Fork in the Road: Big breakfasts and burgers at the Barnyard

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- This week’s Fork in the Road takes us south of Manhattan, to Alta Vista, and into the barnyard.

“I was brought up a farm on all my life and we just decided to do the decor in farm animals, country stuff. Then we decided on the Barnyard Café,” owner Cindy Bryant explains when talking about the beginnings of her restaurant.

And, speaking of beginnings, Bryant is eager for customers to start their days with breakfasts filled with all of the usual eggs, bacon, sausage, French Toast, and so on – but especially pancakes one customer describes as “ginormous.” The hash browns are never frozen, Bryant explains, they start as a baked potato that are cooled off and then shredded. Some of the customers can’t get enough.

“When I order breakfast usually I just say yeah and they know what and they know what I want,” one of them said.

Even Wabaunsee Co. Sheriff Rob Hoskins has his favorites. If you haven’t been there before, he’ll happily point you to “some of the county’s best hamburgers, cut and dry.”

Bryant credits it to the fresh, hand-made patties, and jokes about her double cheeseburgers that they’re half a cow, and look like it too.”

“As for the prices. We keep them low to try to keep it affordable for everybody and see him as much as possible,” she adds.

You can see for yourself by heading to Barnyard Café, at 605 Main St., in Alta Vista. They open at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, they close at 2 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, they stay open until 8 p.m., while on Fridays it’s 9 p.m. On Saturday, they wrap it up at 3 p.m.

But, a quick heads up, they don’t take credit cards.