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Hallowell – Angelo’s Deli

On a recent trip through southeast Kansas, a particular restaurant I wanted to try was not yet open for the day. I called my friend Mike, originally from the area, and asked him for some other suggestions. He told me that I should try Angelo’s Deli in the rural community of Hallowell, Kansas.  Hallowell is located in an area once heavily stripped mined for coal. Angelo’s is the perfect place to get a bite to eat after a visit to Big Brutus, a gigantic electric coal shovel, visible for miles around and just a short drive northeast to West Mineral, Kansas.

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Mike described the place, quite accurately, as the “last outpost in Cherokee County”.  Angelo’s Deli does have all that you would expect a deli to have in the way of your basic meat and cheeses, but they also have a kitchen with hot foods (including a pork tenderloin), cold beer, snacks and fishing bait and tackle. I began to order the Angelo’s Special, a sandwich with ham and two types of salami. Before finalizing my order, I noticed that it also came in a “super” with 30 percent more meat. If you know me, you know I’m all about more pork, so I couldn’t resist the attempting the super! This sandwich comes with a “secret sauce” that is somewhat similar to what you would find on a big mac. I was unsure if I would like the sauce or not, but as it turns out, it pairs extremely well with the pork filled deli meat selection you get with the Angelo’s Special.

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The afternoon of my vist, the deli had a lively crowd of friendly locals, with much discussion of the day centering on recent wet conditions.  While researching the place, I came across a quote about the deli also being a good place to get information about fishing and even your love life.   Whether you need a bite to eat after a trip to Big Brutus, want to know where the fish are biting, or if you should bite the bullet and ask for date, Angelo’s Deli is the place for you!

Until next time,
Chris

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Yates Center – Smokey Ben’s BBQ and More

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.

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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.

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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,
Chris

Erie – Horizons at Prairie Ridge

The Neosho County seat community of Erie, Kansas is a pleasant and clean little community.  This riverside town is well kept and the people are friendly. One of the little community’s only real drawbacks is very limited amount of eating establishments. Food choices consist mostly of a bar, a gas station, a pizza and sandwich shop and a bowling alley.   While none of the aforementioned places are bad, I can say with confidence that there is another restaurant in the community that stands out in the pork department.

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Horizon’s at Prairie Ridge, as the name implies, is a restaurant overlooking the local golf course. At the suggestion of a friend, I wondered in over the lunch hour one summer day for a burger. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favorite pork delicacies on the menu and quickly decided that I had to come back.  Fast forward to December, and my friend and I had the opportunity to return.

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Although the cold weather kept us from eating on the patio and enjoying the lovely golf course view, the upscale interior provided a pleasant place to dine.  We called ahead and ordered the pork wings (actually, a tender and delicious piece of meat from the shank).  Only a handful of Kansas restaurants serve these tasty treats. (See the review of Taco Lucha in Manhattan for another.)  Our pork wings were served up with sticky barbecue sauce and a side of amazing battered French fries.  If you love pork like I do, you owe it to yourself to try some pork wings. You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time,
Chris

Frontenac – Pallucca’s Meat Market and Deli

After a recent move to Southeast Kansas, fellow blogger Mike, a southeast Kansas native, suggested a few places I should check out.  One of these places, Pallucca’s Meat Market and Deli is a real hidden gem.

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Palluca’s is located in the back half of the old Pallucca and Sons Supermarket is located in downtown Frontenac.  Frontenac, Kansas, near Pittsburg,  is a town rich in Italian history, due primarily to the coal mining industry, once a large part of the area.

As the name suggest, they have a meat market full of fresh cut pork and homemade sausages, as well as a deli. I picked up a delicious homemade Cuban (with prosciutto rather than ham or pork loin) which I then brushed with olive oil, pan fried and ate for supper.

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What the name does not suggest (but the smokers do) is that they also do catering. If that wasn’t enough, they also have a small grocery area full of imported Italian foods.  There are several varieties of olive oils, breads, pastas and anything else you would need to prepare a genuine Italian feast.  Many of these items available would be nearly impossible to find anyplace else in Kansas.

I can’t wait to check out some of the many varieties of flavorful sausages on my next visit. You should check them out too!

Until next time,
Chris

Coffeyville – Phelp’s Hog Heaven

A friend and I were looking for a place to grab a quick bite for lunch in Coffeyville, Kansas. As luck would have it, he suggested a local barbecue restaurant…to which I cannot say no! Phelps’s Hog Heaven located at 511 west 11th street in Coffeyville is a sure bet if you want pork in Southeast Kansas.  According to their website, all meats are hickory smoked, which is always a good sign when you want good barbecue.

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Phelps’s features a wall of flame, which as you might guess is a photo gallery of food challenge winners. To get your picture on the wall you must manage to eat three extremely hot ribs….a task failed by many but achieved by a few brave spicy food lovers.

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I chose to forego the food challenge and order a sampler platter complete with a majority of the meats available. One of my favorites was the smoked bologna, a specialty across the border in Oklahoma, but a barbecue item sadly left absent from many Kansas restaurant menus.  The ribs were pretty good too. In fact, Phelps’s Hog Heaven could be one of the better Kansas Barbecue restaurants to be found outside the Kansas City metro area.  I would encourage you to give it shot. Check out the bologna and let me know if you successfully complete the wall of flame challenge!

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Until next time,
Chris

Fort Scott – Sharkey’s Pub and Grub

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)!

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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).

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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,
Chris

 

Fort Scott – Nate’s Place

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!

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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!

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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,
Chris