Annual Lions Club pancake day is Thursday

FOODThe 56th annual Downtown Lions Club pancake day, an event that attracts about 2,000 people to Century II’s Exhibition Hall for all-you-can-eat pancakes plus sausage and coffee, is schedule for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets are $6 in advance by calling 316-264-1610 and are available at the door. Money raised goes toward supporting free and assisted child care programs at the YMCA.

I went a few years ago, and it was delicious, though I’m still trying to wash the aroma of freshly flipped pancakes out of my clothes.

All-you-can-eat (and listen to) Mudbugs

Poor little fella

Poor little fella

The sixth annual Mudbug Madness, an all-you-can-eat craw fish extravaganza featuring music from the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band, is this weekend at Prairie Pines, 4055 N. Tyler Road.

It starts at 5:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights and offers ticket holders access to an old fashioned craw fish boil and Cajun buffet followed by Cajun music that has historically inspired a mega dance party.

And if you don’t know how to eat craw fish, don’t you worry. The band sings several instructional tunes.

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Tickets are $32.95 if purchased online by 5:30 p.m. Thursday and also can be purchased at the door for $37.95.

Ticket holders get access to the buffet plus non-alcoholic drinks. There will be a cash bar on site, and the band will play from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

For more information, call 316-303-2097.

An updated list of Easter brunch options

Last week, I published a list of restaurants in Wichita offering special Easter brunches, from lavish ham-and-prime-rib-laden buffets to plated breakfast dishes with $5 mimosas on the side.

Since then, I’ve learned of several more and have updated the list to include them.

Use it to make your Easter dining plans, and do it soon.

The big dining event is now only about 72 hours away.

 

Review: Who knew a $5 pizza could taste good?

Behold: The $4.99 pepperoni

Behold: The $4.99 pepperoni

My review for Friday’s Go! section is of Cheezies Pizza, a chain that has two franchises in Wichita, both of which belong to  Tracy’s Automotive owner Mike Ryno.

He opened the first one at 3804 W. Maple in 2011 and added a second early this year in a spot at 601 E. First St. The new one is attached to one of his auto shops.

The headline: Although Cheezies is hardly gourmet dining, the $4.99 cheese and pepperoni pizzas it sells are surprisingly good. I anticipate this will become a go-to spot for me when I need to feed large numbers of kids, which is a fairly frequent occurrence in my life.

Anyone else been there? Read my review and tell me what you think.

Amber Waves a new beer fundraiser by Starkey

I count any day I find out about a new beer/wine fundraiser as a good day. Today was one of those days.

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Jamie Opat from Starkey, Inc., stopped by to tell me about Amber Waves, a new beer stroll planned for May 16 in Delano. It sounds sort of like the popular Winefest Walkabout only with beer in Delano instead of wine in Old Town.

The event includes 13 participating Delano businesses who will offer 2 oz. pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Those who attend buy a $50 ticket and stroll from store-to-store sampling the beer. Several of those stores also will offer hors’ d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. Already signed up are stores such as All Things BBQ, Bluebird Arthouse and Twist Yarn Shop.

The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of those businesses would normally be closed. Money raised goes to Starkey, Inc.  More information and tickets are available at www.amberwavesict.com. 

New Applebee’s at 13th and Greenwich opens today

Does this mean they don't want to see me today?

Does this mean they don’t want to see me today?

Today is opening day for the new Applebee’s at 11317 E. 13th St. The new restaurant is in the Plazzio development at 13th and Greenwich and sits between Sumo and Jose Pepper’s at the development’s main entrance.

This Applebee’s replaces the one that’s operated since 1990 at 21st and Rock Road. It closed earlier this month in preparation for the transition.

Customers will find a big patio at the new Applebee’s, and it will eventually have an indoor/outdoor fireplace, too.

Its hours will be the same as all other Applebee’s — 11 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information, call 316-652-0234.

Oliver’s Little Italy to shut is doors on Saturday

oliversOliver’s Little Italy, the Italian restaurant that opened last fall in the old Angelo’s spot at 1930 S. Oliver, will close at the end of business on Saturday.

The location hasn’t worked out for a variety of reasons, said chef Scott Cosentino, whose girlfriend, Dyan Gordon, owns the restaurant. Cosentino said they hope to find another location but don’t know where that would be. They’ll keep the Facebook page up and running so that customers and fans can keep track of their next move.

For more information, call 316-260-6395.

Restaurant deals make Tax Day hurt less

Tax Day is Tuesday.

Uplifting thought: A few restaurants offer specials on Tax Day to help ease the pain.

0411-arbys_full_600Depressing thought:

Here’s a list of just a few. Let me know if you hear of any others.

Schlotzsky’s: The sandwich chain is offering a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips a 32 oz. drink on Tuesday.

Arby’s: For the fourth year in a row, customers can get a free snack-sized serving of curly fries with a coupon

Sonic: The drive-in is offering half-price drinks and slushes all day on Tuesday.

Spangles: The local restaurant chain is offering a free 16 oz. cyclone ice cream treat with the purchase of another 16 oz. cyclone.

Papa John’s: Papa John’s is offering a large, five-topping pizza for $10.40. Use the promo cod M414 Tax. The special is good today and Tuesday.

Newport Grill: On Tuesday only, diners can deduct $3 from their lunch bills and $5 from their dinner bills.

Rip’s Rib Shak food truck adding stationary restaurant

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Rip’s Rib Shak, the mobile barbecue trailer that Steven Pittman and his father-in-law Kevin Smith opened last summer, is about to get a brick-and-mortar brother.

The duo plus Pittman’s wife and Smith’s daughter, Alexis Pittman, are opening a stationary version of Rip’s Rib Shak in an old Phillips 66 station at 611 W. Harry. They hope to have it open by mid-June and plan to serve the same menu made popular by the trailer: St. Louis-style spare ribs, pulled pork, hotlinks, burgers and chicken legs cooked on a Himalayan salt block. The small space has some room for seating, and Pittman hopes to eventually add outdoor seating, too.

In the meantime, Pittman is serving from the trailer, which is parked right in front of the future business, starting at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. He keeps serving until he runs out of food, which he said is usually around 5 or 6 p.m.

Pittman, who has worked at several barbecue restaurants over the years, plans to still use the truck for special events and to travel to barbecue competitions.

Keep up with the progress on the Rips Rib Shak Facebook page.

Mooyah adds pick-up window

moo yah drive thruMooyah, the burger restaurant at 352 S. West St., has just added a drive-through pick-up window.

It’s not a typical drive through where customers order on the spot. It’s intended for people who call ahead or place online orders and want to drive up to pick up their food rather than park, go in the restaurant and stand in line.

Anthony Powell, who opened the restaurant in November of 2012, said he was impressed by the volume of business neighbor Cinnamon’s Deli did with its pick up window and decided it was something that would make sense at Mooyah, too.

“I’ve already had a lot of people say, ‘This is great,’ especially moms with kids,” Powell said.

To place a Mooyah order in advance, either call the restaurant at 316-558-5600, visit the Mooyah website or download the Mooyah app.