Perkins began as a single humble Ohio pancake house in 1958. More than 50 years??and 440 national locations??later, each Perkins restaurant stays true to its roots by keeping those signature buttermilk pancakes the focal point of a 90-plus-item menu. Cooks layer the popular flapjacks in stacks of two, three, or even five and make the fluffy towers all the more tempting with toppings such as glazed strawberries, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. Breakfast favorites?including hearty omelets and country benedicts?are served all day, meaning kids and adults can order short stacks to accompany their jumbo-shrimp or steak dinner, instead of smuggling them in under a stovepipe hat. Unlike most other chain restaurants, Perkins also features in-store bakeries that churn out the shop's real fruit and cream pies, muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
In Spanish, “parrilla” means “grill,” an apt name for the Latin American–inspired eatery, which specializes in Mexican, Central American, and South American cuisine served “a la parrilla.” Grilled steak, gulf shrimp, and marinated pork shoulder flavor La Parrilla’s specialty tacos, quesadillas, and taquitos, but the restaurant doesn’t limit itself to omnivore-only fare. In fact, it has earned praise from many local and rabbit-run publications for its vegetarian options, such as the veggie empanadas, portobello quesadilla, and chili relleno stuffed with onions, cheese, and cilantro. Bartenders craft tropical cocktails including lime, strawberry, and peach margaritas from a selection of more than 10 tequilas, including a made-in-house chili-infused tequila.
Wheat State Pizza assembles its pies on signature dough made fresh daily, including hand-tossed and thin-crust wheat. Customers may adorn their pizzas with more than 30 different toppings, ranging from cashews and mushrooms to pineapple and avocado. The menu also features a robust roster of pizza alternatives, such as sandwiches, salads, and create-your-own calzones, which pack in three main toppings along with fresh basil, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese.
Perhaps counterintuitively, The Burger Stand is not a zone for beef-patty purists. The cooks play with tradition by substituting farm-raised salmon and several vegetarian options, such as falafel and black beans, for the classic meat. Of course the menu features plenty of beef burgers alongside its innovations, though it dresses them in unexpected finery. The Fire burger, for example, sports avocado and a sizzling habanero-cactus jam. Not even the fries are spared the gourmet treatment—The Burger Stand prepares seven types of potato sides, from truffle to duck-fat variants. And all of this comes with a good selection of draft beer from Free State, Boulevard, and other microbreweries.
Lawrence.com recognized the restaurant's specialty with a Best Burger award in 2011 and 2012. Its reach has since extended to a second location in Topeka, where ping-pong, pool, and foosball tables offer safe alternatives to traditional dinnertime games of capture-the-tablecloth. Themed nights welcome guests to sing karaoke and play retro video games such as Star Fox and Super Mario Kart.
Wayne & Larry’s isn’t just a place to grab a juicy burger or a heaping plate of chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes. It’s a place where guests can bond over their favorite teams wins and losses playing on the 12 high-definition televisions and three 95-inch projection screens. It’s also a place where dates can get to know each other better over friendly games of pool and shuffleboard matches before taking to the tables for a plate and a pint. And it’s also a place where customers can hold special events, whether it's a graduation party or a party celebrating everyone in your family getting to eat at their own table.
Almost every handheld creation at Sandwich Bowl starts with slices of Boar?s Head meat and cheese, which are tucked inside your choice of bread or lettuce wrap. With this foundation, as well as a vast selection of fresh produce and dressings, dozens of different sandwiches are possible. One of the most popular is the Flying Pig, a hoagie piled high with slow-cooked pork loin, pepperoni, bacon, grilled onions, cheese, and salsa-ranch dressing. But the eatery also whips up gourmet burgers such as the Betta? Breakfast Burger, a mixture of chopped ground beef topped with bacon, egg, hash browns, and cheese.