Category Archives: Holiday meals

Take mom out for Mother’s Day

Larkspur offers a brunch buffet only on Mother's Day each year.

I’ve rounded up my annual list of restaurants putting on special meals for moms on Sunday.

It has the usual list of hotel buffets and restaurants offering all manners of brunchy overindulgence.

I wrote the story when I was hungry, and I was most intrigued by the special Mother’s Day menus being offered at Bella Vita Bistro, which is offering dishes such as an andouille-stuffed pork loin and prosciutto and basil-wrapped chicken breast, and by the special brunch menu Sabor is serving up. Biscuits and chorizo gravy? Yes and yum.

Diners also will want to pay attention to the fact that Larkspur is offering a Mother’s Day buffet. This is the only time of year they join the holiday buffet foray.

Peruse my list and make your Mother’s Day reservations pronto.

The Irish-est, eating-ist holiday ever

If only my favorite Patrick was old enough to have an ID...

The interesting St. Paddy’s Day dining deals just keep rolling in this week. Just in the past couple of days, I’ve learned that IHOP is making a green spinach/egg concoction on Saturday, another zillion or so bars are cooking corned beef and cabbage, and Burger King is giving away free fries with green ketchup.

And I learned about this one today, which I love: From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, anyone named Pat, Patrick, Patricia or Patty will qualify for a free appetizer at Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road. That’s a good deal because Newport Grill has some great appetizers, including rock shrimp cigars. (A co-worker is crying name discrimination, but it’s all in good fun.) The Pats must show their IDs to participate.

Sadly, the only people I know who qualify are my favorite 4-year-old, Patrick, who doesn’t have an ID yet, and a lawyer I once hired, whose services I no longer need. Wait! There’s a nice lady in the advertising department. Maybe I’ll get her to take me. Or perhaps I can lure Patrick Dempsey into town.

Where to eat like you’re Irish

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, and several restaurants are offering Irish-esque specials or meals designed to celebrate the day. I’m starting the list of them today and hope to have it complete by Friday. E-mail me if there’s a St. Patrick’s Day dining opportunity I’m missing.

Shamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas: The bar will open at 9 a.m. Saturday for a breakfast of “Potatoes O’Dave” and Irish soda bread for $6. The Shamrock’s annual corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. and is $7 a person. The Shamrock will have a courtside seat to the Delano St. Patrick’s Day parade at noon and will have bagpipers in the bar throughout the day.

Bierocks, Brats n’ BBQ, 1225 W. Douglas: The Delano restaurant will offer Rueben bierocks and Rueben sandwiches and corned beef and cabbage starting today, Guinness Irish stew and Bailey’s chocolate chip cheesecake starting on Wednesday and a pre-parade green eggs and ham breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 316-393-9580.

Pumphouse, 825 E. Second St.: The bar is putting on an event called Kegs & Eggs that starts Saturday morning with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, offered from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s $5, or for $20, patrons can get the buffet, a T-shirt and a wrist band that’s good for admission all day. Also planned for St. Patty’s Day at the Pumphouse: The Underhill Family Orchestra, a southern folk-rock band, at 1 p.m. and local band Faded from 5 t0 9 p.m. plus gallons and gallons of green beer. For more information, call 316-265-6080.

IHOP: On Saturday only, local IHOPs will serve a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast of green eggs scrambled with spinach, two pancakes, two bacon strips or pork sausage links.

Port of Wichita, 1548 S. Webb: The Port is serving a brunch of green eggs and ham at 11 a.m., along with corned beef and cabbage throughout the day Saturday. There will also be drink specials and live music from Uche, Bus Station Brown, Poultry in Motion and others.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar, 2120 N. Woodlawn: In addition to  kegs of green beer, Larry Bud’s will be serving corned beef and cabbage, with appearances by bagpipers scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Heroes Sports Bar, 117 N. Mosley: Heroes is featuring corned beef, “Fighting Irish meatballs” and drink specials, with bagpipers expected to play about 6:30 p.m.

British Banger Company, 1713 W. Douglas: The restaurant, which serves British and Irish-style foods, will be open from noon to 3 a.m. on Saturday. After 5 p.m., entrees will be $5.

Piccadilly, 7728 E. Central: The restaurant will have corned beef and cabbage dinners for $10.99 through Sunday.

Walt’s Great American Sports Bar & Grill, 7732 E. Central: Walt’s is serving its traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $9.99 a person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 316-691-8800 for more information.

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.

Mike’s Wine Dive, 4714 E. Douglas: Mike’s is putting on a “Luck of the Irish” Bushmills Irish whiskey and beer tasting at 7 p.m. Thursday. It’ll feature Irish hors d’oeuvres plus samples of several Bushmills whiskeys plus beers such as Smithwicks, Harp and Guinness. Admission is $30 a person, and reservations are required by calling 316-613-2772.

Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road: The restaurant is offering a free appetizer from 11 a.m. t 5 p.m. Saturday to anyone who can prove his or her name is Patrick, Pat, Patty or Patricia.

Blarney Breakfast: The annual Blarney Breakfast, a fundraiser for Rainbows United, is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Old Chicago, 7626 E. Kellogg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at Old Chicago east or at the door the morning of the event. For more information, call 316-721-8226.

Burger King: Wichita Burger Kings will be among those nationwide offering a free small order of fries with a side of green ketchup on Saturday and Sunday. Limit one per customer.

Restaurants open on Christmas

Syed Abbas plans to open his Middle Eastern restaurant Zaytun on Christmas Day.

It might seem a little bit early, but I’ve compiled my list of restaurants planning to be open on Christmas Day. The more time you have to plan, I figure, the better. Plus, I’ve already received about a dozen e-mails from people wanting to know.

As usual, the list includes an interesting mix of Asian eateries, family buffets and a few random restaurants willing to give Christmas hours a go.

There are a few new players this year: Zaytun owner Syed Abbas is planning to open and serve a Middle Eastern brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. And the Starbucks at 29th and Rock will open from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Christmas. It’ll be the only Starbucks in town that will be open.

Follow this link to see the full list, and if you see that I’ve missed a restaurant, e-mail me. I can still add it between now and Dec. 25.

Restaurants serving on Thanksgiving Day

It’s Nov. 16, which is the traditional day for readers across the state to begin frantically e-mailing me, demanding to know which restaurants will be open and serving traditional foods on Thanksgiving Day.

So without further turkey adieu, I present this year’s list, which includes an interesting addition: Newport Grill has joined the Thanksgiving Day fray and is serving plated dinners rather than a buffet. (Warning: This story made every editor who dealt with it this morning very, very hungry.)

Know of a restaurant I missed? Let me know. There’s still time for me to get it in the newspaper version of the story, which will be published on Friday.

I like a man who knows what he wants

This nearly made me choke on my Panera coffee.

My colleaugue Lori Buselt forwarded me the below e-mail exchange between her and her hilarious husband, Brian.

She asked him to look at my Father’s Day dining story and choose where he’d like to go.

Feed your father on Sunday

Restaurants are of the belief that dads like beef.

I always feel bad for dads. Restaurants don’t feel the need to roll out the buffet carpet for him as much as they do for mom or for Easter and Thanksgiving.

Sorry, dad.

Still, there are plenty of places willing to give dad a deal and a meal this Father’s Day, which is Sunday. Check out my story, which will appear in tomorrow’s Go! section.

Newport now serves brunch, including Mothers’ Day

Stuffed French toast is among the brunch options at Newport Grill's new Sunday brunch.

There’s a new Sunday brunch player in town, and you and mom can check out a amped-up version of it this weekend.

Newport Grill, the fine dining seafood restaurant that opened late last year at 1900 N. Rock Road, recently added a Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Theirs is set up a bit differently from most.

On a typical Sunday, the restaurant will offer all-you-can-eat access to a cold bar, which features, among other things, shrimp, oysters on the half shell and more. A dessert bar also is included.

Diners then are able to choose from a list of plated, composed brunch meals, ranging from stuffed French toast to eggs Benedict (one version is served atop crab cakes.) A few of the restaurant’s non-breakfasty entrees are offered among the options, too, including a chicken dish.

Normally, the brunch is $18 for adults and $12 for children. This Sunday, for Mother’s Day, the restaurant will add several things to the usual offering, including crab claws on the cold bar. This time, the price is $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 4-12.

For more information, call 316-636-9555.

Also, if you want to see a full list of who’s serving Mother’s Day brunches this year, you can see my story that’s coming out in Friday’s Go! right now.

Eat like you’re Irish: Part II

Turns out there’s a whole lot more Irish eating out there today than I originally thought. A few more restaurants offering corn beef and cabbage and other St. Patrick’s day specials have come to my attention since I wrote this post earlier this week.

Among them:

Old Mill Tasty Shop, 604 East Douglas: The downtown lunch favorite is offering corn beef and cabbage and Irish cream shakes today.

Heroes, 117 N. Mosley: The sports bar is offering corn beef and cabbage, bierocks, Irish stew and more today.

Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, 8115 E 21st Street N.: The fine dining restaurant is offering several Irish specials for lunch and dinner, included corn beef and cabbage, fish and chips, lamb stew, shepherd’s pie and more.

British Banger Company, 1713 W. Douglas: The carryout lunch spot is making Irish cottage pie plus bangers and mash  and will stay open until around 8 p.m.

The Shamrock, 1724 W. Douglas: The pub is serving corn beef and cabbage over the lunch an dinner hours today.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, several Wichita locations: The yogurt chain is offering 25 percent off to customers wearing green.

River City Brewery, 150 N. Mosely: Though they’re not doing any food specials, River City is serving $2.50 green beers all day and is throwing a St. Patty’s day party starring awesome local cover band Lucky People, starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $3.

Irish eatin’

It’s St. Patrick’s Day week, which means that soon the green beef will be flowing and the cabbage will be simmering.

Several restaurants and bars in town are offering Irish-flavored specials this week in honor of the greenest of holidays. Among the specials you might consider checking out:

Bierocks, Brats n BBQ at 1225 W. Douglas is offering corned beer and cabbage, shepherds pie and Irish creme cheesecake today through Thursday.

Toni D’s, 650 N. Carriage Parkway 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 Thursday.

The Artichoke at 811 N. Douglas will serve mulligan stew as a special all day on Thursday and will feature the music of my harmonizing pals Erin and Alan Craddock in the evening. She’s very Irish, FYI.

Old Chicago’s St. Pat’s Mini Tour: The restaurant known for its beer selection is offering its annual tour of Irish beers, including Guinness Irish Stout, Killian’s Irish Red Lager and Odell Myrcenary Double IPA. The tour started last month and is available through Thursday.

The annual Blarney Breakfast, a fundraiser for Rainbows United, is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Old Chicago, 7626 E. Kellogg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at Old Chicago east or at the door the morning of the event.

Know of anything I’m missing?