MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - In a time when chain restaurants seem to dominate the food industry, Manhattan's Bourbon & Baker offers an original experience for local foodies.
Bourbon & Baker has served up one of a kind recipes with a distinct home cooked taste since 2013.
Managing Partner Evan Grier said he and the other owners wanted to create a place that reflected where they all came from.
“For so many of us, we learned to cook and we learned the love of food, and of restaurants, from our families,” Grier said.
Grier pointed out you can see recipes from all of the owners’ families layered down on top of each other in the restaurant’s wallpaper.
“So it’s completely unique and was built for this restaurant,” Grier said, “The core of the menu is Midwestern southern soul food in a small plates application."
The two most signature dishes at the restaurant are the chicken and waffle, and the chicken and biscuit.
“You're either Team Waffle or Team Biscuit.” Grier said.
So, 13 NEWS’ Erika Hall had the tough job of trying their specialty dishes to see which side she’s on.
First up was the chicken and biscuit, with cream gravy, honey hot sauce, a house biscuit from the bakery, and the famous Bourbon & Baker fried chicken.
"Oh this looks good. I have a giant bite here so excuse my manners... oh man that's good," Hall said.
Next up was the chicken and waffle, with a cinnamon-nutmeg waffle, fried chicken, maple-pecan butter, maple syrup, and hot sauce.
“Mmm that is good. Just the right amount of sweet, a little sweeter than the biscuit. I think I like the waffle better!"
So while the waffle may have been victorious from Hall’s standpoint, its overall those original tastes that keep people coming back.
Debbi Thompson just moved back to the area from Phoenix with her husband, and have been surprised by all the original eating options that have popped up while they’ve been away.
“We come back here and…there's a lot of unique restaurants, but this one is our favorite, just because of the uniqueness of the food,” Thompson said.
Grier said if want to get a feel for really truly what the community is about, and what the dining scene in that community is, and kind of what the tastes and flavors are, then always seek out independent restaurants in each community.
“It’s the best expression of what that community is truly about, and for Bourbon & Baker, we feel like it does help reflect not only where the community has come from, but also kind of move it on into the future as dining in our society progresses,” Grier said.
Bourbon & baker is located at 312 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan.
They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (kitchen open until 10 p.m.)
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight (kitchen open until 10 p.m.)
Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Bakery closed Sunday)