Bill Bunyan, of Dodge City, had arranged a party at Paddy's Restaurant, in the Rice County town of Sterling, about 15 miles northwest of Hutchinson. He was marking two milestones -- his 65th birthday and his 105th hamburger. Unbeknownst to the Maichels, at the party he also mentioned his favorite burger from a three-year mission -- the one he enjoyed Feb. 18, 2002, at the Maichels' Topeka eatery.
Since June 2000, the retired elementary school teacher has traveled the state with the goal of eating a hamburger in each of the state's 105 counties. He chose locally owned "mom and pop" establishments on his way to achieving the goals of the Kansas Explorers Club -- inspiring, educating and encouraging the exploration and appreciation of Kansas.
Speck's" burger, the specialty at Seabrook Tavern, at 2100 S.W. Mission, is 3 pounds of ground beef, topped with onions, tomatoes, pickles and lettuce on a 14-inch homemade bun.
Two retired food critics, Melvin & Rajesh, friends since '72 embark on their greatest gastronomic adventure yet.
Join them and their friends as they review some of the best and worst restaurants in London and around the world, share recipes from days gone by and commence work on their magnum opus : "The Encyclopedia of Chili Sauce".
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