Nelson's Landing - Leonardville, Kansas
Since opening in 2007, Nelson's Landing in Leonardville, Kansas has become a destination for Green Bay Packers fans passing through Kansas. That is because the sports bar's owners are the parents of Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. When Kim & Alan Nelson opened Nelson's Landing, their son was in his senior year at Kansas State University. Once Jordy was drafted by the Packers, this restaurant became a favored place to watch Packer's games.
But that isn't the only reason to go to Nelson's Landing. We went there because it had been recommended for its burgers.
First we tried a appetizer which we assume was inspired by the Green Bay, Wisconsin connection - fried cheese curds. They were good, as good as I have had outside the Door Peninsula. If you get them, be sure to eat them right away, they are best when they are hot and fresh.
We also sampled a burger, bratwurst, onion rings and fries. The onion rings were nothing special, but the fries and bratwurst were decent.
I decided to try what was one of their new burgers from last summer, the Mushroom Madness Burger, which was a 1/2 pound char grilled hamburger with lots of fresh mushrooms which were cooked in butter, plus Swiss cheese on a onion Kaiser roll. It was sloppy, with liquid and mushrooms dripping on my plate and hand as I ate it. It was good, but not as good as it would have been with grilled onions or if it had been cooked medium (as I ordered) rather than well done. I was disappointed that the sandwich came with no onion, tomato, etc, just a pickle spear.
We asked where the pies were made and told that they were made in a second kitchen in the same building, by the owner's parents, so we had to try some. I think the raisins and been flavored with something (vanilla infused?) and the sour cream and raisin pie wasn't quite what I was hoping for, but the chocolate peanut butter pie was very good.
We need to return and try the chicken fried steak.
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