Category Archives: Breakfast

Jeanne’s Cafe reinstating Sunday hours

jeanne'sSunday breakfast will soon be back at Jeanne’s Cafe, the popular but tiny restaurant in Lincoln Heights Village Shopping Center, 4733 E. Douglas.

Owners decided earlier this year to stop opening on Sundays to give employees a break. But that decision was unpopular with loyal customers. Starting on June 1, the restaurant will again be open on Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In fact, Jeanne’s now will be open seven days a week. It previously had been closed on Mondays.

The new hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, call 316-681-3335.

Now, if we could just persuade Copper Oven to open on Sundays…

I’ll pour your Blarney coffee on Friday

Friday will be my first time ever at the Blarney Breakfast, a 38-year-old tradition that feeds Wichitans wearing green and raises money for a good cause — Rainbows.

The organizers have asked me to be a “celebrity coffee pourer” and offered me the choice of two time slots: 6 to 7 a.m. or 9 to 9:30 a.m. I’ll be there at 9 a.m.

The breakfast lasts from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Old Chicago at 7700 E. Kellogg, right by Towne East. For a $12 ticket ($5 for kids), attendees get a choice of an egg or pancake breakfast plus access to Old Chicago’s “breakfast pizza bar,” which I’m told includes an invention called biscuits and gravy pizza. There’s also “bottomless coffee,” which is where I and the other pourers come in. The event will include bagpipers and Irish dancers.

Tickets are available at the door. The first 500 people get a free Blarney Breakfast coffee mug, and attendees can buy $10 chances to win a 2013 Chevy Spark from Parks Motors of Augusta.

The event usually draws about 1,000 people.

Get your free pancakes on Tuesday

It’s time again for the best publicized fundraiser in breakfast history.

Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and IHOP restaurants are giving away pancakes to celebrate. The event, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, offers patrons a free stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Diners are encouraged to make a donation during the event. The chain hopes to raise $3 million nationwide. To date, IHOP has raised more than $10 million for the cause. Wichita’s IHOPS are at 11855 E. Kellogg Drive, 3505 N. Rock Road and 515 S. Ridge Circle.

I think I’ve recieved about 123 e-mails and press releases about this event, plus there’s a poster about it in the elevator here at the Eagle. Apparently, it’s gonna be good.

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.

Red Stocking Breakfast is Thursday

Ah, memories. At last year’s breakfast, I dished up fruit and mugged with Brett Harris.

I feel a little lost this Christmas.

I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t on the line of “celebrity servers” at the Red Stocking Breakfast, an annual fundraiser for the Kansas Children’s Service League.

But this year, they’ve scheduled it at the same time I teach a class, so they’re going to somehow have to get the biscuits and gravy and eggs ole dished out without me.

The event is from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Carlos O’ Kelly’s, 7703 E. Douglas Ave. It features a buffet of delicious and hot breakfast items served by recognizable politicians, media folks, etc. Proceeds raised go toward KCSL programs and services.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children age 10 and under eat free. Advance tickets are available online at

Southside restaurant adds round-the-clock weekend hours

Cathy’s Westway Cafe, the diner that took over the space at 1214 W. Pawnee in August after the short-lived On the Fly Family Restaurant closed, is going to start experimenting with 24-hour weekend service starting on Friday.

Owner Cathy Hetterscheidt, who’s operated several restaurants around town, including the former Cathy’s Diner at 206 E. Kellogg,  said that there’s a demand for dining among the third-shift working crowd, especially between 2 and 4 a.m. She’s had several customers ask her to provide it, she said.

Her new hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Then, she’ll open at 6 a.m. on Fridays and remain open until 2 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant specializes in breakfast dishes and items such as country fried steak.

Hetterscheidt also is planning a benefit event on Saturday for Rylee Spears, an 8-year-old Goessel girl who was seriously injured in a rollover car accident in August. The restaurant will put on a car and bike show in the parking lot all day on Saturday and will serve hot dogs and hamburgers. There’s a $5 entry fee for those who want to show their cars and bikes, and trophies will be awarded. Entrants can register the day of the show.

For more information, call the restaurant at 316-260-8787.

Question of the week: Best breakfast splurge?

Huevos Rancheros remnants. They went fast.

Usually, I’m a yogurt or granola bar for breakfast kind of girl. I love lunch and dinner too much to waste all my calories in the morning.

But this week has been a strange one in that I indulged in two breakfast splurges. On Monday, I couldn’t resist the amazing bacon-topped cheese grits being offered at the Cake Face food truck. And today, my co-workers and I sampled a chorizo and egg burrito AND an order of huevos Rancheros with rice and beans as part of my review of Las Tias De Beto, which will be published later today.

When I do splurge on breakfast, I try to make sure it’s something that’s worth the calorie explosion. Cheese grits qualify, and I’ll almost always give in on eggs Benedict.

What breakfast item do you order when you are feeling decadent?

Answer in the comments section below.

The best cheese grits… EVER

Yesterday morning, I searched out Espresso to Go Go, as I do every time they’re in the vicinity of downtown, and owners Warren and Ann Tandoc gave me a valuable tip.

Go down to Cake Face, they said, pointing at the newish food truck parked next door to them. Get some cheese grits.

I got them, all right, and they were SO GOOD. Cheese grits are among my favorite things to eat, ever, and these were topped with a pile of crispy, crunchy bacon perfection. Cake Face also was serving biscuits and gravy, baked French Toast and bierocks filled with bacon and eggs. I highly suggest you stop by for breakfast next time you see them.

Looks like they’ll be at Spirit Aerosystems, 3917 East MacArthur, today and will be at the Red Barn Outdoor Market in Benton on Saturday.

Doo-Dah Diner coming in September

Patrick Shibley will be the chef and owner at Doo-Dah Diner.

Doo-Dah Diner is a breakfast, lunch and coffee place scheduled to open next month in the spot at 206 E. Kellogg recently vacated by Jade Garden Cafe, which was open for about a month and a half before the owner had to close it because of a family health issue. Other recent tenants have included Cathy’s Diner, Lili Mae’s and R&S BBQ.

The owners are Patrick and Timirie Shibley. Patrick has had a hand in many restaurants around town — he was manager at Ya Ya’s for a while and was one of the people who helped open Gaslamp Grille.

In addition to breakfast and lunch, the restaurant will offer coffee drinks and milkshakes. Patrick will be the chef, and Timirie will run the restaurant.

“We’re going to do some really cool, whimsical stuff,” Patrick said. “It’ll be a fun little energy place.” Hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Patrick promises to share menu details soon

Now open: Anna Murdoc’s Cafe

Correction: An earlier version of the post misspelled Rodriguez.

Downtown workers have a new spot to stop for breakfast and lunch. Anna Murdoc’s Cafe opened a little more than a week ago in the space that previously held the Daily Grind in Sutton Place at 209 E. William.

The cafe is owned by the Rodriguez family, who also have The Red Barn at Lake Afton. It’s run mainly by Gerard Rodriguez, and the attractive new awnings feature a sketch of Gerard’s children – Annalisa, Angelina (whose nickname is Murdoc), and Jack.

Rodriguez, who is a trained pastry and sushi chef, helped put together a menu for Anna Murdoc’s that includes breakfast items such as burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus salads and sandwiches. The cafe also offers a daily special. Today’s, for example, is an open faced roast beef sandwich with green beans. On Fridays, they offer Red Barn barbecue. Lasagna and smothered burritos also are on the rotating specials list.

I stopped by this morning and was impressed by how pretty and big-city the cafe looked. It includes a nice outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. It has another big-city problem, too, in that parking on William and the surrounding blocks is hard to find, though Gerard’s sister, Belle, who was working this morning, says that the parking police are lenient with people who pull into the 15-minute loading zone in front of the restaurant to pick up to-go orders. The bulk of their business so far, she said, has come from the nearby Finney State Office Building.

Anna Murdoc’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-5051.