Category Archives: Menu changes

Charlie’s Pizza Taco adds pizza, tacos (and still has pizza tacos)

297253_294010853956516_386049913_nIt’s kind of confusing, but stay with me.

Charlie’s Pizza Taco, a restaurant that started in Pratt then expanded to 602 N. Tyler in Wichita, is known for pizza tacos: delicious creations that stuff pizza toppings into a pliable crust then fold it over to look like a taco.

But, as restaurant owners have learned since arriving in Wichita in 2011, pizza tacos confuse people. For years, customers have been trying to order pizza and tacos then learning their only option was pizza tacos.

Owner Tim Holmes has stopped the insanity.

About three months ago, he added regular pizza to the menu. Then, about three weeks ago, he added tacos. The restaurant offers a new lunchtime buffet as well.

The pizzas are decadent creations that Holmes said he based off favorites of his family members. One is a barbecue buffalo bacon cheeseburger pizza. He also offers a bacon cream cheese pizza and a cheeseburger pizza, complete with pickles.

This is a pizza taco.

This is a pizza taco.

His new taco choices include a traditional ground beef taco served on a crunchy shell plus a slightly toasted soft-shell chicken taco topped with buffalo Ranch dressing, a slice of bacon, lettuce and melted cheese.

The new pizzas and tacos (but not pizza tacos) plus a grilled chicken Caesar salad all are available on a daily lunch buffet served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that’s all-you-can-eat and costs $5.

Here’s some other exciting news for those who like to pay little but eat and drink much: Charlie’s Pizza Taco offers 16-oz. draws of Bud Light, Shock Top and Fat Tire for $2.

Charlie’s Pizza Taco is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 316-440-6029.

Metro Grill will celebrate makeover on Monday

metro-grill-3Metro Grill III, which opened at 10096 E. 13th St. N. in June of 2012, is celebrating a grand-reopening on Monday that will highlight some changes — including new menu items, the addition of a liquor license and some cosmetic changes.

The restaurant, owned by chef Michael Gonzalez, will have an official ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m on Monday. All day, customers can get 10 percent off their bills, and the dining room will have live music during lunch and dinner. (Hours that day are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.)

Diners will be able to order from the new menu, which includes a list of appetizers such as sauteed little neck clams and beef carpaccio, some new salads and entrees such as a filet mignon served over a grilled portabella mushroom. Gonzalez also has added a few chicken dishes and a grilled pork chop as well as a mini-Cuban menu, featuring picadillo, bisteck empanizado and boliche.

The upgraded Metro Grill has a full bar, candlelight in the evenings and live music on the weekends, Gonzalez said.

Also, an update on the west side Metro Grill, which is going in the old Bartelli’s space: Gonzalez said he’s aiming for an early-January opening. I’ll provide more updates as the day draws near.

Larkspur Bistro & Bar revamps its menu

Larkspur Bistro & Bar, the popular fine dining restaurant at 904 E. Douglas, has had the same menu for a lonnnggggg time. Not that that’s a bad thing: The restaurant’s pistachio chicken and Metro salad have earned spots in Wichita dining history.

But two weeks ago, the restaurant made some pretty significant changes to its menu, adding lots of items and changing some others.

Owner Ty Issa, who also owns YaYa’s Eurobistro, enlisted the help of his YaYa’s chef, Owen Moore, to freshen the Larkspur menu.

Among the additions are a wedge salad with goat cheese dressing, a tomato mozzarella salad, a blackened tilapia taco at lunch, several pastas including lobster rigatoni and cheese and steak arrabiata fettuccine, and a seared ahi tuna and a rocky mountain trout at dinner.

Chef O.J. Moore

The Metro salad is still on the menu but includes toasted walnuts instead of slivered almonds. Several dishes are topped with new sauces, and a side salad with an entree now costs $3 extra.

The changes are going over well with customers, said Shawna Sphar, Larkspur’s banquet and catering manager. Many had been asking for a menu update for years, she said.

For more information, call Larkspur at 316-262-5275.

Chipotle: Burritos for teachers, margaritas for all

Chipotle’s new Patron margarita

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chipotle has added margaritas to its menu. Real margaritas. I approve.

The restaurant seems like an odd place to get a Patron margarita, but it’s nice to have options.

Chipotle started serving the margaritas on Monday, and they were kind enough to share the recipe, which you’ll find below.

Also, Chipotle is offering a buy-one-get-one deal for teachers. It’s good from 4 to close on Tuesday, May 7. Teachers with a faculty ID who buy one burrito, burrito bowl or order of tacos can get another free.

Wichita’s Chipotle restaurants are at 7130 W. Maple, 515 N. Hillside, 535 S. Rock Road, 3015 N. Rock Road and 2241 N. Maize Road.

Changes at Charlie’s Pizza Taco

Behold: the Pizza Taco

Wichita isn’t Pratt.

So the owners of Wichita’s Charlie’s Pizza Taco, which opened last November at 602 N. Tyler Road, has made some adjustments as it learns to adjust to its Wichita audience.

They’ve added some things to the menu, including a half-pizza taco with chips, chili con queso and pico for $6.50 at the lunch hours. They’ve also added a pizza taco made with chicken.

The restaurant now has a patio for outdoor seating plus live music and $1 beer draws on Friday and Saturday nights. Owners also are getting Charlie’s getting involved with charity projects around town, and those who come in to the restaurant with a church bulletin can get 10 percent of  the cost of their meal donated back to their church.

A pizza taco, by the way, is a beautiful invention that’s pizza in flavor and taco in shape. You can read my review of the restaurant here.

Charlie’s Pizza Taco has operated at 105 W. First in Pratt since 1965. The Wichita location was opened a year ago by founder Charlie Hoffman’s son, Dave, and his brother-in-law, Tim Holmes.

River City Brewing Co. gets a menu remodel

River City Brewing Co., Wichita’s original brewery at 150 N. Mosley in Old Town, recently has revamped its menu a bit, adding a long list of dishes that focus on using beer as an ingredient in the cooking. The new menu rolled out on Monday.

Owner Chris Arnold sent me the descriptions of some of the new dishes, which made me pretty hungry. Among them:

–Shrimp salad made with shrimp that’s been marinated and  cooked in wheat beer and chipotles with fresh greens, avocado, tomato, cucumber, peppers and queso fresco.

– Bone-in pork chop grilled and topped with Brown Ale mustard cream sauce alongside roasted baby potatoes and fresh veggies.

– Fish tacos filled with tilapia marinated in herbs and Amber Ale with fresh lettuce, avocado relish, queso fresco and a sauce of chipotles and beer on corn or flour tortillas.

– Herb marinated chicken breast marinated in wheat beer and spices then grilled and served with roasted baby potatoes and veggies.

–  Beer brat pizza featuring a beer crust topped with ale mustard sauce, thinly sliced beer brats, beer braised onions, red peppers and mozzarella cheese.

 – Beer cheese steak sandwich made with sliced beef topped with onions, peppers and mushrooms then slathered in homemade beer cheese sauce.

 – Stout Brownie dessert composed of a chocolate brownie made with Emerald City Stout and topped with chocolate ganache, salty pretzels and a big scoop of homemade vanilla stout ice-cream and caramel sauce.

Arnold also told me about a stout float, which he makes by pouring vanilla stout beer over a serving of the stout ice cream. As someone who’s been experimenting with wine floats for years, I approve of that idea heartily.

River City Brewing Co. is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-263-2739.

Three new downtown breakfast options

B&C Barbecue in downtown Wichita recently introduced a breakfast buffet.

Wichita loves breakfast, and more and more, Wichita restaurants love to serve it.

Downtown Wichita is a breakfast eater’s paradise these days, what with The Beacon, Egg Cetera and Old Mill Tasty Shop and Rain’s weekend offerings.

Now, three more are joining the bacon-and-eggs fray.

Several weeks ago, Holy land Mediterranean Grill at 217 E. Douglas began offering a daily breakfast that offers traditional items such as omelets, bacon and eggs Benedict along with Mediterranean touches such as falafel and hummus. (I don’t know about you, but falafel and eggs sounds fabulous to me.) The breakfast is served a la carte and is available from 6 to 9 a.m. seven days a week.

Meanwhile, Carey Maurer has added a breakfast buffet at his  B&C Barbecue at 355 N. Washington. It’s served from 6 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and includes dishes such as hashbrowns, pancakes, French toast sticks, scrambled eggs and more and is $8.25 a person.

Within the next week or two, Hamburger Hero at 221 S. Broadway, which I reviewed today, also will begin serving breakfast. It’ll offer bacon and eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy and will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

I’m still thinking about falafel and eggs.

Lotus Leaf losing crepes, adding chef

By March 20, Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie at  613 W. Douglas, will become just Lotus Leaf Cafe.

Owner Jacquelyn Keefer, who has been struggling for a while to find a way to make her restaurant fit her original vision, said she has hired a new chef — kitchen veteran Rebecca Gold — and will likely soon drop crepes from the restaurant’s menu and name.

When Lotus Leaf turned 1 in November, Keefer announced that she’d hired a new chef, Ya Ya’s and Uptown Bistro veteran Beau Franklin. But that partnership didn’t work out, Keefer said. She wanted to find a chef who would be on board with her vision of healthy food with natural ingredients, and she thinks she’s found it in Gold.

Rebecca Gold, back in her Uptown Bistro pastry chef days.

Gold, who has worked at Uptown Bistro, Cero’s and Chester’s Chophouse, starts on Monday.

“She has more of an idea of what I really wanted from the beginning,” Keefer said. “I’m tired of conforming to chefs’ ideas of what healthy options are.”

Keefer and Gold have agreed that crepes will no longer be a focus on the menu, though it’s possible that a crepe or two will be on the new menu that they’ll debut on March 20. It’ll feature more salads, more soups and more menu items made with ingredients such as quinoa and cous cous.

“I’m really looking forward to having a woman in the kitchen,” Keefer said.

Until then, the current menu will remain in place, she said, though Gold will likely add her own touches.

Zaytun adds pizza and other Indo-Pak deliciousness

Zaytun, the fabulous Middle Eastern restaurant at 2020 N. Woodlwan, has recently updated its menu.

When he called to tell me he was going to open on Christmas Day, owner Syed Abbas also told me about the many additions to his lunch and dinner menu. You can view the menu here. The new items are in bold.

Abbas is particularly excited about the addition of some Mediterranean pizzas, which he cooks in a brick pizza oven left behind by the building’s previous tenant. They’re unlike a typical pizza, he said, and their descriptions support that claim. I’ll take the Spicy Seekh Kabab pizza, which is topped with cilantro chutney, green chili, onion and mozzarella cheese.

He’s also added a Tandoori chicken dish and several vegetarian selections, and Abbas enthusiastically recommended his new rib eye steak, which is charbroiled and served with charbroiled steak with rosemary garlic potato and pomegranate mushroom sauce.

One other change: Zaytun now allows lunch customers to order a la carte from the menu or choose the always-different Indo-Pak lunch buffet.

Zaytun is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for lunch. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Abbas also offers an elaborate Pakistani brunch from 11 to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Call 316-613-2474 for more information.

New things are bubbling at Fizz

A burger and fries from Fizz Burgers & Bottles.

The owners of Fizz Burgers & Bottles, the almost 1-year-old burger restaurant at 7718 E 37th St. N., have some changes and additions planned that’ll keep things bubbling through the fall.

For starters, they’ve begun offering a Mexican specialty every Wednesday, provided by a member of the kitchen staff who wanted to show off his skills. Last week, they offered chicken adobo. Today’s special is beef enchiladas. The dish-of-the-week will be available for lunch and dinner every Wednesday.

Also, Fizz is working on a menu update, which should debut in about a month. They’re adding a couple of new sandwiches, said owner Scott Bergeson, and they’re also putting homemade chili in the menu. Customers who want to sample Fizz’s chili recipe early can try it at the Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, which is Sept. 24. Fizz will have a booth.

I also asked Bergeson about rumors that he’s eying a west-side location. He said he’s considered that idea but wants to make sure the east-side store is on solid footing first.

For more info about Fizz, call them at 316-260-2888.