Located in the small town of Strong City, Kansas, some 16 miles from Emporia, Ad Astra offers a welcoming, well-appointed space, superb food with a local twist on bistro food, and a delightful wait staff ready to assist and chat about the meal. We visited the restaurant for lunch and left wowed by our experience. The menu presented a varied selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, soup, burgers (vegetarian available), pita pizzas, and desserts (more on those latter). We started our meal with a superb Artichoke dip accompanied by tortilla chips. Heavenly choice, lots of artichokes, slightly spicy, and without the greasiness of other dips we have sampled. I ordered "The Winchester" (plenty of ham, gouda, on fresh pretzel bun, trimming of tomatoes, onions, mustard) with a side of soup Tomato Basil. Both were superb. In addition, my wife selected a Rueben, what a terrific sandwich, prepared with care, intense flavors, not greasy, served on a fresh marble rye. Her side was a broccoli salad-- with a delicious sweet-n-sour dressing and bacon. Delicious too! My son choose a Prairie Fire Burger, bison meat with impressive trimings and sauce accompanied by house-made chips. Yet another superb dish! We jumped into dessert without a blink: double chocolate torte, crème brûlée, and NY-style cheesecake. All three were spectacular! No disappointments there. The crème was especially noteworthy, nice caramelized top, wonderful taste with the correct balance. The experience was immensely satisfying. The relaxed ambience made the meal pleasurable, and the superb server provided sensible advice and walked us through the various choice with delight and energy. The restaurant has an impressive bar with a selection of drinks and beers. A place to spend a relaxing meal with friends, chillin´ after a long week, enjoy the atmosphere and fine food. Definietly a place to stop if you are driving through the Flint Hills of Kansas. Only down side is that the restaurant opens on weekends. So plan ahead for an unbelievable meal and quality food.
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