Category Archives: Lunch

Lizzie’s Delights offers near-downtown lunch

Elizabeth Navrat has been catering in Wichita for 10 years, the last three out of the building at 3238 E. Douglas that previously housed Creative Catering. A couple of months ago, she started serving lunch at her Lizzie’s Delights Catering and Deli and plans to enhance her offerings in a few weeks by adding a hot lunch buffet.

For now, Lizzie’s Delights is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays serving New York Deli-style sandwiches, cold sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and daily specials. You can see the menu here.

In mid-October, she plans to add Saturday hours and also will begin offering a hot lunch buffet that will have different offerings each day — Southern fried chicken, Mediterranean food, Italian food, etc.

Navrat’s space has seating for about 50 and an order-at-the-counter system. For more information, call 316-250-8618.

Cafe Comotara is open, and here’s the menu

Ben Arnold opened his new Cafe Comotara today in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road, and I have the menu here if you want to take a peek.

It’s huge and features several salads, some pasta dishes (including Pad Thai), burgers, sandwiches and entrees such as ahi tuna, blue-cheese crusted filet and a bone-in pork chop.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. He plans to add weekend breakfast sometime in October, and the restaurant is available nightly for rental. It fits private parties of 90 or fewer.

Take a close look at the menu because it features some of the items Arnold plans to include when he opens A.V.I. in the newly restored Broadview next month.

Arnold to open former Chelsea’s space for lunch, breakfast

Ben Arnold

Ben Arnold is a busy guy.

The owner of Corporate Caterers, who set up shop  in the former Olive Tree banquet hall last spring, now is planning to open a lunch and breakfast spot in the adjoined former Chelsea’s space, which until recently was occupied by the Karma wellness studio.

By mid-July, he plans to start serving upscale daily lunches and weekend breakfast. He’ll also reopen Chelsea’s famous patio, which he plans to have covered.

In the evenings, he’ll use the space for private events that aren’t quite big enough to use the cavernous banquet spaces next door. He’s still working on a name for the new place.

In the meantime, Arnold is waiting for construction to start on A.V.I., the restaurant he and Jeremy Wade have planned for the new Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel.

Initially, he’d hoped it would open this month, but construction is behind, and crews won’t even start working on the restaurant for a couple of weeks.

Arnold says his expectations for A.V.I. have been scaled back a bit, mainly because he was not able to get the exterior entrance he was planning on. And hotel restaurants that don’t have exterior entrances famously get lost.  He will, however, have plentiful exterior signage for the restaurant, which will take up north end of the hotel facing Waco.

One point of contention Arnold did win: Initially, the hotel wanted to require restaurant patrons pay for parking, but Arnold managed to work out a deal for his customers to get free garage parking along with hotel and banquet guests.

The restaurant will be gorgeous, though, Arnold said, with a horseshoe bar that overlooks the dining room from upstairs. The kitchen, he noted, will be located directly below the swimming pool.

A.V.I. should open in late August or early September. He’s planning the opening to coincide with the hotel’s grand opening, which should happen 60 to 90 days after the hotel reopens. That tentative date is July 20.

Gaslamp Grille adds lunch

They’ve been talking about it for a while, and starting Monday, Gaslamp Grille and Lounge at 550 N. Rock Road will start offering lunch.

It’ll be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and will include upscale appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pastas. You can see the full menu here. (Twice even!)

Appetizers average about $8. salads are $12-ish, and the sandwich/burger/pasta dishes  range from $9 to $12. If I were going today, I’d probably order the Dagwood, made with three meats, lettuce, tomato, pepperoncinis, pickle, Italian style vinaigrette aioli, Gruyere and fontina on a French baguette for $9.95. Yum. The brie cheese fodue appetizer ($7.95) sounds good, too.

For more information, call 316-260-1432.

You’ve gotta try it: Cafe 151

This might literally be the worst food photo I've ever taken, but it was the best one I got. Trust me, the food is way more attractive than this.

I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from Andrew Gough, one of several local foodies who I rely on for news and guidance, saying that he’d tried Corporate Caterers’ new restaurant, Cafe 151, and was impressed by the food AND by the low, low, low prices.

He sold it so well that late last week, I stopped by the new restaurant, which recently opened in the former Piccadilly Express spot in the Cargill building at 151 N. Main.

My boss Lori and I, who had planned an excursion to view the super amazing Kansas art at nearby Emprise Bank, so we decided to swing by Cafe 151 for a quick lunch first.

She had a Philly panini, which was an amazingly melty delight, made with beef, caramelized onions, red peppers, mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese.

My Southwestern chicken wrap, which is pictured in the subpar photo above, was also amazingly delicious, had grilled chicken breast, a black bean and corn relish, Spanish rice and honey mustard all stuffed inside a jalapeño-cheddar wrap,

The most amazing part: Lori’s sandwich was $6, my wrap was $5.50, and both included a drink, a side AND sales tax in the price. It was one of the most filling, satisfying and inexpensive lunches I’d had in a long time.

The resturant is a little busy and chaotic, and it’s hard to find a spot to sit over the lunch hour. And Lori and I foolishly parked at the back of the building and had to sweetalk our way through a locked employee entrance, so don’t make that mistake. But for people who want lunch-on-the-go, Cafe 151 is a great option.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. You can see the full menu by clicking a link from this post on Carrie’s blog.

Taste & See & lunch

The Taste & See kitchen

When I wrote my little profile of Taste & See Everyday Gourmet a few weeks ago, Chef Jason-Paul Febres told me he planned to start opening the kitchen at 3825 E. Harry for lunch in February.

So now it’s February, and it appears that Febres has chosen a date. On Feb. 22, which is a week from Tuesday, he’ll begin offering lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The menu features both vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers, salads, sandwiches and more.

Several of the dishes look at awfully lot like the lunch items served at Sabor, where Febres was the original chef:  Tostones, a ceviche cocktail, a Cuban sandwich and fish tacos. Other items include black bean hummus, a chicken schwarma sandwich, an Argentine-style Philly steak and a burger topped with avocado, bacon and a fried egg.

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