Grandstand Burgers, located at 4942 Merriam Drive in Overland Park, KS (very close to two other KC suburbs of Shawnee and Merriam) is your classic old school burger joint…..but they also serve up one heck of a good pork tenderloin!
It’s tiny place, so I recommend going when the weather allows you to enjoy one of the many picnic tables located outside. Also, plan to spend a little time there, as they don’t claim to be fast food.
Did I mention the pork tenderloin?! I don’t normally order these, because in my opinion, if you’ve tried one, you’ve tried them all. That’s not the case at Grandstand Burgers! The pork tenderloin that they here serve is better than most! The combination of seasoning sets their pork tenderloins above many others.
Does Grandstand Burgers serve the best pork tenderloin in the Kansas City Metro area? I guess you’ll have to try it yourself to make that decision!
Until next time,
Dilly Deli, located in the District 142 shopping building at 142 North Main El Dorado, KS, offers a unique dining experience. The building itself is a historic downtown building that has been sectioned off into a variety of stores and businesses.
Dilly Deli, shares its space with Brewco. Coffeehouse, which of course makes it a great place for both food and drink. I met my mother there for a late lunch as I passed through the area on my way home from a business trip. We were looking for someplace unique, local and tasty, and Dilly Deli fit the bill!
I ordered a delicious cup of house drip coffee and a tasty PoBoy Baguette featuring locally produced Yoder Meats including Pepperoni, Salami, Sweet Lebanon Bologna, and Amish Butter Cheese, Spread with Red Pepper Mayo Topped with Spring Mix, Black Olives, Cucumber, Red Onion, Tomatoes, all Drizzled with a Feta Vinaigrette.
Served on crusty, pressed bread, this sandwich closely reminded me of another favorite sandwich found at the North End KC.
If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee or a great sandwich, check out the Dilly Deli!
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Mall Deli is an iconic restaurant in Pittsburg, Kan. People flock to the deli, located at 202 E Centennial Drive, which has been a fixture in the area since 1979. A quick look online shows rave reviews about the place. My visit was mid-afternoon on a Sunday, and I was very surprised at how busy the place was…..a testament to its popularity!
It’s not a typical deli, where you purchase meat or cheese by the pound, but more of a restaurant, where you order your deli sandwiches from the wait staff. The atmosphere is classic vintage 70’s / 80’s.
Although the Mall Deli was very busy during my recent visit, the staff was very pleasant and quick. I was surprised how inexpensive my tasty, heated submarine sandwich was. My delicious sandwich was served with a huge helping of potato chips, which a friend states are phenomenal when you dip them in the Deli’s secret sauce. Speaking of the secret sauce, man does that stuff have some zing! It was similar to a ranch dressing, but with an added kick of flavor! I enjoyed the sauce on my sandwich, but will have to make a return visit to try it on my chips…..a return visit I’m certainly looking forward too!
Until next time.
A Yelp search for top restaurants in Topeka, Kan., will bring up a place called The Burger Stand. This name sound familiar to foodies, because there has been a very popular location of the same name in Lawrence, Kan., at the Casbah for several years. The Topeka location is located at 1601 SW Lane St., in the historic College Hill neighborhood near Washburn University.
Being curious as to if one of the top rated Topeka eateries would have any pork on their menu, naturally, I checked the place out! As expected, The Burger Stand offers a bacon cheeseburger, but deliciously unexpected, they also offer bourbon bacon cheddar cheese fries! Available in either a side or a basket, they make a bacon cheeseburger meal even better.
According to their website, “The Topeka location features outdoor patio seating, seating for over 150 and two fully stocked bars – one of which is in the back dining area referred to as ‘The Pong Bar.’ The Pong Bar offers Ping Pong Tables, Pool Tables, Foosball Table, a pinball machine and digital bar gaming.”
The Burger Stand is fun and the food is good. Check it out yourself the next time you’re in the capital city. Bring a big appetite and add an order of bourbon bacon cheddar cheese fries.
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.
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!
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.
On a recent trip through southeast Kansas, a particular restaurant I wanted to try was not yet open for the day. I called my friend Mike, originally from the area, and asked him for some other suggestions. He told me that I should try Angelo’s Deli in the rural community of Hallowell, Kansas. Hallowell is located in an area once heavily stripped mined for coal. Angelo’s is the perfect place to get a bite to eat after a visit to Big Brutus, a gigantic electric coal shovel, visible for miles around and just a short drive northeast to West Mineral, Kansas.
Mike described the place, quite accurately, as the “last outpost in Cherokee County”. Angelo’s Deli does have all that you would expect a deli to have in the way of your basic meat and cheeses, but they also have a kitchen with hot foods (including a pork tenderloin), cold beer, snacks and fishing bait and tackle. I began to order the Angelo’s Special, a sandwich with ham and two types of salami. Before finalizing my order, I noticed that it also came in a “super” with 30 percent more meat. If you know me, you know I’m all about more pork, so I couldn’t resist the attempting the super! This sandwich comes with a “secret sauce” that is somewhat similar to what you would find on a big mac. I was unsure if I would like the sauce or not, but as it turns out, it pairs extremely well with the pork filled deli meat selection you get with the Angelo’s Special.
The afternoon of my vist, the deli had a lively crowd of friendly locals, with much discussion of the day centering on recent wet conditions. While researching the place, I came across a quote about the deli also being a good place to get information about fishing and even your love life. Whether you need a bite to eat after a trip to Big Brutus, want to know where the fish are biting, or if you should bite the bullet and ask for date, Angelo’s Deli is the place for you!
Until next time,
The Pony Express may be what makes Marysville famous to Kansans, but the city has managed to survive just fine since the closure of the storied equine-based mail system in 1861. In my opinion, part of a small town surviving is its ability to keep a hometown restaurant in operation, and Marysville has succeeded in that. A block south of modern day US Hwy 36, you’ll find the “Wagon Wheel Restaurant”. It’s pretty much the epitome of a small town diner as far as I’m concerned.
Like most small town diners, you will find a quality pork tenderloin sandwich on the menu, and if you’re lucky it might even be the lunch special! When it happens that you’re on a mission to eat pork, you order this sandwich and eat it! The pork tenderloin sandwich at Wagon Wheel is definitely worth ordering if you ever find yourself in Marysville, USA.
If you are lucky enough to find yourself there, you should also consider the more adventurous “Kill Bill” sandwich. It is nothing more than pork tenderloin, sliced ham, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle mayo all on a toasted pretzel bun. While I was not quite hungry enough to tie that one on the day I was there, I walk away from Wagon Wheel thinking that if you tried it, you would not be disappointed (or hungry).
Until next time,
Sharkey’s Pub and Grub is a local Fort Scott favorite. It is easy to understand why they have long hours and why their menu goes far beyond the deep fried fare commonly found in pubs. On a recent visit, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few good pork choices available. I chose the Cuban sandwich (you can never go wrong with a Cuban)!
The Sharkey’s Cuban was piled high with ham and pork loin and of course had pickles and lots of cheese. It paired deliciously with seasoned fries and a cold drink. Behind the restaurant you can spy a wood smoker which is often in use (a sure sign of good meals to come).
Sharkey’s is on Facebook at and can be located at 16 N National Ave. in Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Like any good pub, they have an extensive drink selection and lots of specials. Check them out the next time you are in Southeast Kansas!
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For hundreds of years, people have dreamed of travelling through time, but the love affair with this idea probably peaked soon after the publishing of H.G. Wells’ famous book “The Time Machine” in 1895. I’d like to inform you that as of 2014, you don’t need a degree in quantum physics, or an above-average grasp of the theory of general relativity, to come close to figuring out time travel. All you need is a car, some gas, and a map that can get you to Leavenworth, KS.
Now, I’m not saying that the Leavenworth area is stuck in the past (though some might argue it is), rather, I’m saying that if you want to get the feel of travelling back in time, you need to go no further than “Homer’s Drive Inn”, in Leavenworth, located just south of downtown, on U.S. Hwy 73/KS Hwy 7. Homer’s has been in its current location since 1938, and it doesn’t appear that much has changed with the place in about 50 years! From its black and white checkered tile floor, to its red vinyl upholstery covering on the booths, it’s no wonder that this place was a finalist for the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s “8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine”.
The day I visited Homer’s, I felt blessed by the pork Gods, as I walked in and found that the Fried Pork Tenderloin Sandwich was the day’s special. Needless to say, they didn’t need to twist my arm to get me to order one. I have to say, it was quite possibly the best pork tenderloin sandwich I’ve ever had. It was huge, and was perfectly tender, with just the right amount of breading. I’ve had several pork tenderloins over the years at county fairs other events, and I’d put this one up against any of those any day.
So, while the untestable theories about time travel are just lying out there for us to ponder, I’ll go ahead and hypothesize that you’ll love this place if you get the chance to go try it. Furthermore, I am thoroughly convinced time travel is impossible, or people would be travelling back from the future to eat at this place!
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According to a Pitch Magazine article, Spin Neapolitan Pizza has the best pizza in Kansas City. Now I don’t make it a habit of eating in franchise restaurants when there are so many wonderful and small locally owned places all over Kansas….but if it is rated as the best in the entire city….I have to check it out. Besides, a pizza is one of the very best ways to eat some delicious pork and Spin Pizza is headquartered in Kansas City.
According to their website, Spin Neapolitan Pizza has six locations in Kansas City, four in Orange County, California and one coming soon to Omaha, Nebraska. Unlike the bigger national chains, Spin Pizza offers unique menu items like flatbread spreads, soups, gluten free crust, non dairy cheese and a full wine menu.
While at the Lenexa, Kansas location at 9474 Renner Blvd, I ordered the Tre Carni (three meat) pizza with roasted meatballs, sausage and pepperoni. This pork lover’s pizza was delicious. The more I ate it, the better I liked it.
After my wife and I finished the entire pizza, I wished I had some more! Is it the best pizza in Kansas City?….I’ll let you know after I’ve tried all the rest!
Until next time,