Monthly Archives: November 2010

New restaurant roundup

fizzLittle tidbits of restaurant news have surfaced over the past few weeks that I’m not sure I paid adequate attention to. So please allow me this little restaurant roundup.

John Browns is a new bar and restaurant in the former Clifton Wine and Jazz space at 3700 E. Douglas. It serves a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and unique desserts from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. One of its coolest features: A bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

Bocco Deli opened recently in the former Zoomdweebie’s Tearoom space at 3010 E. Central. It’s owned by Nathan Toubia, son of the late Antoine Toubia, and features soup, salads, sandwiches and pasta. A colleague of mine ate there today and said it was tasty and inexpensive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles opened a couple of weeks ago at 7718 E. 37th St. N. featuring a menu of gourmet burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The bottles in the name refers to a list of unique beers, wines and bottled sodas. The number is 316-260-2888.

Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery opened last week at 5255 N. Maize Rd in Maize featuring a menu that offers gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes plus regular old sandwiches, casseroles and daily specials.

Flying Donuts also opened last week next to Bella Luna Cafe at 4618 E. Central. In addition to donuts, it offers croissants, sandwich croissants and kolaches from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Full Moon Pub, owned by the same people behind Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill and Mulligan’s, should open in a couple of weeks in the Yogi’s Bar & Grill space at 2804 S. Seneca. It’ll feature burgers, pizza and other bar fare.

Burger boy update

donavandugginsMaybe his burger is just THAT good. But I like to believe it’s the power of the Dining with Denise blog that has catupulted local burger boy Donovan Duggins to first place in Red Robin’s Kid’s Cookoff fan favorite award.

I reported last week that Donovan, a Robinson Middle School seventh grader was one of 10 finalists in the annual contest with is recipe for a spicy Mt. Vesuvius burger. The actual competition will take place a week from today in Colorado, but in the meantime, fans have been voting online for the peoples’ choice winner. And Donovan is in the lead!

Let’s keep it that way. You can vote for him once a day, every day at I’ll let you know how the contest turns out next week.

It’s Press time

pressThe east-side Sabor did not work out for Melad Stephan and co. But tomorrow, he’s opening a new concept in the space at 1720 N. Webb Road  that sounds promising.

Press is a new wine a cocktail bar that has a long and tempting list of martinis plus vodka, gin, tequila and rum cocktails and a nice wine list.

There’s also a food menu — small plates and entrees created by chef Douglas Pitts, including oysters on the half shell, beef carpaccio, crispy pork belly, seared sea scallops, sliders, pate and more.

Hours will be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 2 p.m. to 2 am. Saturdays.

They’ve totally remodeled the interior, which I haven’t seen yet but hear is very nice.

You can look at the menu here and here.

A sneak peek at Newport Grill

oeno1We’ve scheduled our second On the Town with Carrie and Denise event, and this one is big time.

The owners of Newport Grill, a fancy  new seafood restaurant that’s opening Monday, Dec. 6, in the old Cibola space at Bradley Fair, have agreed to let us in for an opening day preview. They’ll provide some appetizers and a cash bar, but this time, admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Kansas Food Bank.

I’m pretty sure it will be worth it. The owners of Newport Grill are the same people behind Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, and the interior of the new restaurant — which has been totally remodeled — was already pretty stunning.

The fun lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. Will I see you there?

Question of the week

It’s Thanksgiving, which means that you might have relatives in town.

And if you have relatives in town, they’ll most certainly be tired of turkey and will want to venture out of your house to eat by Friday.

What restaurants do you take out of town friends and relatives to when they visit Wichita?

Answer in the comments section below.

Danke schön for bierocks

Mary Hansen, owner of Bierocks, Brats n' BBQ

Mary Hansen, owner of Bierocks, Brats n' BBQ

Add this to the list of things Wichita should be thankful for this weekend: An influx of bierocks into the metro area.

In this week’s Go! story, I write about the number of restaurants now serving bierocks, the official meat pie of Kansas.

It’ll come out in Friday’s paper, but you can read it today.

Maharaja: Use it or lose it

maharajaRumors have been swirling that Maharaja, the fabulous but under-patronized Indian restaurant at 3008 W. Central, is closing its doors for good.

That may or may not be true.

The story is pretty much still what Carrie Rengers reported several weeks ago, except that it’s closing earlier than expected:  Owner Raj Singh is closing his way-too-slow restaurant on Dec. 15 rather than in February, as he had originally planned. He wants to stay in Wichita and will continue to search for a location on the east side.

Here’s what his unofficial spokesman, local foodie Andrew Gough, told me this morning via e-mail.

“He plans to take time to find a location here in Wichita on the east side and hopefully open by February or March. If he finds nothing, he’s going to close for good. We need to flood his restaurant over the next few weeks. Can you help drive some people there to give him enough motivation to stay in Wichita?”

I’m doing my part here. Now it’s up to you, naan fans.

In Memoriam… restaurant edition

brettntracyIf you want to share a few sniffles about the 2010 passings of restaurant such as Frida’s and Ted’s Montana Grill, tune into B-98 at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Brett, Tracy and Kathy have invited me on the morning show to talk about restaurant closings in 2010 and all the fabulous places where we can’t eat anymore.

Did you lose a favorite in 2010? Remind me what it was and I’ll mention it.

Well, that’s nice of ‘em

texas*UPDATE: A helpful commenter points out that Ted’s will refund unused gift cards. I called and confirmed that it’s true. Just call 404-266-1344.

Ted’s Montana Grill is gone, but thanks to a similarly meaty restaurant in town, people who are stuck with Ted’s gift certificates can still get fed.

Texas Roadhouse, the line-dancin’, steak cookin’ restaurant at 6707 W. Kellogg, will exchange any unexpired Ted’s gift card for a free $12 Texas Roadhouse entree certificate. The offer is limited to one gift card exchanged per table.

Exchanges can be made through Dec. 31 at stores in Wichita, Kansas City and Omaha.

Abuelo’s for all, and for all…

lightsAbuelo’s is catering the annual Lights on the Lake preview party tomorrow night at the Heartspring Conference Center, 8700 E. 29th Street N. It’ll feature a catered Abuelo’s dinner, drinks, entertainment by piano man Jared Brickman and the flipping of the switch on the big, drive-through display Heartspring puts up each year.

Proceeds go directly to benefit the Financial Assistance Program at Heartspring Pediatric Services, which helps more than 700 children locally each year. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of ten. Purchase tickets at or call 316-634-8761.