Kansas hounds: Bierocks?
Looking for places to find bierocks in Kansas. I've never had a bierock, in fact I just learned of them tonight, they sound interesting.
I hear they are similar to a Runza, which I have had. Any recs would be appreciated, thanks.
I've only seen them once on a menu in Kansas City. It was a daily lunch special at You Say Tomato. I had fun chatting up the owner about their origin as I suspected he must have grown up in a German community in western Kansas to know of them. I can't give you specifics, but most small, rural towns with a German or Mennonite heritage will know what you are talking about. I don't know if you can find them in a restaurant, but try local delis or bakeries. Also keep your eye out for any German heritage festivals. I get my fix once a year in Darrouzett, Texas -- just south of western Kansas. My mom can get them throughout the year from someone in the community.
Also, Cooking Light ran a recipe for bierocks a few years back. Let me do a little research... January 2004. There was a feature article about the people, the food, the culture, etc.
Good luck! I'd love to know if you find some.
I believe Friendship House in Wamego has them also. Not sure if they have them every day or not. We pick them up sometimes on the way to KSU football games. They are a block east of the main street that runs through town, across from the big park with the windmill.
Also, if you are close to Topeka, my church has an annual Germanfest the first weekend of June and we definitely have bierocks there. You might try your local Dillons store as well...I have seen them there from time to time.
I ate a bierock at The Breadbasket in Newton, KS, several years ago, but am not sure they are still in business. They are still listed on the Newton Chamber of Commerce web site (http://www.thenewtonchamber.org/compo...), but their old web site now seems to be a search site for baskets.
Bierocks seem to be progenitors of the runza.
Newton is more than a small town (2000 population 17,190) but certainly is a Mennonite center.
219 North Main Street
Newton, KS 67114
Phone: (316) 283-3811
Fax: (316) 283-3650
Here's a place in St. Francis who sells and ships them. http://beckysbierocks.com/ I've also heard there's a Runza restaurant in Lawrence on Iowa, near 27th, I think, but I've never been. I don't know if they'd have the variation you're looking for, but kind of doubt it. You might give them a call, though. Another idea would be to call the German meat market on Johnson Drive and ask if they know of someone who makes and sells them locally.