- June 8, 2019:
Travel for our other websites and life in general has kept me from exploring
Kansas since early May. Today I had a nice block of 4 hours in the middle
of the day and wanted to see some new things. After a little research last
night and first thing this morning, I headed to Tonganoxie, Kansas about
10:30AM, arriving at Grandpa's Burger Box shortly after it opened.
little burger joint consists of two sheds, attached to each other. One
is the kitchen and the other is a waiting area with a bench and a window
to the other shed where you place your order. A menu and a US map with
push pins are on the walls. I ordered a FatBoy (double) Burger with cheese
($6.09), pork tenderloin ($4.99), French fries ($2.19) and onion rings
($2.99). I would have really liked to try their chili dogs, but they did
not have chili.
food is made to order and took 14 minutes. There is no inside seating,
so I took the bag of food to one of the 4 picnic tables outside. The pork
tenderloin was good, particularly for one which I do not believe was hand
breaded. The burger was fine. Better than fast food burgers, but not very
juicy or flavorful.
fries and onion rings appeared to have been frozen, which is understandable
considering the tiny kitchen and fairly long menu. The onion rings were
pretty good, with an interesting flavor from the batter.
first stop after lunch was at the annual car show at the high school that
takes place during Tonganoxie Days weekend. At least at this time of the
day, it seemed to be the biggest thing going on for the event.
I photographed three nice murals. Two of the murals are by Kelly Poling
and are in the same pocket park. One of them has giant books on a shelf
and each book is devoted to someone from Tonganoxie. When the park opened
in 2016, there was a promise that there would be a kiosk which would explain
the stories, but there is none at this time.
third mural is a block away and is devoted to the Frank Henry Grocery Store
and a drover who delivered for the store.
searched town for several other pieces of public art which were mention
in a 2016 Tonganoxie Mirror article, but they are apparently all gone.
next stop was the Basehor Historical Museum in the nearby community of
Basehor. Although I had called the museum this morning and the recorded
message confirmed the hours, it was closed to allow set up for a tea party
later in the day. I called again. This time there was an answer and I explained
how far I had come and the allowed me to come in and take photographs.
north from Basehor, I visited Little Stranger Church, out in the country,
west of Leavenworth, Kansas. It is reported as being the oldest wooden
church building remaining in Kansas. The first service was held on May
12, 1868. Although local volunteers have been working on the church and
surrounding cemetery for several years, most have that work has been about
stopping further deterioration and the building and graves look very rough.
the evening, we revisited Hawg Jaw Que & Brew in North Kansas City,
Missouri. It had been nearly 2 years since my last visit and the review
needed updating. I took advantage of the visit to try some dishes I had
not had before. I asked the person taking the order for a recommendation
between spicy BBQ and Buffalo Smoked Wings (6 wing thirds for $6.99) and
she strongly recommended the Buffalo. They were spicy and great, even the
leftover ones the next day.
Irish Hawg was a huge sandwich for $10.59 - Smoked corned beef, smoked
sausage, Swiss cheese, spicy sauerkraut and thousand island on toast marble
rye. It was more than I wanted to eat and I took 5 of wy wing thirds home