Runza (6751 Johnson Drive) is now open in Mission. The burger and bierock chain based out of Lincoln, Nebraska, opened earlier this week in the former Captain D's Seafood Kitchen space.
The staff is in each morning -- they answered the phone when I called this morning at 7 a.m. -- to bake the bread for bierocks and the homemade chocolate-chip cookies. In addition to the signature bierocks, the crinkle-cut fries have earned the Nebraska restaurant a loyal following.
Back in March, I broke down the menu at Runza:
Bierocks are yeasty bread pockets stuffed with meat, cheese or vegetables. Runza (another name for bierock) calls them sandwiches and fills them with mushrooms, cheese, ground beef or bacon, lettuce and tomato. The original has ground beef and cabbage. This is Nebraska's version of a loose-meat sandwich, the Maid-Rite or Nu-Way of Lincoln. The burgers are also well-known, available as a 1/4-pound single or 1/2-pound double. The standard dress -- the Runza way -- is ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, lettuce and tomato.Runza has more than 80 locations in four states, including a second Kansas restaurant in Lawrence (2700 Iowa). Has anybody been through the drive-through yet?