Let me clarify my route. Will be in KC on Saturday on my way to Montana. Looking at Stroud’s on Oak Ridge Drive or Galvin’s in St. Joe. Then our return will be on a Sunday through Kansas & then south to Oklahoma.
Checked on the Red Box Car in Red Lodge, MT. Only open in the summer. May have to miss that one, too.
I’m still taking notes.
The Stroud’s in Wichita is open on Sunday, and you don’t have to change your schedule.
I ate there this spring and it was every bit as good as the KC restaurant. The cinnamon rolls were even better.
We’ll miss the Sunday brunch in Red Lodge – there on a Tuesday. But I’m headed to the Red Box Car. (Daddy worked for the railroad…..) The Kansas area places all sound great – bakery, steakhouse, etc – but we’ll be there on a Sunday and nothing seems to be open on that day. Thanks for the replies. I’m taking notes!!
In Red Lodge, MT, (the Beartooth Highway), if you are there on Sunday, The Piney Dell, south of town about 2 miles, has the best Sunday Brunch. In Red Lodge, on the south end of town, the Red Box Car has great milk shakes, and incredible homemade onion rings, really, everything is good, and it really is a red box car!
Buddy, weird world that it is, the NKC Stroud’s building is actually a LOT older than the 85th st. version.
It just hasn’t housed Stroud’s for as long.
I have no doubt that the Oak Ridge Manor location predates the now gone 85th Street site. Still, the total package is just a little too precious for my tastes.
Of course that doesn’t mean that come our Christmas visit we won’t stop in for a pan fried chicken and cinnamon roll fix.
In fact, if lostnthemail is anywhere near the Oak Ridge Manor address, I would highly recommend having dinner there. If for no other reason than to compare it to Galvin’s. One word of warning though; it will be physically impossible for you to dine at both Stroud’s and Galvin’s on the same day. Ideally you would give yourself three days (best to have a day of rest in between) for a Stroud’s/Galvin’s head to head contest.
There is also a bodacious BBQ place just off the Crawford St exit in Salina on 135…do not know the name offhand, but once you get off the exit heading into town, just roll down the window and ‘follow the smoke’…there is also one of the two Bogey’s drive ins in Salina..the other being in Hutchinson…decent fresh made burgers…and great shakes!
And if you do stop at Cozy Inn, dont forget NOT to ask for a cheeseburger -it doesnt exist there, and the classic CI story is how a grillman in the 30’s got canned for putting cheese on a burger he was cooking for himself!
the grill at Cozy Inn, Salina
A buffalo steak at the Bunker Hill Cafe! That is a deelish twice-baked tater there…notice the bread is missing already…
the soup bar at the Breadbasket
I have to second the motion for the breadbasket. Great prototypical midwestern soup and salad bar. However the signature item to try is the Bierock indigenous to Kansas and Nebraska. Get there around early lunch time because they do run out.
I do know about the other two Stroud’s. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Wichita location and I just have a hard time accepting the Stroud’s north location in an old mansion. If there isn’t an old man playing an old upright piano on an old floor that sags in the middle and a Christmas tree hanging upside down from the ceiling, well, it just ain’t Stroud’s for me.
Wish it weren’t so, but there it is.
BuddyRoadhouse, you do know that there are two Strouds that are still open? One in Kansas City and one in Wichita.
I was at Galvin’s in September of 3004 and enjoyed it. My only complaint was that I was by myself and could only sample one of the deserts.
Thanks for the replies. The bakery sounds wonderful….and my hubby would drive for hours out of the way to get good BBQ. We’ll report on the chicken at Galvin’s when we return.
Haven’t been there myself, but Mrs. Roadhouse, a St. Joe native, was there a few years back celebrating her mother’s 80th birthday. She reported back that it was pretty darned good. And with the demise of Stroud’s, Galvin’s is the best fried chicken in the greater KC/St. Joe area.
Along I-70 in Kansas try:
Pho Hoa One in Junction City. Wonderful little Korean hole in the wall.
Brookville Hotel in Abilene. The only thing they serve is family style fried chicken dinners. Everything in the meal is good.
Kirby House Restaurant in Abilene. Good food in an elegant 1885 Victorian home.
Cozy Inn in Salina. The only thing they serve are tiny burgers prepared on a 83 year old grill that is only used to cook these burgers.
Bunker Hill Cafe in Bunker Hill, Kansas. Outstanding steaks, and fresh baked bread served in 1917 limestone building that was originally a drugstore and soda fountain. Only open Wed-Saturday evenings
The Breadbasket in Newton. Mennonite Bakery that has a great German buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings.
B & C BBQ in Wichita. Perhaps the best BBQ in the country. Only open Monday-Saturday for lunch.
Nu-way Cafe in Wichita. This is the only one I am listing that is more than 2 miles from the freeways. There are several Nu-Ways in Wichita, but go to the original at 1416 W Douglas Avenue, which opened in 1930. In addition to the traditional loose hamburger sandwiches, they have good rings and fries. And make their own root beer. You may want to get a couple of gallons to take home.
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