8 Wonders of Kansas cuisine

An 8 Wonder of Kansas Cuisine

C.W. Porubsky's Deli & Tavern, Topeka

Address: 508 NE Sardou Avenue, Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: 785.234.5788
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/CW-Porubsky-Grocery-and-Meats/131331040244774

Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
(Chili not served on Fridays, Saturdays, nor during the summer)
Adjoining grocery store open Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

C.W. Porubsky's is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine because its chili, hot pickles and cold cuts have made the tavern a 60-year fixture in Topeka's "Little Russia."

C.W. Porubsky's Deli and Tavern is a fixture in the food lore of Topeka and Kansas. Nationally and internationally know for its chili, hot pickles and cold cuts, Porubsky's resonates throughout the neighborhood of "Little Russia" in Topeka. Anyone who has the time to make the trip across the tracks into this timeless tavern will be consumed and satisfied by the sights and scents of true comfort food.

Porubsky's has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and television spots, been covered in several regional magazines and has appeared nationally in Gourmet magazine, many culinary guides and the book Chili Nation. More importantly, C.W. Porubsky's has survived floods, fires and recessions and is still owned and operated by the family that conceived it.

When dining at Porubsky's in the small tavern, occupancy 36, you're as likely to sit beside a railroad switchman as you are a state senator. Over its sixty years in business, it has been a meeting place of families and friends, political and birthday parties. It's a place that makes it easy to get lost in atmosphere and aromas, where home style food meets a place that actually feels like home.

Written by C.W. Porubsky's grandson, Matthew Porubsky.

Matthew is doing a documentary on Porubsky's.  To learn more about the effort and offer support or comments, click here.

Adjoining the tavern is a little neighborhood grocery store, also run by the Porubsky family.

Taken from a nomination letter for Porbusky's:
One of the Heartland's great dining experiences, especially in the cold weather months, is Porubsky's Grocery. That's when they serve their wonderful chili. They make it classic mid-western style on a tiny four-burner apartment stove then serve it up with their homemade horseradish pickle.

Dining area.  Photo credit Matthew Porubsky.

You can pick up groceries and cold cuts from Porubsky's Deli too.  Photo credit Matthew Porubsky.