Fork in the Road: Love of cooking gives The Farmhouse an ever growing menu

RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The love of cooking and baking fueled Erin Gutsch to open her own restaurant in Riley, Kansas.

Growing up, cooking was something she shared with her family.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I was asking for cooking supplies,” Gutsch said. “I did a lot of cooking with my cousin and grandma growing up and 4-H, and I think it just something that carried over."

Gutsch was raised in a farmhouse, which is where the name of the restaurant comes from.

She also is the mastermind behind all the recipes of the ever growing menu.

"It's all stuff that I’ve learned,” Gutsch said. “I’ve tried to create a menu that allows us to have little wastage, so that way we can stay here longer and provide better prices for the community."

The Farmhouse menu consists of classic burgers, salads and wraps, but Gutsch said she tries to spice things up to keep customers coming in.

"Our one wrap has candy bacon on it and that is actually something from the southern territories,” Gutsch said. “We just try to pull stuff from different places to give a little bit of spice. We're very burgers, Midwest, but what can we do to amp our items up a little bit."

She also has some more big ideas on the way soon. She will be offering pork, lamb and buffalo burgers with meat from local farms in the coming weeks.

When it comes to deserts, Gutsch also does it all herself.

"One of the other things that brings people back is our wonderful deserts.” Gutsch said. “We always have brownies and homemade ice cream, root beer floats, and then we also make other random deserts. We'll have cheesecake pies and dirt cake, all sorts of yummy goodness."

Aside from the food, Gutsch also prides herself on providing a family friendly environment.

"Yes we want the food to be good because you’re going to come back for it,” Gutsch said. “But we also want you to be like, ‘Oh! We can feel good bringing our kids here, our family. Hey! we got relatives in town we have a place we can go to.”

She said it’s her favorite part of the job.

“They say when people eat they're their happiest,” Gutsch said. “I get to give people their happiest time of day. So what gets better than that?"

The Farmhouse is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Sunday they open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.