Essentials: German Bologna Sandwich, Hermann Wurst Haus, Hermann, Missouri
"What I aspire to be: sloppy, salty, and rich"
Hermann, Missouri is best known for its wineries and its bachelorette parties. Every weekend, scores of women from Kansas City and St. Louis spill out of the train station and into the quiet streets to sample wines with names like “JazzBerry.” But its main draw ought to be the German Bologna sandwich at the Hermann Wurst Haus. The butchers at the meat market/deli—a veritable meat palace—slice their housemade Bologna thick as a ribeye before crisping it on a grill and slathering it with creamy coleslaw. The resulting sandwich is what I aspire to be: sloppy, salty, and rich. It’s also exactly what you’ll crave after a night of JazzBerry. —Liz Cook
Liz Cook is a Kansas City-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Pitch, Bon Appétit, Eater, and The Kansas City Star. She also writes the experimental food newsletter Haterade.
Kevin Necessary is a freelance illustrator and editorial cartoonist. He is currently the editorial cartoonist for The Cincinnati Enquirer. His cartoons are syndicated by GoComics, and his cartoons have been published in a variety of publications such as The Week and Politico. A Cincinnati native, Kevin will fight to the death defending Cincinnati chili. He lives with his wife, Julie, and three cats, Huckleberry, Grayson, and Bonnie.