Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mac-n-cheese and macro

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At the risk of writing about The Anchor too much, I had to share this picture from this afternoon. My friend and colleague, Annie, could not resist the lure of The Anchor’s burger-o-the-day today –  The OMG burger, topped with bacon and mac-n-cheese and served on a ciabatta roll.

And I could not resist taking a picture of the beauty (you know, since I have a problem with food photography and all.) My friend, Jaime, taught me to use the macro setting on my camera when I want to shoot food closeups, which I tried today.

Annie confirms the burger tasted as good as it looks.

Who’s the Bossa?

bossa.jpg 001Bossa Grill, the fast and casual Brazilian restaurant planned for 3242 N. Rock Road, is just about finished. Its owner, Alberto Moreira, says it will open after the July 4 weekend, though he doesn’t have a specific date.

I drove past the building this morning and it looks nice. It has sort of a Pei Wei feel, and that’s exactly how Moreira describes the place. He says it will be similar to Pei Wei in service style — customers order at a counter and then be served at tables — but the food will be Southern European with South American influences, including a lot of grilled fish and chicken.

I’ll let you know when an official opening date is determined.

You write the review

The philly cheese steak sandwich with sweet potato fries and the tropical spinach salad with salmon, both from College Hill Deli & Catering.

The philly cheese steak sandwich with sweet potato fries and the tropical spinach salad with salmon, both from College Hill Deli & Catering.

This week, I’m reviewing College Hill Deli & Catering, a tasty little lunch spot at 3407 E. Douglas. The review will be published in the paper on Friday, but you — as a reward for being so blog-o-riffic — get to read it today.

Every time I write reviews from now on, I’m going to invite you to add your own two cents and write your own mini-review. We’ll start now. If you’ve been to College Hill Deli & Catering, please go to the comments section of this post and tell us all what you thought about the food quality, the atmosphere, the service, etc.

If you don’t mind, do it here rather than in the comments section of my review so that we can keep it all together.

Specifics are appreciated. Start typing!

Dinner and a show

jeremywade.jpgJeremy Wade Catering, a new venture by chef-about-town Jeremy Wade (formerly of Yia Yia’s, Uptown Bistro, etc…), is about to start offering outdoor dinners for people heading to Music Theatre of Wichita productions (or those who just want to dine with people heading to Music Theatre of Wichita productions.)

The dinners start at 6 p.m. and will take place outdoors on the west side of the Residences at WaterWalk, 515 S. Main, before “Crazy For You” on July 10, “Annie” on July 24 and “Curtains” on Aug. 7.

The dinners will include a plated, three-course meal and red and white wine selections. They’re $50 a person and include a limo valet from Waterwalk to Century II and back for the first dinner on July 10. Much of the proceeds will be donated to MTW.

Make a reservation by calling the WaterWalk office at 316-219-6060.

Click below to see the menus for each dinner.

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Chat live with Denise Neil at 1:30 pm. Thursday

Now this is strange

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It takes A LOT for a story on Kansas.com to crack the “Most Read” story list. Usually, a story that achieves this feat has a headline more like what you’ll see there in ole No. 2. — crime, nudity, drugs, murder, mayhem, Opinion Line. You get it.

So I am quite astounded and baffled today to see that my Jose Pepper’s review, published LAST AUGUST, is the No. 4 most read story of the day. That means that more than 1,000 people have clicked on that link today — fairly inexplicable considering that restaurant reviews are rarely sexy enough to crack the top 10 even when they’re brand new. Hmmmmmm.

I asked the online team to help me deduce how this happened, but they’re just as astounded and baffled.

A city-wide queso craving? A Jose Pepper’s nude murder spree we’re not aware of? Now that I think of it, I’d better go check Opinion Line…

Lipitor alert!

friendlysburgerI’m sure you’ve seen by now one of the many reports about the fat-tastic new invention by the Friendly’s ice cream chain — the Grilled Cheese Burger Melt.

As you can see at right, it’s a burger that’s sandwiched between grilled cheese sandwiches instead of buns. It has 1,500 calories and 79 grams of fat.

Outrageously-bad-for-us-food is a bit of a novelty these days. Restaurants can get attention by packing mind-blowing amounts of cheese, lard and deep fried meltiness into a single dish. State Fairs that don’t offer some type of oh-n0-they-didn’t deep fried treat might as well turn off the Ferris wheel and call it a summer.

A few years ago, I was highly entertained by a blog called “This is Why You’re Fat,” which documented some of these inventions across the country — a corn-dog topped pizza,  a 24-scoop ice cream sundae, and my personal favorite, the turbaconucken — chicken inside a duck inside a turkey wrapped in bacon.

The blog has since been taken down, but this website still features several of its most famous photos. Take a browse, then take a Lipitor.

Restaurant profile: Marchello’s

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One of my favorite places to eat Italian, er, Wich-Italian food, in Wichita is Marchello’s, a family-owned place at 3107 S. Seneca.  (Wich-Italian, by the way, is a term I invented to describe the type of Angelo’s-inspired Italian food Wichita restaurants like to serve — bubbly, melty lasagna in a metal serving pan, Italian salads topped with pickled eggplant, etc.)

Marchello’, which opened in 1996, is a south side gem owned by Mikaeil Afsharpour. I discovered it only about five years ago, but now it’s one of my favorite places to go for lasagna and pizza, especially the chicken bacon pizza (above.)

marchellos.jpg 004Lori and Bonnie and I stopped in for lunch today and ordered from the lower-priced lunch menu. They had fettuccine carbonara and chicken Parmesan, but I had the chicken bacon pizza featuring Marchello’s fabulous homemade crust.

Marchello’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The owner told me today that he’s launching a brand-new website, complete with menu, sometime next week.

Reach Marchello’s at 316-522-6662

Farewell to Players

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Player’s Bar & Grill, a longtime business at 6200 W. 21st Street N. that’s catered to beer, food and sports fans, is changing its name, its approach and its menu in a few weeks and will cut ties with the past at a farewell party on Saturday.

Players, which will become Brooklyn’s Chophouse on July 1, will give customers who visit after 9 p.m. on Saturday a $5 gift certificate to be used on the new menu, and owners also will be clearing out the Players promotional items closet — stocked with glasses, keychains, T-shirts and more — and giving them away as prizes throughout the evening.

The band Stimulus will play starting at 9 p.m., and Players will offer discounts on choice steaks and $2.50 pints from its newly expanded bar, which as of Saturday will offer 23 beers on tap. For more information, call 316-942-7900.

International Sushi Day

The Flatlander's Dream roll at Kanai. Photo by Jaime Green.

The Flatlander's Dream roll at Kanai. Photo by Jaime Green.

If you can believe ANYTHING you read on Wikipedia (which I often do), today is International Sushi Day — a holiday invented last year by the administrator of the “Sushi” page on Facebook. (Welcome to 2010!)

In honor of this momentous occasion, I will now list my top three favorite sushi places in Wichita. Please chime in with your own. Drumroll please…

1. Kanai, 12111 Maple: A few months ago, I gave this place a four-star review. Why? Because it’s sooooo good. Chef David  Kanai makes some of the best rolls in town, the nigiri is fresh and huge, and the appetizers are inventive and yummy.

2. Sumo by Nambara, 11233 E 13th Street: This east-side restaurant is a trendy place to go, especially for young and pretty Wichitans on Friday nights. It also serves some of Wichita’s freshest and tastiest sushi. The restaurant has two separate dining areas: One for sushi eaters and one for people partaking of the hibachi grills. Prepare to wait for a table.

3. Hana Cafe, 325 N. Mead: It’s small but expanding, and it serves delicious sushi in addition to several Japanese and Korean noodle dishes.

Who’ve I missed, sushi fans? And what will you do in observance of this most sacred sushi day?