For great farm and ranch country home-style cooking at great prices, to experience small town life and camaraderie, there is no place like the Emma Chase Cafe, one of Kansas' best-known eateries and meeting places. You will often have the opportunity to sit at a community table with locals and fellow travelers. On one recent visit, I enjoyed chatting with two ladies from Sweden, one who had just received an honorary doctor's degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg.
Most days they close at 2 pm, but on Wednesday evening they're open from 5 to 8 for a 99 cent hamburger party. On Friday evenings, they serve fried catfish followed by live music. See my following entry for a list of some of the regular events held at the Emma Chase Cafe.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Fried Steak - served the Kansas Explorer way. Fresh meat, never frozen, hand pounded and breaded, pan fried. Real mashed potatoes. Also a great choice is the pork tenderloin sandwich - wonderful. Nothing prepackaged and frozen here. And wonderful pie - my favorite is the gooseberry , Nancy loves the rhubarb.
That's Emma in the photo (the pretty one standing up). If you eat at her restaurant, you won't be a stranger long!
Following is a partial list of the regular events held at the Emma Chase Cafe:
1) The Falls Literary Society meets every morning at 9 for coffee and to solve world problems!
2)Tallgrass Pickers jam session - first Friday night of every month
3) Tallgrass Gospel Singin' - second Friday night of every month
4) K-177 Bluegrass Pickin' - third Friday of every month
5) Old Timey Rock & Roll and Vintage Country - fourth Friday of every month
6) Bicyclists' Breakfast Buffet - first Sunday of every month - 8 am
7) Antique Auto Breakfast - second Sunday of every month - 8 am
8) Biker Breakfast - third Sunday of every month - 8 am
9) Aircraft Fly-in - fourth Sunday of every month at the Cottonwood Falls Airport - 8 am
10) Tea at Three - third Tuesday of every month. Hat, gloves and reservations required!
What a unique cafe!
I should have listed this under accomodations but I have not slept there just eaten there. The Grand Central Hotel has a good restaurant.
Historical building restored as hotel and dining room.
Favorite Dish: If you have read my travel pages you probably think steak is all I like to eat. It is not true but steak is what I had at Grand Hotel and it was good. Save room for fudge from the Praire Maid a few doors up the street for dessert.