Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The United Plates of America

The May issue of Bon Appetit contains a feature titled The United Plates of America, a guide for foodies of what to eat, drink, and buy in each state. You can check it out here.

The following are the highlights from Kansas:

WHAT TO BUY: Lapin Links from The Rare Hare Barn 9976 SE Turkey Creek Rd., Leon; 316-259-4262

***I checked their website, and it sounds like the Lapin Links are bratwursts made from rabbit. This sounds interesting and might be worthy of a trip to Leon, which is south of El Dorado.

WHAT TO EAT: Grass-fed elk burger (meat from Rocky Hills Elk Ranch) at Local Burger, 714 Vermont St., Lawrence; 785-856-7827

***I''ve never eaten at Local Burger, but I like the concept of the restaurant. Since I'm married to a rancher's daughter, we tend to grill our hamburgers at home. I'll check out Local Burger and get back to you.

WHAT TO DRINK: Oatmeal Stout at Free State Brewing, 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence; 785-843-4555

***If you're a regular reader of The Greasy Skillet, you know that I speak fondly of Free State's Oatmeal Stout.

What do you suggest visitors of your state eat and drink?

take care,


Jeanie said...

Since I am also in Kansas although the culturally lacking Southern part of the state (Wichita) where everyone eats at chain restaurants or impossibly ridiculous overpriced steak houses that serve mediocre food. That said...I would hope that visitors to Wichita put aside any biases and visit the taco trucks parked along North Broadway. They are AWESOME! Fresh corn tortillas, meat of choice, super fresh blend of onion, cilantro, salsa fresca. That's good eating.
The other culinary genius is Saigon which is also on N. Broadway. Really good Vietnamese food.
At the taco trucks you sit at picnic tables and Saigon is a dive.

High Plains Drifters said...

A couple or three years ago, Gourmet said that the best Mexican food in the country could be found in Scotts Bluf, NE.

Outside magazine's online content doesn't go back far enough, but way back when Jim Harrison wrote a piece on road tripping through the mid-west and eating at only truck stops. Might have to spend an afternoon at the library looking that one up.

muddywaters said...

Jeanie: Thanks for the great tip. America does love its chain restaurants.

A lot of people don't realize that Kansas has a diverse population. If youp poke around Kansas, you're bound to find something interesting. Thanks to people like you we know where to look.

It's good to have a fellow visiting The Greasy Skillet. Keep coming back.

12th Man: I'll track down that Harrison article. I still need to get my hands on The Raw and the Cooked by Harrison. He also has a new ficiton book I'd like to read titled The English Teacher.

Randy Johnson said...

I have had the Elk burger at Local Burger, and can vouch for it. I was so proud to see two out of the three categories go to Lawrence!

muddywaters said...

Randy: Thanks for visiting. I'll need to try the elk burger.

I agree, I'm proud of Lawrence. The food keeps improving in Lawrence. It will be exciting to see what the future brings.