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Chop Shop will make the Anchor more delicious

Schane Gross’ Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, a high-end butcher shop she’s opening next to her popular bar/restaurant the Anchor, is close to finished. She’s aiming for a soft-opening on Feb. 11 and 12 that will include an artisan cheese and wine tasting. (The grand opening won’t be until late March.)

In the meantime, she’s talking about how the new meat shop will benefit diners at the Anchor.

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Gross has plans to add steak specials to the menu next door. The Anchor has lots of good bar food at the moment, but steak isn’t on the menu.

The Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, 1113 E. Douglas, also will be able to produce its own sausages, which will be added to the menu next door. Gross is working on signing up local restaurant/bars to purchase their own signature sausages from the shop. She envisions future “sausage fests” where diners could travel from restaurant to restaurant, sampling sausages and tasting beer.

Other additions to the Anchor menu that the Chop Shop will make possible include meatballs and samples of high-end cheeses.

The Douglas Avenue Chop Shop at 1113 E. Douglas is coming right along.

The Douglas Avenue Chop Shop at 1113 E. Douglas is coming right along.

Gross has a million ideas for her new business, including a cheese club where customers would be able to sample fancy cheeses and buy them at cost. She says she’ll be selling thin-sliced meat appropriate for making pho at home, and she’ll also have hard-to-get items such as rabbit.

When the Chop Shop is up and running, Gross will sell Creekstone Farms meat and other fancy cuts.

For information on the Chop Shop opening and the wine and cheese party, check the Douglas Avenue Chop Shop Facebook page.

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.

Metro Grill III will open Thursday

With all due respect to the many sandwich artists in town, no one makes a better sandwich in Wichita than Michael Gonzalez.

The outspoken chef has a legion of fans in town, earned through years of making gourmet sandwiches and other dishes in the unlikeliest of places — out of a cart in the food court at Towne East Square that he called Metro Grill. By Thursday, he’ll have his latest restaurant open, this one in the Waterfront at 13th and Webb.

Metro Grill III is “the big one,” Gonzaelez likes to say. He’s had his share of personal and business drama over the past several years, which resulted in him selling his Metro Grill II in Andover to an employee — but this restaurant is the one he’s always wanted.

It’s in the former Chill Gelato Space at the Waterfront, 10096 E. 13th St. N., suite 122. Gonzalez has remodeled the space, adding a granite bar, a giant New York City skyline on the wall, and an open kitchen where diners can watch him work.

Michael Gonzalez

There’s seating for about 45 inside and a 16-seat patio outside. Gonzalez will be open for lunch and dinner daily except Monday and has several upscale dinner-ish items on his menu as well, including Pasta V.I.P., made with seared chicken and shrimp over linguine with pine nuts, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, arugula and asparagus, and his Steak Christopher. You can see the full menu here.

Customers order at the counter and servers will deliver the food to the tables and offer drink refills. Gonzaelz should have his liquor license within a month, he said.

He’ll have live, Frank Sinatra-esque music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. He also plans to have live music all day on Thursday, his official opening day.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant can be reached by calling 316-631-1454.

“I want to thank Wichita for giving us so much support,” he said. “Metro Grill is back.”

The crepes remain at Lotus Leaf

I told you a few weeks ago about changes planned at Lotus Leaf,  the restaurant at  613 W. Douglas.

Owner Jacquelyn Keefer had just hired new chef Rebecca Gold and was rededicating herself to her original vision for the restaurant, which inlcuded the healthiest of health food dishes. She was considering eliminating crepes all together.

Keefer and Gold now have completed the new menu, and some crepes made the cut. There are also several tempting sounding vegetarian dishes, including a sweet potato crepe and a black bean and quinoa burger.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, 11 am. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 316-295-4133.

This menu rocks

The totally rockin' menu at Jerry's

My friend Jaime sent me this photo over the weekend of the totally rockin’ menu at Jerry’s Bar and Grill, 630 N. Robin.

Though I’ve never eaten there, the creative menu makes me want to. This is just the appetizer part of the menu, too. The rest of it is just creative, featuring entrees such as a Fleetwood Mac Wrap.

Click on the picture to make it bigger, and then you, like me, will probably spend the rest of the day trying to decide between Bruce Springcheez fries and Styx Sticks.

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.

Now open: Shoeless Joe’s Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys

David Chaffin, who just opened Sholess Joe's Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys.

Restaurateur David Chaffin, known for founding Player’s, opened Shoeless Joe’s Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys on Tuesday at 2315 W 21st St. in the space that most recently held a Jimmy’s Egg.

I drove past the restaurant, and it looks sorta like a mini-Player’s, full of wood and sports memorabilia. The menu looks familiar, too. It’s full of old Player’s dishes and was created using the same font from the old Player’s menu.

The most popular menu item so far, Chaffin said, is the Philly cheese steak sandwich. He’s also serving salads, burgers, wings, nachos and more.

Food is served from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The bar stays open until people go home or 2 a.m., whichever comes first

Now open: Wok Hey

Wok Hey, a new carryout Chinese restaurant at 1444 N. Maize Road, opened last week. It’s owned by Andy Diec, who also has Kwan Wah in Towne West Square, and it specializes in Chinese dishes to-go, though there’s also a small dining room.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-721-3838. To see the menu, follow this link.

Kanai awesomeness: New menu items, chef dinners

I haven’t exactly been quiet about the fact that I love Kanai and that I think its sushi is the best in Wichita.

Now, Chef David Kanai is offering fans like me a chance to try something new. He’s recently added 11 new items to the menu. Among them: an Umai Roll made with squid tempura and asparagus tempura; a roll called Beef29, made with red bell pepper tempura and beef tenderloin; and Hamachi Kama Shioyake, which is grilled whole yellowtail cheek in a special sauce. You can see the complete new menu here.

Chef David Kanai

Kanai co-owner Penny Ellis also told me about an interesting option for Kanai diners. Chef Kanai has started offering special chef dinners called “Omakase.” For $100 a person or more, depending on how lavish one wants his Omakase, the chef will prepare a special five-course meal full of off-menu dishes, including sushi, cooked items, and upscale ingredients such as Kobe beef and yellowtail cheek. Chef Kanai loves doing the dinners, Ellis said, because it allows him to show off his creativity step outside of the confines of the menu. The Omakase requires a reservation at least a week in advance, and the price doesn’t include alcohol or gratuity.

Kanai is at 12111 Maple, which is at the corner of 119th and Maple on the west side. For more information, call 316-719-2929

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.