Category Archives: Bar food

Raven’s Room is now open in old Pour Haus space

ravenThe new Raven’s Room Restaurant and Rock Bar opened on Thursday in the former Pour Haus Restaurant and Tavern space at 1021 W. Maple, which is at the corner of Seneca and Maple.

It’s owned by Jeravicious Raven, who is planning a grand opening in a couple of weeks.

Raven’s Room offers a menu that features burgers, fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms and other fried-food bar specialties. It has a full bar and soon will have beer on tap. (The fire that closed Pour Haus in 2012 damaged the tap system, and Raven is getting it repaired.)

In July, he’ll begin offering live rock music. In the meantime, he plans to have acoustic musicians in the bar.

Raven used to own Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar at 3008 W. Central. Pour Haus burned in August of 2012, and the fire was eventually ruled an arson.

Now open: Two new Wichita bars and one old one

Jerseys Grill and Bar has reopened at 3213 N. Toben.

Jerseys Grill and Bar has reopened at 3213 N. Toben.

Wichita has gained two new bars over the last couple of weeks, and an old one has reopened after closing down for a couple of months.

Cleats Sports Bar & Grill just opened a week ago in the old Shenanigans space at 1014 N. West St. The bar, owned by former Chalet owner Evan Spicer and his partner Shaun Colliatie, has lots of television sets for sports viewing and bar games such as pool and darts. Its menu features stuffed burgers, and a popular one so far is one that’s stuffed with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. The bar is open from 11 a.m. till 2 a.m. daily and serves food until 10 p.m. For more information, call Cleats at 316-201-1627.

Cross Eyed Cricket Tavern is another bar that just opened last weekend. It’s at 1110 W. Harry in the space that previously held Duke’s Bar and Grill. The business is owned by Hunter Weast, who always dreamed of opening a bar. He’s a fan of country singer Eric Church, who has a song that references a bar called the Cross Eyed Cricket, so Weast always knew that’s what he’d call his bar. He describes it as a relaxed neighborhood bar, and within a week, he plans to start serving hot and cold sandwiches. He compares his menu to The Artichoke’s. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Call 316-303-9300 for more information.

And Jerseys Grill & Bar at 3213 N. Toben, which closed in December because of a lapsed liquor license, reopened a few weeks ago with an updated interior, including a big new bar, and an updated menu. The restaurant has added flatbreads, new appetizers and several salads and also installed a shuffleboard table. Jerseys is putting its popular sand volleyball leagues together now and plans to reopen the court soon. Information on the leagues is available at the restaurant’s website. The bar opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at varying times but stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-636-5000.

Wichita Ribfest returns in May with changes

A scene from last year's Wichita Ribfest

A scene from last year’s Wichita Ribfest

Intrust Bank Arena announced today its dates for the third annual Wichita Ribfest, an event that features food from national rib vendors plus lots of live music and entertainment.

It’ll be May 16-18 in the same spot it’s been the last two years: City Lot D at 777 E. Waterman.

Arena officials have made two changes for this year’s Ribfest. For one, people can get into the festival all three days for $5. In previous years, people paid $4 each day they entered, but now they’ll be able to buy a $5 wristband and enter every day without paying again.

Also, the arena has changed the event to run Friday through Sunday rather than Thursday through Saturday, as it did the first two years. They hope to make Sunday, May 18, a big family day with lots of activities.

Arena officials said they will announce the entertainment lineup later. They’re offering free Saturday admission to anyone holding a ticket to the Brantley Gilbert concert, which is that night, and on Sunday, members of the military get in free.

You can keep up with Ribfest developments on the event’s Facebook page.

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks opens on Thursday

Deano’s Grill & Tapworks, an upscale “sports lounge” in the old Louie’s Grill and Bar space, will open on Thursday.

The restaurant, said managing partner Tina Giles, is “unlike anything Wichita has seen.”

It’s a sports bar, she says, but is fancier and more comfortable than is typical. It’ll have 22 big screens, 23 beers on tap and a menu of entrees made fresh daily, such as pizzas, burgers, steaks and more.

Once it’s open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road, the hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-977-7107.

Corned beef and cabbage are on this weekend’s menu

The Shamrock will have Irish food and drink all weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, which means that all over Wichita, cooks are preparing to simmer up pots of the traditional corned beef and cabbage.

Each year, I try to gather a list of who’s offering Irish food specialties. Let me know if you are aware of other bars or restaurants offering Irish fare.

The Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway: The Irish restaurant’s annual party, which spills out into a tent in the parking lot, is from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $10 for adults, $15 for couples and free for ages 16 and under for activities in the outdoor tent, including live Irish and acoustic music, live Irish dancing and contests. They’ll also serve corned beef and cabbage. For more information, call 316-393-9037

Shamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas: Wichita’s other Irish bar is calling St. Patrick’s Day this year “a holiday so nice, we have to do it twice.” Saturday activities include a 9 a.m. Irish breakfast, Irish and beef stew for lunch, bagpipers at 4 and 8 p.m. and green beer and other drink specials through the day. On Sunday, the bar will open at 11 a.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, which will be served again at 6 p.m., plus bagpipers throughout the day and a 10:30 p.m. performance by The Sluggos. See the Shamrock’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

Pumphouse, 825 E. Second St.: The bar’s second annual Kegs & Eggs starts Saturday morning with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. It’s $5. The bar also will serve green beer all day and will feature the band Whisky Militia at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Pumphouse will serve corned beef and cabbage from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar, 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St.: In addition to kegs of green beer, Larry Bud’s will be serving corned beef and cabbage on Sunday with appearances by bagpipers scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the east side restaurant. The west side also will have corned beef and cabbage plus bagpipers at 5 p.m.

Piccadilly, 7728 E. Central: The restaurant will have corned beef and cabbage dinners through Saturday and also will add the dish to the Sunday brunch buffet.

Heroes Sports Bar, 117 N. Mosley: Heroes is featuring corned beef and cabbage Friday through Sunday, bagpipers Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The bar will also have green beer and Guinness specials all weekend.

Toni D’s, 650 N. Carriage Parkway: The restaurant 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 Friday and are available for eat-in or carry-out.

Walt’s Great American Sports Bar & Grill, 7732 E. Central: Walt’s is serving its traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $10.99 a person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 316-691-8800 for more information.

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.

Fat Tony: He now delivers downtown

Good news for those who work downtown and love nuclear hot wings.

Fat Tony’s now delivers.

The sports bar at 417 E. Douglas recently started a delivery service within a three-block radius. Delivery is available daily, and orders must meet a $10 minimum.

I see a buffalo chicken pizza in my future.

For orders and more information, call 316-303-9316.

Drink beer in Public — and have a brisket tamale

UPDATE: Now I think this is sort of humorous, but I don’t think the person who sent me the press release does.

The beer dinner tomorrow actually will have BRISKET tamales. Not cricket tamales. Even though eating cricket and other insects is a thing, that’s not happening at this dinner. 

The culprit? iPhone autocorrect.


If you read my review of Public at the Brickyard last week, you know how much I loved the warm, well-decorated interior of the new gastropub at 129 N. Rock Island.

It seems like the perfect place for a beer dinner, and on Wednesday, they’re having one.

The dinner, put on by Boulevard Brewing Company, will be at 6 p.m. and will feature a four-course meal, each course paired with a  beer from Boulevard’s Smokestack Series line of artisan beers. A beer rep will be on hand to talk about each beer. (Take note: The third course includes a cricket tamale.)

Tickets are $30 a person and are available at the restaurant. For more information, call 316-263-4044.

Meanwhile, here’s the menu:

First course: Long Strange Tripel paired with endive, cornbread croutons, asiago and Mayfair dressing
Second course: Double-Wide I.P.A. paired with cricket tamale, dirty rice and tomatillo salsa
Third course: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale paired with rosemary pork loin stuffed with fig and brie, curry whipped sweet potato and haricot vert
Fourth course: Dark Truth Stout paired with Mexican chocolate, espresso creme cheesecake

The Anchor: Chicken wing expert, Strong Ale purveyor

Anchor owner Schane Gross, feeling confident about her wings.

I’m baaaaacccckkk. My basement is no cleaner, but my tan is a bit bronzer and should last at LEAST until Halloween.

Lots of food stuff happened while I was gone, including both the Midwest Beerfest, which I attended, and the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, which I did not attend because I was out of town. (But I will have the results here later.)

I return with news about The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas, which not only swept THREE categories at the Midwest Beerfestchicken wing contest a week ago but also is putting on a little beer fest of its own this weekend.

First, the wings. I was one of the judges at the chicken wing contest, and the entries were better than ever this year. We had a hard time picking the best wing because they all were so good. Judge Jason Febres of Taste & See was particularly enthusiastic about a wing with a chocolatey sauce made by Tallgrass Country Club chef Ben George. And we all loved George’s Asian-y, sesame-seed coated wing, too.

Chicken wing judges, from left: Harrison Schenk, Guy Bower, me and Jason Febres.

But in the end, the best wing was a pan fried, crispy, straight forward version served by The Anchor. Owner Schane Gross told me it was just the restaurant’s standard wing recipe, and if that’s the case, I’ll be at The Anchor for wings soon.

A sampling of the competing wings.

The Anchor also won the People’s Choice award. George and his sesame wing got “Most Creative,” and The Anchor also won “Spiciest.”

On Saturday, the bar also is putting on its annual Strong Ale Fest, which offers samples of super potent beers. It’s from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and admission is $15, which includes a souvenir glass. You can see a list of the beers that will be included on the Strong Ale Fest web page.

Dining Panel review: Harry’s Uptown

It’s almost patio season, and one of the most fun patios in town is the one at Harry’s Uptown Bar & Grill at 3023 E. Douglas.

I don’t think to go there often enough, but every time I have, I’ve had a great time.

This week, Wichita Eagle Dining Panel member Brandi Koskie wrote a review of Harry’s and declared its burgers among the best in Wichita.

Check out her review, then check out Harry’s this weekend.