Free State’s menu features a smoked turkey sandwich on country French bread with a side of fries and a cluster of grapes. Sarah Gish | sgish@kcstar.com

Survey says: These are the four best restaurants in Kansas in 2017

Lawrence’s 715 serves artfully plated dishes made with locally grown ingredients. Shown here: an heirloom tomato salad from summer 2016. File |
Free State Brewing Co.’s Ciabatta French Dip sandwich features thinly sliced prime rib on toasted bread from Wheatfields Bakery. It’s served with an Italian salad dressed with blue cheese vinaigrette. Sarah Gish | sgish@kcstar.com
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers serves classic American food such as burgers and fries. File |
When Chuck Magerl founded Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence in 1989, it was the first brewery in Kansas since Prohibition. Free State was named Kansas’ best restaurant in 2017 in a survey conducted by the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association. David Eulitt | deulitt@kcstar.com
Fresh beer is a big draw at Free State Brewing Co. in downtown Lawrence. Try the Copperhead Pale Ale, a longtime local favorite. Sarah Gish | sgish@kcstar.com
Ribs are one of many smoked specialties at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, which has a location in Overland Park. David Eulitt | deulitt@kcstar.com
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is famous for brisket, burnt ends and (of course) ribs. The barbecue restaurant with locations in Kansas City, Kan., Olathe and Leawood was named one of the best restaurants in Kansas by a recent survey conducted by the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com

Question: What’s the best restaurant in Kansas?

Answer: Lawrence’s Free State Brewing Co., according to a recent survey conducted by the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association.

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que took the No. 2 spot in the 2017 survey, which asked 500 Kansans to rank their favorite places to eat. The famed barbecue joint has locations in Kansas City, Kan., Leawood and Olathe.

Two restaurants tied for third: 715 in Lawrence and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, which has a location in Overland Park (the other four Jack Stacks are on the Missouri side).

In the 2016 survey, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que took the top spot, followed by Free State Brewing Co. and The Burger Stand, a gourmet burger cafe with locations in Lawrence and Topeka.

Survey participants applauded several more Lawrence restaurants, including Genovese Italian Restaurant, Ladybird Diner, India Palace, The Mad Greek, Wheatfields Bakery, Merchants Pub & Plate and Paisano’s Ristorante, which also has a Topeka location.

Also on the list:

▪ Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, a Wichita-based chain with several Kansas City-area locations

▪ RowHouse Restaurant and Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant in Topeka

▪ Gella’s Diner in Hays

▪ Taco Shop in Wichita

▪ Brookville Hotel in Abilene

▪ The Cozy Inn in Salina


Survey says: These are the four best restaurants in Kansas in 2017