Surrounded by wide open spaces, and home to more than 24,000 Kansas State University students, Manhattan offers a diverse array of dining and lodging options. The Little Apple’s vibrant restaurants range from upscale cuisine and elevated bar food to casual morning fare. Because of this it can be helpful to have a short list of tried and tested restaurant options to choose from.
Aggieville is a favorite neighborhood for students and Kite’s Bar and Grille is one of this area’s most popular independently owned hot spots. With an expansive bar and sizzling night life, Kite’s also serves plenty of great food – from a Raspberry Beret Burger to Bourbon Street Steak and Shrimp.
Rock-A-Belly Bar & Deli offers fun and funky surroundings alongside robust tap choices and inventive cuisine such as Tequila Chicken soup or build-your-own sandwiches. Wahoo Fire + Ice Grill features bright, contemporary surroundings near a bustling street corner. Wonton Nachos and the Big Kahuna Burger are several options on this menu with many Pacific Rim-inspired dishes.
Manhattan’s downtown area is full of great food too. The Chef – a breakfast cafe features an enormous wall-mounted ‘fried egg’ clock, and bright blue ceiling and yellow walls that help customers wake up. Featured in Food Network Magazine, The Chef is known for Smoked Salmon Benedict as well as amaretto-soaked Stacked French Toast and B.E.L.T. – a classic sandwich with two over-easy eggs added. Specialty cocktails add a celebratory twist.
Harry’s Fine Dining operates amid 1920s charm and casual elegance, from wingback chairs and crown moldings to white linens and dark wood. But delicious contemporary cuisine such as pinot noir blackberry duck or Portobello and chevre pizza won’t break the bank. The ‘sexy’ décor at della Voce may make you think you’ve actually landed in the Big Apple. Beautifully plated Italian-inspired dishes include vegetable-packed minestrone or Fig & Prosciutto Fettuccine with a decadent cream sauce.
Serving customers in the historic, downtown, Marshall Theatre Building, 4 Olives Wine Bar offers more than 800 wines (with 70 by the glass). But don’t let the name fool you. Culinary specialties focus on ultra-fresh fish as well as wild game, local ingredients, and artisan cheeses. There’s also a weekly prix fixe menu available.
Manhattan also offers numerous bed and breakfasts. Guest rooms are TV-free at Morning Star Bed and Breakfast. The downtown B & B also features two-person Jacuzzi baths and hardwood floors amid 1902 splendor. Located two miles west of the University’s campus, Guest Haus Bed & Breakfast was featured in Manhattan’s 2001 garden tour. Two upstairs rooms share a bath and the owners share the main floor. Fourteen miles outside of town, Bed & Buggy Inn combines log home luxury, with a massive fireplace and broad natural vistas. For special events booking and log home accommodations check out Scenic Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast, surrounded by wide open spaces on the west side of town.