Category Archives: Fast food

A&W is open at NewMarket Square

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Eric Estes’ new A&W Restaurant has just opened at 29th and Maize Road, just in front of Lowe’s.

The fast-food restaurant, which serves frosty root beer, “Papa Burgers,” coney dogs and more, is attached to Estes’ LongJohn Silvers next door.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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.

Family-owned Taco Pronto turns 40

I love writing stories about restaurants celebrating big birthdays. I also love Taco Pronto — particularly its delicious taco burgers and out-of-this-world ice machine.

For this week’s Go! section, I’ve combined those two loves. Check out my story about Taco Pronto’s 40th. It also includes a video about the restaurant’s history and a story examining that ice machine awesomeness.

Taco Pronto, for the record, is a family-owned business with stores at Central and Ridge and 21st and Tyler.

Freebirds: Review and awesome kids deal

My review of Freebirds, the new build-your-own burrito spot at Central and Hillside, is online today and will be in the paper on Friday.

I liked it, but it’s no Chipotle, in my opinion. Still, Freebirds does have a great deal that parents should know about: Kids 12 and under eat free from the kids menu at Freebirds when they dine in all day on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entree.

And these aren’t wimpy littie kids meals, either. Little ones can order substantial and tasty quesadillas, chicken or plan, and even can get a little burrito.
Read the review and see if you agree with my take.

Taco Town offering deals at grand opening

Rosemarie and Larry Ross are the tac-o the town.

Taco Town , the family-owned fast Mexican place that recently opened in the old Taco Tico building at 11333 E. Central, is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday with buy-one-get-one deals.

From 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, customers who buy one free enchilada, flauta or crispy flauta will get one free.

The restaurant is owned by Larry and Rosemarie Ross, who operated a Taco Town previously in Scottsbluff, Neb. They decided to move themselves and the business to Wichita to be closer to their daughter and her family.

For more information, call 316-719-2241.

Wichita about to become a Taco Town

Rosemarie and Larry Ross are opening Taco Town on Monday.

Taco Town — a new restaurant that’s going into the old Taco Tico building at 11333 E. Central — will open on Monday.

The restaurant is owned by Larry and Rosemarie Ross, who operated a Taco Town previously in Scottsbluff, Neb. They decided to move themselves and the business to Wichita to be closer to their daughter and her family.

Taco Town will be like Taco Tico in that it will serve fast Mexican food. Larry Ross said the restaurant is best know for its tacos, enchiladas and pork chili.

Starting Monday, Taco Town will be open fro 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-719-2241.

Coming soon: Bud E. Roosters

A new restaurant is under construction in the spot next to Orange Leaf near the west side Warren Theatre that will sell chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fries and a whole lot of sauces.

Called Bud E. Roosters, the restaurant already has a sign, a Facebook page, a menu and more. What it doesn’t have yet is an interior. At the moment, the space is full of bare walls, dangling wires and construction equipment.

The space, which is at 8918 W. 21st St., previously held Go! Steaks.

You can see the menu here. I’ll let you know when there’s an official opening date.

Kansas gets McRib back early

Kansas really, really loves the McRib — that here-today-gone-tomorrow McDonald’s sandwich that is much of a pop culture phenomenon as it is lunch.

The McRib — a pork patty topped with slivered onions, dill pickles and barbecue sauce on a toasted bun — won’t return to most McDonald’s menus across the country until mid-December. But because customers in Kansas love the sandwich so much, a local representative told me, we got it early.

They reappeared last week and will stick around until the end of January.

Specials for costume wearers, voters

No sooner will Americans have recovered from the excitement of Halloween than they’ll head to the polls to elect a president.

They’re going to need fortification.

Luckily, several restaurants are offering food promotions in observation of the two big days.

On Halloween, Chipotle is putting on its Boorito promotion, which offers a $2 burrito, burrito bowl or order of tacos to anyone who comes in wearing a costume between 4 p.m. and close. Wichita has five Chipotles.

At Krispy Kreme, 7777 E. Central, customers who show up in costume on Halloween will get a free Halloween or pumpkin spice doughnut.

A few days later, Taco Bueno is putting on an event called “Guac the Vote.” Anyone who votes on Nov. 6 will be entitled to a free 2.5-oz. serving of guacamole and tortilla chips all day. No proof of voting is required. Taco Bueno is going to take your word for it. The event is designed to encourage voter turn-out, the company said. Wichita’s Taco Bueno restaurants are at 3530 N. Rock Road and 427 N. Hillside.

Two new restaurants for the west side

The west side has one new restaurant as of today and will get another one on Nov. 5.

Wichita’s newest Chipotle is officially opening today at Maple and Ridge. The restaurant took over the spot at 7130 W. Maple that once held Scrapbook Garden.

It’s Wichita’s fifth Chipotle, and it joins the restaurants at Kellogg and Rock, at 29th and Rock, at 21st and Maize and at Central and Hillside. Its hour are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and its phone number is 316-942-0263.

Another anticipated chain will open nearby on Nov. 5. Wichita’s first Mooyah, which will be operated by former KSN anchor Anthony Powell and his wife, is almost finished in the former Blockbuster spot at 352 S. West St.

There’s a Mooyah in Garden City that opened in May, and more are planned for the Wichita area. It specializes in burgers, fries and also has a long list of shakes, including chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter.

I called Powell this morning and interviewed him while he huffed and puffed on a stair master. He’s a health nut and said that Wichitans will be pleasantly surprised by the restaurant’s turkey burger and veggie burger, which he said both are unusually delicious.

The restaurant also will have several flat screen television sets mounted, so customers have the option of eating quickly and leaving or staying for a while to linger over a shake, he said.

Mooyah’s hours will also be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.