Category Archives: Lunch

Bonefish Grill introducing Saturday lunch

bonefishgrilllogoWichita’s Bonefish Grill is adding Saturday lunch.

The first one will be this coming Saturday, April 12, at the restaurant, 10250 E. 13th St N. The restaurant now has a separate lunch menu that includes a fish sandwich, fish and chips, a vegetarian pasta, a burger and its famous Bang Bang shrimp served in both a Po’ Boy and tacos. It also has a few items from the main menu, including crab cakes and filet mignon, served at  a reduced price. You can check out the full lunch menu on the website.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when Bonefish will switch over to the regular menu. Only a few Bonefish Grills across the country are serving Saturday lunch.

For more information, call 316-315-0299

Bocconcini: New brunch, new hours

Bocconcini is losing lunch but adding brunch.

Nathan Toubia is changing the hours for summer at his Bocconcini Italian Eatery, the delicious Italian spot at 4811 E Central Ave

Fans of his food are losing weekday lunch, but they’re gaining weekday brunch.

The new hours, as of today, are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. On the weekends, Toubia will be serving a plated brunch that includes options such as steak and eggs, ricotta pancakes and duck hash. The brunch also will feature an antipasti bar, where patrons can help themselves to things such as salads and roasted vegetables. He’ll have a dessert buffet, too.

Those who need a Toubia fix at lunch can still get it his other restaurant, Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central.

For more information, call Bocconcini at 316-613-2523, but not today because as part of the new hours, the restaurant is now closed on Mondays.

India Emporium grocery also serves lunch

Some things you just don’t know unless you go inside.

A few weeks ago, my friend Kim was shopping for spices at India Emporium, the international grocery at 3743 N. Rock Road, when she noticed that they serve lunch. As luck would have it, she was hungry. So she got some to go and said it was great.

Owner Zaheer Nazir said that he opened his restaurant-within-a-store, called The Pita Deli, several months ago. He serves Mediterranean items such as falafel, hummus, gyro, schwarma and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. (The India Emporium sells Middle Eastern ingredients too, Nazir told me.)

He has seating for about 15 people in the back of the store, where the deli is set up. For more information, call 316-315-0370.

Opening next week: new bar, old diner

A couple of businesses plan to open their doors next week, and one is right down the block from me.

Jon’s Ale House should open on Tuesday in the former Kelly’s Irish Pub spot at 917 E. Douglas, next door to The Beacon. Its focus will be craft beers from labels such as New Belgium, Free State, Tallgrass and more. The bar also will serve breakfast and lunch and is planning a menu filled with cold cut sandwiches, salads and soups such as a Guinness beef and vegetable soup. They’ll also have a few franks, including a quarter pounder topped with bacon and blue cheese.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Owner Anthony Lynch has all but gutted the place, adding new furniture, new restrooms and a new bar top attractively decorated with craft beer labels.

Across town, Chuck Giles, the owner of Neighbors Restaurant & Bar at 2150 N. Amidon, says he’s almost ready to reopen Brint’s Diner at 4834 E. Lincoln. The restaurant, set up in a classic Valentine Diner building, was closed by former owner Jessie Medina back in October. Giles hopes to be ready to go by Thursday.

Question of the week: Best quick lunch?

At least once a week, I have to grab a quick lunch to bring back to the Eagle and eat at my desk. And I like some variety.

Often, I’ll call ahead to La Galette and they’ll package up a quiche/fattouch combo, which I run in and pick up lickety-split. The other day, I grabbed some pre-made sushi from the Fresh Market counter, which was decent. Today, I had a pretty tasty Southwestern salad from QuikTrip.

What’s your favorite lunch-on-the-go, and where do you get it?

Answer in the comments section below.

Now open: Anna Murdoc’s Cafe

Correction: An earlier version of the post misspelled Rodriguez.

Downtown workers have a new spot to stop for breakfast and lunch. Anna Murdoc’s Cafe opened a little more than a week ago in the space that previously held the Daily Grind in Sutton Place at 209 E. William.

The cafe is owned by the Rodriguez family, who also have The Red Barn at Lake Afton. It’s run mainly by Gerard Rodriguez, and the attractive new awnings feature a sketch of Gerard’s children – Annalisa, Angelina (whose nickname is Murdoc), and Jack.

Rodriguez, who is a trained pastry and sushi chef, helped put together a menu for Anna Murdoc’s that includes breakfast items such as burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus salads and sandwiches. The cafe also offers a daily special. Today’s, for example, is an open faced roast beef sandwich with green beans. On Fridays, they offer Red Barn barbecue. Lasagna and smothered burritos also are on the rotating specials list.

I stopped by this morning and was impressed by how pretty and big-city the cafe looked. It includes a nice outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. It has another big-city problem, too, in that parking on William and the surrounding blocks is hard to find, though Gerard’s sister, Belle, who was working this morning, says that the parking police are lenient with people who pull into the 15-minute loading zone in front of the restaurant to pick up to-go orders. The bulk of their business so far, she said, has come from the nearby Finney State Office Building.

Anna Murdoc’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-5051.

Bella Vita, Chapada both add lunch

Two west-side restaurants have recently added lunch to their list of offerings.

Just yesterday, Bella Vita Bistro at 120 N. West St. began offering a four-day-a-week lunch. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the Italian restaurant will open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering a special lunch menu that includes salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps and pasta dishes  for around $7.95 to $9.95. Call 316-941-4500 for more information.

Also, Chapada Chophouse & Churrascaria at 2142 N. Tyler also has started opening for lunch. The restaurant offers its regular menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, adding the churrascaria (tableside shaved meats) option at 4 p.m. The meats and the regular menu are both available all day on Sundays. Chapada’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Call 316-201-4694 for more information.

Sugar Sisters has reopened in Delano

The new Sugar Sisters awning

Hello! I’m back, and I have some sweet news.

Sugar Sisters, the restaurant and bakery that used to operate in the space at 4811 E. Central now occupied by Bocconcini Italian Eatery, has reopened at 917 W. Douglas in Delano. The business closed last January after struggling with finances and service issues.

But owner Kelli Sykes said that’s all behind her. She opened the doors on Dec. 16 and has hired cheerful, energetic people to work with her, she said. She’s serving a more streamlined menu, the star of which is the giant bierocks (served with or without cabbage) that were a hit at the previous Sugar Sisters incarnation. You can check out the full menu, which also includes salads, quiches and several sweet treats, by clicking here.

Sugar Sisters hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. There’s seating inside for about 14.

For more information, call 316-519-3814 or visit the Sugar Sisters Facebook page.

Outback lunch for the holidays

Usually, fans of Outback’s steaks have to wait till the dinner hour to get carnivorous.

But during the holidays, Wichita’s Outback Steakhouses are cooking at lunch as well.

Beginning on Monday, the east side Outback at 2020 N. Rock Road will be open seven days a week starting at 11:30 a.m. The west side Outback at 233 S. Ridge Road will start its lunch hours on Wednesday. That restaurant will open at noon Mondays through Fridays and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

There’s no special lunch menu, but diners can order anything off the regular evening menu. Both restaurants will continue lunch hours through Jan. 1.

Newport Grill adding lunch

Newport Grill, the year-old seafood restaurant at 1900 N. Rock Road, will begin serving lunch the day after Thanksgiving — on Friday, Nov. 25.

Though managers are still finalizing a menu, they say it will include smaller, lunch-sized portions of several regular menu items plus some new sandwiches and burgers.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Newport added a Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., earlier this year. The restaurant also has introduced other regular specials, including $6 glasses of wine on Sundays, $5 martinis on Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays.

For more Newport Grill information, call 316-636-9555.