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Historical Recipes Served at Trail Days Café in Council Grove

Imagine dining on roast buffalo like the Native Americans or baked ham with strawberry sauce just as the early settlers did, with your meal delivered by servers in period costumes inside a Victorian era decorated home built in 1861 along the famous Santa Fe Trail. Find this unique cultural experience inside Council Grove’s Trail Days Café and Museum where you truly step back in time dining on historical foods in a historic setting.

Posted on July 22, 2011 1:11PM by Cecilia Harris

Fried Chicken to Crow About at Wheatland Café, Hudson

Wheatland Cafe ExteriorThe Wheatland Café in the little town of Hudson has a lot to crow about. Every Sunday, people flock to this small community in central Kansas to gobble up Darrell Bauer’s famous fried chicken on a buffet featuring favorite foods like Grandma used to make. Yep, that means flavorful chicken that is just-right crispy and golden on the outside while moist and juicy on the inside, savory ham, real mashed potatoes with white gravy, warm bread from the oven, and homemade ice cream. Darrell says he and his wife, Shannon, cook the hard way…from scratch.

Posted on June 17, 2011 1:34AM by Cecilia Harris

Smoffee’s More Than Coffee Shop in Colby

The colorful, arty sign above Smoffee’s gave me a preview of what’s inside this former motion picture theater. Starring a fun and inviting atmosphere and homemade food, this inventive bakery, bistro, and coffee/smoothie shop is the happening place in Colby! A cast of local characters gathers here daily to leisurely sip gourmet coffee while conversing about the world’s problems. Friends connect over a lunch of green chili or apricot chicken. This is the community gathering spot owners Shawn and Mary Larson hoped it would be. And visitors are welcomed as family.

Posted on May 20, 2011 2:17PM by Cecilia Harris

Old-fashioned Outdoor Dining at Kuntz’s Drive-In in Abilene

Kuntz's drive-inAs alfresco dining continues to grow in popularity, I’m reminded of a form of outdoor dining I’ve been enjoying since I was a kid - the drive-in. I live near one of these old-fashioned eating establishments, and now that the weather’s warmer I’m a frequent visitor to Kuntz’s Drive-In in Abilene. Music from the 1950s and 1960s plays as I enjoy the breeze coming through the open windows of my car parked in one of the dozen or so stalls under a low awning. A car hop takes my order: a Fat Lady Burger and a frosty mug of homemade root beer. And lots of napkins please.

Posted on April 22, 2011 1:24PM by Cecilia Harris

WaKeeney’s Western Kansas Saloon and Grill a Sure Bet

Wakeeney Saloon and GrillBelly up to the bar in the Western Kansas Saloon and Grill in WaKeeney like I did and you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. The wood floor, pressed tin ceiling, paintings of early-day Trego County, and shelves filled with glass milk bottles, oil lamps, and washboards create an old-fashioned atmosphere. If the walls in this building constructed as a hardware store in 1925 could talk, they would have stories to tell!  

Posted on February 18, 2011 8:28PM by Cecilia Harris


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