Category Archives: Japanese Grills

Question of the week: Best hibachi grill

Inspired by a reader who wants to take her 10-year-old daughter out for her first shrimp-catching, spatula flying experience at a local Japanese hibachi grill, I got to thinking about Wichita’s hibachi scene.

Years ago, I wrote a story about how Wichita has more hibachi grill restaurants than most cities larger than ours. I’m pretty sure that’s still the case. Sumo. Osaka. Kobe. Sal’s. Sake. The list goes on and on.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite Japanese steakhouse? How often do you go and what do you like (or not like) about the show?

Answer in the comments section below.

Three new restaurants in town

Cheezie's Pizza just opened at 3804 W. Maple.

Three new restaurants have opened in Wichita over the past couple of weeks.

One is Cheezie’s Pizza, a chain based out of Oklahoma that’s know for its super-cheap pizza. It opened two weeks ago at 3804 W. Maple (316-945-2439). Cheezie’s is carryout only, and its large, one-topping is famously priced at $4.99. Hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Also, Fat Tony’s, the pizza place and bar I told you about a few weeks ago, opened this weekend at 417 E. Douglas (316-303-9316.). Its hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

It also appears that Wazabz Sushi Bar & Grill is open on the east side at 3236 N. Rock Road (in the original Sumo space.) The restaurant has been on-the-way for almost a year now, but I’ve had a heckuva time getting anyone on the phone. The restaurant’s Facebook page was updated on Sunday and says that it’s open but because of “city qualifications” it’s not serving sushi yet. I’ll try to get to the bottom of this one before the week’s out. The Facebook page lists the restaurant’s hours as 5 to 10 p.m. daily and describes the cuisine as “hibachi food at a fast pace.” The phone number is 316-978-9009.

Sake Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar


The former Kobe Steakhouse space at 650 N. Carriage Parkway has a fancy new tentant: Sake Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. It opened about two weeks ago and has a similar concept as Kobe but has been completely remodeled with a contemporary feel. The restaurant offers both hibachi style meals and a sushi bar and is open for lunch and dinner.

I haven’t been there yet, but pictures of the interior are impressive and I got a good report on it from forum commenter Bill in Wichita, who said: “I just had a great meal at the new Sake restaurant in Carriage Parkway, where Kobe used to be, and it was great. It has a unique modern Japanese look and the food is just plain awesome. ”

For more information, call 316-689-0888.