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!
Until next time,
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.
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.
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,
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!
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!
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,