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Kansas City – El Patrón Cocina & Bar

As Southwest Boulevard leaves Kansas and enters the western edge of Kansas City, MO, it will lead you to an amazing collection of Mexican restaurants all mashed in about a 2 mile stretch of road. Some might even say if you’re standing in the right place, you couldn’t swing a dead cat and not hit a Mexican place. While that might be a bit of a reach, there are certainly plenty to choose from.KPABlogsJan15 006

The one I want to focus on for now though is El Patrón Cocina & Bar. Located on SW Blvd., just under a mile north of the intersection of 7th St/Rainbow Blvd/Hwy 169 and SW Blvd, El Patrón, like most authentic Mexican places, has a nice variety of delicious ways to eat pork.

While I had the pork tamale on my visit, you also have many other pork choices. Besides tamales, you have the easy options to go with pork in your burrito or chimichanga. There are several pork options when it comes to tacos as well, such as “El Pastor” style tacos, and salsa verde tacos. If you’re in the mood for breakfast at noon, maybe try the eggs and Chorizo sausage. My best advice however is to just check out the menu, and see for yourself!

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Of course, no visit to a Mexican restaurant would be complete without trying a Margarita. I had heard rumors that El Patrón made the best Margarita in Kansas City, and the rumors proved to be fact based. I can’t say it’s the best, but I can’t think you’ll find one any better anywhere else.

Until next time.


Iola – Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli

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Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli, located at 201 S. State Iola, Kansas is a one-stop meat shop. The same family also owns the Moran Locker in Moran, Kansas, so they are well versed in the meat business.

The meat market has everything you would expect a meat market to have. What they don’t have, they are willing to order for you. I ordered several pounds of meat from them for a barbecue last summer and got a great deal. Keep this mind if you are an area competition barbecue enthusiast. They will also ship meat nationwide, for those outside of the Iola, Kansas, area.

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Alongside the meat market is a fantastic deli. The menu includes sandwiches that come in #8, #12, #24, #36 and #72.  This is not a reference to the length of the sandwich, but to the slices of meat. The #72 features a full two pounds of meat!

I prefer the #12. One of my favorites is the #12, with ham, capicola (a traditional Italian pork cold cut made from the dry-cured muscle running from the neck to the 4th or 5th rib of the pork shoulder or neck) – and bacon. This is a pork lover’s special!

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Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli and Around the Corner Coffee and Eatery are two of my favorite Iola restaurants. Look For Around the Corner in an upcoming blog and check out Bolling’s Meat market and Deli.

Until next time.


Kansas City – Char Bar

Char Bar is another choice in a string of newly-opened Kansas City Barbecue restaurants. And Like Slaps, Q39 and Plowboys, it is the creation of a former competition barbecue team. In this case the team was Meat Mitch and the award winning pitmaster associated with Char Bar is team captain Mitch Benjamin.KPABlogsJan15 023

The Restaurant is located at 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City. Country music aficionados may recognize this location as it is the home of the former country dance hall The Beaumont Club. A search through the photographs on their website will bring up pictures of their transformation from dance hall to restaurant. Their barbecue certainly puts them in the above average category and their house sauce is one of the best in Kansas City. They also have a sauce that reminds me of Arthur Bryant’s. The atmosphere of Char Bar reminds me quite a bit of Q39.KPABlogsJan15 019

According to the Char Bars website, their “menu will feature southern-inspired items, such as fried green tomatoes, lobster deviled eggs, smoked duck gumbo and buckets of tabasco-honey fried chicken. A sizeable American craft beer list will complement creative southern-inspired craft cocktails and regional aged bourbons.”

I didn’t venture into any of the southern inspired dishes, but I did have the pork, was impressed by the drink options and will go back to this place again!

Until next time.


Sedan – Buck’s BBQ

I first heard about Bucks BBQ about four years ago when I asked the good folks at the Kansas Sampler Foundation to put the word out as to where I could get barbecue in Kansas. A few people mentioned Bucks BBQ and Steaks, located just outside the ranching community of Sedan. Sedan is located in a small but unique geographic region of the state known as the Chautauqua Hills. This area is a must-see for geography and geology buffs alike.KPA Blog Pics 009

Bucks BBQ offers a respite for travelers, as you will find rental cabins and an r.v. park located adjacent to the restaurant.  The restaurant offers a cozy cabin style atmosphere complete with deer heads and a fine license plate collection.

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My meal consisted of the three meat combo and two sides.The sides were certainly above average.  I like to order combo platters when available because they give me the opportunity to try a larger variety of pork offerings. I was pleased to see bologna on the menu at Bucks BBQ. For more information about smoked bologna, see my blog entry about Phelp’s Hog Heaven in Coffeyville, Kansas.

I was told that Bucks BBQ offers some fantastic pie, but I was too stuffed to try any. Next time I may go ahead and try the pie and then roll myself out the door and into one of the cabins!

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Until next time.