C.W. Porubsky Grocery & Meats 
 508 NE Sardou Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66608

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Porubsky Grocery closed April 30, 2022

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C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats - Topeka, Kansas

Archive page only. After 75 years, on April 30, 2022 this great neighborhood market closed. We will miss the friendly people, the chili, the horseradish pickles, pimento cheese spread and the meats! Note: This building now houses The Little Russia Chili Parlor, which uses different recipes, but now offers their own versions of pickles. pimento spread, ham salad and chili.

Since 1947, C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats has sat across from the railroad tracks in the Little Russia district of Topeka, Kansas. While not mentioned in the name, there is an attached 30 seat tavern where customers can enjoy beer and the delicatessen food. Railroad workers stop their vehicles on the tracks and walk over to Porubsky for lunch.

Porubsky has amazing horseradish pickles, superb chili in season, and big plump deli sandwiches. Meals are only served 11 AM - 2 PM, but the grocery is open 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Not everyone likes the hot horseradish pickles, but those that do, love them and stock up whenever they visit.

Chili Season

Porubsky Grocery and Meats is best known for the chili, but it can be a little difficult to get. Chili is only prepared from the day after Labor Day, until the end of April. The Porubsky family doesn't want too many people coming in for the chili on the busiest grocery days (Friday & Saturday) and crowding out the local customers, so chili is only made Monday through Thursday. 

You can get around this, if you call on Thursday and ask them to put aside some chili to be purchased cold on Friday or Saturday. In February 2021 a bowl of chili was $3.99, a pint was $4.79, and a quart was $8.89.

We are also fans of Porubsky's pimento cheese spread. It comes in regular and hot. The hot (pepper hot, not horseradish) is very hot. You might not get that much heat in the first bite, but you will have it after 2 or 3. Like many of the items at Porubsky  grocery, the prices are unchanged in many years. 8 ounces is $2.99 and a pint is only $4.99.

Various map services do not agree on the local street names in the Little Russia neighborhood of Topeka and it can be a little tricky getting here. The Yahoo map which we have posted below agrees with the actual street signs. NE Sardou Avenue does something very strange in this neighborhood.

C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats does not take credit cards.

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Deli Counter

Porubsky Grocery - Topeka, Kansas
This is the entire grocery area - you can see why large numbers of customers would be awkward.

Porubsky's grocery counter
The grocery is almost like stepping back in time - they even sell Moon Pies.

Porubsky Tavern
Porubsky Tavern

Porubsky's hot horseradish pickles
Porubsky's hot pickles

Porubsky's pimento spread
Pimento spread - hot & regular

Porubsky Grocery and Tavern - Topeka, Kansas
Porubsky Grocery and Tavern

Porubsky's deli menu
Porubsky's sandwich menu
Deli counter menu from February 2021

C.W. Porubsky Grocery Map - Topeka, Kansas
C.W. Porubsky Grocery Map

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