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Jul 30, 2009 09:08 AM

Anywhere decent to eat in El Dorado, KS

I have to make a trip to El Dorado, unfortunately to visit my son who is in the correctional center there. Any suggestions?

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  1. I wasn't there at the right time of day to try it, but Job Lunch whose sign proclaims it the "best little veal house in Kansas" looked like a dive worth a visit.

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    1. re: KansasTravel

      Thanks, that sounds interesting. I'll try to see if I can find more info.

    2. Check out Jacob's Well! It's a little coffee shop on Main Street, and they serve great sandwiches, soups, salads, breads, and dessert treats. My husband and I highly recommend it. They open at 10 am, and their closing hours vary throughout the week after dinner time. Sundays are closed.

      1. Chris, Where did you end up eating?

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        1. re: KansasTravel

          I did see the Job Lunch place but it was closed. We were by around lunchtime but it was Sunday and they weren't open. It ends up they have a food place run by the Jaycees in the visitation area. We didn't know about it though and they only take tokens that you have to purchase before you go in. (Evidently no cash is allowed!) That time we ate at a place on the south side of the main road there that's also a frozen custard place. I can't remember the name, it's like Johnny's or Willy's or something. They have a seasoning (it's for sale) that they put on their burgers and my daughter and I both thought it was tasty. In fact she wanted to eat there again the next time we went. After the 1st of the year, his visitation will change to Saturday, maybe Job Lunch will be open then. If it is, I'll post back.

          Job Lunch
          212 E Central Ave, El Dorado, KS 67042

          1. re: ChrisKC

            I finally joined CHOW just to add to this discussion. I ate lunch at the Job Lunch today. Pretty Good. The place is probably about a 25 seater with 4-5 booths and a long counter. Old fixtures but not worn. Original not reproduced. Great atmosphere. The painted sign said. "Best little veal-house in town". I'd think so, Only little veal-house.
            Had the veal sandwich and coffee. The sandwich was two crispy patties, lettuce, mustard, an onion-pickle sweet relish, and chili(sweetish and not spicy). Toasted Buns. The sweetness of the sandwich was not my usual but overall I liked the sandwich. I just read elsewhere that the veal may actually be a pork cutlet and I believe it.
            I didn't try anything else but they do have various fried stuff including green tomatoes and green beans. Rocky Mountain Oysters (calf fries) are also on the menu.
            Friendly place with local farmers, retirees, etc. Good Coffee.
            The aforementioned frozen custard place is a new Wichita-based franchise called "Freddy's". I'm a fan. Steakburgers, fries, etc. A dozen or more stores in four-five states.

            1. re: midlandappr

              Thanks, midlandappr!

              Welcome to the board.

              1. re: midlandappr

                Yes, thank you, it was Freddy's and was quite good for what it is

                1. re: midlandappr

                  My husband used to eat at Ball's Diner in 1952-53...still raves about it. I have the recipe for the chili topping but can't find one for the meat itself. He thinks it was pork shoulder, do you or anyone you might know have that recipe? I'd love to make it for him. Please contact me Thank you so much!

            2. Does anyone know anything about the Prairie Trails restaurant in country club in El Dorado?

              1. It says something about my passion for Susie's Chili Parlor that I took 10 minutes out of my day to get a CHOW account so that I could add to this thread and correct a grave oversight. Susie's is everything a small-town diner should be: friendly, with good homemade food and an atmosphere that takes you back. Once it got too popular for the four-top diner it once occupied, it took over an old storefront on the main drag with big windows, high ceilings and a wooden floor from El Dorado's heyday.

                Obviously, you go there for the chili — not to name-drop, but in 2008 the campaigning president-to-be, when visited his mom's hometown, took a bite of Susie's chili. However, in my opinion it's the wide and wonderful selection of PIES that set Susie's apart. At least they're what get me salivating whenever I pull into El Dorado.

                Susie's Chili Parlor & Other Fine Foods
                124 S Main St, El Dorado, KS 67042

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                1. re: Tastelander

                  Sounds like it's Susie's next time I have a job in El Dorado. I'm really trying to lose weight but it sounds like a good detour, don't tell my wife.. Thanks for the heads-up.

                  1. re: Tastelander

                    Thanks! I'll check that out next time I'm there. After a horrible case of food poisoning I got at the prison last time, I definitely won't be eating there anymore.