Category Archives: Fried chicken

Stroud’s should reopen in early August


Stroud’s general manager Kevin Allis inspects the damage done by a kitchen fire at Stroud’s.

The return of Stroud’s and its family style fried chicken dinners is still about three weeks away, general manager Kevin Allis said this morning.

The restaurant at 3661 N. Hillside had its kitchen damaged in a fire last week, and it has been closed ever since.

The staff is now cleaning up and assessing the damage, which Allis said could have been much worse.

“When we got in there and saw the daylight on it, it really wasn’t that bad,” he said.

The big question is whether the kitchen’s custom hood was too damaged to be repaired. If it wasn’t, Stroud’s should be able to reopen the first week of August. If it was, it’s going to be longer because the hood must be custom-made, Allis said.

When the fire broke out at about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Allis said, he was at home. He got an alert that a burglar alarm was going off and headed for the restaurant. On the way, he started getting multiple text messages telling him that Stroud’s was on fire. Apparently, the burglar alarm sounded when fireman broke in the door to battle the blaze, he said. It took firefighters more than two hours to get the fire out.

Initially, it was thought that an employee had left a burner on, but Allis said all the burners were turned to the “off” position. He suspects a pilot light malfunction.

Stay tuned for information about Stroud’s reopening. You also can follow along on the Stroud’s Facebook page, where Allis is posting pictures and updates.

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.

Opening Wednesday: Popeyes on North Rock Road

Wichita’s fifth Popeyes is scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the former Taco Tico spot at 3131 N. Rock Road.

The building has been remodeled, done and ready to go for a whiles now, and on Memorial Day, the manager was stationed in front of the building, intercepting would-be customers who assumed the restaurant was already open.

Popeyes, which specializes in spicy fried chicken, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Wichita’s other Popeyes are at 1211 N. Broadway, 1623 S. Seneca, 4232 W. Central and 1350 N. Hillside.

The most talked-about hole in the ground…ever

BEHOLD!!! THE HOLE IN THE GROUND THAT WILL HOLD A CHICK-FIL-A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never has a hole in the ground been this popular in Wichita.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received a couple of e-mails and come across countless Tweets and Facebook postings featuring various versions of the photo I’ve posted here.

Although this hole at Central and Rock is not much to look at now, it’ll soon hold a treasure Wichita has been waiting for for years… a free-standing Chick-fil-A.

This is the view of The Hole from the stoplight at Central and Rock, looking north. Isn’t the hole so beautiful? Just the right size to hold a building full of the juciest chicken and waffle-est fries ever.

Developers say the new Chick-fil-A should be ready in January. Then we can start preparing for the inevitable appearance of the hole at 21st and Maize that’ll hold the next freestanding Chick-fil-A. Look for that hole next year.

Chick-fil-A: What’s the big deal?

For years and years, the No. 1 question readers would always ask me was “When is Wichita getting a Cheesecake Factory?” I would tell them “Probably never” and they would say “But smaller towns than us have Cheesecake Factories!” and I would say, “I don’t know what to tell you. They’re not coming anytime soon.”

FINALLY, readers are moving on and becoming obsessed with a new question. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been deluged with requests for an update on the freestanding Chick-fil-A that Carrie reported long ago would open at Central and Rock.

Yesterday, she got not one but two important updates on that topic. The Central and Rock store could be open as early as January, and even better, there are now plans for a west side Chick-fil-A at 21st and Maize.

Now is the time, I think, for us to discuss what makes Chick-fil-A one of those restaurants people are so crazy for. At first glance, it’s just a chicken sandwich place. But those of us who are die-hard fans know it is so much more. The fried chicken filets that restaurant puts out are so juicy, flavorful and tender, when I order a sandwich, I don’t put any condiments on it. No mayo. No nothing. Just chicken, bun and pickle, and it’s utter perfection.

And don’t even get me started on those waffle fries. Their composition and construction renders them soft yet crispy, and those waffle indentations soak up ketchup in a manner most magical.

I’ve heard tell that when Chick-fil-A opens a store, it gives the first 100 customers through the door free Chick-fil-A once a week for a year. I don’t do lines, but that one might be worth attempting.

Weigh in. If you’re a Chick-fan-atic like me, pull out your best poetic license and try to explain to non-believers what makes this place so amazing, it’s caused Wichita to temporarily forget about the Cheesecake Factory. Write your ode in the comments section below.

In and Out Fried Chicken & Fish opens today

The missing word is "fish." The opening day is TODAY!

In and Out Fried Chicken & Fish opened at 10 a.m. today in the former Taste of Thai space at447 N. St. Francis.

I stopped by this morning to check on the place and found owner Charlie Nguyen and a few employees busily preparing for opening. He had one small problem: The sign guy showed up yesterday missing an essential ‘H’, so for now, the sign just says In And Out Fried Chicken &… But having gotten a look at the menu board, I assure you that the missing word is ‘fish.’ The restaurant will offer fried catfish, fried chicken combos, fried okra, fried gizzards, fried… fill in the blank.

I did feel a little bad for Charlie, who told me that he was caught off guard by the attention last week on this website about the name of his restaurant, which makes burger fans think of the famous In-N-Out burger chain native to California. Nguyen and his wife had never heard of that chain, he said, and believed they were choosing a unique name.

Hours for the new restaurant are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 am. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Fried chicken frenzy


A couple of weeks ago, inspired by the suggestion of a reader, I wrote a story for the Go! section about where to get good fried chicken in Wichita. In the beginning of the story, I featured Neighbors, the restaurant and bar at 2150 North Amidon , where owner Chuck Giles specializes in fried chicken cooked the hard and messy way — in a cast-iron skillet in lard, made when ordered. The process takes about 30 minutes and reportedly results in out-of-this-world chicken.

Apparently, my story tantalized many local taste buds. Chuck reported yesterday that his fried chicken sales have doubled, and he’s had people waiting in lines outside the door to get it. The Sunday after the story was published, he ran out of chicken, and after scouring Dillon’s and any other supplier he could think of, he finally had to give up and close early.

“This past weekend was even better than the last weekend,” he said. “But I”m more prepared for it now.”

Giles said he’s even had three or four “older ladies” call him at the restaurant, wanting to discuss fried chicken cooking techniques and offering him unsolicited advice.

Apparently, he doesn’t need it.