Category Archives: Menu changes

Menu additions at two local favorites

Carlos O' Kelly's new southwestern egg rolls.

A couple of local restaurants have made some changes or additions to their menus that will make fall much tastier.

One is Carlos O’Kelly’s, the locally owned Mexican chain that each year challenges its 41 restaurants to a cook-off. The best dishes the stores come up with are added to the menu for a limited time.

On Sunday, the restaurant started serving southwestern egg rolls created in Marion, Iowa; Hawaiian chicken fajitas, teriyaki glazed and topped with pineapple pick de gallo, from Ames, Iowa; Poblano pork pastel, featuring sweet corn masa cakes smothered with braised pork, from Rochester, Minn.; a fajita steak burrito created in  Sioux City, Iowa; and a cinnamon flautas dessert invented in Manhattan.

The new dishes are available now through the end of October.

Watermark Cafe, the cozy little eatery inside Watermark Books, also has added some items to its menu, including several sandwiches ( the PrairyErth made with grilled chicken, provolone, radishes, sunflower seeds and lettuce topped with pesto aioli on an herbed flatbread sounds interesting); a black-eyed pea salad; and breakfast items such as a Nutella and banana-filled puffed pastry, and “Green Eggs & Spam,” made with egg, pepper jack cheese and fried Spam on a toasted bagel.

You can find Watermark’s full menu on its website. Cafe hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Seating, breakfast plans at British Banger Company

Look how happy Pete White is about all the newness at his restaurant.

British Banger Company, the until-now take-out only restaurant at 1713 W. Douglas, has just added some indoor seating.

Last week, owner Pete White moved things around and made room for about 12 seats in his restaurant.

“We had people walk in and then walk right out because we had no seating and it was so hot outside,” White said. “Hopefully, this will bring us a bit more business.”

White, who has had a successful run selling his cottage pies and bangers (British-style sausage) at the Andover Farmers’ Market this year, said that once the market ends in October, he plans to add breakfast to the options at his restaurant. On the menu will be popular traditional British items such as potato cakes, more bangers and a fabulous Spam creation.

For now, he’s open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-253-1503.

Update on The Anchor’s hours, menu, remodel plans

The Achor's door announces its intermediate intentions.

I sat down for a chit-chat this morning with Anchor owner Schane Gross and her new chef, Doug Pitts, to talk about the changes underway at the bar and restaurant at 1109 E. Douglas. More changes are coming.

Here’s a breakdown:

Hours: As Gross and Pitts work to resolve service issues and decide what they want The Anchor to be, they’ve temporarily altered the hours. They had been closed on Mondays and Sundays, but now, they’ve reopened on Mondays. Sunday hours will return eventually, and Pitts will serve a Sunday-only brunch. Look for that in the next six weeks or so.

Menu: Several weeks ago, Gross and Pitts streamlined the previous menu, keeping customer favorites and eliminating what they described as “redundancy.” The current menu has about 30 items — appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and other favorites. On June 27, Pitts will add daily dinner items to the menu, including a steak frites. He also will add several items to the core menu and will begin offering a streamlined after-10 p.m. bar menu, which will feature appetizers and a couple of burgers. Gross and Pitts also are trying to focus on more local, seasonal ingredients and have begun offering products from Yoder Meats.

Remodel: Gross says she finally has bids and is working on getting the banks lined up so she can break ground on her remodel. She’s changed her plans from when she originally announced last year. The wall separating her two dining rooms will remain, she said. The west side of the restaurant will lose its bar and serve exclusively as a dining room. The east side will be the bar area. Though she doesn’t have specific dates yet, Gross hopes the remodel will be underway before summer’s over. She still plans to annex the space just east of the building for a banquet hall.

Gross said she’s send me the completed menu in the next couple of days, and I’ll post it then.

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.

Changes at Gaslamp: Seasonal entrees, lower prices

Gaslamp Grille & Lounge, the fine dining restaurant that opened in December at 550 N. Rock Road, is launching a new menu on Monday, with several new seasonal dishes and some lower price points.

Among the new menu items: A pork belly appetizer,  citrus shrimp corn chowder, a shellfish provencal entree featuring seared scallops, a blue crab and truffle gnocchi and a roasted rack of lamb.

Prices have been lowered to be more on par with Gaslamp’s sister restaurant, Mike’s Wine Dive at 4714 E. Douglas. The blue crab and truffle gnocchi, for example, is $17.95, as is a new apple wood smoked chicken entree. In fact, most dishes — save the steaks, a duck dish and the rack of lamb — are now under $20.

Gaslamp serves food from 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 3 to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Reservations are available by calling 316-260-1432.

A whole new Heroes

This is what Heroes looks like without carpet.

Heroes in Old Town has been closed since Sunday while workers pound away on a half-million dollar remodel. New manager Jason Fisher had hoped to be ready to re-open this afternoon, but things got behind, as they tend to do.

If all goes well, though, he’ll be ready to open at lunchtime on Friday. When customers re-enter, they’ll find a new-and-improved Heroes, complete with a carpet-free concrete floor (better for sloshed beer absorption), new standup drink bars and brand-new booths and bar stools.

A new, expanded patio should be ready to go by Cinco De Mayo (May 5), and Fisher and Co. also are working on adding 19 new items to the menu, including bierocks, enchiladas, salmon and several new salads.

I’m going to inspect the new menu sometime in the next couple of weeks, and I’ll report back. All I can say is that Fisher BETTER leave my buffalo chicken pizza right where it is.

I’m kidding. Kind of.

Little Lebanese menu at Bella Luna

Fans of Bella Luna Cafe have been bugging chef and owner Matteo Taha to permanently add some of his rotating Lebanese specials to the menu. So starting today, he’s going to give it a try.

Taha has introduced a separate menu of Lebanese dishes at the east side restaurant at 2132 N. Rock Road. It’s separate, he says, only because it won’t physically fit on the already jam-packed regular menu.

It includes hummus, baba ghannooj, tabouleh, grape leaves, kafta, kebbi and more. Taha says he’ll start the menu at the east side restaurant but hopes to eventually offer it at the 4618 E. Central and 2441 N. Maize Road restaurants as well.

Return of the Tropic’s sandwiches

tropicsLunch business got slow, so the Tropics Lounge at 2705 N. Broadway stopped serving its famous sandwiches.

But customers have been begging owner Stella Cruz to bring them back, and she’s finally relenting. On Friday, Cruz will re-institute service of the mile-high ham, the Reuben, the hogies and more.

Starting Friday, sandwiches will be available starting at 11 a.m. until the kitchen closes (around midnight) Mondays through Fridays. They’re available on Saturday’s starting at noon.

For more information, call 316-425-5553.

Big changes at Dolci & Joes

Dolciandjoes_0Dolci & Joes, a sandwich shop with a following at 3425 E. Douglas, has changed or tweaked just about everything about how it does business in recent weeks, and even bigger changes are coming in the next few weeks.

A couple of weeks ago, the restaurant switched from a standing-in-line to order system and introduced table service. Now customers come in, take a seat and order from a waiter or waitress. The move has cut down on the amount of time customers spend in line during the busy lunch hour, managers said, and hurried diners can get in and out more quickly.

Dolci & Joes also recently started a “lunchbox” special” that offers customers a half sandwich and choice of soup or house salad for $6.99.

In recent months, the restaurant also has introduced a breakfast menu that includes items such as breakfast burritos. In the next couple of weeks, the restaurant  plans to offer a more detailed breakfast menu plus a dinner menu, which will include items such as steaks, chops and chicken. I’ll post an update when that menu’s ready to go.

Dolci & Joe’s is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m., and when dinner starts, it’ll be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. For more deitals, call 316-613-3515.

Free tacos, cheap noodles

thainoodles2Two local chain restaurants are offering patrons an opportunity to save money.

One is Pei Wei, 2441 N Maize Rd., which is offering diners who visit on Thursday or Friday of this week  a ticket for half off the price of the new Thai River Noodles Dish, featuring wok-tossed wide noodles in sweet soy sauce with choice of meat, broccoli, carrots, Fresno peppers and Thai basil. The coupon can be redeemed Saturday through Oct. 10.

The other is Chipotle, which is introducing a new kids menu and enticing young customers with free kids meals the first four Sundays of October — Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24. The new kids menu offers a small cheese quesadilla with a side of rice and beans, a small meat and cheese quesadilla with a side of rice and beans, a single taco with a side of rice and a taco kit, which allows kids to build their own. A kids meals is free with the purchase of  an adult-sized burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos.