Saturday, January 31, 2009

The little guys have it right

Located between Wamego and St. Marys on U.S. 24, the Cottage Inn opened in 1934 as the Belvue Truck Stop and kept extremely busy before the advent of I-70.

It is home to made-from-scratch food! Rick has owned it for 26 years (since 1983).

Owner Rick is the cook and Roberta is the long-time waitress.

Rick's Coconut Creme pie, made from scratch. Yum!

Rick's chicken fried steak is a winner because he gets the meat from the Rossville grocery and so it's fresh when he dips it in the handmade batter. He puts it in the deep fryer for a minute to keep the batter on and brown it but then finishes it off on the grill. No knife was needed to cut this. It cut like butter and tasted oh so good!

Rick makes almost everything from scratch to please his customers -- and because that's the only way he'll have it. Breakfast is served all day.

Open Monday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-8 p.m. 785.456.8332.

The fourth Wednesday of every month the Belvue senior citizens come for lunch and play cards all afternoon.

To realize how the Cottage Inn is more than just another restaurant is to "Get Kansas!"

KE #2 Marci Penner

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