It's rare when a state entity promotes something across state lines, so I watched with interest when Iowa Public Television had a segment on Kahill's Steak Fish and Chophouse in South Sioux City, Neb.
Kahill's is connected to the Marina Inn Hotel and Conference Center, on the banks of the Missouri River. Its menu is clearly upscale, not a mom-and-pop stop.
What caught the eye of the IPTV reporter was Kahill's attempt to use as much local product as possible, with local beef, shopping at farmers markets, even growing some of their own on site.
I'm guessing the lobster doesn't come from the Mighty Mo. You have to wonder how sustainable the local product is, but the effort is certainly there. Executive chef Ryan Devitt's menus are created by the availability of local products.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday through Saturday. The Sunday brunch buffet is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Heading downstream and a few miles west of the Missouri is Hiawatha, in northeast Kansas. A mile and a half north of town on Kestrel Road, you will find The Country Cabin Restaurant.
Annette Wilson of Hiawatha says the food is excellent, as evidenced by Steve Roberts and Country Cabin being selected to provide the steaks at the 2013 KC Cattle Baron's Ball this weekend at Hale Arena.
"I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to find this gem in northeast Kansas," Wilson said. The restaurant is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with an all you can eat family style fried chicken lunch.
"You might also ask about the cabins," she added. Country Cabin is a hunting preserve, with cabins that overlook a 12-acre fish-stocked pond. Hunting packages of various sizes provide hunting guides and bird dogs.
A reader in western Nebraska wrote to tell us to check out Don's Drive In in Oakley, Kan. We get through Oakley occasionally, so we'll just have to do that.
We have a second recommendation for Toads Bar, just off U.S. 81 in Belvidere, Neb.
"Great steaks on the evenings and noon specials," said Mark Jagels of Davenport, Neb., who gets around as a member of the Nebraska Corn Board and an officer for the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
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