The Kansas Sampler Foundation has the entries, and now it’s time to vote for your favorites.
You can see the list of nominees from which 24 finalists were selected and announced Thursday. Take a look at them, and vote for your favorites. All the places I mentioned are among the nominees, although not necessarily among the finalists. The cuisine is fairly representative of Kansas’ immigrant history, ranching past and present and general eating habits.
Here’s how I’d categorize the finalists’ specialties, with the number of restaurants offering that specialty:
- hamburgers (including 2 drive-ins and one “loose-meat” burger place), 5
- steak, 3
- fried chicken, 3
- Mexican, 2
- Italian, 2
Plus one each of the following:
- Mediterranean Mennonite
- “Rocky Mountain oysters” (aka calf fries) plus chicken fried steak
Voting ends June 15. Anyone guessing the winners?