Whether enjoying some barbeque from a riverside picnic table, a plate of pub nachos from a rooftop lounge or some wild-caught seafood lakeside, Kansas has some great food with a view.

The experience of being able to enjoy a good meal alongside the Mighty Mo’ is one of the things that brings people to Chuck & Hanks.

“We’ve become a destination spot, and I don’t know anywhere else in Kansas that is this close to the river,” Charlie Wilburn says.

Cousins Wilburn and Craig Handke opened Chuck & Hank’s River Shack, located along the Missouri River in Atchison, in 2015. Whether you choose to sit outside at a picnic table or inside at one of the tables in the small kitchen, bar and dining area, the river is always part of the experience.

Another Kansas spot where great food is accompanied by a beautiful view is the Newport Grill in Wichita. The outdoor deck overlooks the small lake at Bradley Fair, an upmarket shopping and entertainment center on the city’s east side. The main dining room’s east wall open views of the lake and island.

Diners can savor fresh seafood flown in six days a week; it usually reaches Wichita within 24 hours of being caught. Newport Grill also sources locally grown produce, herbs and other items.

“Our goal is to serve everything as fresh as possible, and we are committed to supporting local farmers and growers,” Noah Ranovish, manager, says.

But great views don’t always involve water. At the Tallgrass Tap House in Manhattan, the rooftop deck overlooks downtown Manhattan with views stretching to the south and west to the Flint Hills and the sea of native grasses. The deck sits atop an 11,000 square-foot, ten-barrel brew house, which features a rotating lineup of a half-dozen craft beers paired with American cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an eclectic place along a rolling river, a seafood spot on a lake or a rooftop deck to watch a sunset, you can find it in Kansas.

FOOD HAPPENINGS

NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BREADS

Manhattan | June 17

The 2017 National Festival of Breads will be in Manhattan on June 17. The festivities include a baking competition, trade show, exhibits, demonstrations and samples at the Hilton Garden Inn. The festival is open to the public, and admission is free with a donation of a canned or non-perishable food item. All food donations benefit the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

FIESTA MEXICANA

Topeka | July 11–15

Now in its 84th year, Topeka’s Fiesta Mexicana is one of the longest-running events in the state and one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the Midwest. The five-night festival, held from July 11–15 this year, kicks off with a parade, followed by traditional Mexican food, music, dancing, crafts, a carnival and a jalapeño-eating contest. The festival is hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and is a fundraiser for the Holy Family School in Topeka.