I finally got to visit the Bunker Hill Café
back in May. ConeyIslandLou
reminded me this morning that I promised to write about my experience and never did. So, this is only a couple of months late.
Despite the fact that it is in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, reservations are strongly suggested. Unfortunately, I had so much planned for the day and didn't want to box myself in on a certain time, I decided to risk it and just walk in.
I was expecting the town to be small, but it was even tinier than I imagined. The building is quite old looking,
with plenty of charm and only one easy to miss sign letting you know that you have arrived. The interior is dark
and mostly decorated with hunting trophies and wildlife paintings.
When I walked in and asked if they had room for me, they seemed a little put out, but said they think they can squeeze me in before a later dinner party was coming in. I promised her I would eat quickly. Surprisingly, despite the fact that I was by myself, they put me at their biggest table, which would seat eight.
is on thick paper and is shockingly big. If your eyes are good enough, check out that quote at the top of the page. Just in case, it says "The bitter taste of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." I realize the point they are trying to make, but that is still an odd thing to put on your menu.
What really won me over for Bunker Hill Café
is the little details. There is a bowl of trail mix
on your table to nibble on. I'm not sure what to call this service dish,
but I very much like being able to apply as much of the three salad dressings as I wanted. And all three are made in house fresh daily. As good as the Thousand Island and French dressings were, the blue cheese with big chunks of the cheese was the clear winner. The salad itself
was also a step above. It was dark green leafy lettuce, with a sliced egg on top, plus radishes, broccoli, carrot and tomato. I would have been perfectly fine just having this for dinner. You also get a basket of truly wonderful, baked in house honey raisin bread.
My previous meal was at Al's Chickenette
in Hays, no more than an hour beforehand, so I didn't have my full appetite. That explains why I only went for the 6 oz. filet as my entrée.
It comes with two sides and I chose the corn on the cob (who would say no to that?) and the twice baked potato. My waitress told me the fries were especially good, but I had already eaten fries twice on this day. The filet comes wrapped in bacon and and had a really nice nutty flavor to it. An excellent steak!
Even though we had gotten off to a poor start, the service quickly became motherly. These ladies took good care of me. The bill came on a silver tray
along with an excellent local mint and a baggie to take home any extra bread.
One particular event tells more about the feel of this place than anything else. Two elderly women came in, also without reservations and the hostess was trying to figure out what to do with them. There was a family of four at a table for six and they quickly volunteered to have the ladies sit with them. The ladies agreed and took their seats. As it turns out, it was one of these ladies birthday and they had brought a big cake with them. It didn't take too long until cake was being passed around not only to the other people at their table, but to everyone in the restaurant. And the waitresses, despite the fact that this is food they won't get a dime for, were more than happy to bring out plates, cut the cake and make sure everyone got a slice. It is things like this that make you appreciate small town life, especially in Kansas. Bunker Hill Cafe609 Elm StreetBunker Hill, KS785-483-6544
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/07/16 08:01:10