Category Archives: Breakfast

Can there ever be enough chicken fried steak?

I would like to apologize for the uphill slope on this picture. Not sure if it's the parking lot, my camera or my general equilibrium.

Wichita’s latest  family-style restaurant  is Auntie Mae’s Attic & Cafe at 9125 W. Central.

It opened a little over a week and offers offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cafe’s owners recently relocated their Auntie Mae’s Attic s antique store from Delano to the bigger building and decided to open a café, too. Menu items includes traditional breakfast fare, sandwiches and diner specialties such as meatloaf, fried pork chops and country fried steak. They also served hot cinnamon rolls daily. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-263-1800.

A string of these types of homespun cafes have opened this year, including Kinfolk Cafe, which opened in late March in the former Nifty Kitchen spot at 1815 S. Broadway. It’s open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and specializes in breakfast and diner-style dinners, including chicken fried steak, burgers and more. For more information, call 316-263-1468.

There’s also On the Fly Family Restaurant, which opened at 1215 W. Pawnee back in February. Owned by Chris & Sheila Hare, it also specializes in breakfast and dishes such as chicken fried steak. An interesting fact about that restaurant: Servers will bring food over to an attached smoke shop, meaning diners can get around the no-smoking rule in that section. Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-977-9277.

Three new downtown breakfast options

B&C Barbecue in downtown Wichita recently introduced a breakfast buffet.

Wichita loves breakfast, and more and more, Wichita restaurants love to serve it.

Downtown Wichita is a breakfast eater’s paradise these days, what with The Beacon, Egg Cetera and Old Mill Tasty Shop and Rain’s weekend offerings.

Now, three more are joining the bacon-and-eggs fray.

Several weeks ago, Holy land Mediterranean Grill at 217 E. Douglas began offering a daily breakfast that offers traditional items such as omelets, bacon and eggs Benedict along with Mediterranean touches such as falafel and hummus. (I don’t know about you, but falafel and eggs sounds fabulous to me.) The breakfast is served a la carte and is available from 6 to 9 a.m. seven days a week.

Meanwhile, Carey Maurer has added a breakfast buffet at his  B&C Barbecue at 355 N. Washington. It’s served from 6 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and includes dishes such as hashbrowns, pancakes, French toast sticks, scrambled eggs and more and is $8.25 a person.

Within the next week or two, Hamburger Hero at 221 S. Broadway, which I reviewed today, also will begin serving breakfast. It’ll offer bacon and eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy and will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

I’m still thinking about falafel and eggs.

It’s National Pancake Day

It feels good to help people. It feels even better when you get to eat pancakes in the process.

Kansas IHOP restaurants are supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with a pancake giveaway until 10 p.m. tonight. Customers who visit can get a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes, (though it’s suggested that diners donate the cost of the meal to the cause.) Last year’s event raised $5,000. Participating Wichita IHOPs include the ones at 11855 E. Kellogg Drive, 3505 N. Rock Road and 515 S. Ridge Circle.

The fundraiser is being put on all over the country, and IHOP hopes to raise $2.7 million this year.

Cafe Comotara joins the breakfast crowd

Denise and Ben Arnold, owners of Corporate Caterers and restaurants such as Cafe Comotara and AVI.

Cafe Comotara, the restaurant Corporate Caterers’ Ben Arnold opened last summer in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road, started serving a pretty fabulous looking weekend breakfast menu earlier this month.

Arnold always planned to add breakfast to the offerings at the restaurant, which is open for Monday through Saturday lunch and rented out for private functions in the evening. Breakfast is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lunch menu also is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. those days.

Bluebird Bistro Benny.

The menu, which you can see here, features Chef Adam Courtney’s Eggs Benedict, which I recently heard from a reader are some of the best she’s ever had. It includes several other interesting breakfast concoctions that are a step above the regular eggs/bacon/hashbrowns offered at many local breakfast spots.

If you keep scrolling down on the breakfast menu, you can see what Cafe Comotara has for lunch, too.

Speaking of breakfast, I was in Kansas City over the weekend and my sister took me to one of my favorite breakfast spots, the funky and fabulous Bluebird Bistro. Just thought I’d share a picture of the fabulous Eggs Benedict I ordered yesterday morning, made with pulled pork and polenta.

I ate it all.

Now open: Another Jimmie’s Diner

Inside the new Jimmie's Diner at Harry and George Washington

Wichita’s second Jimmie’s Diner opened on Thursday in the space at 1519 George Washington recently vacated by Toc’s Coffeehouse.

Owners Jack and Linda Davidson remodeled the space, giving it a fresh coat of paint, a new soda fountain, new light fixtures and more.

Wichita’s original Jimmie’s Diner opened at 3111 N. Rock Road in 1987. The Davidsons bought it in 2007.

The new Jimmie’s Diner has the same menu as the original, and the waitresses wear poodle skirts. It’s open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 316-558-5440.

Question of the week: Best egg creation?

I recently had a reader ask me who serves Wichita’s best eggs Benedict. This is one of my very favorite dishes in life, but I”m not sure I’ve had a great eggs Benedict in Wichita — and I think I’ve tried them all.

It got me thinking about egg-based dishes, from omelets to quiches to scrambles.  Which restaurant, in your opinion, makes the best egg dish, Benedict or otherwise?

My two cents: The Anchor, when it did brunch, made a fabulous smoky eggs Benedict using shredded pork for the meat. Otherwise, I’m a slave to The Beacon’s “traditional,” a delightfully low-class version of eggs Benedict featuring  two buttery English muffins topped with bacon, two runny eggs and a big ole pile of almost-melted shredded Cheddar cheese.

What’s your nominee? Answer in the comments section below.

Changes for The Jaded Pearl

A tea-loving reader alerted me earlier this week to the fact that The Jaded Pearl, the new tea shop that opened in late October at 1716 E. Douglas, is closed. So I called owner Michael Carmody to find out what was going on.

Customers were confused by the two-businesses-in-one concept, he said. The Jaded Pearl, which specialized in tea, toast with “schmears,” and cereal, operated right next door to The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas, and is adjoined to it by a door. Even though the two businesses were technically one, The Jaded Pearl had its own counter and cash register. So a customer who wanted tea with his donut, for example, had to order twice.

Carmody decided to rearrange the counter at The Donut Whole, and when he’s done, people will place all orders on that side of the business. The Jaded Pearl room will remain open for extra seating and for private functions, but the counter will be gone. Carmody said he’s axing the cereal from the original Jaded Pearl menu but he’s keeping the tea and toast. In the meantime, The Jaded Pearl will remain closed.

The Donut Whole, meanwhile, will celebrate its third birthday next Friday, Jan. 20, with an all-ages party featuring music from Dustin Arbuckle and Wayne Long. The party starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 316-262-3700.

See you at the Red Stocking Breakfast on Wednesday?

A celebrity scene from last year's Red Stocking Breakfast

Wednesday is the day for the Red Stocking Breakfast, an event that has become as much a party of my personal Christmas tradition as blogging endlessly about the Chop Suey Palace.

This is probably my 10th year working as a server at the breakfast, which is staged from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Carlos O’ Kelly’s at 7703 E. Douglas. The breakfast raises money for the Kansas Children’s Service League and always draws a huge crowd. I’ve spent so many years on the line, I have the whole buffet memorized — fruit salad, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, eggs, spicy eggs, link sausages… the list goes on and on. I always leave high on Sterno and Christmas cheer.

Bonnie Bing and I will be on the 8 to 8:45 a.m. shift on Wednesday. Other servers on the list include KAKE’s Susan Peters, Mayor Carl Brewer, Spangles spokeswoman Rene Steven, KSN’s Stephanie Bergman and a whole mess of city council people, county commissioners and local businessfolk.

Tickets are $12 in advance at or $15 at the door. Read all the fine print here.

Here’s hoping I get cinnamon roll duty this year.

Now open: The Jaded Pearl

I like to call this pair of donut/tea artists "Michelangela."

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for restaurant openings.

The Jaded Pearl, the new tea bar adjoined to the Donut Whole, opened today. Hours are 6 a.m. to midnight daily, and the menu features a long list of teas (black, green, oolong, herbal, etc.) as well as toast made with fresh, thick-sliced bread, “schmears,” and breakfast cereals. You can see the full menu here.

Owners Michael Carmody and Angela Mallory have decorated the tea bar’s cozy seating area with comfy tables and chairs, area rugs and a whole bunch of pretty lights.

The Jaded Pearl’s address is 1716 E. Douglas.

An interior shot on The Jaded Pearl's opening day.

Two more restaurants in the breakfast biz

Rain Cafe & Lounge recently started a Friday through Sunday brunch.

The more places cooking breakfast, the better. That’s how I see it.

Two more restaurants in the downtown vicinity share that outlook.

One is Rain Cafe & Lounge at 518 E. Douglas, which recently added brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Rain is serving a variety of breakfast combos, such as a two-egg breakfast with choice of meat and potato or a three-egg omelet with gyro meat and sides. Each combo is $5. Since Rain is a bar in its real life, it also is able to offer Bloody Marys, mimosas, red beers, etc.  For more information, call 316-261-9000.

Sometime before the end of the year, B&C Barbecue at 355 N. Washington will begin offering a breakfast buffet. Owner Carey Maurer says he’s close to getting it launched but isn’t sure when exactly it’ll all happen. When it does, he’ll have a buffet filled with eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, sausage and more. It’ll cost around $7 a person, no tip required, and will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. I’ll update you when he gets things cooking.