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Topeka – Bobo’s Drive In

If you’re a fan of old school drive-in food then make sure to stop at “Bobo’s Drive In” next time you’re going through Topeka. It’s just south of I-70 on MacVicar Ave. at the 10th St. intersection, so it is quite easy to find if you’re going down I-70. There are no fancy screens or buttons to push and microphones to order through. You pull in and someone will come out and take your order. There is some limited seating inside too if you’re not looking to eat in your car.

On my stop there back in the summer I got the pork tenderloin and onion rings, which are solid choices to eat anytime you’re at a place like this. The tenderloin was not huge which doesn’t make an impressive picture, but it is a reasonable sized portion for someone on the go without the ability to take home leftovers. The tenderloin was really good though. It didn’t have too much breading and had a very nice amount of seasoning in the breading. The rings were good too, though maybe a bit messy to eat in the truck cab!

If you do find yourself wanting to try Bobo’s, be patient if you’re there around lunch hour, as there aren’t very many parking places, and the spots are fairly small. If you can work through these issues, you can experience a great local eatery that Topeka residents have been enjoying since the 1950’s!

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Lenexa – Pizza Man

Hidden in a small strip mall in a part of Lenexa you almost have to accidentally get to is some of the best pizza you will find in the KC metro. While there is seemingly a new pizza place opening somewhere in the area every day, “Pizza Man” in Lenexa has stood the test of time by staying true to its Chicago-style thin crust pizza since 1988. After trying a pizza from there it’s hard to argue with their formula for success.

I had a small pizza (9”) with about all the pork he could put on it (bacon, sausage and Canadian bacon) along with a few veggies. I must say, the combination of crust style, sauce flavor, and quality of the toppings made it one of the better pizzas I’ve ever eaten. It was so simple, yet so satisfying!

The large menu behind the counter says right on it “A taste of Chicago.” The walls of the place are lined with Windy City-themed sports figures and you can also get Chicago-style hot dogs that the KC area Chi-town transplants say are the best Chicago Dogs in all of KC. Along with the dogs and pizza they have Italian Sausage sandwiches and Polish sausages too. Check out the picture of the menu to get a full grasp of what all they have since they do not have a website.

Pizza Man is located on Pflumm Rd., right near 103rd St. at 10212 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215. If you picture the gigantic I-435/I-35 interchange, it is right next to that interchange in the NE “quadrant” of the crossroads. It’s not the easiest place to get to, but well worth your time in my opinion. The day I was in there his lunch special was Deep Dish pizza by the slice. I do plan on looking into how often he does that and going back for a piece or two of that stuff one of these days.

Topeka – Porubsky’s

 

Nestled in the “Little Russia” area of northeast Topeka you will find CW Porubsky Grocery and Meats. Since 1947 Porubsky’s has been there serving meals to the small German community and to passing railroad workers at times as well. The Little Russia area of Topeka actually has German heritage, as the “Russians” were actually the Volga Germans (from Russia technically).

In the winter they are known for their chili, and year round they are known for their hot pickles (horseradish hot) and their pimento cheese spread (which also comes in a hot version too). If you want to feel like you stepped back in time about 30 years all while grabbing some spicy pickles and a deli sandwich with copious amounts of meats and cheeses, then this is your place.

They also carry basic groceries and necessities and have a small tavern built onto the east side of the building where you can grab a beer and look at the pictures (with autographs!) of all the big name Kansas politicians that have frequented the place over the decades. Their rule on having your picture on the wall as a politician is you have to come in and eat there and meet them first. You have to earn your spot on that wall!

While there earlier this year I grabbed a sandwich from the deli and headed through the doorway down into the tavern to eat it and wash it down with a cold drink. The sandwich was piled high with ham and salami and cheese. Fresh sliced Fanestil pork products (from Emporia, KS) really hot the spot that day!

If you want to learn more about Porubsky’s this article from the Topeka Capital-Journal is a great read! My next goal is to get in there during chili season and have a bowl of that and try some of those hot pickles too.

Sycamore – Buster’s

 

A work trip to a farm near Sycamore, Kansas, ended around lunchtime. I asked the farm family for suggestions, and they stated that I needed to check out Buster’s BBQ, Homecooking & Catering in nearby Neodesha.

Buster’s, located at1223 N 8th Street, is currently in the process of expanding their business building. The kitchen is still open for business, and there is picnic table seating available under the shade tree’s outside.

Buster’s BBQ, Homecooking & Catering has a limited, but reasonably priced menu that features “The Buster”. The Buster is a pork eater’s delight! It is piled high with enough pulled pork, pork belly and bacon to feed two hungry people. In fact, it is a one pound sandwich! The buster comes with “baconator sauce” a bacon infused special topping. While not a typical barbecue sauce, it is still enjoyable.

Buster’s BBQ, Homecooking & Catering is a place I look forward to trying again, once their remodel is complete, and I suggest that you do too!