Category Archives: Neighborhood cafes

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.

Restaurant profile: Riverside Cafe

Chicken fried steak with gravy and fries at Riverside Cafe.

Chicken fried steak with gravy and fries at Riverside Cafe.

One of my favorite neighborhood cafes in Wichita is Riverside Cafe, a charming and eclectic little diner tucked in the Riverside neighborhood at 739 W. 13th St.

Owned by Paul Cohlmia, the restaurant serves fabulous chicken fried steaks, burgers and fresh-cut fries with the skin still on.

It’s also a great place to go for breakfast, especially on the weekends, when neighborhood residents leisurely sip coffee while grazing on Riverside Cafe’s breakfast specialties, including my favorite, a breakfast burrito stuffed with melted cheese, slices of link sausage, eggs and salsa.

Riverside Cafe's funky decore includes lots of historical pictures of Wichita and a chalk menu board.

Riverside Cafe's funky decor includes lots of historical pictures of Wichita and a chalk menu board.

The service is great, and I love Riverside Cafe because they’ll give me a tiny pitcher of half-n-half for my coffee rather than those bothersome disposable containers. (I need about three six of those to get my coffee the right color, so opening up all those packages is just too much work.)

Cohlmia also recently opened Riverside Too in the former Livingston’s space at 924 S. Woodlawn. It has the same menu as the original.

Both Riverside Cafes are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.