I don't know when you'll ever find yourself in the vicinity of Kirwin, KS. It is essentially in the middle of nowhere, smack dab in between I-70 in Kansas and I-80 in Nebraska, halfway between Kansas City and Denver. Fortunately, I find myself in the area often enough. My family owns farmland in Alton, KS, just a 38-mile hop and skip down the road. Next time you are meandering through north-central Kansas wheat fields, I suggest you sit yourself down in this converted goat barn.
Legend has it, the proprietors started their farm, family, and junkyard here in Kirwin. As their family grew, they would paint each new child's name onto a big rock. As their family continued to grow, they ran out of room on the original rock and had to add additional rocks to accommodate all the children's names. With so many growing daughters and so little to do in the small town, the parents decided to convert their goat barn into a restaurant, putting their abundance of offspring to work.
Upon arriving at The Solid Rock, you will find the displaced goats immediately adjacent to the restaurant enjoying a fine, if more modestly sized, barn. In the foyer, you are greeted with a table full of conservative Christian literature for the taking and a random bible verse tacked to the front door. Are you wrestling with the ethical quandaries of abortion, pornography, and the persecution of Christians?
Your answers are in the goat barn.
The restaurant is surprisingly put together for a goat barn. A variety of table and booth options are available to diners, and there is, naturally, no shortage of eclectic homey and huntsman inspired decor. Delicate lace curtains compliment a plethora of taxidermied wildlife, the centerpiece being a bear with a fish in his mouth.
Diners can choose between a variety of sandwiches, burgers and fried entrees but the key here is saving room for pie.
Whatever you do, DO NOT SKIP THE PIE.
When we inquired about pie, we were given a hand-written list of ten options, none of which mattered except the rhubarb crisp. Emphasis on crisp! I'm not a huge fan of crisps so I ordered the regular rhubarb pie against the advisement of everyone. The rhubarb pie a la mode certainly did not disappoint, but I nabbed a few bites of the rhubarb crisp and it really was something else.
The Solid Rock (aka the Goat Barn)
Address: Unkown - follow link above for a map.
Hours: 11-7:30 Wednesday thru Sunday
Phone Number: (785) 259-0098