The Brookville Hotel was founded in the 1870s in Brookville, Kansas, then a bustling city due to a proposed railroad line coming through the area. Alas, the railroad went through Junction City instead and Brookville kind of dried up. But the Brookville Hotel endured and round about a hundred years ago, it began to be famous for its fried chicken dinner. The Brookville has passed through a lot of hands and the original building saw renovation after renovation until finally it was decided, in 2000, that a new building was going to have be built. The Hotel relocated to Abilene, KS, right off the interstate highway, in order to be more convenient. The building is essentially a replica of the original building, which had long ago transitioned into a restaurant instead of a hotel.
So, there are several food items on my list, so I’ll talk about them as they’re listed on the menu. First up, the sweet-sour cole slaw. I’m not a cole slaw kind of guy really, but sweet-sour sounded promising. It was fine, as cole slaw goes. The secret of cole slaw is, of course, the dressing/sauce/whatever; different ingredients pop up from time to time, but this is a classic cole slaw with a dressing that lives up to the name. Not something I could waste a lot of energy on; too much else going on. 2 stars.
tl;dr – historic restaurant continues to be famous for a lot of things; its cole slaw does not necessarily deserve to be one. 2 stars.