Local Eateries offer heritage, good eats

Michelle Boltz / Washburn Review

Porubsky’s Deli and Grocery has been a familiar local gem in the northeast area of Topeka known as Little Russia since 1947, when it was opened by Charles and Lydia Porubsky.

Porubsky’s is recognized in the Topeka community for its world famous chili, which has just enough of a ‘kick’ to make you want to come back for more.

Many of their clientele that grew up eating their chili will go out of their way to get some when back home for a visit. Their hot pickles come in at a close second, and pack a great punch to compliment their chili.

Another popular item ordered is their cold plate, which comes with an assortment of four meats, two cheeses, hot and dill pickles and four slices of bread. Porubsky’s also has a small grocery section.

In addition, Porubsky’s provides party trays and catering. It is recommended to call at least two days in advance.

What’s unique about Porubsky’s clientele is being able to reminisce about the past.

“It has always been a family-owned business,” said Cecilia Porubsky, Charles Porubsky Jr.’s sister. “We have our regulars, and first timers everyday. We welcome them all.”

Porubsky’s is in its second generation of ownership, and has its own documentary made by Gizmo Pictures and Matt Porubsky called “Porubsky’s, Transcendent Deli.”  Porubsky’s is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at 508 NE Sardou, right off the Sardou Bridge. To order for catering, call 785-234-5788.

Herman’s Beef and Sausage House

Another treasured place is located in North Topeka named Herman’s Beef and Sausage House. It opened its doors in 1972, and is owned by Jim Herman. Herman’s is also well known for their friendly competition with Porubsky’s with their chili and hot pickles.

“Herman’s makes theirs with mustard oil, Porubsky’s uses horseradish,” said Bob Carpenter, who has been a fixture at Herman’s for the past 25 years.

Chili will start back up the first of October and it goes quick. One of Herman’s most popular sandwiches is the Walker. It is on white or wheat bread, with hot mustard, hot pickles, ham, roast beef and Longhorn cheese. It adds a pleasant buzz to the taste buds. Herman’s homemade beef jerky is slowly cooked and is made fresh three days a week.

Herman’s has lunch specials that change on a weekly basis. Nine varieties of meat bundles are offered at reasonable prices. Gift certificates are also available.

“It’s like an old-fashioned meat market,” said Carpenter.

Herman’s, located at 823 NW Gordon, off the Topeka Boulevard. bridge, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.hermansmeatmarket.comor call 785-233-7328.

Kansan Grill

Kansan Grill is another local eatery conveniently located downtown. Kansan Grill offers Angus beef burgers, K.C.  Strip steaks, sandwiches, salads, chicken fried steak, seafood, pasta, appetizers and more. A lot of Kansas icons frame the walls, which adds a nostalgic touch.

Kansan Grill provides a cozy and casual atmosphere, with comfort food. It makes a great place to hang out with family and friends, and has a kid-friendly menu that is pleasing for even the pickiest eater. During the week, Kansan Grill has a lunch buffet available.

Downstairs from the restaurant is a separate club that features live entertainment from local bands. Along with meals, Kansan Grill has a full bar and wine list. For catering or to find out about upcoming events, visit their website at www.kansangrill.comor call 785-233-0086. Kansan Grill is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are located at 705 S. Kansas Ave.