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Posted on December 13, 2018 at 2:22 PM by Michael Goens
It’s National Maple Syrup Day on Dec. 17, and that enables Visit Manhattan to tout our amazing breakfast joints. Have a favorite? Share it through Visit Manhattan’s social media channels at Facebook and Twitter.
The 785/MHK is without equal when it comes to breakfast around the state. Few can dispute this, and it boils down to one simple phrase: “It’s a beautiful day in Manhattan!” The Chef – consistently voted No. 1 in Kansas – pushes Manhattan so far over the top that it’s a Flint Hills valley-wide gulf. History, tradition and just plain dynamic marketing from the downtown diner setting, horseshoe-shaped counter and pastel-colored plates (look for the neon sign) put The Chef in a scrumptious class unto its own.
Your next visit must include a stop at 111 S. Fourth St. for amaretto-soaked, stacked (and grilled) French toast. The Pancakes Bananas Foster with rum-banana-pecan sauce is a gift from the heavens. Of course, you can stray into non-maple syrup territory and gobble down some amazingly heavenly, morning treats.
More treats sure to light up your life – Buenos Dias Frittata, Fajita Scramble and Dang Quesadilla – all come highly recommended at the best breakfast joint all over Kansas.
Get a jump on your day with an early jaunt to the ’Ville and another breakfast mainstay. The Bistro on Moro features a sausage pepperjack breakfast burrito. It’s so good you’ll swear angels lifted you out upon the Konza Prairie for an eye-opening sunrise so breathtakingly lovely that you’re dreaming.
Manhattan’s go-to “greasy spoon” diner on the way to Tuttle Creek Reservoir, in the shadow of Bluemont Hill. Grab a short stack or Bob’s Pancake Sandwich to pour on the syrup. Many locals opt for the Big Country with chicken fried steak, two eggs, hash browns and biscuits-n-gravy for under $12. More favorites include French Toast Combo and home-style dinners at 1105 North Third.
If you’re staying in MHK’s main hotel district, follow Fort Riley Boulevard to the south end of Fourth Street. You’ll find plates heaped with griddle goodies and breakfast basics. Seven savory skillets include The Colonel with crispy chicken and southwest chicken chock full o’ onions, avocado, diced tomatoes and jack cheese. Heat it up with spicy sausage on the Fiesta. Two locations, both Editions twice as nice, with a west restaurant at Candlewood Shopping Center off (just west of) Kimball & Seth Child.
Great breakfasts often start with the basics, and great bread may seem ordinary but at Radina’s Bakehouse it’s anything but. Stop in for cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones and croissants. Of course, we’re talking about the coffee shop that Manhattan relies upon to start its day with fresh, hand-crafted coffee. The scents alone are virtually mind-altering! If your meetings convene at Manhattan Conference Center, make a quick run over to Blue Earth Place across Third Street.
Forty years of Good Home Cookin’ in Grandview Plaza, just down the road from MHK a few miles and right off Interstate 70. If you’re coming this way for a game from out west, stop by for a breakfast burrito that just oozes with flavor and more goodness like sausage, eggs and cheese. The Hungry Man’s Breakfast order promises to fill up the mightiest of cravings. Of course, if you’re craving an order glazed with maple syrup, the hotcakes and French toast are favorites in all corners of the region. Stacy's: More than a diner
Step up your breakfast game the next time you’re in Manhattan, doesn’t matter whether weekends or workdays. The options are as massive as the servings. Eat up!
"I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup! I love maple syrup. I love maple syrup on pancakes. I love it on pizza. And I take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I've had a rough week. What do you think holds it up, slick?"
– Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn), Wedding Crashers
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