Here’s an excerpt from Matt Eyman’s blog listing 5 Beautiful KC Burgers.
Town Topic – Bacon Double Cheeseburger
“Every single out-of-town guest I’ve ever had has ended up at Town Topic. They’ve been slinging out diner food since 1937, and I’m pretty sure some of these people have been working there since the beginning. Sure their thin-press patties have no frills, but that’s what some might call that “classic”. While good anytime, to be truly appreciated, this burger is definitely at it’s best around 3:00am.”
In honor of Memorial Day, we would like to pay tribute to a group of Vietnam veterans who recently stopped by Town Topic.During the Viet Nam War a task force was created to keep the Cua Viet River open for supply lines to the Marines. The “men” on this force were between the ages of 16 and 22, with teams of 5-6 men patrolling the river by boat each night. These men relied on each other to stay alive, and watched as their buddies died. They believed they would remain in co…ntact forever. However, after returning home they were treated horribly by our country, and they put their war memories to back of their mind.
One of the task force members, John Holt, began trying to reconnect with his war buddies after he retired. To date, 33 servicemen have been found. Their third reunion was recently held in Kansas City, where the men spent 5 days in stories and tears. Each believes they could navigate the river with their eyes closed, and many do each night in nightmares more real than waking life.
We are often asked, “Why are there 2 Town Topics so close together?” (19th and Baltimore, 20th and Broadway).
There actually used to be SIX Town Topics in downtown Kansas City, opened mainly from the late 1930s-mid 1950s. Claude Sparks located the restaurants next to the downtown streetcar stops. He knew people might want to grab a bite to eat when they got off the street car before going to work, or maybe get some dinner before they went home. The street car stops were close to each other, so the Town Topics were close to each other, too. It was a much different time when most businesses were downtown, and everyone lived and worked close by.
Let us know if you have other questions, and we’ll try to answer them in future posts!