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Kansas City – Krizman’s House of Sausage

If cooking sausage is something you enjoy then checking out Krizman’s House of Sausage in Kansas City, KS is an absolutely must for you. It’s fairly easy to get to at 424 N 6th St. near downtown KCK, and definitely worth the trip if you enjoy a great selection of old-world sausage recipes. Krizman’s was opened originally as a grocery store in 1939 by Joseph Krizman and his brother in-law. The 2 men were Croatian refugees that had worked in the Kansas City packing plants for some time before starting the business. They used their old-world sausage recipes to make and sell sausage out of the store to the residents of KCK’s Strawberry Hill area.

When I was at the store I was looking for a few ways I could try out their pork products. I bought a pound of ground pork shoulder, a stick of summer sausage, and a package of what they call “Barbequed Polish” sausage. The Barbequed Polish is a sausage that dozens of big name BBQ restaurants around Kansas City buy wholesale and cook themselves to serve off their own menus.

I took my mouthwatering haul home and started trying it when I got chances. I started with the pre-cooked summer sausage. It is part pork and part beef like a lot of summer sausage recipes. The sausage was great quality and had a perfectly balance of seasonings and of course paired well with some sharp cheddar cheese!

The ground pork was the next thing I tried when the weather let me fire up the Weber and grill some pork burgers. I hit them with some cherry and pecan smoke before throwing them over the coals and finishing them up. The grind on that stuff was just right and the ratio of lean to fat was on point, like you’d expect from ground pork shoulder. It made some truly delicious pork burgers and my only regret was not buying more of it.

After a few weeks I FINALLY got to try the Barbequed Polish sausage. I smoked them in the Weber using indirect heat and a blend of apple, cherry and pecan wood. I sliced them up and gave them a quick dip in Joe’s KC BBQ sauce and it was absolutely wonderful. They were smoky, tender, and most importantly high quality, which is something I really appreciate with ground meats.

Outside of the things I bought that day you can get many other sausage types from Krizman’s, such as knackwurst, andouille, Italian, and Chorizo. They also sell sour kraut, a few cheeses, and some old world breads so you can make a whole meal if you want!

Until next time,

Mike

Kansas City – Christy’s Tasty Queen

If you’re looking for “hole in the wall” type, old school fast food, then a place worth checking out is Christy’s Tasty Queen in Kansas City, KS. Located at 1405 South 55th St., Christy’s isn’t exactly easy to find, but once you study up on this place you might see that it is worth your time.

Christy’s doesn’t do much advertising, so their popularity usually only grows by word of mouth. It tends to be a local favorite in the old Turner community of KCK, but most around KC will tell you though that Christy’s serves one of the best, if not the best, pork Tenderloins in the city. After hearing that, I decided it was time to go check it out. One day back in March, fellow blogger Chris Petty and I stopped in and split a tenderloin and onion ring order. Thankfully it wasn’t too cold of a day, because Christy’s has no indoor seating. In fact, the only seating they have is a picnic table outside!

 

While the seating was Spartan to say the least, there was nothing frugal about that tenderloin or the amount of those delicious onion rings you get. I can now see why this place has been going strong for over 50 years now! They serve up a giant tenderloin that was, as far as I can tell, about perfectly cooked. It could have perhaps used some more seasoning on the meat or in the breading, but it was thick and juicy, and crispy on the outside which made up for the possible lack of seasoning.

Aside from a wide variety of “fast food” products, Christy’s also serves ice cream in many various forms, so you really can’t go wrong with this place! Check out my pictures of the menu and of our order, and you may soon be figuring out how and when to go try this hidden gem of Kansas City.

Until next time,

Mike

Winfield – Biederman’s Bistro

When asked what the best restaurant in Winfield is, many local residents will tell you that it is Biederman’s Bistro. The downtown restaurant, located in a building built in 1872 and remodeled into a restaurant space in 2004, is named after a pet turtle.

My visit took place during a busy Friday in April. The lunch crowd had filled the place nearly to capacity, and therefore service was a bit slow, but it was worth the wait. Everything looked and tasted as it was prepared fresh, rather than being quicker (but less tasty) food service fare.

I had a one of my favorite sandwiches, a Cuban. A Cuban is a pressed sandwich, featuring two types of pork, pickles, and cheese. What sets the Cuban sandwich at Biederman’s Bistro apart is that it features smoked pork, rather than the typical pork loin. The addition of smoked pork adds a flavor profile far above and beyond the average Cuban.

My meal also featured and appetizer of spicy fried pickles and concluded with a great slice of pie.

Winfield, Kansas has a handful of promising brand new restaurants that will have to work hard to serve pork as deliciously as Biedermans! I can’t wait to return to Winfield and see what the others offer my taste buds, as well.

Until next time,

Chris

Overland Park – Grandstand Burgers

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,

Chris

Kansas City – Bichelmeyer Meats

Bichelmeyer Meats, located at 704 Cheyenne Avenue in the Kansas City Armourdale neighborhood (named after the old Amour meet packing plant that was once in the neighborhood) is arguably the most famous butcher shop in Kansas.

Bichelmeyer’s have a long history in the meat business with one family member emigrating from Germany in the late 1800’s to work for Swift and Company. At one time or another, the family has had a cattle ranch, a butcher shop and a steak house. Needless to say, the Bickelmeyers know what they are doing.

They have a 60 foot long meat counter featuring every pork product imaginable, and they also sell all the rubs, sauces, and smoking woods you need to make your barbecue complete. You can even pick up slightly used, razor sharp butcher knives, at a discounted price. These knives are perfect for carving up your delicious pork.  And if it couldn’t get any better, on Saturday’s Bichelmeyer Meats serve fresh Mexican food right at the butcher shop.

If you’re tired of the limited selection at your local grocery store, check out one of my favorite butcher shops, Bichelmeyer Meats.

Until next time,

Chris

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