Eight Wonders of Kansas Cuisine Selected

Eight Wonders of Kansas Cuisine Selected

Unique Kansas eateries recognized in Sampler Foundation contest.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine. 

In alphabetical order, the winners are:

Bobo's Drive In, Topeka: The hamburgers, homemade onion rings, and apple pie have made this place famous since 1953.

Brookville Hotel, Abilene:
Moved from the historic hotel in Brookville to Abilene in 2000, the famous family-style chicken menu has been served since 1915.

Cozy Inn, Salina: Since 1922 this 6-stool diner has been serving their famous sliders.

Crawford County Fried Chicken, Crawford County: These six restaurants have made the county legendary for fried chicken: Chicken Annie's, Chicken Mary's, Chicken Annie's Pichler's, Gebhardt's Chicken and Dinners, Barto's Idle Hour and Chicken Annie's Girard.

Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence:
The state's first legal brewery after the days of prohibition also serves a variety of ethnic recipes.

Guy & Mae's Tavern, Williamsburg: Family-owned since 1973, it's known for tender ribs served in foil and newspapers.

Hays House 1857 Restaurant & Tavern, Council Grove. Located on the Santa Fe Trail, this is the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River.

Wheatfield's Bakery Cafe, Lawrence
. This nationally-ranked bakery serves healthy meals featuring artisan breads.

After almost 8 weeks of voting, 13,861 votes were cast to determine the 8 most iconic Kansas restaurants from a list of 24 finalists.  Foundation director Marci Penner said, "The contest was designed to determine the most iconic restaurants in Kansas.  There were 24 excellent finalists and we are pleased with the interest level and heightened awareness for the contribution Kansas iconic restaurants make to the landscape of our state."
 
The next contest will be the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs and public nominations may be submitted the month of July.  Criteria will be posted at www.8wonders.org on July 1.
 
The contest is sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture.   

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