Category Archives: Comfort food

Sloppy Joe’s is finally open

The Sloppy Joe's man.

Back on a cold, cold day back in January, I stopped by Sloppy Joe’s, a business Mark DeMoura and his wife, Windy, were busy working on in the old Si Senor/Takhoma Burger/Sonic space a 803 N. West Street.

It took the couple longer to get the place ready than they thought it would, but Sloppy Joe’s opened last month and serves, of course, sloppy Joes plus sloppy dogs, sides, and a burger known as Jake’s special, made with two quarter-pound patties, barbecue roast beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onions, ketchup, mustard and mayo.

It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and has a few tables in the small dining room. Though the former Sonic drive-in stalls are not hooked up, if customers park in one, someone will come out to take their to-go order.

For more information, call 316-941-3730.

Ready to loaf

Meatloaf can be sort of a polarizing food. I love it, but many people in my life just can’t deal with it. I’m not sure why. It’s sort of like a giant meatball, and what’s not to like about that?

Good thing I’m pro-meatloaf because on Saturday, I’ll be one of three judges at the Loaf Off, a meatloaf cooking competition now in its third year.

We’ll gather at The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and sample loafs assembled by both home cooks and local chefs. Among the chefs entering this year: Paul Freimuth, the new head chef at Harvest Kitchen/Bar in the Hyatt, Carrabba’s Joe Parten and local caterer Chris Collier.

The public is invited to sample the loafs and help choose a People’s Choice category. The Anchor will be providing meatloaf friendly side-items liked mashed potatoes and gravy. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.

My co-judges are Tanya Tandoc of the soon-to-open Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and local Food God Joe Stumpe. The event raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas.

Come loaf off with us?

Time to loaf off

This is the best kind of loafing.

One of my three-year-old dreams has come true: I’ve been added to the judges’ panel of the Loaf Off, a meatloaf competition for charity now in its third year.

What could be better than sampling meatloaf for a living? How did I get this job?

The Loaf Off is set for Feb. 26 at The Anchor, and pits local chefs and meatloaf enthusiasts, who will compete in categories including Top Loaf, Best of Show and People’s Choice. The event raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas. My co-judges include Tanya Tandoc and Joe Stumpe, and spectators are allowed in to sample the finished products along with us.

At the moment, the Make-A-Wish folks are taking entry applications, so if you make a lovely loaf, today’s the day to sign up. Follow this link to download your form.