Monthly Archives: November 2013

Enjoy your bird. I’ll see you in December

598357_10151135686580949_1587676994_nI will be eating lots of food, but I won’t be writing about any next week.

At least not on this blog.

See you back here on Dec. 3.

Happy Turkey Day.

Funky Monkey Munchies food truck coming in March

The future Funky Monkey Munchies food truck is being painted now.

The future Funky Monkey Munchies food truck is being painted now.

The Wichita food truck fleet is expanding again.

Lisa Palacios and her husband, Eddi, plan to open Funky Monkey Munchies in March. Palacios said she got the vintage-looking truck as an anniversary present last year and has been working on getting it into shape ever since.

She’s focusing on healthy fusion food made mostly from non-GMO, organic and locally sourced ingredients.

“We were eating healthy, and I thought, ‘We can actually bring health food in this truck to the people of Wichita at a decent price,” she said. “There will be no additives, no preservatives. It will be clean food.”377191_426879037408814_1336546273_n

Palacios plans to have a rotating menu featuring a variety of cuisines from Mexican to French to Asian food — and more. She’ll park at various spots around town and at first will be open for lunch only and also will cater special events.

Palacios’ father is working on the truck now and will give it a purple-on-the-bottom, white-on-the-top motif. The purple is an homage to Palacios’ mother, who died last year from pancreatic cancer.

For more information about the truck, visit and like its Facebook page. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Molino’s owner celebrating birthday with pozole

Happy pozole birthday to Mario Quiroz.

Happy pozole birthday to Mario Quiroz.

Molino’s Mexican Cuisine owner Mario Quiroz has a birthday on Friday, and his wife is cooking him his favorite meal — pozole.

He’s decided to share. Customers who dine at the excellent Mexican restaurant at 1064 N. Waco on Friday can order pozole, too.

Pozole is a Mexican stew made with pork and lots of peppers, herbs and spices. Mario’s wife, Mara Garza, is said to make a killer pozole.

If it’s anywhere near as good as the rest of the food on Molino’s menu, it will be a very happy birthday for Mario.

BY THE WAY, I discovered today while dining on a Molino’s pirata — one of my favorite foods in Wichita — that Quiroz and I were born exactly two days apart. He looks much younger.

Molino’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Forbes.com says Flying Stove is cool

stoversA forbes.com article posted on Monday puts Wichita’s own The Flying Stove on a list of “25 of the Coolest” Food Trucks in America.

Though the list is not definitive, says author Karsten Strauss in the intro, it’s a “collection of some of the finest and more successful food trucks in the land.”

Jeff Schauf, who owns the truck with his chef brother Rob Schauf, said he had absolutely no idea how the truck made the list. He heard about it like everyone else did — on Facebook.

“It’s pretty cool when you work hard and someone notices, even if you don’t known how they noticed,” he said.

In other Stove news, the boys and their food truck buddies plan to gather this Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30 at the  for their monthly Food Trucks at the Fountains event at Waterwalk. It’s set to be cold, so this month’s installment won’t have any outdoor extras, but several trucks will be there serving lots of hot food.

Larry Bud’s having Thanksgiving Eve ‘Duck Dynasty’ party

larry budsThe night before Thanksgiving is always a big night for Larry Bud’s, said owner Will Harmon.

People are in town visiting their kinfolk and need to lube themselves up for family interaction with some beers, etc. The bar is always packed.

This year, Harmon decided to add a twist to the Thanksgiving Eve festivities and took inspiration from his favorite show – “Duck Dynasty.”

On Wednesday Nov. 27, both Larry Buds will be putting on “Duck Dynasty” parties and are asking attendees to come dressed as characters from the show. Camouflage is encouraged, and prizes for the best costume include a session of machine gun-shooting.

That’s right, ya’ll. Machine gun shooting.

“I like ‘Duck Dynasty. I like to blow things up. I like to shoot things. And I like to dress in camo,” Harmon said, explaining how he came up with idea for the event.

The evening will include live music, costume contests for individuals and groups, “Duck Dynasty” prizes from Gander Mountain and more.

The parties will happen  are at both Larry Buds — at 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St. N. — and should last from about 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving

ILLUSTRATION: ThanksgivingWithout further adieu, I offer you the 2013 list of restaurants open and serving on Thanksgiving Day.

Most are buffets, and there are new additions to the list. Siena Tuscan Steakhouse is joining in this year, and Newport Grill, which did plated meals last Thanksgiving, also has a buffet this year.

Also open: Many of the chain diners that rarely close, including IHOP, Denny’s and Villlage Inn.

Some of the Thanksgiving restaurants take reservations. Others don’t. Peruse the list and make your plans.

Toubia the new chef at Birds on the Roof

Chef Nathan Toubia, who closed his popular Bocconcini Italian Eatery in August has a new job — working for someone else.

The interior of Birds on the Roof Cafe and Bakery.

The interior of Birds on the Roof Cafe and Bakery.

Toubia has accepted a job as the head chef at the new Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe, a beautifully decorated bakery and restaurant that Thao Luu opened in August at 550 N. Rock Road.

Luu has been rethinking her menu since opening, and Toubia is going to focus right away on breakfast, lunch and brunch. He plans to make some of the items he used to serve for brunch at Bocconcini, such as ricotta pancakes and duck hash. He’ll also have a lunch menu with sandwiches such as Italian roast beef.

Luu also wants him to develop a dinner menu, but they’ve agreed to work on the daytime meals first.

Toubia

Toubia

Toubia has been running his original restaurant, Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central, since closing Bocconcini. He says he plans to leave that restaurant in the hands of his staff — as he did when Bocconcini was open — so that he can focus on his new job. He says he will have to end the weekend dinners he recently started serving at Bocco Deli.

Luu said she is excited about her hire.

“I want something unique and nice,” she said.

Toubia will officially start his new job at Birds on the Roof next week.

Birds on the Roof is closed until Thursday. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-558-8288.

Even more turkey cookers at your service

Green Acres is taking turkey orders.

Green Acres is taking turkey orders.

Last week, I published my story about restaurants and specialty grocers who are offering to cook your Thanksgiving turkey, ham or whole meal — for a price.

Since then, I’ve learned of two more good offers, which you’ll see below. One is a sumptuous-sounding full-meal menu from Green Acres that offers a choice of roasted organic turkey, ham or prime rib plus lots of sides. The other is a meal from vegan restaurant Garden Grill Cafe, which will not only co0k meat-free deliciousness but also is willing to deliver it on Wednesday.

Also, stay tuned. My list of restaurants serving buffets and plated meals on Thanksgiving Day is done and in the process of being edited. I’ll try to get it online on Tuesday. Sneak preview fact: Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel has joined the buffet fray this year.

Here are the details on the other meals to go:

Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St. N., 316-634-1088: Green Acres is serving three full holiday meals plus sides that serves four to six people. A dinner with an organic roasted turkey is $119, with a ham is $109 and with prime rib is $149. Available for pickup between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Make reservations by Tuesday.

Garden Grill Cafe, 300 N. Main, 316-978-9213: This vegan restaurant is serving vegan Thanksgiving dishes to-go. Items can be picked up between noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, or the restaurant will deliver between 3 and 7 p.m. The menu includes several options of dishes that serve eight, although diners can order for more or less than eight. Among the choices are candied sweet potatoes, Southern kale, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie and more. Reservations are due by Monday. To see the menu, visit www.facebook.com/gardengrillcafe.

Delano is about to add two restaurants

The inside of the new Ruben's a month and a half ago

The inside of the new Ruben’s a month and a half ago

West Douglas in Delano is becoming quite the dining destination, and during the next couple of weeks, two more restaurants will open there.

The first will be (finally!) Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas, which owners Ruben an Anita Acosta hope to have open by Friday. The restaurant has been in transit since April, when it moved out of its spot at the corner of Douglas and McLean (which has since been demolished.) The Acostas originally hoped to be reopen last spring, but a long list of delays slowed them down.

The new restaurant will have an upgraded dining room and Ruben’s already familiar menu of Tex-Mex favorites.

The new Big B's Beef interior, in progress.

The new Big B’s Beef interior, in progress.

About a week later, Big B’s Beef should complete its move to 605 W. Douglas, right next to Hatman Jacks’s. Owners Liz and Brian Bathgate are moving their restaurant from its original spot at 4628 S. Seneca and hope to be open by Dec. 2. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and will offer delivery to businesses in Delano and downtown.

Big B’s serves Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef and gyros and will add soups and salads. For more information, call 316-522-2333.

I love it when kids can cook

Today, I was invited to attend lunch at Compass Star Montessori, where the fourth graders (both of them) had prepared a Brazilian feast as part of their studies about Brazil.

The two tiny cooks, Sasha Keehn and her classmate, Alex Boone, researched Brazilian cuisine and hand-picked recipes from the Internet. Though Sasha’s mom, Kim, was a kitchen assistant, the two girls did most of the chopping, mixing and cooking themselves.

Wow, it was delicious, and I’m not just saying that because I like these kids. I’m ashamed to say I’d never eaten a kale salad, but thanks to these two miniature chefs, it’s going to become a regular staple in my salad-making repertoire.

I love it when kids learn to cook, which is why I sent my daughter to cooking camp this summer at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place and why I’m so excited about next week, when I’ll get to help her and her classmates make pumpkin cake for her school’s Thanksgiving Feast. Other classes will be peeling potatoes and performing other prep tasks.

Also on my to-do list: Catch the next season of this awesome-sounding show.

Any fabulous kid cooking going on in your life?