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.
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.
Big comfy black chairs surround many of the tables of Yacht Club, where platefuls of of tender, saucy wings or one of 10 signature burgers await. Philly cheese steaks or fish and chips sate stomachs while eyes are focused on the Jayhawks, as a number of televisions?which also appear on an outdoor patio?display the day's games and a giant scoreboard serves as the centerpiece of the dining room. To tie meals together, microbrews and domestic and imported beers are available in the bottle, on tap, or in the form of the eatery's signature beer towers.
Owner Jose Alvarez looked no further than his family?s stash of recipes when he created the menu at Mexquisito. The classic Mexican tacos, taquitos, and chimichangas are stuffed with fresh vegetables and slow-cooked meats, and include housemade tortillas. Inside the eatery, exposed brick walls add a rustic air while guests dine at tables or on the patio. Stools flank a shiny, wooden bar that's perfect for grabbing a quick bite or climbing on top of for a quick interpretive dance to the song "Tequila."