Best Eats: Dodge City’s strawberry shortcake comes from an old family recipe

Dodge City Steakhouse was one of the first victims of chef Robert Irvine’s hammer on his Food Network show “Restaurant Impossible.” In 2011, owner Doug Krick admitted they were struggling and in debt. Their restaurant was dated and in need of an overhaul.

They made an ultimate decision and signed up to participate in the show. The restaurant has been revamped from its dark wood decor and trinket-filled walls in a modern Wild West theme.

The menu has been simplified, although the Kricks have brought back favorites such as crab cakes, ribs and veal parmigiana. And he kept his award-winning strawberry shortcake.

The remodel proved to be a boost for the steakhouse, and over the years the Kricks stayed in touch with Irvine.

Name: Dodge City Steakhouse

Address: 1037 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., one hour later on Friday. Saturday evening only 4pm-9pm Sunday, brunch 12pm-2pm, dinner all day until 8pm

Star dish: Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

Why is it so popular? Award-winning dessert in central Pa.

How is it made? House prepared from scratch

What does it taste like? Fantastic

Dish price? $9

Approximately how many do you sell each week? 100-150

How did you find the star dish? Lifetime family recipe

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