When Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced Superman, they had him grow up on a farm in small town Kansas. Why? Because there aren’t many places more American than Kansas farms. Diners represent this same sense of Americana; whether you’ve been going to the same spot for 50 years or trying out a trendy new place, the following awesome diners are all about nostalgia.
Jo’s Diner keeps it simple. They’re a mom-and-four-son’s operation, opened in the fall of 2015. They serve breakfast, lunch, coffee, and slices of pie. The menu has all your favorites. Next time you’re in the area and craving mom’s cooking, check out Jo’s.
Bobo’s Drive In continues the age-old American tradition of the drive-in diner. Known as “One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine,” the diner opened originally in 1948 and has been in the same spot since 1953. Check out their cheeseburgers and handmade onion rings to be transported to diner-food heaven.
As far as diners go, Gella’s is unique. Part of the fabric of Hays, Kansas, this award-winning diner is attached to Lb. Brewing Company. That means they always have access to new brews on tap in addition to their seasonal menus.
The Downtown Diner in Olathe, Kansas opens at 6 a.m. every day and closes late Wednesday-Saturday. Prices are affordable and the burgers are delicious. Most of the food is local. The chef/co-owner is always adding new dishes.
The Ladybird Diner is known for its warm and unique atmosphere. If you’re interested in classic flavors with an atmospheric twist, this is the spot for you. Don’t be frightened off by the word “atmospheric”: we mean it in the best way possible, like how a favorite’s house has a warm and one-of-a-kind vibe to it.
Diners’ Café in Burlington, Kansas, promises “great food and awesome atmosphere.” The food is prepared daily and the menu includes all-day breakfast, daily specials, and a salad bar. Take note: they’re not open Saturday.
Lucille’s Diner in Louisburg, Kansas, welcomes family members of all ages and is especially appreciative of veterans. Veterans eat free on Veteran’s Day and they always offer veteran discounts. They’re also happy to hang any veteran’s photo on the wall. Needless to say, they love their veterans.
The Doo Dah Diner has been voted Wichita’s Best Breakfast for the last three years. The owners were awarded the 2017 Restauranteurs of the Year award by the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association. They serve made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch every Tuesday through Sunday.
Stacy’s Restaurant in Junction City, Kansas, notes on their website that they don’t have a dress code. While we wouldn’t recommend showing up in underwear, we suppose that’s on the menu… in addition to their excellent breakfast and lunch items. They’re not looking to reinvent the wheel here and that’s just fine: sometimes, comfort food means getting a great version of exactly what you expect. That’s where Stacy’s Restaurant shines.