Category Archives: Restaurant specials

Restaurant deals make Tax Day hurt less

Tax Day is Tuesday.

Uplifting thought: A few restaurants offer specials on Tax Day to help ease the pain.

0411-arbys_full_600Depressing thought:

Here’s a list of just a few. Let me know if you hear of any others.

Schlotzsky’s: The sandwich chain is offering a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips a 32 oz. drink on Tuesday.

Arby’s: For the fourth year in a row, customers can get a free snack-sized serving of curly fries with a coupon

Sonic: The drive-in is offering half-price drinks and slushes all day on Tuesday.

Spangles: The local restaurant chain is offering a free 16 oz. cyclone ice cream treat with the purchase of another 16 oz. cyclone.

Papa John’s: Papa John’s is offering a large, five-topping pizza for $10.40. Use the promo cod M414 Tax. The special is good today and Tuesday.

Newport Grill: On Tuesday only, diners can deduct $3 from their lunch bills and $5 from their dinner bills.

Heroes giving away free food for a year

Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, the popular sports bar and restaurant at 117 N. Mosley in Wichita’s Old Town, is giving one customer free food for a year.

The restaurant will choose a winner from contest forms filled out on the restaurant’s Facebook page by noon on Nov. 1. That person will receive a non-transferable photo ID card that will entitle them to one free menu item every day until Dec. 1, 2014. The prize is worth more than $3,500, restaurant managing partner Ryan Gates estimates.

The contest is open to people ages 13 and over.

I just entered and am already dreaming about my 365 days of buffalo ranch chicken pizza. Of course, I might mix it up now and then with an order of frickles.

Annual catfish fry Saturday at the Artichoke

Patrick Audley, center, on a long ago catfishin’ trip

It’s the end of September, that time of year with Artichoke owner and fisherman Patrick Audley starts thinking about frying catfish.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Audley is putting on his 30th annual catfish fry, which he always does as a customer appreciation event. It’ll be at the Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway.

Usually, he fishes the main course himself. But this year, Audley said, he’s “on a catch and release program,” so the catfish he’s serving will be farm-raised. Patrons can enjoy catfish, red beans and rice, hush puppies and other fixings for free until the food runs out.

Also on Saturday, the bar will host an open mike night  in association with the Kansas Acoustic Arts Association and Stage 5 Sound. The music starts at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 316-263-9164.

Taco Town offering deals at grand opening

Rosemarie and Larry Ross are the tac-o the town.

Taco Town , the family-owned fast Mexican place that recently opened in the old Taco Tico building at 11333 E. Central, is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday with buy-one-get-one deals.

From 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, customers who buy one free enchilada, flauta or crispy flauta will get one free.

The restaurant is owned by Larry and Rosemarie Ross, who operated a Taco Town previously in Scottsbluff, Neb. They decided to move themselves and the business to Wichita to be closer to their daughter and her family.

For more information, call 316-719-2241.

Year of the Dragon starts with free, discounted food

A couple of Asian chains are offering free food and discounts in honor of the Chinese New Year, which is today.

Panda Express is offering a pretty amazing deal, though I predict you’ll stand in a long line to get it. If you go to the restaurant’s website and print off a coupon, you can redeem it today for a free order of Firecracker chicken breast. The coupon is good only today, and no other purchase is required.

And starting today through Feb. 6, patrons who visit P.F. Chang’s at 1401 N. Waterfront Pkwy will get a red envelope that contains either a discount coupon or a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert to be used on a future visit.

Happy New Year!

A taco for the teacher

My child is only a first-grader, but so far I’ve seen MULTIPLE examples of teachers who more than deserve a giant plate of enchiladas, smothered in queso, washed down with a giant margarita, for all they do.

This week, Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant at 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway is acknowledging that fact with a special Teacher Appreciation Week. Today through Friday, teachers who visit the restaurant and present a valid teacher ID will get 20 percent off their meal.

The discount is valid for a maximum party of four and excludes tip and alcohol. (So much for that giant margarita.)

For more information, call 316-634-2230.

Chipotle passing out shopping money at farmers’ market

Chipotle, a restaurant chain that prides itself on using local produce in its restaurants, is celebrating National Farmers Market Week this Saturday by giving $5 to be used on produce to the first 250 people who show up at the Old Town Farmers’ Market at 8 a.m.

The first 250 customers also will get buy-one-get-one coupons to use later on Chipotle burritos, bowls, tacos and salads.

Half-price sushi, half-price wine

Hana Cafe goodness.

I heard from two restaurateurs yesterday who are wanting to feed and water us for half-price. I think letting them would be the polite thing to do. Don’t you?

The first one was Hana Cafe, the Japanese and sushi restaurant at 325 N. Mead in Old Town Square that’s been in business for 15 years. To help celebrate that milestone, starting Sunday, owner Eunice Kim will offer a “happy hour” menu of about 15 types of sushi for half-price, plus she’ll have drink specials. The deal will be offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Sundays and from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

By the way, have you been in Hana Cafe since it remodeled and took over the space next door? The transformation is amazing and makes the place feel like a big-city sushi restaurant. Eunice has a small outdoor patio now, too.

Youssef Youssef, owner of Mediterranean Grill.

Over at Mediterranean Grill, which has been in business for four years at 335 S. Towne East Mall Drive, owners are trying to drum up summer business with a half-price bottle of wine special.

During July, customers who order two entrees or two specials can get a bottle of wine for half price. Call 316-651-5599 for more information.


Restaurant odds and ends

Please feast on this little roundup of restaurant tidbits, which includes ribs, hot wings and a Sue Sylvester moment.

Mr. Ka-Pow’s, a restaurant at 4734 S. Broadway, is putting on a hot wing eating challenge for charity on Saturday. Competitors will attempt to eat 12 Dragon Fire hot wings, presumably the hottest of the hot. The first competitors to finish win prizes ranging from $300 in cash to a $100 gas card. Participants are encouraged to donate $30, and money raised benefits Alternative Gifts International. The first heat starts at 1 p.m. Register here or call 316-522-5276.

Fire It Up BBQ at 4626 S. Senca is serving all-you-can-eat ribs for $9.99 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The deal is for dine-in customers only, though the restaurant also is serving $12.99 carry-out slabs.

Panda Express at 11787 E. Kellogg will donate 20 percent of the proceeds taken in from  from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Participants must present a flier that can be picked up at any Via Christi gift shop or from Via Christi Foundation at 723 N. McLean, Suite 310.

This might not be the most appropriate time to share this, but I vowed that next time I wrote about Panda Express, I’d try to include this Sue Sylvester moment from a recent episode of “Glee.” (I, for the record, sorta liked Panda Express.)

Royal eating

Several local restaurants and food purveyors are getting into the Royal Wedding spirit today. Here are a few:

Royal wedding brunch: John Brown’s, the bar and restaurant at 3700 E. Douglas, is offering a Royal Wedding brunch until about 1 p.m. today. They’re showing footage from the wedding on television screens and have put out a brunch buffet and a Bloody Mary bar.

Royal wedding pudding: Pete White, owner of the British Banger Company at 1713 W. Douglas in Delano, is offering a free Yorkshire pudding, a sort of flaky bread bowl, to all customers all day today. The restaurant is carryout only and hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Royal wedding sweets: Cheri’s Bakery at 2121 N. Tyler Road is selling an extra special assortment of Royal Wedding themed cookies, cupcakes and more. I’m dying to take a big ole bite of that hand cookie.