Ty's Diner in Wichita, Kansas isn't a diner, but a 55 year old hamburger joint. The kind of burger joint where people wait in line most of the few hours Ty's is open each day. But the wait is rarely more than 15 minutes.
Ty's was opened in the early 1950s by Kenny Tyson. The current owner, Richard A. Diamond, purchased Ty's in 1999. But Richard has been careful not to change the things that has made Ty's Diner a success. Ty's is open only 17 1/2 hours totally during the week, from 11 AM until 2:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The hamburgers are hand formed from ground beef that is delivered each morning and the French fries are cut fresh each day.
The menu is simple: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken strips, chicken fried steak, pork tenderloin and a half dozen other sandwiches. The burgers can be ordered with toppings such as jalapenos, ham bacon, grilled onions. Ty's Diner has Chili in the winter. It is a slightly watery, sweet chili with beans.
Ty's hamburgers and French fries are very good. The fries come in a very large order for $2.75 or a half order for $1.75.
There is plenty of atmosphere. Actually there was too much atmosphere. I could smell the place in our clothes and hair for most of the rest of the day.
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