The Breadbasket

Bakery | Cafeteria | German | Small Town Café
One of the best

The Breadbasket is a high plains cafe in the middle of Newton, a Mennonite community about 25 miles north of Wichita. Enter the restaurant through the dining room, which is plain and nicely furnished with knickknacks. As you leave the dining room you enter the cafeteria-style serving area and place your order.

I initially found this place back in 2003 after searching the web for bierocks. Bierocks are similar to the Runza served at the Nebraska chain that bears the same name. The ingredients include ground beef, onions, cabbage, and spices, all baked inside a pocket of bread dough. They were initially made by Mennonites from Germany who emigrated to Russia and eventually settled in Kansas and Nebraska.

You can choose a sandwich or one of the homemade bierocks (which usually run out before the end of the day). You can order a small or regular portion with the additional option of including soup or salad bar with the meal. My meal included a regular bierock (you get two), salad bar, and, for an extra charge, the soup bar, too.

The bierocks are stellar. The bread dough is warm, soft, and fresh, and the complementary combination of beef, cabbage, and onions melds harmoniously. Unlike Nebraska Runzas, which are usually rectangular, Kansas bierocks are circular.

The typical heartland salad bar includes several homemade items such as pea salad, German potato salad, sweet and sour cabbage, and apple raisin salad. The homemade soups include smokey green been and ham, creamy chicken noodle loaded with hunks of chicken and soft wide noodles, and chicken borscht soup. My attention was so entranced by the salad and soup bar, I cannot even tell you about the display of homemade breads. I forgot to get a slice or two! A plethora of pies greeted me at the end of the cafeteria line. I chose Toll House pie, which tastes like a big soft chocolate chip cookie.

On Friday nights the Breadbasket stays open for dinner, with a German buffet, and on Sunday there is a general buffet. The bierocks, soup, and salad bar are only offered at lunchtime during the week.

The Breadbasket is good proof that the traditional heartland cafe is alive and well.

What to Eat
The Breadbasket, Bierocks
A bierock: ground meat, cabbage, and onion encased in warm bread dough.
The Breadbasket, Chicken Borscht Soup
Chicken Borscht Soup
Chicken borscht soup: velvety sweet 'n' sour cabbage maintains its flavor but loses itself in the texture of the velvety broth.
The Breadbasket, Green Bean and Ham Soup
Green Bean and Ham Soup
The green bean and ham soup is loaded with smokey ham and soft limp green beans.
The Breadbasket, Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Hunks of chicken and soft broad noodles make this soup the perfect comfort food.
The Breadbasket, Salad Bar
Salad Bar
From the salad bar: clockwise, we have German potato salad, pea salad, apple raisin salad, and sauerkraut.
The Breadbasket, Tollhouse Pie
Tollhouse Pie
The Tollhouse pie tastes like a big soft chocolate chip cookie.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10:30am - 2pm
Monday6:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday6:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday6:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday6:30am - 5:30pm
Friday6:30am - 8pm
Saturday6:30am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 762 MILES | 12 hr 9 min

When Russians of German ancestry settled the Nebraska Midlands over a century ago, they brought with them recipes for a unique meat pie. A bun of soft bread dough is baked with a stuffing of ground beef and cabbage, as well as enough spice to give it pizzazz, but not so much that it is…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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