Category Archives: Holiday meals

Mother’s Day brings specials from unexpected restaurants

Larkspur usually passes on holiday brunches -- except on Mother's Day.

Larkspur usually passes on holiday brunches — except on Mother’s Day.

Yes, it’s true. We all JUST finished eating at all the Easter buffets.

But now, it’s time to eat again.

A late Easter this year means that one big brunch holiday backs right up against the next: Mother’s Day. It’s coming up in a little more than a week — on Sunday, May 11.

Local restaurants put on even more of a production at Mother’s Day, too, and several who don’t normally join in the fray participate when mom’s involved.

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen is joining the brunch bunch this year, offering a buffet on a day that it’s normally closed. Included in the price, managers say, is one free mimosa per adult. And these won’t be your typical wimpy free mimosas. They’ll be big AND loaded.

Larkspur is another restaurant that doesn’t brunch except on Mother’s Day. It’ll offer its annual Mother’s Day buffet as well.

My story listing most of the brunches and other Mother’s Day specials being offered around town will be published in Friday’s Go! section. But because you are web savvy, you get to see it now.

Make reservations with great haste.

Make your Christmas dining plans now

Oh Yeah! China Bistro is among the Wichita restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day this year.

Oh Yeah! China Bistro is among the Wichita restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day this year.

After several people e-mailed me this week wanting to know where they could dine out on Christmas Day, I decided I’d better get going a little early this year.

I could have waited until next week, but then you’d be making your plans with only five days to spare.

So here it is: My annual list of restaurants that are open on Christmas. I’ll be in town this year and will be choosing one from the list myself.

It’s the usual collection if Asian restaurants, bar and grills, a couple of hotel buffets and some 24-hour family dining places.

Let me know if you notice any I missed.

Restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving

ILLUSTRATION: ThanksgivingWithout further adieu, I offer you the 2013 list of restaurants open and serving on Thanksgiving Day.

Most are buffets, and there are new additions to the list. Siena Tuscan Steakhouse is joining in this year, and Newport Grill, which did plated meals last Thanksgiving, also has a buffet this year.

Also open: Many of the chain diners that rarely close, including IHOP, Denny’s and Villlage Inn.

Some of the Thanksgiving restaurants take reservations. Others don’t. Peruse the list and make your plans.

Even more turkey cookers at your service

Green Acres is taking turkey orders.

Green Acres is taking turkey orders.

Last week, I published my story about restaurants and specialty grocers who are offering to cook your Thanksgiving turkey, ham or whole meal — for a price.

Since then, I’ve learned of two more good offers, which you’ll see below. One is a sumptuous-sounding full-meal menu from Green Acres that offers a choice of roasted organic turkey, ham or prime rib plus lots of sides. The other is a meal from vegan restaurant Garden Grill Cafe, which will not only co0k meat-free deliciousness but also is willing to deliver it on Wednesday.

Also, stay tuned. My list of restaurants serving buffets and plated meals on Thanksgiving Day is done and in the process of being edited. I’ll try to get it online on Tuesday. Sneak preview fact: Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel has joined the buffet fray this year.

Here are the details on the other meals to go:

Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St. N., 316-634-1088: Green Acres is serving three full holiday meals plus sides that serves four to six people. A dinner with an organic roasted turkey is $119, with a ham is $109 and with prime rib is $149. Available for pickup between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Make reservations by Tuesday.

Garden Grill Cafe, 300 N. Main, 316-978-9213: This vegan restaurant is serving vegan Thanksgiving dishes to-go. Items can be picked up between noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, or the restaurant will deliver between 3 and 7 p.m. The menu includes several options of dishes that serve eight, although diners can order for more or less than eight. Among the choices are candied sweet potatoes, Southern kale, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie and more. Reservations are due by Monday. To see the menu, visit

How to have Thanksgiving dinner and never cook a thing

John Thien at Jet Bar-B-Q will smoke you a turkey and let you pick it up hot from the pit on Thanksgiving morning.

People, I am ON the Thanksgiving food beat.

Now, I LOVE to cook, so I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner. But I realize that not everyone shares that attitude.

Over the next two Fridays, I will provide you all the information you need to eat the traditional meal in Wichita without cooking a thing.

I start this week with my guide to restaurants and businesses in town that will cook your turkey or hams for you to take home and serve on Thanksgiving. They’ll smoke, deep fry, roast, inject — whatever you want. That story also includes a list of the places who will make your entire dinner, from turkey to taters to gravy, and send it home for you to reheat.

Next week, on Nov. 22, I’ll publish my annual list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day and serving buffets and other meals. This is the story for people who don’t want to cook OR do the dishes.

Let me know if I’ve missed anyone.

Corned beef and cabbage are on this weekend’s menu

The Shamrock will have Irish food and drink all weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, which means that all over Wichita, cooks are preparing to simmer up pots of the traditional corned beef and cabbage.

Each year, I try to gather a list of who’s offering Irish food specialties. Let me know if you are aware of other bars or restaurants offering Irish fare.

The Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway: The Irish restaurant’s annual party, which spills out into a tent in the parking lot, is from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $10 for adults, $15 for couples and free for ages 16 and under for activities in the outdoor tent, including live Irish and acoustic music, live Irish dancing and contests. They’ll also serve corned beef and cabbage. For more information, call 316-393-9037

Shamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas: Wichita’s other Irish bar is calling St. Patrick’s Day this year “a holiday so nice, we have to do it twice.” Saturday activities include a 9 a.m. Irish breakfast, Irish and beef stew for lunch, bagpipers at 4 and 8 p.m. and green beer and other drink specials through the day. On Sunday, the bar will open at 11 a.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, which will be served again at 6 p.m., plus bagpipers throughout the day and a 10:30 p.m. performance by The Sluggos. See the Shamrock’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

Pumphouse, 825 E. Second St.: The bar’s second annual Kegs & Eggs starts Saturday morning with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. It’s $5. The bar also will serve green beer all day and will feature the band Whisky Militia at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Pumphouse will serve corned beef and cabbage from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar, 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St.: In addition to kegs of green beer, Larry Bud’s will be serving corned beef and cabbage on Sunday with appearances by bagpipers scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the east side restaurant. The west side also will have corned beef and cabbage plus bagpipers at 5 p.m.

Piccadilly, 7728 E. Central: The restaurant will have corned beef and cabbage dinners through Saturday and also will add the dish to the Sunday brunch buffet.

Heroes Sports Bar, 117 N. Mosley: Heroes is featuring corned beef and cabbage Friday through Sunday, bagpipers Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The bar will also have green beer and Guinness specials all weekend.

Toni D’s, 650 N. Carriage Parkway: The restaurant is offering several St. Patrick’s day specials, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner with new potatoes and bread, Reuben sandwiches and decorated cookies. The specials are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and are available for eat-in or carry-out.

Walt’s Great American Sports Bar & Grill, 7732 E. Central: Walt’s is serving its traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $10.99 a person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 316-691-8800 for more information.

Where to dine on Christmas Eve

Bocconcini Italian Eatery will be serving until tonight.

Restaurants are pretty unpredictable on Christmas Eve. Some are open regular hours. Some are closed entirely. Others shut down mid-afternoon.

We called around to some of Wichita’s most popular places to compile this list for Christmas Eve diners.

Here are a few places that will be open into the evening hours. If you don’t see your favorite on the list, call. Ya never know. (Unless your favorite is Old Chicago. They’re closing mid-afternoon.)

Bocconcini Italian Eatery, 4811 E. Central: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Chapada Chophouse and Churrascaria, 2142 N. Tyler Road: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ciao Italian Kitchen, 1720 N. Webb Road and 2121 N. Tyler Road: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Redrock Canyon Grill, 1844 N. Rock Road: Open 5 to 9 p.m.

Outback Steakhouse, 2020 N. Rock Road and 233 S. Ridge Road: Open 4 to 10 p.m.

Bonefish Grill, 10250 E.13th St.: Open 4 to 9 p.m.

Hereford House, 1400 Terradyne Drive, Andover: Open 5 to 9 p.m.

Chester’s Chophouse, 1550 N. Webb Road: Open 4:30 to 8 p.m. by reservation only

Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Scotch and Sirloin, 5325 E. Kellogg: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

YaYa’s Euro Bistro, 8115 E. 21st St.: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A.V.I. Seabar and Chophouse, 135 N. Waco: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hana Cafe, 315 N. Mead: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sabor, 309 N. Mead: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Granite City, 2244 N. Webb Road and 2661 N. Maize Road: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Logan’s Roadhouse, 353 S. Rock Road and 2424 N. Maize Road: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

BJ’s Brewhouse, 7960 E. Kellogg: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sake Sushi, 650 N. Carriage Parkway: Open 4:30 to 10 p.m.

P.F. Chang’s, 1401 N. Waterfront Parkway: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Red Robin, 9990 E. 13th St.: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On the Border, 1930 N. Rock Road and 2347 N. Maize Road: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

TGI Friday’s, 2441 N. Maize Road: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Mmmmmm, the flavor of Christmas Day.

The chorus of demands for our annual list of restaurants open on Christmas reached a fever pitch this year. Lots of people are either sick of turkey, craving holiday fried rice, or just don’t feel like cooking on Christmas Day.

Here it is.

This year, our amazing intern Matt made the calls and found the usual list of Asian restaurants, hotel buffets and family diners. And TWO of Wichita’s Starbucks will be open on Christmas this year.

Later today, we’ll also provide the names of several restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve, which has been the second-most requested list by readers.

Wichita restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Here it is: Our annual list of restaurants open and serving on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s the usual list of hotel buffets, family buffets and turkey dinners offered by 24-hour breakfast places with an upscale, plated meal thrown in for good measure.

As a bonus, I also have a list of restaurants that are willing to smoke or fry your turkey and bake your ham for you to serve at home.

Make reservations on all of the above as soon as you can.

Now, let’s all pause to give thanks for those who will do our holiday cooking work for us.

Thanksgiving story is on its way

Each year around Nov. 1, I start getting e-mails from readers asking me which local restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving the traditional meal.

I’m working on the list right now, and it will be in the newspaper on Nov. 16, which is a week from Friday. I’ll have it on the web a week from today: Nov. 14.

People need to plan, I know, but if I start the list much earlier, the restaurants often don’t have their details finalized.

If you’re itching to make a reservation before then, though, you could consult my list from last year. My experience is that it changes only a little from year-to-year.

In the meantime, if you know of a restaurant that should be included, please let me know via e-mail or post it in the comments.