C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats - Topeka, Kansas
Since 1947, C.W. Porubsky Grocery and Meats has lain across 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 - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday (closes at 3 PM on Saturday). Not everyone likes the hot horseradish pickles, but those that do, love them and stock up whenever they visit.
Porubsky is best known for the chili, but it can be a little difficult to get. Chili is only prepared from the day after Labor Day, until late Spring. The Porubsky family doesn't want too many people coming in for the chili on the busiest grocery days (Friday & Saturday) and crowding out the local customers, so chili is only made Monday through Thursday.
We recently learned that you can call on Thursday and ask them to put aside some chili to be purchased cold on Friday or Saturday. In the spring of 2014 a bowl of chili was $3.75, a pint was $3.95, and a quart was $6.95.
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.
Various map services do not agree on the local street names 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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