Food & Drink in Ottawa

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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.

711 8th St
Baldwin City,
KS
US

Optimal Living helps clients create meaningful lifestyle changes to lose weight and stay healthy. One-on-one coaching services help establish dietary and fitness plans that work in tandem to reach individual goals. Each week, participants receive healthy meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, from jalapeño and maple roasted chicken breast with apple chutney, to sustainably raised rosemary grilled arctic char.

519 Ames St
Baldwin City,
KS
US

The seasoned chefs at Rogue Wave court patrons with a lunch and dinner menu filled with hearty sandwiches, grilled burgers, and ice cream dished out alongside a full-service coffee bar. Celebrate flavor-filled starters such as the crab cakes frosted in a roasted-red-pepper-cream sauce ($7.10). Mouths can nuzzle up to the Black & Blue burger, a cajun-seasoned patty cloaked in blue cheese ($8.20), or chew through the foliage of a veggie sandwich, assembled from a baguette layered with sautéed zucchini and drizzled in red-wine vinegar and olive oil ($6.60). Cement antivampire sentiment with the garlic-butter KC strip, a 6.5-ounce char-grilled USDA Choice slab of strip steak served with white-truffle mashed potatoes and balsamic-glazed asparagus.

519 Ames St
Baldwin City,
KS
US

The meaty aromas of slow-smoked ribs and tender beef waft from Smokey’s kitchens, where piles of barbecued proteins simmer over seasoned hickory and sweet cherry. With no gas lines needed to fuel the wood-fire grills, the restaurant’s pipes are reserved for pumping spicy sauces onto full slabs of spare ribs ($17.50) and signature barbecue sandwiches topped with slaw and carolina mustard ($3.49–$6.19) along with other menu dishes. Reel in a savory slice of The Big Muddy with the catfish dinner ($7.99), a generous portion served with Texas toast, a salad, and a choice of two sides such as baked beans and honey-apple cornbread. A host of hearty breakfast options awaits early morning patrons, headlined by the Legendary Stack ($6.49), a savory skyscraper of hash browns, meat, and eggs on an architecturally dubious foundation of biscuit or toast.

510 Main St
Wellsville,
KS
US

Each night, KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze undergoes a bone-chilling transformation. Its family-friendly rides and activities vanish in the gathering dusk, replaced by the five frightening attractions that make up KC Fear Farm. Ghastly clowns terrorize guests amid the Circus Asylum's dark, billowing curtains, and a Buried Alive attraction horrifies all five senses with a realistic simulation of being six feet under. The corn maze—aptly renamed the Field of Screams—elicits cries of horror from visitors who dare to wander its pitch-black corners. Available on a separate or combined ticket, the Zombie Apocalypse paintball adventure pits turret-mounted paintball guns against armies of bloodthirsty undead.

29755 W 191st St
Gardner,
KS
US

At Simple Simon’s Pizza, pies are anything but simple. The kitchen can whip up traditional pizzas, such as the Hawaiian and the green-pepper-and-sausage-bedecked Supreme, but the chefs really use their culinary imaginations when it comes to the house-specialty pizzas, which come topped with anything from hamburger and pickles to lettuce and potato chips. Simple Simon’s ovens also bake up calzones and stromboli. Chicken wings in flavors such as barbecue, Cajun, or hot wings round out the menu, along with desserts such as sweet bites of breadsticks wearing a cinnamon and icing disguise.

7 N Silver St
Paola,
KS
US