Kansas has many interesting specialty foods. Some are based
on Kansas Agriculture, but more are inspired by the (usually) European
Heritage of many of the immigrants to Kansas. This page was inspired by
a wonderful meal I prepared at home using Krizman's smoked Polish sausage,
Extra Inning's jalapeno mustard, and Porubsky's horseradish pickles.
Sadly, Extra Inning's no longer open. If we are going
to keep these great Kansas institutions open, we must visit them often
and encourage others to do the same.
Still to be reviewed: Laura's Bakery & Grill (Kansas
City), Jay WaLe's Bakery-Bistro (kansas City), Wilson Family Foods (Wilson),
and Sincerely Yours (Wilson). Email me about your favorite Kansas specialty
|Alma, Kansas -
Bakery and Sweet Shoppe once occupied an 1886 native stone building
that had formerly housed the Wabaunsee County Bank, a general store and
a barber shop. But they have since moved to a more functional, larger space
up the side street.
As soon as I walked through the bakery door, I knew I
was going to like this place. Alma Bakery smells wonderful!
|Alma, Kansas - The Alma
Creamery dairy store sells Alma Cheeses, milk and other Kansas
specialty food products from Wyldewood Cellars Winery, Grandma Hoerner's,
and jerky & sausage from Prairie Thunder Elk. I particularly like their
extra sharp cheddar cheese.
Open seven days a week in summer, Monday - Saturday the
rest of the year.
Tours available by appointment.
|Alma, Kansas - Grandma
Hoerner's Foods produces apple sauces, preserves, fruit butters,
chutneys, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, salsas, and mustards in a facility
that is just off of I-70 at exit 324.
Grandma Hoerner's products are available through a variety
of retail outlets, online, and at retail store in the Alma factory.
|De Soto, Kansas - Steve's
Meat Market has been serving De Soto, Kansas and western Johnson
County for 40 years.
Steve's isn't just a full service meat market and deer
processor, but prepares many specialty meats, including bratwurst, sausage,
slim Jims, pickled pig's feet, and pickled polish sausage. They also provide
a variety of fresh meat, raw bones, cooked bones and hooves for pets.
|Hartford, Kansas -
European BakeShop came about because a local man married a woman
from France and John and Evelyne O'Connor eventually moved back to the
area. The shop has tremendous baked goods - if it was in a metropolitan
area, they would sell out shortly after opening each day.
Although Evelyne creates a wide variety of pastries, ice
cream and quiche; only a few are available on a given day. I recommend
reviewing the items on their web site and calling ahead to have your favorites
prepared. Sorry, we just learned that the European
BakeShop has closed.
|Kansas City, Kansas - The Bichelmeyer
Meat Market in Kansas City, Kansas opened
in 1946 and is operated today by Joe and Jim Bichelmeyer.
In addition to being a full service butcher shop, the
Bichelmeyers also raise cattle, and offer custom slaughtering, aging. and
smoking. Bichelmeyer Meats smoke slim Jims, beef jerky, 12 kinds of sausage,
7 kinds of bacon , pork loin and pork chops.
Open Tuesday through Saturday. 704 Cheyenne Avenue,
Kansas City, Kansas 66105 (913) 342-5945
|Kansas City, Kansas - Krizman's
House of Sausage has been producing ethnic sausages since 1939 and
supplies a number of Kansas City restaurants. Although Krizman's has a
Croatian heritage, they also produce a number of other ethnic sausages
Open Tuesday through Saturday. 424 North 6th Street -
|Leawood, Kansas - Fritz's Smoked Meats
opened in 1927, and has been at this location since 1969. Four generations
of Fritz Plapp's family have operated the popular store. Fritz's produces
and sells several varieties of sausages, as well as hams, turkeys, brisket
and ribs. I am particularly fond of their hot Polish Sausage.
They also serve sandwiches and prepare hot ribs, sausages,
chicken and brisket on the smoker in front of the store. Shipping available.
Open 8-5:30 on Tuesday to Friday. 8-4:30 on Saturdays.
10326 State Line Road - (913) 381-4618.
|Lecompton, Kansas - Kroegers
Country Meats & Deli is
on Highway K-1029 passing through Lecompton, Kansas. Kroegers is a friendly,
family run market that has been in operation for 25 years.
Kroegers Country meats makes two varieties of beef jerky
and one variety of sausage. Robin Kofford grind's Kroegers own hamburger
which can be purchased cooked or by the pound. Kroegers sell other sausages,
bacon, smoked pork chops and ham from Fanestil Packing in Emporia. Kroegers
meat products are great.
|Lenexa, Kansas - I almost hesitate to include
the photo of Old Country Bakery. If you first sampled their product,
you would expect it to come from a beautiful old kitchen, not from this
small section of a modern industrial park in Lenexa. Old Country Bakery
produces wonderful povitica - Croatian style cake bread. It is so
good and unusual that it is my favorite item to give as a house gift.
Because they mostly ship their povitica bread, Old Country
Bakery is only open retail for very limited hours for most of the year:
Mornings on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. But they have longer hours
in November and December. 14438 W. 100th Street - (913) 495-9700 Order
|LeRoy, Kansas - Luther's
Smokehouse is one of Kansas' fairly little known gems. A restaurant
& convenience store in a fun old building, and a new modern smokehouse
next door. Luther's smokehouse produces several varieties of beef, buffalo
& turkey jerky, buffalo sausage, and pemmican (lean buffalo roasts
ground tender & dried - preserved with raisins).
|Lucas, Kansas - Brant's
Meat Market features fine fresh meats as well as dry cured bacon,
beef jerky, homemade Czech bologna, and wonderful smoked link sausages.
The market has been operating for 83 years, over 70 of those years by the
same family. Brant's ships beef jerky and prepares gift boxes of meats
and cheeses for pickup. My coworkers have a standing order for Brant's
Czechoslovakian bologna whenever I get by Lucas. Open Monday - Saturday.
|Manhattan, Kansas - Call Hall on the Kansas State
University campus has housed the KSU Dairy Processing Plant since 1964.
It also has the Dairy Bar where ice cream, milk, cheese, meat and sandwiches
are sold to the public. The Call Hall Dairy Bar carries 40 different
flavors of ice cream, but only 30 are available at a given time. One of
the popular flavors in Purple Pride, which is named for K-State University
and is actually blueberry ice cream. My personal favorite is Irish Cream.
The meat section has beef, pork, and lamb plus seasonal
items such as smoked turkey, smoked hams, summer sausage, barbeque beef,
barbeque pork, wildcat loaf and cheese & meat boxes.
Open Monday through Friday 7AM - 6PM and Saturday 11AM
- 4PM. KSU Dairy Bar, 144 Call Hall, Manhattan (785) 532-1292
|Mission, Kansas - Werner's
Specialty Foods has been selling their own handmade sausages since
1973. The market offers a variety of German and Scandinavian style, or
imported grocery products.
The market is open Monday through Saturday. On Saturdays,
Werner's grills several of their own sausages outside the store sells them
on a bun. On Thursday's at lunch time they grill just one of them, rotating
which one each week.
|Overland Park, Kansas - Andre's
Confiserie Suisse and Rivaz Tearoom in Overland Park, Kansas makes
high quality chocolate candies, French pastries & tortes and service
light authentic Swiss lunches.
Andre and Elsbeth Bollier immigrated from Basel, Switzerland
to Kansas City in June of 1955, and opened typical a Swiss Confiserie south
of the Country Club Plaza at 5018 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri
in October of that year. Andre's quickly became a Kansas City tradition.
Andre's daughter Brigitte and husband Kevin opened Andre's
Confiserie Suisse in Overland Park, Kansas in 2002.
|Topeka, Kansas - Since
1947, C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats has lain across the railroad tracks
in the Little Russia district of Topeka. Porubsky's has amazing horseradish
pickles, superb chili in season, and big plump deli sandwiches. Meals are
only served 11 AM - 2 PM on Monday through Thursday, but the grocery is
open 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Not everyone likes the
hot horseradish pickles, but those that do, love them and stock up whenever
they visit. There is a gallon jar of the pickles in my refrigerator as
I type this. 508 N.E. Sardou - (785) 234-5788
|Topeka, Kansas - Rees
Fruit Farm and cider mill, near Topeka, Kansas, has been operated
by the Rees family since 1901. They grow 24 different varieties of apples
which are hand picked. Rather than select a combination of apples that
they believe will produce the finest cider, they change the mix of apples
through the season and Rees apple cider tastes different at different times
through the season.
The Rees family grows asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries,
gooseberries, tomatoes, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, squash, peaches,
nectarines, peaches, apples, grapes and pumpkins. They also distribute
honey, preserves and baked goods.
|Wichita, Kansas - Cero's
Candies in the Old Town section of Wichita, Kansas was started
by Pete Cero in 1885, and was still operated by the Cero family until just
1999. Until recently, Cero's Candies was owned by Mental Health Association
of South Central Kansas, but it is privately owned again.
Popular candies include caramels and chocolates peanut
brittle, cherry cordials, chocolate popcorn and peanut clusters.
Cero's recently moved from Old Town to a new location
at 3429 E. Douglas Wichita, KS 67218.
|Williamsburg, Kansas - Pome
on the Range Orchard and Winery near Williamsburg, Kansas has a
country store which offers produce, fruits, cider, their own wine, products
from Kansas producers such as, nuts, jams, and Alma Cheese. During the
season, there is also pick your own vegetables and fruits. Just off I-35
at Exit 176 .
|Yoder, Kansas - This small farming community south
of Hutchinson is largely made up of Mennonite and
Amish families. Yoder
Meats is best known for many unusual cuts and types of meats, but
they also sell other locally produced Amish candies, cheese and baked goods.
Open Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 8 PM - (800) 952-6328
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