Monday, July 21, 2014

The Cozy Inn




Well this place is a bit of a drive, but if you ever find yourself in Salina, Kansas, Cozy Inn Hamburgers is a must-stop. Heck, you better stop in Salina before heading west on I-70 because there's nothing but fields and windmills after that. It's easy to pick what to eat at Cozy Inn. Your only option is the number of sliders you want to pack in your belly. So have a seat on one of the 6 porcelain stools from 1922 (yeah, the place has been open that long) and wait to be served. 




Considering my only other experience with sliders is from White Castle, these were the best I've ever had. Ha ha. The meat was flavored well from the 90 years of grime that has built up on the griddle. The buns were soft and slightly sweet. The bottom bun was quite possibly my favorite part of the burger. The salty burger juices soaked in and with some stray diced onions, tasted so good. 




I'm glad we are passing back through on our way home. This iconic little place is calling my name again.


The Cozy Inn is located in Salina, Kansas, just a quick jaunt to the north. Visit their website at http://www.cozyburger.com. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Willmon Farm



Willmon Farm has been around for over 40 years, and I feel like a slacker because I've never even heard of it. After reading about it multiple times on a Facebook food group, I decided it was time to head out that way to check the place out. The farm is located in a very rural residential area in East Montgomery County. When we turned in the drive, I wasn't sure we were in the right place because it seemed very small and not very inviting. Maybe I was comparing it to Neal's which is bright, airy and inviting. I try really hard to not have expectations when visiting a new place, but I failed today. I masked my slight disappointment and got out of the car. We walked past several folks who just stared at us and didn't say a word as we walked inside, so I still had a feeling of being uninvited. 

However, as soon as we stepped in the door and met Farmer Bill, that all changed. Boy, he's a friendly man! He immediately made me feel comfortable and was quite chatty. He told us everything is either grown there on the farm or is purchased from other local farmers. The produce selection consisted mainly of tomatoes, but there were also onions, corn, potatoes, peppers, peaches, watermelon, squash, and a few other items.




Today, I wasn't really there for the produce after already making a trip to the store to purchase some pesticide and hormone laden food. I was there to scope out the canned goods and the house-made beef jerky. I was pleasantly surprised at the array of canned items available, including canned green beans and several different varieties of pickles. We decided on canned tomatoes and a jar of tequila lime salsa. 



I was drooling over all the jams and jellies, such as jalapeno pecan jelly and strawberry preserves.


We also got some beef jerky. This jerky was exactly what I was hoping it would be. It's sliced thick, but bite-sized, and it's not overly tough or dry. I really like that it's made fresh, because the packaged jerky available at the store is too sweet and doesn't even really look like meat.



We spent a couple more minutes chatting with Farmer Bill, and made our way back west. I'm thankful my initial impression of Willmon was wrong. I look forward to returning to see what else this small, rustic place has to offer throughout the year, and to pick up some of the different jellies and jams.


Willmon farm is open every day from 9-6, and if you would like more information and detailed directions (it's insanely easy to find), visit their website at http://www.willmonfarm.com. When you go, just remember Willmon Farm is a working farm. There's little emphasis placed on decor, but in the long run, that doesn't really matter.