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Biscuits and Gravy, Anyone?

Recently, Emporia’s own Commercial Street Diner got a big thumbs up from the website Only in Your State. According to the website, the diner’s biscuits and gravy are so good that people drive from all over just to get their hands on a plate. Of course, if you’re a native Emporian, you probably already knew…

Can you say “Charcuterie”? — Vault Meats & Cheeses

There’s a new charcuterie in town and if opening day is any indication, love is in the air! Emporian’s embraced the new Vault Meats & Cheeses when the doors opened to the public on Wednesday, May 9, at 2:00 in the afternoon. Long lines of curious meat and cheese lovers formed to check out the…

Get Your Irish On

St. Patrick’s Day in Emporia is this Saturday and an opportunity for community-wide celebrations, from a parade to live music to charitable events. FAMILY FUN The day begins with the Leprechaun Dash, a 5K sponsored by the Emporia Recreation Center, starting in front of Town Royal, 4th Avenue and Commercial Street, at 10:30 a.m. Participants…

Beer, Bikes and Fun at Mulready’s Pub

In just a few short years, Mulready’s Pub, 717 Commercial Street, has become a social hub in Downtown Emporia. Opened in 2013, Mulready’s is a 21-and-over establishment that caters to craft beer and scotch aficionados. Mulready’s knowledgeable Cicerone certified bartenders serve up over 25 beers on tap, 70-80 cans and bottles and 135+ scotches, whiskies and…

Granada Coffee: Open the Door to Enchantment

Tucked between the Emporia Granada Theater and the Emporia Arts Center in downtown Emporia, the Granada Coffee Company is a charming little coffee shop with a full-bodied personality. Rocky Slaymaker opened the Granada Coffee Company in 2002. Locating the shop next to a theater is an appropriate choice: Rocky worked in Hollywood for 16 years…

Don’t Be a Don’t Bee, Be a Do-Bee

Do-B’s Burger Barn, Philly Stop and Po-Boy Shoppe has become a local favorite and traveler’s delight on the East side of Emporia. Located at 704 East 12th Avenue, Do-B’s is just a minute or two off I-35 (take the Burlingame Road exit south to 12th Avenue, then turn right). The fabulous food and exceptional customer…

Best Local Eats: Amanda’s Bakery

Recently named one of Kansas Magazine Readers’ Choice Best Local Eats, Amanda’s Bakery and Cafe is a delightful breakfast and lunch eatery in Downtown Emporia. Located at 702 Commercial Street, Amanda’s serves up bread baked fresh daily and meals made with the freshest ingredients. Owner Amanda Mallon opened her bakery and cafe in 2007, realizing…

Celebrating the Twinkie: America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure

We know you’ve heard of the Twinkie – an American icon – but did you know Emporia is the sole producer of the snack and has a festival celebrating them? Read up on some Twinkie trivia and then come out for a good time at Twinkies Festival this Saturday! Humble beginnings Invented in 1933 by James…

An Emporia Icon: J’s Carryout

While you’re visiting Emporia, take the opportunity to try one of the best burgers around at J’s Carryout, 27 Commercial Street. Rated “Best Burgers in the State of Kansas” by AAA, this restaurant’s big tastes more than make up for its small size. Located in a 1950’s style burger joint, this little restaurant has been…

Sallie’s Jam Cake: A vintage recipe from Sallie White

William Allen White‘s wife, Sallie, was a noted hostess and an excellent cook. The recipe below was one of her favorites she cooked for her husband and his guests including President Franklin D. Roosevelt at their home, Red Rocks. Eighteen years after Sallie had passed away, her Jam Cake was featured during the banquet of…