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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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Manhattan – Coco Bolos

Coco Bolos has always been one of my Manhattan favorites. Located in a small building on the northwest corner of Aggieville, it has a unique southern flair. According to their website, the atmosphere includes “tastes from the Gulf Coast, South Texas and Southern New Mexico.” However, it’s certainly not a traditional Mexican restaurant.

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Some of their pork menu offerings include chili verde and chili con carne, both featuring pork shoulder, and thai pan bbq pork. I chose to eat Bud’s Cuban grilled pork sandwich. This was a deliciously spicy sandwich featuring seasoned pork shoulder slices on a grilled bun. It also came with a side salad and a wonderful homemade dressing.

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I enjoyed my meal on a nice warm heated covered patio, watching the game on the big screen TV’s.

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The owners of Coco Bolos also own the popular Manhattan barbecue restaurant Cox Brothers. I would encourage you to try out both of these establishments the next time you are in Manhattan.

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!

Manhattan – Call Hall Dairy Bar

If you have ever enjoyed an ice cream cone from the Call Hall Dairy Bar located on the campus of Kansas State University, than you already know about the best place in Kansas to get ice cream. They have many wonderful selections including purple pride, 150 (celebrating the birthday of K-State), vanilla, chunky vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

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Did you know that the Call Hall Dairy Bar is also one of the best places in Kansas to get pork? They have cooler after cooler of “Wildcat Brand” frozen meats including all your traditional pork favorites of ribs, bacon, pork burger, chops and roast. These delicious pork products are processed right on campus by college of agriculture students.

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They also carry a lot of specialty items like sausages, por-con (pork and bacon) burger, pig’s feet and other hard to find items. Some of my personal Call Hall pork favorites include German bologna and pepperoni snack sticks. Next time you are in Manhattan for a game or just stopping in for an ice cream cone, be sure to pack your cooler and go home with a generous supply of pork. Not only will you support Kansas State University, but your stomach will thank you too!

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Until next time,
Chris

Manhattan – Early Edition

Early Edition, a breakfast restaurant in Manhattan, Kansas is one of those places that people either love or hate….just check out the reviews.

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Personally, I like it.  If you want a good traditional American breakfast, this is the place. In fact now they have two places.  One of Kimball Avenue in the Candlewood Shopping Center ( where my wife and I regularly ate while we were in college) and a new location in southeast part of town near K-Mart on . E. Poyntz.

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On a recent visit, I enjoyed the Wildcat Skillet. The dish has all kinds of pork, including ham, bacon and sausage. When I included coffee and toast, it was more than I could finish! They also serve up all the other breakfast favorites, like omelets, pancakes, etc.

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The west location is a favorite of many Manhattan residents and the east location is very convenient to those staying in area hotels. It sure beats eating at the chain breakfast restaurant down the road.  Try it next time you are in the neighborhood and give it your own review!

– Chris