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Manhattan – Bourbon and Baker

Bourbon and Baker is one of the newest and trendiest restaurants in Manhattan, Kansas. In a city full of new and trendy restaurants, it takes something unique to stand out from the crowd. As the name implies, this restaurant specializes in whiskey and bakery goods…..not your usual combination!

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According to their website, “The inspiration behind Bourbon & Baker is rooted in the Midwestern and Southern influences of our families, educations, cultures and culinary experiences that brought us to Manhattan. The foundation of our menu is the comfort and soul of many cuisines. It is designed to allow you to enjoy a variety of small portions at your own pace, whether you are flying solo or sharing with a group. So, sit back and relax. We’re here to make sure you enjoy.”

An important thing to consider is the “small portions”. This is not an all you can eat buffet.  Don’t go here if you’re starving to death and you want to fill up quickly. That’s not the idea here.  You are supposed to sample a variety of dishes. A perfect opportunity for sharing and hanging out….think date night or good time out with friends.

For a pork lover, Bourbon and Baker does not disappoint.  I sampled three pork dishes. The first was a pork quesadilla. This was pretty fantastic.  My second dish was a cornbread pork slider. While a bit messy, the cornbread, fresh from the bakery was outstanding.  My final dish was braised pork belly. The pork belly is a fatty piece of meat with hints of smoke. Bourbon and Baker also offers delicious St. Louis style ribs. Along with your pork, be sure to order the duck fat French fries. You won’t be disappointed.

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They are located at 312 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 and are open every day except Sunday.  Be sure to check out the bakery on your way out for delicious dessert item.

Until Next Time,
Chris

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Fort Scott – Crooner’s Lounge

While staying at Fort Scott’s Courtland Hotel, I asked Frank, the owner, for restaurant recommendations.  Frank Suggested Crooner’s Lounge. Crooner’s Lounge is a fine dining establishment located on South Main Street in the historic Fort Scott, Kansas down town area.  The restaurant is open on Wednesday through Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu includes a variety of options such as steak, pasta and seafood and there is a full bar selection available. I was excited to see that the menu also included a delicious (and huge) pork chop.

 

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The staff went out of their way to make us feel at home, and even gave my son a complimentary ice cream dessert.  They do have a rule that no hats or caps are allowed in the dining area (a good manner that should be practiced at all eating establishments excluding bars or lunch counters).

 

Adjacent to Crooner’s Lounge is the Liberty Theatre, a music and event center, featuring many popular regional and nation acts. The theater can also be rented for weddings or other events. Crooner’s Lounge is open on Saturday’s when the theatre is hosting an event.

 

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Downtown Fort Scott, located just over an hour from Kansas City and home to the National Park Service’s pre- civil war area Fort Scott, is a travel destination that should be put on the schedule for any antique, history or architecture enthusiast. Be sure to check out Crooner’s Lounge and tell them that you heard about them on www.inpursuitofpork.com.

Until next time,

Chris 

Fort Scott – Nate’s Place

Nate’s Place Restaurant and Lounge at the Twin Mansions in Fort Scott, Kansas is a truly unique experience. As the name implies, Nate’s Place is inside a historic 1880’s era mansion. An identical mansion next door houses a bed and breakfast. This place is a hidden gem in southeast Kansas. In fact, the waitress indicated that even though they have been open for about three years, not many locals realize that one of the  two mansions houses a restaurant. I’m about to spill the beans here, because this place was fantastic!

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The wait for my order was a bit long but the food was well worth it. I had a deep fried pork chop smothered in homemade country gravy. Many times pork chops end up tasting dry and tough but not this one! It could have been one of the very best pork chops I have ever eaten. This dish came with a side of caramelized sweet potatoes, which were also very delicious!

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Nate’s Place is open for dine in or carry out Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am until 2 pm and from Saturday and Sunday from 8 am until 2 pm. Additionally. their lounge is open on Thursday and Friday nights from 5pm until 8 pm. Cocktails are served daily beginning at 9 am and outdoor dining and private dinner parties are also available. Guest of the bed and breakfast receive a complementary breakfast at Nate’s Place.

Check out Nate’s Place. It’s one of my new favorites in southeast Kansas!

Until next time,
Chris

Manhattan – Harry’s

Harry’s , located on Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, is one of those places I always wanted to visit when I was a college student but I never the the opportunity (money).  It’s certainly not the kind of place you would eat at on a regular basis, however for a special occasion, this place can’t be beat.

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In fact, it is the number one rated restaurant in Manhattan, according to Trip Advisor.  The white tablecloth restaurant is located on the ground floor of the old Wareham Opera House.  It is a beautiful example of early twentieth century architecture. My service at Harry’s was excellent, and my meal, pork roundelay (seafood stuffed pork loin), was also beautiful. It was almost too pretty to eat;

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Presented on a delicious bed of potatoes and under a heaping helping of greens.  Other pork menu item includes specialty pizzas and bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates.  Additionally, they have an abundance of fine wines to pair with any meal.

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Although they take reservations, I had no trouble getting seated on a Tuesday evening without one. My wife and I  cannot wait to try more pork offerings from Harry’s on our next dinner date!

Until next time,
Chris

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As we approach the holiday season and prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, the folks at In Pursuit of Pork and the Kansas Pork Association have a lot to be thankful for, including bacon. Yes, we said bacon. It’s been a good year for bacon and we are anticipating lots of bacon wrapped turkeys and other bacon wrapped goodies to be gracing many tables this week.

We are also thankful for our loyal readers and want to give away this great “Bacon Power” t-shirt (size large) that our friends at The Bacon Nation sent us.

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Here’s how you can win:

What is your favorite dish to wrap in bacon for the holiday season?

 Leave a comment to let us know your on this post.  The contest will close on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm CST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email, as well as announced in a comment on this blog post. The winner will need to respond to our email no later then Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST to be eligible to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed we will select another winner.

Interested in more recipes for bacon?’ Head on over to our new site, eatpork.org, for recipes, coupons and more!

Lawrence- Free State Brewing Company

As a K-State Alumnus, I truly believe that Manhattan, Kansas is one of greatest places on earth. That being said, there is one thing I like about that other city with that other university. And not just a great sports rivalry; I’m talking about the Free State Brewing Company in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Rooftops Restaurant – Hays, KS

Unfortunately this restaurant is no longer open.

If you’re in the western half of Kansas and you want to experience an atmosphere that is truly unique, I would suggest Rooftops Restaurant in Hays, Kansas. As the name implies, this restaurant is located on the sixth floor of the Emprise Bank building.

From their many viewpoints, dressed up in Italian Villa style, you can gaze out over downtown Hays, southwest across Fort Hays State University and eventually off into the windswept prairie.

I’ve had the opportunity to eat here twice, and both times I’ve had the place nearly all to myself. If you want to eat a pleasant and relaxing meal, this is the place. The very idea of this is in stark contrast to Hay’s wild and rough cowtown days. It occurred to me as I quietly dined on my Jack Daniels pork meal, that 150 years prior, there were whiskey fueled gunfights with the likes of Wild Bill Hickok in the streets below me.  Those same streets below now make up the historic Chestnut Street District.  If you like unique shopping, art and dining opportunities, this eclectic district is for you.

Until next time – Swine and Dine!

-Chris

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