Everyone loves a good find.
So when we drove through downtown Shawnee and noticed this sign, we knew we had to stop:
Behind this narrow storefront on Johnson Drive is the first retail outpost for Dodge City Beef. They happened to be celebrating their grand opening this past weekend.
As we walked in the door, the ranch owner Don extended his hand and introduced himself. He described his products in detail for us. They sell dry aged beef with no hormones or antibiotics directly from their own ranch.
He mentioned they had sold beef via mail order for some time, but they decided to try something different. His daughter lives in the area, so she is going to manage the retail store.
They sell everything from ground beef (93% lean is available) to filet mignon, from beef jerky to summer sausage.
We splurged and got several pounds of ground beef, some summer sausage, and two packages of filets.
Sunday night, we grilled up two of the filets. They were outstanding. Delicious, fork-tender, excellent beef.
If you happen to be in northern Johnson County some time, stop in and give their beef a try. You won't be disappointed. They're on Johnson Drive just a half-block west of Nieman. They haven't finalized their hours yet, so give them a call at 913-221-1022 to make sure they're open.
UPDATE: See comments for a generous offer from the store manager!