Ever had one of those nights when you didn’t feel like cooking but did feel like eating? Yup, me too.

My mom suggested that we go out together and mentioned trying out the Southern Star Cafe, a new place at the southern end of town. (5900 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66619)

My super quick summary? We’d both go again, as there were menu items we’d like to try. We agreed that the BBQ’d meat was good–perfectly cooked and a quality cut–though our family tends to prefer more smoke. Their house sauce, a vinegar-based recipe–was quite good. The sides we tried were kind of meh but our neighboring tables had some really delicious-looking onion rings and fries. Service was also good, friendly without being overbearing.

Longer version: I had the special, which was two pulled pork tacos and a side. The tacos, on their own, were missing a little something… and that something turned out to be a healthy dose of their house BBQ sauce. I really like their vinegar-based sauce. The pulled pork, while not as highly smoked as some BBQ joints, was good. It was perfectly tender and a quality cut of pork. For my side, I got the charro beans. Not bad but, honestly, I wish I had ordered another side. They had a respectable list of available sides.

Mom got the pulled pork with their charro beans (gussied-up pintos) and green beans. She agreed with my opinion of the pork and charro beans… and said the green beans weren’t anything special. For a southern BBQ place, she was hoping the green beans would be fresher and doctored up a bit more.

They had a special dessert offering… funnel cake! It was really pretty tasty, served warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. It was fried, perhaps, just a few seconds too long. BUT… what a fun dessert to have! I hope they keep it on the menu.

We definitely plan to go back. I’d like to try their smoked sausage–I love myself some good smoked sausage–and Mom said she’d like to try their brisket.

Southern Star Cafe
5900 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66619
(785) 862-7427
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