We all know of a roadside diner that serves up a specialty, which is an experience all on it’s own. Some places are known for their chili or sliders, while others focus on a specific side dish. It seems like most places find at least one menu item that becomes synonymous with their name. The same can be said for Christy’s Tasty Queen, located at 1405 S 55th Street in Turner, Kansas. This diminutive stop beckons diners with fresh fried menu items, and cold sugary treats. It is also home to a tenderloin sandwich that has a following of it’s own.
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On any given day it would not be unusual to be greeted by the owner. The family is very involved in the local community, and you will often see flyers for various fundraisers and events plastered to the windows. Seating at Christy’s Tasty Queen is not a problem, as there is none on the inside. On the outside you will find a picnic table, but most people choose to eat in their cars or take the food to go. During the lunch rush this place can be a madhouse, as people flock here from the local businesses and schools.
If you ask a regular at Christy’s Tasty Queen what the specialty is, the answer would probably come out, the pork tenderloin sandwich. This sandwich has a bun that is about 5″ across, but it is dwarfed by the huge breaded slab of meaty goodness. It takes a strategic plan to attack this sandwich, and many find themselves having to divide to conquer. When coupled with fries, or better yet onion rings, this combination will satisfy all but the most hearty of appetites. Add a thick, creamy shake and you have a lunch that will create envy among your co-workers.
Christy’s Tasty Queen carries an assortment of other finger ready foods. Most are not anywhere near the realm of health food status, but the food is very flavorful. They open at 10:00 am on Monday through Saturday, and close around 7:00 pm, except for their 3:00 closing time on Saturdays. They are not open on Sundays, which is probably spent devising their next delicious menu addition. So why not drop by our neck of the woods, and give them a try. We think you will be hooked.