Monthly Archives: July 2011

Peruse the Pimiento menu

Pimiento's cozy dining room.

Pimiento is a tiny little Mexican place that just opened in the former Quiznos spot at738 N. Waco.

Owners Javier Chavez and Claudia Orozco (who interestingly own a few restaurants in their native Mexico, too) are serving a tiny menu to match.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Take a look at the menu, brought to you by a miraculous discovery I made this morning: OUR OFFICE COPY MACHINE WILL SCAN MENUS AND EMAIL THEM TO ME AS PDFs. Isn’t 2011 amazing?

Friday is custard-in-your-mug day

The annual KMUW “Fill Your Mug” event returns Friday for a Final Friday event at Artworks At Piccadilly Square, 7724 E. Central.

From 6 o 8 p.m., those who bring their KMUW mugs to the event can have them filled full of custard by Freddy’s Frozen Custard. KMUW will have mugs available on-site, too.

The event also will feature music by Delores and the Pickin’-Fretter.

Cafe Comotara is open, and here’s the menu

Ben Arnold opened his new Cafe Comotara today in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road, and I have the menu here if you want to take a peek.

It’s huge and features several salads, some pasta dishes (including Pad Thai), burgers, sandwiches and entrees such as ahi tuna, blue-cheese crusted filet and a bone-in pork chop.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. He plans to add weekend breakfast sometime in October, and the restaurant is available nightly for rental. It fits private parties of 90 or fewer.

Take a close look at the menu because it features some of the items Arnold plans to include when he opens A.V.I. in the newly restored Broadview next month.

Question of the week: Breastaurants — yay or nay?

Twin Peaks is causing quite a stir in Wichita, although as I point out in my review this week, that’s probably more about the voluptuous wait staff than the cuisine.

The servers’ outfits are definitely in the PG range, yet when I visited, the place was full not only of tables of guys but also of older couples and families.

What are your feelings on these establishments, affectionately referred to as “breastaurants?” (Hooters is another example.) Are they more harmless fun or sexist ickiness?

Answer in the comments section below, but be nice.

In memory of Julia: Lebanese cooking secrets

Michael Bayouth and the famous booklet.

Michael Bayouth’s beloved mother, Julia, died on Aug. 1 of last year, and he still misses her.

As the anniversary of her death approaches, Michael was looking for some way to officially remember her. He decided he’d order up another printing of one of his mother’s most famous projects — a recipe booklet full of Lebanese recipes compiled by Julia and her sister, Helen Jabara, more than 35 years ago when both were congregants at St. George Orthodox Cathedral.

The paper booklet is called “Our Favorite Lebanese Recipes,” and over the years, thousands of copies have been sold.

Julia Bayouth

It includes instructions for making everything from tahini sauce to tabbouleh to meat pies to baklava. You might recall that St. George is the home of a popular annual Lebanese dinner, and Julia was a big part of that event in her time.

The booklets are on sale again and available for $2.50 apiece at Jabara Carpet Outlet, 1816 N. Broadway, or by calling Michael at 316-686-5104.

Roadtrip time: Boudreux Burger Barn

A friend recently alerted me to a new burger restaurant in the area, though you’ll have to gas up to get there.

Boudreux Burger Barn opened earlier this month in Peck, a tiny town about six miles south of Haysville. It’s owned by Dominic Bongiorni, a former oil refinery worker who “got tired of working in the heat” so decided to open a burger restaurant.

Bongiorni named the restaurant after his longtime nickname, Boudreux, a common Cajun last name that he says means “farmer, and a man who works alone.”

He’s serving mom-and-pop style burgers plus hand-cut fries, chicken fried steaks, chicken strips and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The official address is 1499 N. Meridian in Peck, 316-524-2763.

Avoiding that awkward “soup-enir”

My very creative friend Jaime and her husband Carter made a hilarious 30-second video that landed them as finalists in the Gain laundry detergent “Smell Like A Million Bucks” contest. Whichever of the 25 finalists gets the most votes by next Monday wins…. well, see the title of the contest. (Learn how to vote by visiting www.greensforgain.com.)

To help remind people to vote, Jaime is making more hilarious videos by the day. The one below is her best yet. Not only is it useful and timely, but it also was filmed in a local restaurant. Bon appetit!

Get your fill of tacos and tequila on Thursday

There is nothing those TNT (Team in Training) folks won’t do to raise funds, and for fans of tacos and tequila, that’s a good thing.

TNT stands for Team in Training, and participants must raise money to participate in triathlons, which in turn benefits the most efficient fundraising cause I’ve ever seen, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

On Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., several local TNT-ers are putting on an event at Playa Azul, 111 N. Washington in Old Town, called Tacos and Tequila.

The event allows diners to choose three tacos from five varieties — beef, asada, chicken, pork and fish. They’ll also get a shot of tequila. Arriba!

Those who don’t want to shoot tequila can get a Dos Equis or a margarita instead. And the restaurant will serve $1.99 blue margaritas as well.

The cost is $15 a person, and the restaurant will donate $5 from each ticket to the cause, which will pay for Team in Training members to compete in The Nation’s Triathlon on Sept. 11 in Washington, D.C.

To reserve a ticket, follow this link.

Bocconcini Italian Eatery update

I’m getting the feeling that people are very excited for the opening of Nathan Toubia’s new restaurant, Bocconcini Italian Eatery, which he’s putting into the old Sugar Sisters space at 4811 E. Central. Every day I’m getting calls and e-mails about it. “The sign is up!” “The paper is off the windows!” “There are chairs inside!”

Toubia tells me that he plans to officially open the restaurant on Wednesday. Once he does, hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

In the meantime, check out the menu, which Nathan shared today. It looks good. I’m particularly excited about the toasted homemade ravioli and the pork saltimbocca, featuring thin sliced pork tenderloin topped with prosciutto di Parma in a Marsala sauce served with polenta and broccoli raab.

To Chau: A solid reader recommendation

Above is the vermicelli noodle dish with grilled pork strips. Below is the BBQ pork sandwich.

I love it hate it love it when a reader tells me about a restaurant I’ve never heard of.

I love it because it often results in my discovering a fabulous restaurant. I hate it because, well, HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE?? (BTW, mean comment leavers, that was a rhetorical question.)

The latest restaurant I can’t believe I didn’t know about is To Chau, a Vietnamese restaurant at 4875 E. Pawnee. A reader told me about it during a recent dining chat.

I drove past it a couple of weeks ago while out searching for shaved ice booths, and earlier this week, I went to check it out.

Apparently, To Chau has been open for about six years. It serves Vietnamese sandwiches, Pho, the popular vermicelli noodle dishes known as “bun” and more. I tried a BBQ pork sandwich, which featured crusty French bread stuffed with very flavorful and non-fatty meat, cucumber, cilantro, carrot and jalapeno. And it cost only $3.50.

The To Chau interior. Photos courtesy of my lunch date, Jaime Green.

I also sampled the bun noodle dish with grilled pork strips. Again, the meat was very flavorul and placed atop a mound of vermicelli noodles, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, carrot, cucumber and cilantro. It was $8.75 and came with a tasty quartered egg roll.

The restaurant was roomy and attractive, and the service was good. To Chau is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-683-2428.