Grinders Pizza located at 417 E. 18th St near downtown Kansas City is a local favorite. According to their website, they are “located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, serves up great food and drinks seven days a week. Check out our specialty New York-style pizzas, authentic Philly cheese steaks, homemade burgers, deli sandwiches, fresh salads, house-smoked specials and world famous Death Wings. Wash it all down with a selection from the most eclectic beer list in Kansas City.”
They have another restaurant, Grinders West, located immediately next door. Directly behind Grinders is the famous Crossroads, an outdoor music venue featuring some of the music industry’s most famous acts. This place is a one stop shop for cool. What is even cooler? They have a pizza on the menu called the Le Hog.
This pizza is described as;
“A serious flesh feast! Creamy white sauce, 100% real crispy bacon bits, canadian bacon, ham, and meatballs.”
It would be pretty hard to pack more pork onto a pizza than you can get with the Le Hog. They also have burgers, wings salads, and an extensive drink menu. Additionally, Grinders has been featured the Food Network television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and the Destination America television show Barbecue Pitmasters, where they proudly represented Kansas City Style barbecue.
The Le Hog is delicious, the beer is cold and the concerts rock. This is a place in Kansas City you can’t miss.
Until next time,
Unfortunately this restaurant is no longer open.
Smokey Ben’s BBQ and More in Yates Center, Kansas, “the hay capital of the world” is a rare gem on the prairie. It is very unusual to find a barbecue restaurant in such a rural community, much less a good one! Smokey Ben’s is Located on 54 highway, and is roughly half way between Fort Scott and Wichita.
If you like “fall off the bone” ribs, this place is for you. In fact, their ribs are so tender that I’m curious how they get them on the plate in one piece.
My favorite thing about Smokey’ Bens BBQ and More is that the smoked flavor of their meat is spot on. I took a peek out back and noticed that they accomplish this feat of barbecue mastery by using an old offset style wood burning smoker. Most restaurants prefer to use highly automated commercial style smoker that much of the art and science (and smokey flavor) out of the process. While the pit-master at Smokey Ben’s has more of a challenge on his hands, the results speak for themselves.
While visiting with a worker, I learned that everything on the menu is made in the smoker minus the cobbler (which looked delicious, but I was too full to try).
Smokey Ben’s BBQ and more is currently for sale. I hope the next owner takes lessons from the current pitmaster! I would encourage you to get to Yates Center soon and check it out.
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,