Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mmmmm. Green beer.

Green food coloring makes beer taste better on March 17.

This snap by my talented BFF Jaime was too pretty not to share. She shot it while at Heroes over lunch today, but she swears she was working and not imbibing.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

First impression: Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar

Fat Tony of Fat Tony's.

I’ve been meaning for weeks to check out Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar, the new restaurant that opened about a month ago at 417 E. Douglas, just a few blocks from the Eagle.

I was a little skeptical, mainly because lots and lots of restaurants have opened in the old Marple Theatre on Douglas. And all of them have closed pretty quickly.

A blurry interior shot, but you get the picture.

But after today’s visit, I think this one might have a chance.

Fat Tony’s is set up as a sports bar, and a super giant projection screen where the theater’s movie screen once hung shows sports. This afternoon, the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament drew a healthy crowd.

The menu consists of standard bar fare — burgers, sandwiches, wings, deep fried goodness such as fried pickles, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, etc.

And there’s also a pretty large pizza menu. We tried the Philly Cheese steak pizza, which was deadly delicious thanks to the healthy layer of Cheez Whiz lurking under the surface. It also was topped with shredded beef, green peppers, onions and mozzerella. A medium (the smallest size) was more than enough for my dining companion and myself, and it cost only $12.99.

Fat Tony’s is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-303-9316.

Eat like you’re Irish: Part II

Turns out there’s a whole lot more Irish eating out there today than I originally thought. A few more restaurants offering corn beef and cabbage and other St. Patrick’s day specials have come to my attention since I wrote this post earlier this week.

Among them:

Old Mill Tasty Shop, 604 East Douglas: The downtown lunch favorite is offering corn beef and cabbage and Irish cream shakes today.

Heroes, 117 N. Mosley: The sports bar is offering corn beef and cabbage, bierocks, Irish stew and more today.

Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, 8115 E 21st Street N.: The fine dining restaurant is offering several Irish specials for lunch and dinner, included corn beef and cabbage, fish and chips, lamb stew, shepherd’s pie and more.

British Banger Company, 1713 W. Douglas: The carryout lunch spot is making Irish cottage pie plus bangers and mash  and will stay open until around 8 p.m.

The Shamrock, 1724 W. Douglas: The pub is serving corn beef and cabbage over the lunch an dinner hours today.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, several Wichita locations: The yogurt chain is offering 25 percent off to customers wearing green.

River City Brewery, 150 N. Mosely: Though they’re not doing any food specials, River City is serving $2.50 green beers all day and is throwing a St. Patty’s day party starring awesome local cover band Lucky People, starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $3.

Question of the week

Hummus: Wichita has lots of it. And everyone pledges allegiance to a different batch.

Which Wichita hummus do you think is best? And whats specifically makes your choice so superior?

Answer this creamy question of the week in the comments section below.

Two Brothers-plus opens Monday

As of Monday, the west-side Two Brothers BBQ restaurant will have a new home, a new name and a new approach.

Owners of the local restaurant chain are moving the 8406 W. Central store (which it closed a week ago) into the former Applebee’s spot a few blocks east at 6730 W. Central.

The restaurant now will be called Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill. It’ll have a full-service menu that includes seafood, steaks and burgers along with the usual barbecue offerings, and it will have a full bar as well. The restaurant will have a few car-hop spots where drive-up diners can order burgers and other fare, Sonic-style. The location’s barbecue buffet will be available still, but only at lunch.

The new Two Brothers will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily starting Monday, and the new phone number is 316-440-4077.

You’ve gotta try it: Cafe 151

This might literally be the worst food photo I've ever taken, but it was the best one I got. Trust me, the food is way more attractive than this.

I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from Andrew Gough, one of several local foodies who I rely on for news and guidance, saying that he’d tried Corporate Caterers’ new restaurant, Cafe 151, and was impressed by the food AND by the low, low, low prices.

He sold it so well that late last week, I stopped by the new restaurant, which recently opened in the former Piccadilly Express spot in the Cargill building at 151 N. Main.

My boss Lori and I, who had planned an excursion to view the super amazing Kansas art at nearby Emprise Bank, so we decided to swing by Cafe 151 for a quick lunch first.

She had a Philly panini, which was an amazingly melty delight, made with beef, caramelized onions, red peppers, mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese.

My Southwestern chicken wrap, which is pictured in the subpar photo above, was also amazingly delicious, had grilled chicken breast, a black bean and corn relish, Spanish rice and honey mustard all stuffed inside a jalapeño-cheddar wrap,

The most amazing part: Lori’s sandwich was $6, my wrap was $5.50, and both included a drink, a side AND sales tax in the price. It was one of the most filling, satisfying and inexpensive lunches I’d had in a long time.

The resturant is a little busy and chaotic, and it’s hard to find a spot to sit over the lunch hour. And Lori and I foolishly parked at the back of the building and had to sweetalk our way through a locked employee entrance, so don’t make that mistake. But for people who want lunch-on-the-go, Cafe 151 is a great option.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. You can see the full menu by clicking a link from this post on Carrie’s blog.

Homemade potato chips

My Twitter/foodie friend Seth poses an excellent question:

I can tell you that my absolute favorite house-made chips are house-made at The Anchor. I have to really, really try not to go there over lunch or I will devour a Philly ‘shroom cheesesteak sandwich and a side of the crispy, perfect homemade potato chips.

Bierocks, Brats & BBQ also makes its own.

Who knows of some others??

Irish eatin’

It’s St. Patrick’s Day week, which means that soon the green beef will be flowing and the cabbage will be simmering.

Several restaurants and bars in town are offering Irish-flavored specials this week in honor of the greenest of holidays. Among the specials you might consider checking out:

Bierocks, Brats n BBQ at 1225 W. Douglas is offering corned beer and cabbage, shepherds pie and Irish creme cheesecake today through Thursday.

Toni D’s, 650 N. Carriage Parkway is offering several St. Patrick’s day specials, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner with new potatoes and bread, Reuben sandwiches and decorated cookies. The specials are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The Artichoke at 811 N. Douglas will serve mulligan stew as a special all day on Thursday and will feature the music of my harmonizing pals Erin and Alan Craddock in the evening. She’s very Irish, FYI.

Old Chicago’s St. Pat’s Mini Tour: The restaurant known for its beer selection is offering its annual tour of Irish beers, including Guinness Irish Stout, Killian’s Irish Red Lager and Odell Myrcenary Double IPA. The tour started last month and is available through Thursday.

The annual Blarney Breakfast, a fundraiser for Rainbows United, is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Old Chicago, 7626 E. Kellogg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at Old Chicago east or at the door the morning of the event.

Know of anything I’m missing?

Oh, no. And furthermore, sigh.

The Infamous BOB.

Though I’d rather not, I feel it’s my duty to direct your attention to the bad/sad restaurant news Carrie uncovered yesterday.

I hope it all gets resolved soon, not only for the sake of the people involved but also for the sake of sandwich fans in Wichita and Andover.

Fishy, Lent-y stragglers

As is apt to happen, when my story outlining places to eat fish and avoid meat during Lent was published in this morning’s paper, helpful readers and restaurateurs helped me remember who I’d forgotten.

One restaurant named by a couple of readers was Just Catfish at 3800 S. Seneca, a place I’ve never tried by have heard many good things about. The callers said that Just Catfish serves not-t0-be-missed Southern fried and Cajun fried catfish as well as great sides and sinful desserts.

Also, Bocco Deli let me know about their Lenten special. The cozy restaurant will offer special veggie sandwiches and soups on Wednesdays and Fridays. One of today’s sandwiches, for example, was a grilled portabello sandwich with roasted red peppers and goat cheese on homemade flat bread.