C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats - Topeka, Kansas
Archive page only. After 75 years, on April 30, 2022 this great neighborhood market closed. We will miss the friendly people, the chili, the horseradish pickles, pimento cheese spread and the meats!
Since 1947, C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats has sat across from the railroad tracks in the Little Russia district of Topeka, Kansas. While not mentioned in the name, there is an attached 30 seat tavern where customers can enjoy beer and the delicatessen food. Railroad workers stop their vehicles on the tracks and walk over to Porubsky for lunch.
Porubsky has amazing horseradish pickles, superb chili in season, and big plump deli sandwiches. Meals are only served 11 AM - 2 PM, but the grocery is open 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Not everyone likes the hot horseradish pickles, but those that do, love them and stock up whenever they visit.
We are also fans of Porubsky's pimento cheese spread. It comes in regular and hot. The hot (pepper hot, not horseradish) is very hot. You might not get that much heat in the first bite, but you will have it after 2 or 3. Like many of the items at Porubsky grocery, the prices are unchanged in many years. 8 ounces is $2.99 and a pint is only $4.99.
Various map services do not agree on the local street names in the Little Russia neighborhood of Topeka and it can be a little tricky getting here. The Yahoo map which we have posted below agrees with the actual street signs. NE Sardou Avenue does something very strange in this neighborhood.
C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats does not take credit cards.
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