Category Archives: Menus

A look at the AVI menu

AVI will open in about a month in the newly remodeled Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel.

Ben Arnold just shared with me the new menu for AVI, the fine dining restaurant he plans to open in the newly remodeled Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel.

Created with input from new chef Adam Courtney (who replaced Jeremy Wade), the menu includes high-end dishes such as steak, veal and duck. There’s also a delightfully long list of entrees based around fish and seafood. (Maryland blue crab-stuffed flounder? Yes, please!)

Check it out by following this link. Arnold says that the restaurant is still on track for a mid-October opening. He offered me a tour, which I’ll take soon and report back.

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.

Opening today: Holy land Mediterranean Grill

Opening today: Holy land Mediterranean Grill

Today is the opening day for Holy land Mediterranean Grill, the latest restaurant to take over the oft-occupied, oft-vacated space at 217 E. Douglas. (Onyx Bistro was the most recent tenant.)

The restaurant features a menu of Mediterranean specials, such as falafel, kebabs and hummus, as well as some more exotic sounding dishes. (Quail platter, anyone?) You can view the full menu here.

The restaurant, which has been nicely redecorated inside, will feature indoor and outdoor seating and will offer hookah smoking outdoors in the evenings.

Ashraf Jaradat works at the new Holy land Mediterranean Grill.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and the restaurant is hoping to attract an after-bar crowd with 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. hours Thursdays through Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-265-5393.

Now open: Italian Bistro

Often, restaurant owners like to open new places quietly so that they have time to make sure the waiters know the menu and the salt and pepper won’t run out before the masses descend.

Kas Zendeli is one of those restaurant owners. I’ve been stalking him for weeks, ever since I wrote my story about the Italian restaurant renaissance in Wichita. And I was only able to pin him down by showing up this afternoon at his new Italian Bistro, which he quietly opened Aug. 1 in the old Restaurant 155 space at Market Centre, First and Market downtown.

He was very nice, even offering me a slice of his heavenly homemade limoncello cake, which I highly recommend.

His menu features many of the same dishes made popular at his Valley Center restaurant, Bravo’s Italiani, but he’s added a fewer higher end dishes, including veal. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Zendeli doesn’t have his liquor license yet but is working on it. He does the cooking himself at the new restaurant, and his 28-year-old son is keeping things afloat in Valley Center.

You can take a look at the menu here, which includes in interesting mix of traditional Italian dishes such as gnocchi, chicken Marslala, eggplant Parmigiana, lasagna, baked ravioli and more. He also has a large selection of seafood dishes made with mussels, clams and shrimp.

The restaurant accepts reservations and can be reached by calling 316-201-6128.

The stalking was worth it. Can’t wait to try it.

Peruse the Pimiento menu

Pimiento's cozy dining room.

Pimiento is a tiny little Mexican place that just opened in the former Quiznos spot at738 N. Waco.

Owners Javier Chavez and Claudia Orozco (who interestingly own a few restaurants in their native Mexico, too) are serving a tiny menu to match.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Take a look at the menu, brought to you by a miraculous discovery I made this morning: OUR OFFICE COPY MACHINE WILL SCAN MENUS AND EMAIL THEM TO ME AS PDFs. Isn’t 2011 amazing?

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.

Tanya’s menu, en total

I’ve seen a lot of pictures of the new Tanya’s Soup Kitchen menu on Facebook this week, but I couldn’t really read any of them to my satisfaction. So I’m taking matters into my own hands.

Click here, and you can view, inspect and drool repeatedly over the menu.

Tanya’s opened Wednesday at 1725 E. Douglas to much jubilation and hype. The menu physically looks identical to the previous one but has a few differences. Here are some highlights I noticed:

1. A flight of soups: Tanya will serve four to six fresh-made soups daily, and for those who just can’t choose, she’s offering a “flight of samples” for $5. Soup is served in three sizes — 10 oz., 16 oz., and 24 oz., and prices will vary.

2. New sandwiches: Tanya brought back customer favorites such as the Milano, Olive, Blue Key North and City Chicken. She’s also added the Junie, a Cuban-style sandwich made with bacon, provolone, romaine and Caesar dressing on a Kaiser bun: and the Lulu, made with edamame and roasted garlic hummus with spinach, roasted peppers, toasted almonds and avocado on wheat toast.

3. Salads and desserts: The menu still includes the Ella, Spinach, Cleopatra and more, and bread pudding is still on the dessert, as well as a “chef’s special” dessert.

Anyone been yet? Tell us what you thought in the comments below.

What’s for dinner at Gaslamp


Wichita must have been very good this year because in the first two weeks of December, it’s received the gift of not one but TWO fancy new restaurants.

The first was Newport Grill, which opened more than a week ago in Bradley Fair. And now, Gaslamp Grille & Lounge is open at 550 N. Rock Road, in the former Shadow/The Grape space.

Gaslamp is owned by Whitney VinZant’s restaurant group, which also has Mike’s Wine Dive and Jimmy’s Egg restaurants locally. It serves high-end fare such as escargot, fresh-shucked oysters, duck, seafood and dry-aged steaks. The restaurant has been completely and lavishly remodeled, with mahogany stained wood, u-shaped booths, a marble staircase and a balcony. (See what the interior looks like by clicking through a photo gallery on the restaurant’s Facebook page.)

You can peruse the whole menu here, and you’ll see that entrees range from $18 for a chicken dish to $38 for a 24-oz. bone-in ribeye.

Gaslamp serves food from 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, though its lounge is open later every night.

Reservations are available by calling 316-260-1432.