Where to Eat in Emporia: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Renato Branum

Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 24,916. Emporia lies between Topeka and Wichita at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 with Interstates 335 and 35 on the Kansas Turnpike. Emporia is also a college town, home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.
Things to do in Emporia

1. Radius Brewing Company

610 Merchant St, Emporia, KS 66801-2859 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 620-208-4677
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Radius Brewing Company

Reviewed By kansasgurl01 - Overland Park, Kansas

My family and I just went here for dinner and it was fantastic! Great environment and service! I got the green goat cheese pizza (pictured) and I was in complete heaven. Instead of red sauce I got olive oil which I really loved. The waitress was very nice and got our orders in perfectly with no problems with what we altered. We also got the Brew BQ and it was also a very good pizza. Lastly we got the Gyro which was the perfect size and came with homemade pita and black bean hummus. Really great restaurant.

2. Braum's

1028 W 6th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801-2608 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 620-343-2951
Excellent
44%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Braum's

Reviewed By Larry M - Loudon, Tennessee

I don't know why it hasn't dawned on me before to write a review on this fabulous ice cream establishment. I've been coming here for decades every time I'd visit family in Emporia and I guess I just took it for granted.

The ice cream at Braum's is fabulous! I'm not a huge ice cream fanatic (like my wife) but I never pass this place up when we come to Emporia. If you haven't tried Braum's, please do...I think you'll be very happy you did.

3. Starbucks

2916 Eaglecrest Dr, Emporia, KS 66801-6185 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast +1 620-340-0289
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By LynnCactusWren - Sun City West, Arizona

Most Starbucks seem pretty standardized. Our coffee and Pumpkin Spice Latte tasted good, as expected.

What impressed me about this Starbucks was the great service. When I told one of the counter employees that
one of the bathrooms was out of toilet paper, she thanked me in a pleasant voice. She immediately started discussing with the two other counter employees who was going to refill the toilet paper. At many other restaurants, employees are not receptive to comments recommending that bathrooms be serviced.

My husband and I stopped here to pass time while waiting to meet a friend at IHOP. This Starbucks is a minute off an I-35 exit, near two motels (Hampton Inn and ---) and various restaurants. It is a comfortable, convenient location.

4. Do-B's

704 E 12th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801-5239 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cajun & Creole Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 620-342-7294
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Do-B's

Diner specializing in Philly Cheesesteaks, Louisiana Style Po-Boys and Classic Hamburgers. Locally owned and operated.

Reviewed By Arndtwelucky - St. Petersburg, Florida

I was having a craving for do-b and ordered carry out. The food is good. Slightly over priced
I was slightly disappointed that the drive through window didn’t work. The employees looked at me and I thought they might come to window but they didn’t. One suggestion is to have drive thru window available for carry out orders
Another suggestion is better cash register. Using the iPad and only having one makes lines long and lines especially longer if they are also on phone doing carry out order
Would get 5 stars if those improvement were made

5. The Sweet Granada

803 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801-2914 American SGD 66 +1 620-342-9600
Excellent
95%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

The Sweet Granada

Locally-owned gourmet chocolate shop with over 200 handmade confections and home to Pop-Choc. The popular destination opened in 2004 and is located next to the historic Granada Theatre.

Reviewed By JudgeSue - Henderson, Nevada

My husband and I come to Emporia a few times a year, and every time, we stop at the Sweet Granada for its delicious fudge, made daily and in different flavors. Tastings are free, and if you purchase 1 pound of fudge, you get 1/2 pound free. In case you were wondering, my personal favorite is the amaretto fudge,

This candy shop is identified in Trip Advisor as a restaurant, but it is not. It is located next to the restored Granada Theatre on Commercial Street.

6. Granada Coffee Co.

809 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801-2914 +1 620-342-4001
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

Granada Coffee Co.

Reviewed By Mike S - Kitchener, Canada

Was in Emporia this past weekend for the Dirty Kanza race and stopped in here on a rainy Friday morning. The barista asked if I was doing the race and I said yes and my latte was paid for. Apparently one of the locals donated some money until t ran out for free coffees for the athletes. I had a Vanilla Latte and it was excellent. The place is small with limited seating but we found a table near the back.

A few of the locals noticed my Canadian hockey hat and came over to say hi, welcomed us to their town and thanked us for coming. Sooo Nice!

7. Bobby D's

607 Merchant St, Emporia, KS 66801-2858 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 620-342-1990
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

Bobby D's

Reviewed By RenaissanceHerbert - Lawrence, Kansas

The title of my review is all you need to know. Get the brisket, add some baked beans, add some cole slaw. It's absolutely top notch. Pulled pork is good, but every bbq place has decent enough pulled pork. If you come here you want what is best and what is best is the brisket.

8. Java Cat Coffeehouse

608 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801-3902 +1 620-343-3919
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Java Cat Coffeehouse

Reviewed By Pucela08 - Lawrence, Kansas

Located in downtown Emporia on Commercial Street, the Java Cat shares its spaces with crafts and arts gallery. This craft environment adds to the shop's appeal. The coffee served here is skillfully made by knowledgeable baristas who are attentive to the making of the coffee and to the excellent service. On my visit I ordered a latte; it was superb, served in real mug. In addition, the Cafe has other warm and cold drinks: a variety of teas, and Italian sodas. The shop also offers assorted pastries, scones, biscotti, and cookies. My blueberry scone was superb and fresh. There are comfortable sofas and easy chairs for talking or reading. The windows at the front of the Cafe allow for lots of light and warmth. A wonderful place to stop if you are visiting the area or on the way to the Flint Hills.

9. Casa Ramos

201 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801-4008 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 620-340-0640
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Casa Ramos

Reviewed By BadgerMbTraveller - Steinbach, Canada

Ate here last year about this time, and were not as impressed as last year. Atmosphere is colourful, and service was good. Food was average, not great, and certainly not bad.
Complimentary tortilla chips and dips were very good. Our server even brought us a hotter salsa for us to try. Because of the atmosphere, and service, we’d give it another try.

10. Braum's

2120 Industrial Rd, Emporia, KS 66801-6612 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food +1 620-340-8169
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By breoni - Topeka, KS

We had the most horrible service at this Braums drive through. We stopped on a Friday afternoon to order beverages and ice cream. The girl taking our order couldn't hear us well, so after several attempts of placing an order we drove to the first window. We ordered our drinks and I asked for a cup of ice cream with caramel sauce.
Her: you want a sundae?
Me: no. I want a cup of ice cream w caramel sauce.
Her: well, I will have to charge you for a sundae.
Me: whatever.
Her: do you want whipped cream, nuts and a cherry?
Me: (wanting to face palm at this point). No. I want a cup of ice cream with caramel sauce.
Her: anything else?
My hubster: I'd like the dollar twist cone.
Her: oh, that price ends at 4:30.
Hubby: it's 4:34.
Her: that price ended.
We debated wanting to point out that we had been trying to order items since before 4:30, but she obviously wasn't trained on customer service.
Hubby: I don't want the cone then.
Her: ok. The price is $xxxx.
Hubby pays and looks at the receipt.
Hubby: You charged me for the cone!
Her: completely ignoring us and taking the next order.
We decided to just get going and guessed that we were supposed to drive to the second window. The girls there hands us our drinks (which we're not filled as we ordered). Then she hands out the sundae. It was this measly, sad looking half-scoop of ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Hubby: would you please put more caramel sauce on the sundae?
Her2: that's how much we put on (said belligerently). If you want more, I will have to charge you.
Hubby hands me the drinks and cup of ice cream as he takes his twist cone. Her2 shuts the window.
We don't have a spoon for the sundae.
We knock on the window. We call out. We even honk our horn. Nothing. Nada.
Luckily, we had something already in the vehicle I could use.
This was the WORST customer service we have experienced in a very long time. We left feeling cheated.

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