Plaza

$20 $12

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Internationally trained chef crafts Italian staples and pizzas with traditional and unique toppings, such as gorgonzola, fig, and prosciutto

Steaks, Fried Chicken, and Salad Bar at Colonial Steakhouse (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Colonial Steakhouse

South Randall

$20 $11

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Sizzling steaks, crispy fried chicken, and a full salad bar satisfy cravings, and home-made cinnamon rolls finish off decadent meals

$10 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Barbecue at Southfork Smokeshack ($20 Total Value)

Southfork Smokeshack

Strong City

$5 $2.50

Mike and Kathy Hastings deftly sate barbecue cravings with family-recipe sauce next to smoked and grilled brisket, poultry, and pork

Donuts and Coffee at Derby Donuts (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Derby Donuts

Derby Donuts

$18.58 $10

Warm sugar fills the air as freshly baked donuts, iced sugar, cookies, and decorated cupcakes draw in customers

$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Sutera's Italian Restaurant - Westwood

Sutera's Italian Restaurant - Westwood

Westwood

$20 $11

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Pastas, pizzas, and italian sandwiches served in a space illuminated by domed hanging lights

Café Food at Lincoln Perk (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Lincoln Perk

Hesston

$14 $7

Lunch selections include The Feeney, a chicken-salad sandwich, asian chicken salad, and seasonal soups

Cuisine for Two or Four at The Page an American Bistro (Half Off)

The Page an American Bistro

Great Bend

$20 $10

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Sandwiches, soups, and nine specialty hamburgers including veggie and turkey burgers

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pan-Asian Food at Tsunami Teriyaki ($20 Total Value)

Tsunami Teriyaki

Bel Aire

$10 $5.50

Pan-Asian dishes include teriyaki chicken, pork gyoza, pad thai, and bubble tea

$17 for $30 Worth of Thai Fare and Drinks at Wai Wai Thai Place Express in Overland Park

Wai Wai Thai Place Express

Overland Pointe Market Place

$30 $17

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Watch cooks dice veggies and brandish flames at a traditional Thai eatery brimming with stir-fries, curries, and sweet basil leaves.

Fried Fish, Chicken, and Sandwiches at City Fish and More (45% Off). Two Options Available.

City Fish And More

Kansas City

$20 $11

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Crispy-skin fish and seafood selections such as basa, catfish, tilapia, ocean perch, and snapper served alongside 17 different sides

$25 for a Six Sandwich-and-Drink Punch Card at Quiznos ($50 Value)

Quiznos

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on sandwiches that get hot and crispy after being toasted in an oven or on a grill

$12 for Margaritas and Nachos for Four at Mexquisito ($24 Value)

Mexquisito

Lawrence

$24 $12

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Friends meet up to share a plate of hearty nachos while sipping on margaritas in a modern, casual Mexican restaurant

Seafood and Drinks at 801 Fish (47% Off). Two Options Available.

801 Fish

Park Place

$75 $40

Dine on Russian caviar, grouper with ricotta gnocchi, and surf 'n' turf inside a dining room with metallic, seafoam green, and blue accents

Classic American Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Riverside Café (Up to 50% Off)

Riverside Café

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

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Classic ‘50s diner serves homemade pies, Black Angus burgers, and breakfast all day

$18 for Five Groupons, Each Good for One Medium Popcorn and One Medium Soda at Karmelkorn ($37.40 Total Value)

Karmelkorn

Wichita

$7.48 $3.60

Sweet caramel coats the signature Karmelkorn; real white or yellow cheddar plays a starring role in Cheesekorn

$8 for $16 Worth of Barbecue Cuisine, Sides, and Drinks at Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Overland Park

$16 $8

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Sandwiches and plates piled with sliced beef brisket, tender pork ribs, and spicy cheddar sausages slow-smoked in-house

$9.50 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at KC Sushi

KC Sushi

Platte Ridge

$20 $9.50

Specialty sushi, udon, and newly added hibachi dishes made with housemade sauces and fresh ingredients

Pizza, Sandwiches, and Drinks at Papa Keno's Pizzeria (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Papa Keno's Pizzeria

Topeka

$20 $11

Long-time pizzeria dishes up pies made with locally sourced ingredients on fresh-daily dough alongside sandwiches, salads, and beer

Burgers, Wings, and Pub Food at Yacht Club (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Yacht Club

Pinckney

$20 $12

Wings, chicken fingers, fish and chips, philly cheese steaks, and 10 signature burgers headline the menu at this sports-focused pub

$12 for Six Gourmet Cupcakes at Cupcake Á La Mode ($21 Value)

Cupcake Á La Mode

Multiple Locations

$21 $12

Gourmet cupcakes made from vanilla or chocolate batter and topped with flavors such as Nutella, raspberry, and mint

$6 for $12 Worth of Pub Food for Two at Oasis Lounge

Oasis Lounge

Wichita

$12 $6

Cooks grill signature 9-ounce, lean-cut burgers and smother fresh-cut fries with chili and cheese

$15 for $30 Worth of Thai Food at Bangkok Pavilion Restaurant

Bangkok Pavilion Restaurant

Sylvan Grove

$30 $15

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Sweet curries and spicy sauces add a kick to shrimp, chicken, and duck

$55 for a Two-Hour Private Wine-Tasting Party with Light Appetizers for Up to 10 at Wine Barn ($100 Value)

Wine Barn

Prairie / Piper-kc-ks

$100 $55

Taste up to eight wines and snack on light appetizers with groups of up to 10 people

Pita Sandwich Meal for Two or Four with Sides and Drinks at Pita Pit (Up to 30% Off)

Pita Pit

Oread

$19.98 $14

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Pitas stuffed with meat, veggies, and breakfast fixings and topped with sauces, plus a side and a drink per person

Burger Meal for Two or Four for Lunch or Dinner at Blanc Burgers + Bottles (Up to 45% Off)

Blanc Burgers + Bottles

Multiple Locations

$27.15 $15

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Culled mainly from local ingredients, Kansas City-style burgers sidle up to toothsome side such as gouda cheese fries and a pretzel trio

$10 for $20 Worth of Vegan Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Garden Grill Cafe

Garden Grill Cafe

Garden Grill Cafe

$20 $10

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Experienced vegan chef whips up house specialties such as the Caribbean-style sweet avocado sandwich and the three-mushroom ziti

Mexican Food for Two or More or Four or More at Guadalajara Finest Mexican Cuisine (45% Off)

Guadalajara Finest Mexican Cuisine

Overland Park

$20 $11

Guadalajara food including pork Oaxaca, chicken enchiladas in mole sauce, shrimp sauteed in lemon butter garlic sauce, and chiles rellenos

Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four, or Lunch for Two at Nick & Nino's Pub (Up to 51% Off)

Nick & Nino's Pub

Kansas City

$42.48 $24

Chefs hand-form burgers, gently press Paninis, and toss pastas in savory sauces; full bar features craft beers and cocktails

Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Mio - An Italian Trattoria (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Mio - an Italian trattoria

Parkway Plaza

$50 $25

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Menu highlights Italy's most prominent dishes alongside a wide selection of red and white wines

Baked Treats at Cinnabon (Half Off). Two Options Available

Cinnabon

Towne East Square Food Court

$14 $7

Gooey cinnamon rolls made with Indonesian Makara cinnamon and rich cream-cheese frosting

Italian Food and Carryout at Johnny Cascone's (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Johnny Cascone's

Overland Park

$22 $12

Traditional and creative takes on Italian classics include sweet Italian sausages, tender veal limonata, and savory eggplant parmigiana.

Authentic Hispanic Food and Pit-Smoked Barbecue at El Burrito Loco Mexican Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

El Burrito Loco Mexican Cafe

Northland

$29.98 $16

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Cooks dish up classic Mexican dishes such as burritos and nachos piled with pit-smoked meats and salsa

Mexican Food at Rostizeria Los Reyes (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Rostizeria Los Reyes

El Pueblo

$12 $6

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Casual Mexican eatery throws a curveball by eschewing typical Mexican tacos and burritos and serving whole roasted chickens

Mediterranean Dinner for Two or Four or Carryout at The Basha (Up to 48% Off)

The Basha

Metcalf View

$27.98 $15

Mediterranean cuisine such as grilled chicken skewers seasoned with the Basha herbs or kefta kabobs

Italian Dinner with Appetizers, Dessert, and Wine for Two or Four at Cafe Italia (Up to 50% Off)

Cafe Italia

Northland

$108.80 $59

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An onsite pasta machine preps fresh noodles for ravioli and fettuccini to be served with veal; appetizers include escargot and bruschetta

Large Pizza and Salad or $7.75 for $15 Worth of Pizzeria Eats at Pacific Coast Pizza

Pacific Coast Pizza

Wichita

$15 $7.75

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Choice of 21 specialty pizzas—such as buffalo chicken or pesto-based pies—pair with teriyaki-chicken salad or nacho salad with roast chicken

Thai Food at Sawasdee Thai Cuisine (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

Overland Park

$18 $10

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Six varieties of curry—red, green, panang, yellow, massaman, and jungle—cashew stir-fry, pad thai, basil-fried rice, and teriyaki chicken

Hookah Package for Two or Four with Appetizer and Drinks at De-Gees Hookah Lounge (Up to 70% Off)

De-Gees Hookah Lounge

Wichita

$23 $7.50

Mix up to three shisha flavors as you share hummus plates, sip drinks, and amuse yourself with pool, PS3, or board games

Thai Cuisine and Drinks at Mai Thai (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Mai Thai

Prairie Center

$20 $10

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Pad thai, curry, and other Thai staples, including fried rice and garlic pork

Moroccan Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner for Two, Four, or More, or Take-Out Food at Marrakech Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Marrakech Cafe

Crestview Heights

$20 $12

Cooks pile plates high with Moroccan specialties such as tagines made with halal meat, sandwiches, and pastries

$11 for $20 or $20 for $40 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Overtime Sports Bar & Grill

Overtime Sports Bar & Grill

Nieman Plaza

$20 $11

Casual pub's menu includes mushroom-swiss burgers, customizable mac 'n' cheese, beer-battered pork tenderloin, and house-made dips

Italian Food at Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria

Wichita

$10 $6

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A massive brick oven serves as the centerpiece at this earthy Italian restaurant that cultivates a menu of pizzas and other Italian classics

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Burgers at Wimpy's Burgers ($20 Total Value)

Wimpy's Burgers

Delano

$5 $2.75

Try a cheeseburger with a side of onion rings, or pair a chili-cheese dog with crispy fried pickles

$8 for American Breakfast and Lunch Food at Egg Crate Cafe ($14 Value)

Egg Crate Cafe

13th and Tyler

$14 $8

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Chef-created menu of freshly made diner food includes berry waffles, Asian salad with wontons, and country-fried steaks

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Property Location
With a stay at Marriott Wichita in Wichita (East Wichita), you'll be close to Towne East Square and McConnell Air Force Base. This hotel is within the vicinity of Kansas Aviation Museum and Great Plains Nature Center.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 294 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-panel televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as coffee/tea makers and a turndown service.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and a hair salon.

Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and currency exchange. Planning an event in Wichita? This hotel has 17000 square feet (1530 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and small meeting rooms. Free parking is available onsite.

9100 E Corporate Hills Dr
Wichita,
KS
US

Daniel and Selam Fikru, now husband and wife, met when they were high-school students in their native Ethiopia. They've lived in Kansas City since 1995, and together, they've helped a large following of locals try their first tastes of Ethiopian food and subsequently fall in love with its rich, distinctive spices.

The couple's traditional recipes have earned their restaurant, Blue Nile Cafe, a recommendation from KCUR FM’s Food Critics, a place on LocalEats’ Top 100 Restaurants in Kansas City list, and attention from Pitch. But their success over the past two decades hasn’t come without hard work. According to a profile by the Kansas City Star, Selam is in the kitchen by early morning six days a week, simmering meats and lentils in a medley of ginger, garlic, and rosemary. Selam’s labors yield a bounty of entrees—served atop communal platters—featuring marinated chicken and cubes of beef or lamb, as well as vegetarian feasts of lentils, potatoes, and greens. Diners scoop up dishes with pieces of injera, which is a spongy sourdough pancake.

In the dining room, cream-colored walls bear colorful paintings that remind diners of their meals' distant origins. For an additional taste of Ethiopian culture, guests can partake in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony wherein staffers roast, grind, and brew fresh coffee to order. Guests can otherwise opt for refreshing glasses of wine out on the patio.

In addition to welcoming guests into the dining room, Blue Nile Cafe invites them into the kitchen during classes that guide students in preparing injera and other traditional dishes. The restaurant also equips pupils with spices and grains for simmering over their own trashcan fires.

13316 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park,
KS
US

Ray Lamar hasn't spent decades perfecting his donuts. In fact, his namesake shops still use the same recipes that Ray developed in 1933—at the age of 17—when he got his first job working a donut fryer. World War II and a postwar career as a stockbroker interrupted Ray's donut-making pursuits, although he returned to his roots in 1960 when he founded the first LaMar's Donuts.

The shop went on to become a Kansas City icon, with crowds arriving well before 6 a.m. to line up outside the doors and taunt the roosters for sleeping in. Ray and his wife, Shannon, eventually decided to expand their business into a regional empire, and LaMar's Donuts currently boasts 27 franchised stores spread across six states.

Even with all of this growth, decades-old traditions still dictate how things are done. The workers prepare more than 75 different kinds of donuts, hand-making fresh batches of perennial favorites as well as recent inventions each and every morning. In addition to the original glazed creation that dates back to 1933, the menus can feature a variety of cake donuts with flavors such as red velvet, apple spice, and maple.

Since donuts and coffee go together as naturally as paper shredders and subpar report cards, the stores also prepare cappuccinos, mochas, and other coffee drinks. These are all made with handpicked beans that slowly roast inside Italian brick ovens.

3395 Main St
Kansas City,
MO
US

The pit masters at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque & Catering Co, voted as having the Best Barbecue by Kansas Best 150 and continually proclaimed as having the Best Barbecue in Topeka by the Topeka Capital-Journal, have slowly smoked succulent meats over native hardwoods and charcoal for more than 15 years. Beginning as a one-woman catering business in the owner’s home kitchen, the eatery has grown into a 50-employee operation that serves more than 150,000 meals each year in a town of just 120,000 residents and only 100 forks. Each day, the cooks prepare picnic-style sides from scratch, boiling fresh potatoes before transforming them into salads and steak fries. To lock in moisture and flavor, the meat in the owner's preferred dish—the Elizabeth’s Favorite barbecued-chicken dinner—is served with its skin on, next to a cool scoop of coleslaw. The American Royal combo, a quarter-rack of ribs and quarter-pound of shredded meat or smoked sausage, comes with corn bread slathered in fresh honey butter and the imperial authority to declare Canada a fiefdom. When not dropping into the dining room for a casual dinner, barbecue lovers can place catering orders or book banquet meals in a private room that accommodates up to 100 guests.

2833 SW 29th St
Topeka,
KS
US

Sally and Robert Bennett, their children beside them, stood at the edge of the busy intersection in Overland Park the day after Thanksgiving. They clutched bundles of business cards tied to samples of their homemade chocolate and passed them out to idling drivers. The success of their street-side pitch led to Sweet Perfection Bakery and its display cases of housemade candies and cakes. Aided by a few other bakers, the duo crafts most baked goods from family recipes—such as grandma's sugar cookies and a pie Robert created during his time serving in the Marines. As evidence of the bakery's strong familial ties, family members—such as children and nieces—frequently help with daily kitchen operations.

Much like da Vinci painted a new Mona Lisa each day to keep her from changing her hairstyle, the bakers build cinnamon rolls, fruit pies, and seasonal cakes in-house every morning. Their confectionary delights snub preservatives in favor of real fruit and hearty buttercream frosting. An on-staff cake decorator embellishes lemon-raspberry and german-chocolate cakes with Happy Birthdays and Well Wishes, and blueberry pies garner praise as a customer favorite. Bakers also design custom orders, sometimes completing cakes last-minute when needed, once finishing a decorated cake on the spot for a distraught mother, whose first cake tumbled to the floor less than two hours before her son's birthday party.

1497 E 151st St
Olathe,
KS
US

Even as they sliced fish ceviche and sizzled taquitos at La Parrilla, their popular Mexican restaurant, Alejandro Lule and Subarna Bhattachan often dreamed of opening a noodle house. Subarna longed for the plump momo dumplings and egg-noodle soups of his native Nepal, whereas Alejandro craved the Thai curries and Vietnamese pho he remembered from his years working in San Francisco. Combining their extensive culinary experience and shared ambition, the duo spearheaded Zen Zero, setting up shop directly across the street from La Parrilla.

Deep within Zen Zero’s kitchen, chefs fold fresh ingredients and spices into critically acclaimed dishes from countries across Asia and the Pacific Rim—from Thailand to Nepal and China. Their seafood, meat, and vegetable curries simmer, and pots of thai glass noodles, japanese udon, and vietnamese vermicelli bubble on stovetops. When discussing their cooking techniques with reporters from the Lawrence Journal-World, Subarna reported, “we use a lot of spice seeds: cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, cardamom pods.” These seeds add a distinctive concentrated flavor to their dishes, which servers carry with glasses of specialty cocktails and chilled sake through the dining room. Around them blown-glass lamps, wooden tables, and an absence of giant foam shrimp costumes create an elegant atmosphere.

811 Massachusetts St
Lawrence,
KS
US