Monthly Archives: December 2010

First impression: Fizz Burgers & Bottles

Okay, so I don't do my best food photography at night. But this'll at least give you an idea of what the food at Fizz looks like. In the foreground, sweet potato fries with a quarter-pound spicy burger.

Okay, so I don't do my best food photography at night. But this'll at least give you an idea of what the food at Fizz looks like. In the foreground, sweet potato fries with a quarter-pound spicy burger.

I got a chance last weekend to check out Fizz Burgers & Bottles, a new restaurant in the former Amici’s space at 37th and RockĀ  in Siena Plaza.

The experience was pretty good, and so were our burgers, which were very beefy and tasty and served with a generous side of thick-cut fries, either sweet potato or regular. Fizz also offers a variety of dipping sauces, from garlic aoli to spicy ketchup.

The place felt like it’d be a little more fun in the daytime. The dining room was a bit stark to make an evening meal feel very special. But with the aid of some bottles — wine for me, beer for my friend — we forgot about all that.

Service was good, and we got to try a couple of the restaurant’s playful desserts: CAKEBALLS! Yum.

You can check out the full menu here.

Happy Joyful newsroom feast

I think I’ve made my love of potlucks abundantly clear. Today, we had our annual newsroom potluck at the Eagle, and the very clever Jaime Green made a time-lapse video of the dessert table, which was laden with coconut pie, Maria Christmas bark, chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate cake and apple pie, and a whole bunch of hungry writers, photogs, editors and designers enjoying it.

Enjoy!

Sake Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

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The former Kobe Steakhouse space at 650 N. Carriage Parkway has a fancy new tentant: Sake Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. It opened about two weeks ago and has a similar concept as Kobe but has been completely remodeled with a contemporary feel. The restaurant offers both hibachi style meals and a sushi bar and is open for lunch and dinner.

I haven’t been there yet, but pictures of the interior are impressive and I got a good report on it from forum commenter Bill in Wichita, who said: “I just had a great meal at the new Sake restaurant in Carriage Parkway, where Kobe used to be, and it was great. It has a unique modern Japanese look and the food is just plain awesome. ”

For more information, call 316-689-0888.

Dining out on Christmas

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Kwan Court is among the restaurants open on Christmas Day.

Lots and lots of people have asked me which restaurants are open and serving on Christmas Day. And lots and lots of times I’ve promised that I’ll publish the list as soon as I have it put together. That time has arrived.

The most interesting development: The brand new Gaslamp Grille & Lounge will close on Christmas Eve but open for dinner on Christmas Day. Other than that, your choices include a whole lot of Chinese food, some hotel buffets and Denny’s. See the full list.

Question of the week

nullWichita has an unusually large number of Japanese steakhouses that put on the flying-shrimp, flaming-onion thing.

This week’s question: How often do you go and take in dinner and the show? Which local Japanese grill is your favorite?

It feels good to give

Me, Carrie, Brian Walker and The Check.

Me, Carrie, Brian Walker and The Check.

As we reported last week, the Dec. 6 On the Town with Carrie & Denise at Newport Grill drew around 130 people and raised $1,316 for the Kansas Food Bank.

The next morning, I helped put on a book sale at the Wichita Eagle that raised another $617.75. Put those together and it equals… well, a lot.

Last week, Carrie and I delivered a check for nearly $2,000 to Brian Walker, the president and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. He gave us a little tour of the facility, where we saw some buckets full of the biggest turnips ever grown and where we saw several volunteers putting together bags of food for school children in need.

We also heard about a project that Wal-Mart is putting on through Facebook that will award a big-time grant to the community who gets the most “Likes.” (Facebook people understand that lingo.) Just follow this link and “like” Wichita to help the Kansas Food Bank win.

Redrock and Miss Kansas

redrockRedrock Canyon Grill never serves lunch on a weekday, and it never serves free lunch.

But on Thursday, the restaurant at 1844 N. Rock Road is putting on a lunch buffet to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

From noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Redrock is asking those who come for lunch to make a donation to the charity. Miss Kansas Lauren Werhan will be there, posing for pictures and signing autographs.laurenwerhan5

Money raised also benefits the Miss America scholarship fund. Call 316-636-1844 for more information.

What’s for dinner at Gaslamp

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Wichita must have been very good this year because in the first two weeks of December, it’s received the gift of not one but TWO fancy new restaurants.

The first was Newport Grill, which opened more than a week ago in Bradley Fair. And now, Gaslamp Grille & Lounge is open at 550 N. Rock Road, in the former Shadow/The Grape space.

Gaslamp is owned by Whitney VinZant’s restaurant group, which also has Mike’s Wine Dive and Jimmy’s Egg restaurants locally. It serves high-end fare such as escargot, fresh-shucked oysters, duck, seafood and dry-aged steaks. The restaurant has been completely and lavishly remodeled, with mahogany stained wood, u-shaped booths, a marble staircase and a balcony. (See what the interior looks like by clicking through a photo gallery on the restaurant’s Facebook page.)

You can peruse the whole menu here, and you’ll see that entrees range from $18 for a chicken dish to $38 for a 24-oz. bone-in ribeye.

Gaslamp serves food from 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, though its lounge is open later every night.

Reservations are available by calling 316-260-1432.

Taste of Thai reopens

tasteofthaiIt closed last spring so owner Jeff Saysombat could focus on re-opening Bangkok, the popular restaurant at 2020 S. Rock Road.

But now, Taste of Thai at 447 N. St. Francis is reopen, serving its same menu and open its same hours — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

For more info, call 316-266-8446.

A little more on Burger Boy

There’s been a lot of local interest in Donovan Duggins, who won yesterday’s Red Robin Kid’s Cookoff. I’ve written a column about him, which will appear in Sunday’s paper. But in the meantime, I thought you all would enjoy this video, which shows Mr. Personality in action.