Monthly Archives: January 2013

Where would Beccy Tanner eat?

Beccy and her pals on Thanksgiving Day at Johnsons Smokehouse BBQ in Great Bend.

No one, except maybe the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Marci Penner, loves Kansas more than my colleague, Beccy Tanner, who has written about the state for 30 years for the Eagle.

Not only does she commute between her country and city homes, but Beccy can tell you an interesting tidbit about every county in Kansas and can share a fact from every year that the state has been in the union.

Beccy often regales with me delicious tales from her stops at little cafes, barbecue restaurants and bars all over the state, and we have a lot of them. Their specialties range from chicken fried steak to pan-fried chicken to burgers and fries.

In honor of Kansas Day, which was earlier this week, I gathered up a list of some of Beccy’s favorites from around the state. For good measure, I threw in a list from Marci Penner, too.

Save this story, which will also be printed in Friday’s Go! section, and use it to plan either your next day trip or your next meal stop when on your way elsewhere.

Public at the Brickyard: A new brunch player

Public at the Brickyard, the newish Old Town gastropub with a cozy atmosphere and a kitchen full of locally produced ingredients, has added a Sunday brunch menu.

The pub at 129 N. Rock Island quietly tried out the new brunch last week, and it went well, so it starts for real on Sunday.

It’s not a buffet. Rather, customers order from the menu items such as eggs made your way, smoked chicken biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast and steel cut oats. Bloody Marys and mimosas also are available.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.  For more information, call 316-263-4044.

Now open: Josephine’s Pantry

Josephine’s Pantry, a new restaurant that’s an ode to the owner’s late grandmother, opened a little more than a week ago at 818 N. Mosley.

Melvin Watson, who also owns My Dad’s BBQ at 1332 N. Cleveland, is serving breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sauturdays and Sundays. (New weekend breakfast spot alert! New weekend breakfast spot alert!)

He’s serving items such as cinnamon rolls and pancakes at breakfast, and catfish, burgers and salads at lunch. An attached bakery, complete with its own pastry chef, sells cookies, cakes and more.

For more information, call 316-371-6111.

Souper Bowl offers all-you-can eat soup

Inter-Faith Ministries is putting on its 13th annual Souper Bowl – a throw down for the centuries among local soup cooks — on Friday.

The event features soup and bread donated by several local restaurants. Among the participants:  Adrian’s Café,  Bagatelle Bakery,  Cinnamon’s Deli,  Freddy’s Frozen Custard,  Great Harvest Bakery,  Hereford House,  Newport Grill,  Old Mill Tasty Shop,  Panera Bread, Petroleum Club, Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, Texas Roadhouse, Wichita Marriott and the Wichita Wagonmasters. Varieties available range from tomato bisque to chili to clam chowder.

Attendees get all-you-can-eat soup plus a souvenir soup bowl made by local elementary students, while they last. Designer bowls made by local artists also will be available, and door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes.

The Souper Bowl is intended to raise awareness about hunger in the community, and money raised goes toward Inter-Faith Ministries programs that help the homeless and hungry.

It’s from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Broadway.

Advance tickets are $13.50 by calling 316-264-9303. Tickets at the door are $15.

Coming soon: Bud E. Roosters

A new restaurant is under construction in the spot next to Orange Leaf near the west side Warren Theatre that will sell chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fries and a whole lot of sauces.

Called Bud E. Roosters, the restaurant already has a sign, a Facebook page, a menu and more. What it doesn’t have yet is an interior. At the moment, the space is full of bare walls, dangling wires and construction equipment.

The space, which is at 8918 W. 21st St., previously held Go! Steaks.

You can see the menu here. I’ll let you know when there’s an official opening date.

Opening next week: new bar, old diner

A couple of businesses plan to open their doors next week, and one is right down the block from me.

Jon’s Ale House should open on Tuesday in the former Kelly’s Irish Pub spot at 917 E. Douglas, next door to The Beacon. Its focus will be craft beers from labels such as New Belgium, Free State, Tallgrass and more. The bar also will serve breakfast and lunch and is planning a menu filled with cold cut sandwiches, salads and soups such as a Guinness beef and vegetable soup. They’ll also have a few franks, including a quarter pounder topped with bacon and blue cheese.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Owner Anthony Lynch has all but gutted the place, adding new furniture, new restrooms and a new bar top attractively decorated with craft beer labels.

Across town, Chuck Giles, the owner of Neighbors Restaurant & Bar at 2150 N. Amidon, says he’s almost ready to reopen Brint’s Diner at 4834 E. Lincoln. The restaurant, set up in a classic Valentine Diner building, was closed by former owner Jessie Medina back in October. Giles hopes to be ready to go by Thursday.

Chili and chicken noodles: Two tasty fundraisers

St. Paul volunteers “pickin’ chicken”

Two local organizations are willing to find you cold-weather comfort food in exchange for you helping them raise money. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

One is the 67th annual chicken noodle dinner at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1356 N. Broadway. It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and features chicken and noodles made by the church members plus mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh-cut coleslaw, dressing, bread, pies and other desserts. The dinner, a fundraiser for the church, is $10 per person, free for children 6 and under. It’s all-you-can-eat and is served family style. Carry outs also are available. For more information, call the church office at 316-267-3263.

The Wichita Airport Lions Club also is putting on its annual chili feed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st St. N. Tickets are $7 at the door for adults, free for children 5 and under. The meal includes all-you-can-eat chili, crackers, coffee and tea. Soft drinks and desserts are extra. The proceeds from the feed will benefit various community service projects.

Cake Face planning a stationary spot

Behold: The Cake Face “wafflewich.”

The Cake Face food truck has been rolling the streets of Wichita since last summer, spreading the gospel of bacon cheese grits, waffle sandwiches and ridiculously sweet and tasty pastries.

Now, owners  Summer Schoenhals and her husband, Dave, are looking at a location that doesn’t move.

The couple is in negotiations with a landlord to open Cake Face Bake Shop & Deli. They don’t want to say where it is until the ink is dry, but the restaurant would likely open in early April and would serve breakfast and lunch. The couple plans to offer some of its most famous creations from the truck and also would use the space to create its baked goods.

The food truck wouldn’t be parked permanently, though. The couple’s oldest daughter is about to graduate and wants to go into the food biz, so she’d keep the Cake Face truck on the road.

Summer says she’d serve the grits, her increasingly famous “Wafflewiches” and several sandwiches and lunch specials, such as chicken and dumplings, from the truck rotation.

I’ll let you know if and when they sign the lease.

Now open: Tepa Cafe

A “Tepa special”

I like a restaurant that’s not afraid to mix it up.

Vince and Margaret Solis opened Tepa Cafe at 3835 S. Seneca about a week and a half ago. It specializes in Mexican fare such as enchiladas, burritos and tacos, but they also offer some good old fashioned American cuisine. And by old fashioned, I mean old fashioned. One of their best dishes, they say, is a plate of liver and onions. They also serve very big burgers, chicken fried steak and fried catfish. You can see the menu here. 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-522-5833.

Savories Tasty Shop will open soon

The inside of the about-to-open Savories Tasty Shop & Coffee House.

Savories Tasty Shop & Coffee House, a new stop for donuts, pastries and coffee drinks, is set to open in a couple of weeks in the Mid American Credit Union branch 2900 Webb Road.

The shop is owned by Shawn Blattner, one half of the duo that created Dolci & Joes. That sandwich shop operated at 3425 E. Douglas (where Taco Tinga is now) opened in 2009 but closed a year ago.

Savories, which will open on Feb. 11, will have a drive-through and seating for about 18. It’ll open to anyone — not just credit union members — and it’ll serve donuts from the Flying Donuts, cupcake-shaped servings of cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake and more, and a full line 0f coffee drinks.

Hours will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Blattner said he and Josh Crowe still hope to bring Dolci & Joes food back to Wichita some time, but it’ll likely be two or three years from now. The problem with their spot, Blattner said, was that there wasn’t enough parking. Business went way down after College Hill Deli & Catering opened next door in 2010, and Blattner theorizes that parking was part of that.