An 8 Wonder of Kansas Cuisine
Crazy R's Bar & Grill, Goodland
Address: 1618 Main, Goodland, KS 67735
Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. MOUNTAIN TIME
(10 a.m.-8 p.m. CT)
R's is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine because of the excellent
food, fun decor, good service, and the personality of owner Rod Cooper.
become icons for all sorts of reasons -- good food, good service,
interesting decor, and the characters that run it. Sometimes those
characters are the waitresses but in this case, the character is
definitely the long-haired owner Rod Cooper. Maybe a better
description is to say he simply does things his own way. It's turned
out that his way has resulted in a really good restaurant for Goodland.
R's opened in 1987. The metal building feel vanishes as soon as you
step inside where you'll find lots of visual stimulation. Rod loves
history and collecting antiques and you'll see many of his finds
hanging on the walls, or, like the old gas pumps, standing in the
corner. Rod refinished the antique bar that is an eye-catcher in the
Rod does all
the cooking himself and the recipes are in his head. One reason for
Crazy R's success is that fresh meat is purchased from the next door
meat locker. In fact, quality steaks are what have put Crazy R's on
the map. Prime Rib night is Wednesday. Steaks are just served 5-9
p.m. -- unless you can twist Rod's arm that is.
Here are some other favorites:
Hand-breaded pork tenderloins
Crazy R Burger (bacon, Monterrey Jack, grilled onions)
Rajin' Cajun Burger (Cajun spice on the 8 oz. hamburger and fries)
Papa's Chicken Fried Bacon (2-3" lengths of bacon, hand-battered, deep-fat fried and served with white gravy).
Bloomin Onion (homemade onion rings)
R's is popular because it's comfortable and the food is great. Alcohol
is served but to the community, it's a family place. Rod does little
advertising but relies on satisfied customers spreading the word -- and
they do. Local hotels recommend it, hunters come back year after year,
visiting sports teams and I-70 travelers love it, and then there are
just people that'll drive a long ways to get a Crazy R fix.
Rod will leave the kitchen and come out and visit with customers -- and
then you can decide for yourself if the place deserves its name.
Source of information: Donna Price, Sherman County Convention & Visitors Bureau
| Steak from the next door meat locker!|
| A Rod invention -- deep fried bacon strips with white gravy|