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May 8, 2007 10:56 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: larkspurKC

      LarkspurKC, I almost fell out of my chair when I read Darrouzett. That is where I learned about bierocks. We lived there in 62-63ish. Wow, no one EVER knows where that is.

    2. Topeka Farmer's Market has them every Saturday.... they're usually across the way from my honey lady. I love them for breakfast on Farmer's Market days when I'm home to see my parents!

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        They also have them every year at the Apple Festival in Topeka at Ward Meade (Oct. 7th this year).

      2. 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.

        1. 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 (, 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.

          The Breadbasket
          219 North Main Street
          Newton, KS 67114
          Phone: (316) 283-3811
          Fax: (316) 283-3650

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          1. re: Eldon Kreider

            The Breadbasket is still in business and still have bierocks as far as I know, but to tell you the truth, i have only had their german buffet--which is very yummy.

          2. Here's a place in St. Francis who sells and ships them. 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.