Category Archives: New restaurant

Tacos y Mas replaces La Posada

Back in 2000, the restaurant at  552 S. Oliver was known as Posada Del Rey.

In 2002, a new owner took it over and kept mostly the same menu but renamed it La Posada.

Now, the restaurant has a new owner, a new name — Tacos y Mas, which translates to “tacos and more.” But it still has mostly the same menu.

The new owners took over about four months ago. They previously operated a taco truck nearby also called Tacos Y Mas. When they took over La Posada, they kept mostly the same menu of tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more but eliminated several dishes, including those that were made with seafood.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 316-612-1188.

In the works: Picasso’s Pizzeria

A new pizza places should be opening soon in Delano.

Picasso’s Pizzeria is in the works at 621 W. Douglas. It’ll be owned by Kurt Schmidt and specialize in New York pizza by the slice.

The restaurant is catty corner to Pizza Hut and across the street from The Vagabond.

I stopped by this afternoon, and the space was buzzing with construction work. It looks like it’s close to being done.

I’ll fill in more details as I get them.

First impression: Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar

Fat Tony of Fat Tony's.

I’ve been meaning for weeks to check out Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar, the new restaurant that opened about a month ago at 417 E. Douglas, just a few blocks from the Eagle.

I was a little skeptical, mainly because lots and lots of restaurants have opened in the old Marple Theatre on Douglas. And all of them have closed pretty quickly.

A blurry interior shot, but you get the picture.

But after today’s visit, I think this one might have a chance.

Fat Tony’s is set up as a sports bar, and a super giant projection screen where the theater’s movie screen once hung shows sports. This afternoon, the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament drew a healthy crowd.

The menu consists of standard bar fare — burgers, sandwiches, wings, deep fried goodness such as fried pickles, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, etc.

And there’s also a pretty large pizza menu. We tried the Philly Cheese steak pizza, which was deadly delicious thanks to the healthy layer of Cheez Whiz lurking under the surface. It also was topped with shredded beef, green peppers, onions and mozzerella. A medium (the smallest size) was more than enough for my dining companion and myself, and it cost only $12.99.

Fat Tony’s is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-303-9316.

First impression: Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie

Owner Jacquelyn Keefer and chef James Butler.

I’d been meaning for weeks to try out the new Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie that opened a month ago in the space at 613 W. Douglas in Delano formerly occupied by The Palette.

Today, I met my friend and food goddess Tanya Tandoc there for lunch, and we had a great time and a great meal.

I ordered some chicken tarragon crepes, and Tanya had a crepe Florentine. We finished the meal with a banana-nutella crepe, one of my all-time favorite treats.

Tarragon chicken crepe at Lotus Leaf.

The food was good. Chef James Butler, under the direction of owner Jacquelyn Keefer, makes the food using healthier ingredients. And the space is warm and cozy.

Coincidentally, sisters Connie Dirks and Linda Grafton, former owners of the Palette, were there dining today, too.

Lotus Leaf also serves sandwiches and homemade soups and serves a dinner menu, with dishes such as tandoori chicken.

I’ll definitely go back.

First impression: Fizz Burgers & Bottles

Okay, so I don't do my best food photography at night. But this'll at least give you an idea of what the food at Fizz looks like. In the foreground, sweet potato fries with a quarter-pound spicy burger.

Okay, so I don't do my best food photography at night. But this'll at least give you an idea of what the food at Fizz looks like. In the foreground, sweet potato fries with a quarter-pound spicy burger.

I got a chance last weekend to check out Fizz Burgers & Bottles, a new restaurant in the former Amici’s space at 37th and Rock  in Siena Plaza.

The experience was pretty good, and so were our burgers, which were very beefy and tasty and served with a generous side of thick-cut fries, either sweet potato or regular. Fizz also offers a variety of dipping sauces, from garlic aoli to spicy ketchup.

The place felt like it’d be a little more fun in the daytime. The dining room was a bit stark to make an evening meal feel very special. But with the aid of some bottles — wine for me, beer for my friend — we forgot about all that.

Service was good, and we got to try a couple of the restaurant’s playful desserts: CAKEBALLS! Yum.

You can check out the full menu here.

What’s for dinner at Gaslamp

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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.

New restaurant roundup

fizzLittle tidbits of restaurant news have surfaced over the past few weeks that I’m not sure I paid adequate attention to. So please allow me this little restaurant roundup.

John Browns is a new bar and restaurant in the former Clifton Wine and Jazz space at 3700 E. Douglas. It serves a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and unique desserts from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. One of its coolest features: A bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

Bocco Deli opened recently in the former Zoomdweebie’s Tearoom space at 3010 E. Central. It’s owned by Nathan Toubia, son of the late Antoine Toubia, and features soup, salads, sandwiches and pasta. A colleague of mine ate there today and said it was tasty and inexpensive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles opened a couple of weeks ago at 7718 E. 37th St. N. featuring a menu of gourmet burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The bottles in the name refers to a list of unique beers, wines and bottled sodas. The number is 316-260-2888.

Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery opened last week at 5255 N. Maize Rd in Maize featuring a menu that offers gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes plus regular old sandwiches, casseroles and daily specials.

Flying Donuts also opened last week next to Bella Luna Cafe at 4618 E. Central. In addition to donuts, it offers croissants, sandwich croissants and kolaches from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Full Moon Pub, owned by the same people behind Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill and Mulligan’s, should open in a couple of weeks in the Yogi’s Bar & Grill space at 2804 S. Seneca. It’ll feature burgers, pizza and other bar fare.

First impression review: Bierocks, Brats ‘n BBQ

A Philly cheesesteak, left, a bierock, top right, and homemade chip pieces.

A Philly cheesesteak, left, a bierock, top right, and homemade chip pieces.

I needed lunch to go today, so I decided to swing through the drivethru of the new bierock restaurant — Bierocks, Brats n’ BBQ — that opened last week in at 1225 w. Douglas in Delano and stirred up a lot of interest on this blog.

I’d heard good things, which did not surprise me because owner Mary Hansen makes food each year at the Kansas State Fair, also known as food utopia.

I ordered a brown-bag special, which included a beef-and-cheese bierock, a serving of homemade chips in a bag and a tiny Coke for $5.75.

The bierock was tasty, with a nice homemade crust and a flavorful cabbage-and-meat filling. I wish I had some spicy mustard for dipping, but I couldn’t complain otherwise.

The homemade chips came in a brown paper bag, and by the time I got back to the office, the grease had seeped straight through. They were super salty and super tasty, though they were broken in teeny tiny pieces that were hard to eat, sort of like they’d come from the bottom of the bin.

The Philly was a mess, in a good way. Wrapped up in foil and covered in Cheez Whiz, it had to be eaten with a fork, but I enjoyed every salty bite of the onion/mushroom/pepper/steak pile.

I’ll definitely return to try a brat and some of the other specialties. An added bonus: The restaurant takes credit cards, which its predecessors did not.

Bierocks, Brats n’ BBQ is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Oh, happy day

fizzbraums.jpg 023Today is a very big day in my little Delano life. It’s the day the brand-new, super-fancy, very large Braum’s opens in my neighborhood at 201 N. Seneca.

This new Braum’s is a big deal for Delano, not just because we love ice cream, but also because the closure a few years ago of every single solitary nearby Dillon’s left us with no neighborhood grocery store. The teeny-tiny Braum’s (now closed) around the corner from this new one became a pretty important place for Delano people who needed to run in for some quick groceries.

For those of you not forced to use Braum’s as your main grocery store, let me tell you a little bit about what you’re missing. They don’t have everything you need. (Parmesan cheese is a good example of something I’ve often needed but can’t find there.) But they have darn near everything else, including all the basics, a nice cheese selection, a good meat counter, dairy, cereal, bread, fruit, veggies and of course cases and cases of ice cream.fizzbraums.jpg 028

Some things are unbelievably more affordable at Braum’s. My best example is a three-pack of stoplight peppers — one red, one yellow and one green. At Target and Dillon’s, you can rarely find a package for less than $4.99. At Braum’s, the most expensive I’ve ever seen them is $2.99, and they’re often less than that.

Okay, my Braum’s diatribe is over. It’s just a very, very happy day.

Two Five Guys on the 15th

five-guysSorry for the excessively numerical headline, but I have Five Guys news.

The east-side location at 2929 N. Rock Road (on the southwest corner of 29th and Rock) is set to open on Nov. 15. That’s a week from Monday.

Once open, the hours will be the same as the westside Five Guys at 2616 N. Maize Road — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Now if we could just make some progress on that downtown Five Guys…