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Hot Chili, Hotter Pickles, and a Political Rite of Passage in Topeka

In the Little Russia neighborhood of Topeka, KS (settled by Germans by way of Russia, not Russians) sits a modest town grocery with an adjoining deli that was founded in 1947 by a man named Charlie Porubsky. Today, anyone who is anyone in Kansas politics (except for one important guy) makes a point of stopping by to join the regulars for lunch. Charlie’s son and daughter run the place today, still making a daily pot of their famous chili in the cooler months (but no chili on Fridays and Saturdays!) and marinating pickles in so much horseradish that Senator Jerry Moran says “some of them are edible and some of them are impossible to eat.” Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. February 25th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


Gates Bar-B-Q of Independence MO Burns Down

Shake Shack Coming to Japan Next Year

Graeter’s Coming to Tennessee and Cleveland?

Giordano’s, Stunned by Indy Success, Plans Further Indiana Expansion

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LAF in the A.M. January 1st, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Fire at L C’s Bar-B-Q of Kansas City

Gino’s East Coming to South Barrington

Fuel City (And Its Tacos) Coming to Mesquite TX

Racine Native and Former NBA Player Jim McIlvaine on Kringle

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LAF in the A.M. December 29th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Barbecue on Sunday

How Is Shake Shack’s ‘Shroom Burger?

Stroud’s Bringing Fried Chicken to Independence, MO

Al’s #1 Italian Beef Groupon

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Gates Bar-B-Q, Kansas City MO


As soon as you walk in you are hit with a greeting of “Hi, may I help you?” Of course, if you’re new here then at least a quick scan of the overhead menu will be necessary. So step aside and listen to the regulars place their orders: it’s like another language. Folks here are very specific about how they want their meats cut, their meals prepared. Slice this cut of beef in such-and-such a manner from that side, extra meat on a roll. None of these options appear on the menu, mind you; they are simply the requests of experienced barbecue eaters who know what they like. Newcomers can get flustered and overwhelmed. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. November 19th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Norma’s Cafe Serving Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Moody’s Diner of Maine Loses Religious Discrimination Ruling

Oklahoma Joe’s Now Officially Joe’s Kansas City

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LAF in the A.M. November 10th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

New Braunfels Smokehouse and the Wurstfest

One of our favorite all-time festivals is going on right now. The Wurstfest, in New Braunfels, Texas, is a German/Texan celebration of beer, sausage, and music. The eating, for carnivores, is spectacular, much of it supplied by the New Braunfels Smokehouse, which produces those sausage kabobs you see pictured at the top of this post. In all, the NB Smokehouse expects to sell over 40,000 pounds of sausage at the Wurstfest. Read more about the New Braunfels Smokehouse and the Wurstfest in The Herald-Zeithung. The festival continues through Sunday the 16th. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. October 31st, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Maybe Billy Butler Shoulda Had the Brisket

Professional baseball players, on the whole, are a pretty superstitious bunch. If they called their mother and didn’t shave the morning of a win, you can bet Mom will be receiving wake-up calls and that beard will continue to grow as long as the team keeps winning. KC Royals DH Billy Butler had lunch at Joe’s Kansas City Tuesday and the Royals that night proceeded to win game six of the World Series 10-0. Butler had a double and an RBI. So there he was at Joe’s Kansas City again Wednesday, dining on ribs, beans, and Mountain Dew. Unfortunately for Butler and Kansas City fans, Butler singled in four at bats and the Royals lost the final World Series game to the Giants, 3-2. Continue reading

Take a KC Barbecue Tour!

Are you planning a first-time visit to Kansas City? Or maybe you’re a frequent visitor, or even a resident, who would just like to get a better handle on, and a behind-the-scenes look at, the local Q scene. If so, you might want to consider taking a tour with KC Barbecue Tours. They offer two different tours. The midday Original Kansas City Barbecue Tour visits four Q joints. The four may vary but one recent visitor said they went to LC’s, Woodyard, Gates, and Arthur Bryant’s, all, in our opinion, worth a visit. Continue reading

Ribs at Joe’s Kansas City KC’s Best, Says The Pitch

The Pitch, KC’s alternative weekly, has just released its Best of Kansas City 2014 results, and the winner for best ribs went to Joe’s Kansas City. The Pitch calls these ribs “dependable, mouthwatering hunks of meat that never, ever fail to satisfy.” They recommend you beat the lines by calling in your order in advance. Continue reading

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Edges Joe’s Kansas City in KC Poll

In a poll conducted by a KC polling firm, Fiorella’s Jack Stack edged out Joe’s Kansas City for KC-area residents’ favorite barbecue joint. Gates came in third, Arthur Bryant’s fourth, and LC’s finished sixth. Interestingly, when broken out by gender, Joe’s just nips Jack Stack among men. Those polled also named beef brisket, by a hair over pork ribs, as their favorite barbecued meat and baked beans as the decisive side of choice. We like ’em all but we’ll take burnt ends at LC’s. Continue reading

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