An 8 Wonder of Kansas Cuisine
Trapper's Bar & Grill (Name changed to Trapper Joe's)
Address: 304 Elkhorn St., Simpson, KS 67478
We are sorry to report that the original Trapper's closed but has since reopened under new ownership and has been renamed Trapper Joe's. Below is a description of the original Trapper's and why it was a finalist for the cuisine category.
Bar and Grill was a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine because its
charcoal grilled steaks, chicken fried steaks, and ribs bring more
people to town than live there.
Tony Prochaska opened the cafe in 1994 with the desire to "stuff the customers like his Grandma's cooking stuffed him."
name of the restaurant comes from Tony's pastime of trapping. The
walls are decorated with old traps, hunting items, taxidermy displays,
and old license plates.
In 1994, Tony started with a 25-seat
cafe in a building that had formerly been the post office. He has now
added four rustically appealing dining rooms that can serve 160 at a
most recently added dining room was hand built by Tony using limestone
from old homesteads in the surrounding area. The large limestone
the back room, engraved with the year 1909, came from above the fruit
door of the Prochaska homestead. One of the other dining rooms is
with 180 unique automobile license plates.
But it's the food
that people most notice -- charcoal grilled steaks, seafood, chicken,
hamburgers, smoked pork chops, and much more.
Who eats at
Trappers? Farmers to prom-goers and locals to those that travel many
miles. People from many surrounding counties bring relatives and
friends and it's developing a statewide reputation. Hunters come back
every year. Word of mouth keeps the place packed.
hamburger night every Tuesday also keeps the place hopping. And on the
second and fourth Friday of every month is an all-you-can-eat smoked
prime rib buffet! Fresh meats are used for the smoked pork chop, the
hamburgers, or the chicken-fried steaks. They've even won an award
from the Kansas Explorers Club for their chicken fried steak (fresh
meat, hand-breaded, grill fried). More smoked meats will be on the
They make their own bread and serve honey butter.
Trapper's is so popular because Tony is always at the grill. His wife
Becky greets people, helps in the kitchen, waits tables, and keeps
everything moving smoothly.
To find a restaurant the quality of Trapper's in such a small town is like finding a hidden gem.
(Some information from Pat Lynch, who nominated Trapper's)
| A half rack of ribs. |
Tony asked his grandmother for her cinnamon roll recipe and taught
himself to make these melt in your mouth delicacies!
| Tony enjoys cooking over a hot flame!|