Category Archives: Burgers

Mooyah adds pick-up window

moo yah drive thruMooyah, the burger restaurant at 352 S. West St., has just added a drive-through pick-up window.

It’s not a typical drive through where customers order on the spot. It’s intended for people who call ahead or place online orders and want to drive up to pick up their food rather than park, go in the restaurant and stand in line.

Anthony Powell, who opened the restaurant in November of 2012, said he was impressed by the volume of business neighbor Cinnamon’s Deli did with its pick up window and decided it was something that would make sense at Mooyah, too.

“I’ve already had a lot of people say, ‘This is great,’ especially moms with kids,” Powell said.

To place a Mooyah order in advance, either call the restaurant at 316-558-5600, visit the Mooyah website or download the Mooyah app.

Green chile burgers for solidarity at Old Mill

The green chile burger from Santa Fe Bite, formerly Bobcat Bite.

The green chile burger from Santa Fe Bite, formerly Bobcat Bite.

Old Mill Tasty Shop owner Mary Wright knows green chiles. She has the most legendary green chile in town on the menu at her restaurant, 604 E. Douglas.

Earlier this week, some customers stopped in and were distraught. They told Wright that Bobcat Bite, a Santa Fe, N.M., restaurant legendary for its simple menu featuring green chili burgers, home fries and little else, had closed.

The group of diners, along with Mary and her son, Don, got themselves depressed, then outraged. Soon after, they learned that the restaurant had moved, not closed. It also changed its name to Sante Fe Bite.

Still, the incident got green chile burgers on Wright’s mind. So this weekend, she’s making some.

The green chile-topped burgers will be available with a side of home fries for $8.95 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. They feature 6-oz. patties topped with chopped green chiles.

Old Mill is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 316-264-6500.

Spangles surprised by sales of ‘The Beast’

Spangles customers MIkey, 8, and Cole, 10, tackle The Beast.

Spangles customers MIkey, 8, and Cole, 10, tackle The Beast.

Local hamburger chain Spangles introduced an item I’d put in the category of “stunt food” on Christmas Eve. And customers are playing along with surprising enthusiasm, the restaurant’s marketing director says.

It’s a burger named “The Beast,” and it features six 1/3-pound steak burger patties layered with 12 slices of American cheese and topped with mustard, ketchup, onion and pickle.

The burger, a 3,000-calorie monster, is too big for the average mouth to even bite.  But that’s not stopping Spangles customers.

Um..... No.

Me?….. No.

On New Year’s Day, said marketing director Stephanie Huckins, 12 people ordered the burger, including a pair of brothers who challenged each other to a burger-eating contest.

The burger, which costs $21.99, was the brainchild of Dale Steven, the chain’s co-owner.

“It’s something fun for people to talk about,” Huckins said. “We don’t expect people to eat it alone by any means.”

The Beast is a limited-time offering but will be around as long as customers keep ordering it, Huckins said.

By the way, if the sixer isn’t enough, you can also get  The Beast in a value pack for $24.99.

Mooyah celebrating birthday with deals

Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the opening of business for Mooyah, a burger restaurant at 352 S. West St., and it’s celebrating by offering food deals to customers.

All day on Tuesday, customers who buy one burger can get one free. Also, the first 111 customers in the door will each get a coupon for a free 12 oz. shake with purchase of burger and fries, valid on their next visit.

And those who visit the restaurant can enter a contest in which they write, in one sentence, the reason they are Mooyah’s No. 1 fan. The winner gets a $111 gift card.

For more information, contact Mooyah at 316-558-5600.

The burgers battled… and Fizz won

The Fizz burger fixers, hard at work.

Saturday night’s Battle of the Burgers, a first-time fundraiser put on by KETCH at Old Cowtown, was fun. I know I’ve never eaten so many burgers in one sitting.

I joined a panel of three other judges, and we blind tasted at least 14 different burgers and ranked them, looking for winners in three categories: Traditional, contemporary and gourmet.

Judges. Can’t. Move. Too. Full.

The participants were Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, and they topped their burgers with sauces, pickles, onions, pickled onions, onion strings, bacon and more.

The evening’s big winner was Fizz Burgers & Bottles, which is at 7718 E. 37th St. N. Their burger, which was topped with chopped lettuce and a nice sauce, was not only the judges’ choice for “best traditional” burger, but it also earned the People’s Choice trophy.

A bit of the burger submitted by Public at the Brickard.

The Anchor, which grilled up a very big, beefy burger on an onion bun, won the best gourmet category.

And Mooyah, the new burger restaurant that opened last fall at 352 S. West St,  had the best contemporary burger.

KETCH employees say they hope to make the event an annual happening. It’d be fun to see even more burger cookers there next year.

Old Cowtown overflowing with food, drink

Old Cowtown Museum will be full of food and drink lovers this weekend. The venue at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. has two big food events scheduled.

Local restaurants will be competing for these beautiful burger trophies this weekend.

On Saturday, a new fundraiser called Battle of the Burger will fill the grounds.  The event, a fundraiser for KETCH, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and will have six local restaurants serving samples of their burgers, trying to claim the title of best burger maker.

The participating restaurants all have good burgers, so competition should be fierce: Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill.

In addition to sampling the burgers, attendees also get a beer, dessert, chips and access to  car show, wagon rides and live music by the band Turnback Creek. I’m a judge at the event, so I’ll see you there.

Tickets are $35, available at the door or by visiting ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

Just look at these folks, moseying with their wine.

Then, on Sunday, the fifth annual Wine Mosey will move in.  It’s scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature hors d’oeuvres provided by the Double Tree by Hilton Airport and a barbecue dinner by Wichita Wagonmasters. It also will feature stagecoach rides, saloon girls, antique bowling and gunfights plus a live auction and music by the Diamond Wranglers. Admission is $40 a person at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-350-3323.

Opening soon on West Street: YOLO Grill

Another restaurateur is giving it a go in the old Sonic at 803 N. West St. that in recent years has housed La Reyna 2, Sloppy Joe’s, Si Senor, Takhoma Burger and more.

The sign went up this weekend for YOLO Grill, a restaurant that also has a Facebook page that says it will open very soon. It’s owned by Aaron and Cindy Cline and will specialize in made-from-scratch food such as burgers, hand-cut fries, pork sliders, Reuben sandwiches, salads and more.

YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once,” according to the page. The restaurant will have carry-out service and outdoor seating. There’s not much space inside the actual building, which recently got a new coat of bright green paint.

Once open, the restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

I’ll let you know when there’s a firm opening date.

Battle of the Burger scheduled for September

There’s a new food fundraiser in the works that will pit local burger cookers against each other in a Battle of the Burger.

The event, being planned by KETCH, will be Sept. 14 at the Old Cowtown Museum and asks restauratuers to bring their burgers to battle it out, both for a judges’ award and for a people’s choice title. At the moment, the organization is recruting restauratns to participate.

Those who are interested should must fill out a form, found here. They also can call Ashley at 316-38-8889.

They’ve asked me to be a judge. Hmmmm. Let me think for a minute yes.

Free chili for first 100 at Red Robin today

Red Robin, the burger restaurant at 9990 E 13th St., is offering a free cup of chili to the first 100 guests who ask for it today. They open in less than an hour, so start shoveling and warming up the car.

The promotion is playing off the fact that Hell has frozen over today. Hell, Mich., that is. (Doesn’t Michigan freeze over every day of the winter?)

Red Robin’s hours today are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 316-425-6300.

Question of the week: Wichita’s best burger?

Mmmmm. Freddy’s Steakburger. My favorite.

Mooyah, which opened on Monday, is the latest of several burger chains that have opened in Wichita over the past several years. Some have made it (Five Guys) and some have not (Smashburger.)

This week’s question: What’s your favorite burger served in Wichita?

People always ask me this question when I’m around town giving talks about restaurants, and my answer is always Freddy’s Frozen Custard steakburgers. I just love the super-flat, crispy on the edges, melty cheese goodness of those burgers.

What about you?