Category Archives: Restaurant reviews

Relish this review of Timbuktu

A burger and fries from Andover's Timbuktu.

Philip Warren, the Wichita Eagle Dining Panel member I blame fully for my new obsession with Paleteria La Reyna, is at it again.

Check out his latest review of Andover’s Timbuktu, one of the many legendary burger places I have yet to visit. He was taken to task a little by website readers for failing to mention the restaurant’s jalapeno relish, which I get the impression is pretty legendary in its own right.

Philip Warren

In retrospect, he said he should have mentioned it but maintains that the burgers are just as good without it.

Also, Phil wins the award for best restaurant review opening paragraph ever. Could anything be more true?

“Sometimes you just need a good cheeseburger and beer to reaffirm that all is still well and good in the world.”

Dining Panel review: Lalo’s Express

Lalo's Express tacos.

Our second review by The Wichita Eagle Dining Panel ran this week, and so far, this experiment is working out quite well.

Andrew Gough visited and reviewed Lalo’s Express,a place I’ve wondered about for a long time.

Andrew Gough

It’s at Harry and Seneca and is one of those many, many mysterious south-side places I see when I drive on the south side and think to myself, ‘Why don’t I ever eat on the south side?”

After reading his review and looking at his mouth-watering photos, I’m definitely going to make it a point to cross Kellogg for lunch.

And soon.

Question of the week: What should the Dining Panel review?

Meeting with the newly formed Wichita Eagle Dining Panel at Caffe Moderne. I have no idea why I look so alarmed.

Later today, I’ll be introducing the new Wichita Eagle Dining Panel, a group of local foodies I’ve gathered who are going to begin providing mini-restaurant reviews about once a week.

I like to review restaurants that opened within the past six months, but the panel won’t have those constraints. Members can review anything they want that’s been around for six months or longer and I haven’t already visited. They can visit classic Wichita eateries, holes in the wall, anything they want.

Which local restaurants do you think the panel should visit? And why? I’m sure they’d like to have some nominees.

Make yours in the comments section below.

Restaurant review: Hamburger Hero

I’m always intrigued when I hear people rave about a burger place, and I’d heard a lot about Park City’s Hamburger Hero.

Last year, its owners abruptly closed up shop and relocated to 221 S. Broadway in downtown Wichita — just south of Cafe Bel Ami’s parking lot.

The dinner thing didn’t pan out. Though Hamburger Hero would stay open late on arena nights, they weren’t getting much business.

At the time, owner Josh Sams told me he was looking for a better dinner crowd and he was really hoping to cash in on Intrust Bank Arena crowds.

But they’re doing well at lunch. When I visited, the place was full of guys in hard hats chowing away.

I liked several things about Hamburger Hero, including the family-run feel and the fact that it didn’t reek of grease in there — meaning I didn’t when I left. I can’t tell you how rare that is for a burger joint around here.

Here’s my review that ran in the paper today.

Restaurant review: Cafe Maurice

I’ve been hearing from all sorts of people-in-the-know that I should check out Cafe Maurice, which is at 9747 E. 21st St N. I even heard that someone with N&J Cafe links had something to do with it.

I was shocked to walk in and find out that someone was Therese Srour, who was my favorite waitress at N&J back in the day. She and her husband, Gus, are the owners of Cafe Maurice, and it is goooood stuff. I can’t wait to go back for more kibbe and falafel.

Read my review, which is coming out in the paper on Friday. And if you’ve been to Cafe Maurice, let me know what you thought. Post your review in the comments section below.

Restaurant review: John Browns

John Brown's at 3700 E. Douglas in Clifton Square.

I finally had a chance to visit John Browns, a place I’ve been hearing through social media serves good food. And it does.

Best of all, it serves it late. The full menu is available until 1:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. I remember that being an issue for people I used to hang out with who worked the night desk at the Wichita Eagle. They’d get off work hungry and in need of a beer but could usually only find a solution for the later problem.

Read my review, which will appear in the Go! section on Friday.

Restaurant review: Newport Grill

For some reason, I always get sort of nervous reviewing a fancy restaurant. Newport Grill made it easy, though. It’s a very nice place and a great addition to the dining scene in Wichita.

Here’s my review, which I labored over all day yesterday. When I was done, it was so long that my boss Lori had to cut eight inches out of it.

What? I have a lot to say about seafood!

Anyone else been there? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Post in the comment section below.

Restaurant review: Bocco Deli

So one person guessed it right. The very pretty sandwich I posted on Monday came from Bocco Deli, Nathan Toubia’s new place at 3010 E. Central, in the former Zoomdweebie’s space.

I visited recently and really liked it. The lunch was good, but I can’t wait to try one of Toubia’s third-Saturday Italian feasts. You can read my review, which comes out in the paper on Friday, right here right now.

Has anybody else tried Bocco Deli? If so, leave your review in the comments section below.

Restaurant review teaser

It’s time for another edition of GUESS THAT RESTAURANT.

At left, you’ll see a dish from the restaurant I’m reviewing for Friday’s paper, which I really enjoyed.

Anyone have a guess what that is and who made it??

Wichita Pizza Co. review

If you get my Dining with Denise newsletter, then you know that the mystery picture I posted on Monday came from Wichita Pizza Co., a restaurant I’m reviewing for Friday’s paper.

The picture was of a taco pizza topped with a huge pile of crumbled Doritos. Wow, was it good. I’ve been a fan of taco pizza since I was a kid and we used to get them at Pizza Hut.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Wichita Pizza Co. since it opened and all of them were true. The food is homemade and delicious — the kind you think about for a few days after you leave. You can read my review today, but it’ll be published in the Go! section in the morning.