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Survey: Most of the state's top 20 restaurants are in Lawrence. Wichita has just five

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is Kansas residents' favorite restaurant, according to a survey by the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association.
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is Kansas residents' favorite restaurant, according to a survey by the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association. The Kansas City Star

If you're a foodie in Kansas, the place to be is Lawrence — at least according to a survey put out this week by the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association.

The online survey, now in its third year, asked 1,000 people across the state to name their favorite Kansas-based restaurant.

Though the list has changed from last year, it still includes several of the same restaurants — and Lawrence is still in the lead.

The state's favorite restaurant, according to the survey, is Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, the famous gas station-turned-restaurant in Kansas City. Last year, Joe's was No. 2. And last year's No. 1 restaurant was demoted this year to No. 2: Free State Brewing Company, the popular brew pub on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence.

Wichita's top-rated restaurant on the survey was Spangles, the locally founded burger chain, which came in at No. 5. Doo-Dah Diner checked in at No. 10. Bite Me BBQ landed at No. 13. And Freddy's just made the survey at No. 20. Stroud's made the list at No. 8 but shares the spot with the Stroud's in Kansas City.

Wichita restaurant Taco Shop, which made the list last year, fell off this year.

Joe’s KC partners in new ice house concept at Power & Light District. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que plans to open County Line Ice House in the Spring of 2018 in the space formerly occupied by Gordon Biersch Brewery, 100 E. 14th Street.

Here's the entire 2018 list. What do you think of the results?

1. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City

2. Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence

3. The Burger Stand Topeka, Lawrence

4. Jack Stack Barbeque, Kansas City

5. Spangles, Wichita

6. Blue Moose, Kansas City/Lawrence/Manhattan/Topeka

7. Zen Zero, Lawrence

8. Stroud’s Wichita/Kansas City

9. 715 Restaurant, Lawrence

10. Doo-Dah Diner, Wichita

11. Carriage Crossing, Yoder

12. Bite Me BBQ, Wichita

13. WheatFields Bakery, Lawrence

14. The Cozy Inn, Salina

15. Bon Bon! Lawrence

16. Anchor Inn Restaurant, Hutchinson

17. Johnny's Tavern, Lawrence/Kansas City

18. Merchants Pub & Plate, Lawrence

19. Paulo & Bill Restaurant, Kansas City

20. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Wichita

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