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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
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“Award winning beers, great gourmet pizza, sandwiches, salads, steaks, soups and several good vegetarian options. It's noisy when full, so if you like it quiet, go after the rush. Open 7 days/week. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Super comfortable, friendly, casual with large selection of craft beer on tap and bottled. Great mixed drinks, too. PLUS they have local art displayed on the wall and sometimes a surprise musician shows up for music. Yep, they have big screens too, and a few comfy chairs, plus a great patio in back. OPEN 7 days. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Large dining area, large portions, most guests and many locals like it, but in my opinion it's good Tex-mex. It can be a bit noisy. I prefer the small authentic Mexican places. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, salads and desserts in the Historic Kress Building. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of a kind place with a super laid back atmosphere. Fantastic philly cheese steaks & cheeseburgers. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Theater
“MUST SEE INSIDE Amazingly detailed historic restoration venue for events of all types. Gloriously built in 1929, by mid-century was the Fox Granada theater and the interior was green-washed with pastel paint. My first job was selling movie tickets in the mid 1960s in the tiny booth. I earned 75¢/hr. I loved that job, but calculators hadn't been invented yet and I was fired because I couldn't correctly do the math required for the nightly report. In the 1990s our H.S. had a heartbreaking tour of the ruinous shambles it had become through abandonment, neglect and vandalism. Thanks to a group of citizens who rescued it from demolition and restored a gem in Emporia’s historic crown.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great gift shop and gallery, plus they offer cool classes and other events.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Gourmet Chocolates and Confections. This is a must do and take some home to share with friends and family. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Award winning BBQ, all kinds of smoked meats, great sides (except for salads are only iceberg lettuce). Small selection of bottled beer. CLOSED Sunday”
  • 3 locals recommend
Zoo
“Our award winning zoo proves size does not matter. It is a stunningly beautiful botanical gardens with wildlife. It continues to expand and improve. Be sure to visit the Education center for hands on and many learning opportunities. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
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  • 1 local recommends
Cafe
“Large selection of drinks and breakfast snacks. Comfortable sofas and easy chairs, plus tables for laptop workers and groups. Next to Soul Ride yoga studio and shop. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Enchanting riverside park with expanses of luscious green among grand old trees, fabulous WPA stone structures and a lake. A circular wall around a stone tower was Monkey Island in mid-century. We loved to watch monkeys through the high fence across the mote now gone. There are plenty of picnic table shelters, a new splash pad, DISC GOLF COURSE, TENNIS COURTS, modern playground, an old stone bridge and amphitheater. It’s one of my all-time favorite city parks. Be sure to visit the lakeside patio with William Allen White’s bust and editorial. In 1926-7 the White family gave 52 acres to the city of Emporia in Mary’s memory, because like Peter Pan, Mary didn't want to grow up.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My favorite local authentic Mexican restaurant. It's owned by the same family as Taqueria El Marmol on 6th Ave., but there are some menu items that are only available at this location. My personal favorite is the Gordita and it's only served at this location. The building is bright purple and It's across the street from the Skate Park. Also near Peter Pan Park which is a must see in Emporia. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Great ice cream, great burgers, good salads and all very reasonably priced. Plus they have a convenient market with fresh produce, bakery, dairy, meat and desserts. OPEN 7 days”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Award winning beers, great gourmet pizza, sandwiches, salads, steaks, soups and several good vegetarian options. It's noisy when full, so if you like it quiet, go after the rush. Open 7 days/week. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Large dining area, large portions, most guests and many locals like it, but in my opinion it's good Tex-mex. It can be a bit noisy. I prefer the small authentic Mexican places. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of a kind place with a super laid back atmosphere. Fantastic philly cheese steaks & cheeseburgers. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Award winning BBQ, all kinds of smoked meats, great sides (except for salads are only iceberg lettuce). Small selection of bottled beer. CLOSED Sunday”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My favorite local authentic Mexican restaurant. It's owned by the same family as Taqueria El Marmol on 6th Ave., but there are some menu items that are only available at this location. My personal favorite is the Gordita and it's only served at this location. The building is bright purple and It's across the street from the Skate Park. Also near Peter Pan Park which is a must see in Emporia. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Noodle House with authentic asian cuisine. YUM! One of my favorites! OPEN Sunday”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great ice cream, great burgers, good salads and all very reasonably priced. Plus they have a convenient market with fresh produce, bakery, dairy, meat and desserts. OPEN 7 days”
  • 3 locals recommend

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