Whether you’ve got a hankering for hearty Italian fare, mouthwatering barbecue or award winning steaks, Salina, Kansas has something to suit. Featuring a tiny burger joint in continuous operation for almost 100 years as well as Korean eats, here’s some of the very best of Salina’s dining scene.
If hearty, traditional Italian fare gets your taste buds tingling, then look no further than downtown Salina’s Martinelli’s. Opened by owner Tony Dong and his family, the friendly neighborhood joint is one of the city’s preferred Italian restaurants. It has authentic atmosphere with a homely dining room complete with cute checkered tablecloths and background music provided by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Martinelli’s menu features plenty of Italian classics like chicken masala and spaghetti marinara alongside a range of St Louis-style pizzas and tempting desserts like tiramisu and cannoli.
Martinelli’s, 158 South Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, KS, USA, +1 785 826 9190
Voted the city’s favorite steakhouse ten years running in the Salina Journal Readers’ Choice Awards, Tucson’s Steakhouse Saloon & Grill is a Salina dining go to for juicy steaks and chops. Whet your appetite with a starter of tiger shrimp and bacon skewers or flame-broiled jalapenos before devouring one of Tucson’s delicious steaks, all hand-cut, certified Angus beef, like the huge 22 ounce cowboy-cut ribeye. If you’re not in the mood for steak, opt for the tempting baby back ribs or apple glazed pork chops instead.
Serving healthy, tasty Korean cuisine in a friendly, casual space, Seoul USA is an ideal option for diners hankering after a culinary experience that’s a little out of the ordinary. Though Seoul USA’s menu is relatively small, it’s perfect for an introduction to Korean fare with plenty of classic dishes like beef bulgogi, bindaetteok (a mung bean pancake filed with vegetables), bibimbab and gimbab, which is a Korean-style sushi made with carrot, pickled radish and crabmeat. Wash it all down with a cup of Sujionggwa tea for a truly authentic Korean meal.
Seoul USA, 2100 South 9th Street, Suite A, Salina, KS, USA, +1 785 404 2114
In case the name didn’t give it away, chicken is the main event at Jim’s Country Style Chicken – in fact, the eatery scooped the awards for Salina’s Favorite Chicken and Favorite Chicken Fried Steak in the Salina Journal Readers’ Choice Awards. Choose from dishes like fried chicken (served with mashed potatoes, green beans or corn), homemade chicken and noodles or chicken pot pie served alongside plenty of non-chicken specials like ham and beans, homemade meatloaf and hot roast beef dinner.