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El Dorado – Dilly Deli

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!

Until next time,

Chris

Manhattan – The Blue Moose

On a recent business trip to Manhattan, I found myself looking for a new place to eat. I found a restaurant location that isn’t new, but a restaurant that is! The Blue Moose is located at 100 Manhattan Town Center Manhattan, KS 66502. Many of you may remember this as the location of the Old Chicago, just near the mall. The Blue Moose is in Manhattan is one of five locations, with the other four in Topeka, Prairie Village, Lenexa and Overland Park.

Upon walking in the door, I was transported back into my college days, as the restaurant has a layout and atmosphere just like its predecessor, a place I once frequented often. The Blue Moose does have a different menu, and I was happy to see some great pork items featured. I ordered slab bacon and grits small plate that was a delicious as it was beautiful. I was impressed, and I don’t say that lightly. In fact it’s rare that I find anything different on most menus. This small plate was a rare, and tasty, treat. The grits were perfect and reminded me of a savory mashed potato dish. The bacon was paired with a tomato bacon jam and a red eye port wine sauce, which were prefect complements.

I dare to say that this was one of the best bacon dishes I have had in a long while. Check it out for yourself and see if you agree!

Until next time,

Chris

Overland Park – The Snack Shack

If you’ve not been to downtown Overland Park, KS, you really should go check it out someday. It’s a rare place in the middle of urban sprawl that still feels like you’re standing on Main Street USA. The view from Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park makes you think you could just as easily be standing in the middle of a town of 3,000 people in central KS. It has the clock tower, the water tower, and old store fronts with street parking just like you’d expect. Along that street you will find some good old-fashioned American food just like you’d expect in small town America.

The place to get such food would be “The Snack Shack on Sante Fe”. The Snack Shack is serving up some of the best burgers, fries, onion rings, and ice cream in the whole metro area. Oh, and if they’re serving up that type of food you know that menu has a great pork tenderloin sandwich on it too. So, in my search for all things pork I decided to have one. You can’t just have a tenderloin sandwich either so I ordered the “50/50” which gives you both fries and onion rings to go along with it.

The tenderloin was perfect. They pound them out in-house and get all their meat from McGonigle’s market in Kansas City, so you know it’s fresh and high quality stuff. The tenderloin was sized just right for lunch (not as big as my face) and had a light and crunchy breading on it. The battered onion rings were about as good as any I’ve ever had and the fries were crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside just like they ought to be. I can guarantee I will be making a trip back to The Snack Shack before too long, and I’ll be leaving room for ice cream next time when I do!

Kansas City – Artego Pizza

Artego Pizza, located at 900 W.39th Street in Kansas City, (in the same strip as Q39) is a phenomenal joint. According to their website, they are “not your average pizza joint and not your average crust.” They then go on to explain something about fermentation and spice blends…. I’m not a food scientist, but whatever they are doing certainly works great. The crust is delicious and the pizza is as beautiful as it is tasty. The drink menu includes an extensive list of beer and wine to wash down all the deliciousness of the pizza.

Be prepared for loud rock music, which is fitting given the huge paintings of the rock and roll legends adorning the walls. The artwork is for sale, if you like it as much as you’ll undoubtedly like the pizza. For the pork lover, I recommend the Stockyard, which includes pepperoni, salami, Scimeca’s Italian sausage and bacon. If that’s not enough pork, they also offer Canadian bacon.  If you like cold drinks, rock and roll and great pizza, you’ll love Artego Pizza.

Until next time,

Chris

Kansas City – Jones BBQ

If you are looking for authentic “hole in the wall” type BBQ, you need to visit Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. It’s not a place to sit down and eat, as there is no place to sit other than a picnic table outside, but if you’re looking for takeout, or to put something in the cooler to save for later, this place is absolutely worth checking out. Located at 6706 Kaw Drive in KCK, Jones BBQ is only about 5 minutes from I-70 via Turner Diagonal south or less than 15 minutes from Bonner Springs on K-32.

Jones BBQ is run by 2 sisters, Deborah and Mary. They used to operate their restaurant in downtown KCK but after a brief hiatus from the BBQ world, they are back at it. After you order, Deborah pulls the meat straight from the smoker and slices it to order. This stuff is fresh, smoky, and authentic. I had a half rack of ribs, as well as some sliced pork and pork sausage. The ribs don’t have a lot of rub, but the smoke more than makes up for it. The sliced pork was smoky and tender and the sausage had great texture and had a little kick of spice to it you don’t see coming at first!

You can get the meat either served dry or with sauce depending on what you want. The sauce is really a very good KC style sauce so be sure to take some with you to use later. The menu is very simple but has good ways to get a good sampling of the full array of their BBQ. Overall it may not be the best location, but it gets a lot of business which suggests that the food is the real deal.

Until next time,

Mike

Scammon – Josie’s Ristorante

 

Josie’s Ristorante is a hidden Southeast Kansas gem. It’s a gem that people either seem to love or hate. The haters don’t like the location, the fact that they are cash only, or the older small town atmosphere. The lovers rave about the delicious food. If you are willing to go a little bit out of your way for a fantastic meal, Josie’s will not disappoint. In fact, I once heard a rumor that when folks from Italy come to the Midwest, this is where they eat.

A couple of the delicious pork offerings on the menu include a spicy Italian sausage and a very nice double pork chop. I over indulged and ordered both! I also had a side of fettuccine alfredo, which was some of the best that I have ever eaten.

To find this hidden gem, check a roadmap (cell service is spotty in the area, so don’t count on GPS), and head slightly southwest of Pittsburg, Kansas. Make an afternoon of it, and check out Big Brutus, a gigantic coal shovel, now a museum and monument to southeast Kansas’ coal mining history.

Are you going to love or hate Josie’s Ristorante? Head down to Southeast Kansas and find out. If you are a foodie, like I am, I’m betting that you will love it, like I do!

Until next time,

Chris

Olathe – Strips Chicken Strips and Pork Burgers

I know one wouldn’t normally think of going to a place known for its chicken strips to get some good pork, but in this case you have to take my word for it! Back in September “Strips Chicken Strips and Pork Burgers” opened near downtown Olathe (1110 East Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66061) and it is serving made from scratch chicken strips, pork burgers and sides. While I can’t vouch for the chicken at this time, I can say for sure that the pork burger with bacon is absolutely delicious. Check out all the menu items here or follow them on Facebook in order to get the full grasp of what all they serve!

The locally ground pork meat is perfectly cooked and of the highest quality. The smoky bacon on top creates a perfect flavor marriage. I had a side of their homemade potato chips which are perfectly salted and seasoned as well as being nice and crispy. Even the bun and burger fixings were just perfect quality. To top it all off, Strips makes fresh mini doughnuts on site and you can get one of those with your combo meal (or buy a whole box of them for later), which is a nice treat.

The old Wendy’s store Strips now inhabits has had its interior changed to more of a rustic country/farm décor. They even went so far as to turn a cupula from an old chicken house into a LED light fixture (see picture) which just adds to the experience. Actually, everything I’ve seen and tasted involving this place has been spot on so far. If you’re in Olathe and need a fast but GOOD meal, do yourself a favor and check this place out!

Until next time,

Mike

Overland Park – Hot Basil

I learned long ago that one can’t live on BBQ alone, so when you’re looking to eat some pork you have to branch out at times. As far as I’m concerned, one great way to do so is by going with Thai food. That’s what led me to “Hot Basil” in Overland Park recently.

Hot Basil is located in a strip mall in the Rosana Square shopping center near 119th and Metcalf (7528 West 119th Street Overland Park, Kansas 66213) and is very easy to find. While its outside appearance might be a bit non-descript, the flavors they’re churning out inside are anything but boring!

I tried the “Basil Fried Rice” which allows for the addition of one meat. Pork was the obvious choice here, so I ordered that combination to try. I can see why the reviews of this place are so positive! That food was delicious. Tons of flavor, a lot of heat, and tender slices of pork. What’s not to love??

I would mention that you’d better be able to handle some spice if you ever plan on getting it, and DO NOT add any extra hot sauce until you try it in its original state! Go try it out sometime if you’re in the area. If you like this type of food you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time,

Mike

Pamona – Leroy’s BBQ

If you ever find yourself going through Pomona, KS, you should really make plans to eat at Leroy’s BBQ. Located on the north side of Hwy 68 in the middle of town, you can’t miss it, and you won’t want to miss it. I had the pleasure of stopping in there recently, while on a day trip with my 4-year-old daughter. She wasn’t in the mood for BBQ, but she can now attest to the fact that Doug (the owner) makes a pretty good grilled cheese sandwich!

I like a good grilled cheese too, but I stopped to eat BBQ, and I’m glad I tried it. I found the ribs to be right up there with some of my favorites back in the KC area. The pulled pork was tender and smoky, and it was served dry (the way I like it). The fries, beans, and the house-made sauces were all great too.

If you’re feeling the urge to eat pork, but aren’t in the mood for BBQ, there’s always the pork tender, and for those a bit more adventurous, consider trying the “Ultimate BLT” (BLT with egg and ham on it) or the “Memphis Burger” which is a beef patty (I know, not pork…) topped with pulled pork, cheese, BBQ sauce and an onion ring! They serve breakfast too for all you early risers. You might miss out on this awesome BBQ, but then again, you can always ask for some ribs for breakfast. The worst Doug can say is no!

Until next time,

Mike

Kansas City – Snead’s BBQ

Snead’s Bar-B-Q, located right near the border of Kansas and Missouri at 171st and Holmes, is an iconic Kansas City Classic. Bill Snead built the restaurant and brick pit (still used to this day) in 1956. Two additions later, and the restaurant will seat 200 people!

sneads.jpgWhile the interior takes you back in time a bit, so does the barbecue. It is on par with two other Kansas City classics, Gates Bar B-Q and Arthur Bryant’s.

Fellow blogger Mike and I ordered as much pork as we could eat, including ribs, pulled pork and ham. We also had sides including the beans, which according to their website “The smoke flavor in the bar-b-que beans and sauces is obtained by cooking them in large kettles in the brick pit.” Speaking of flavor, their sauce is “is an original recipe of Mr. Sneads dating back to 1956.”

If you are into Kansas City barbecue, you owe to yourself to try this iconic barbecue legend!