Category Archives: Restaurant specials

Random, but hey, 20 percent off!!

The press release from P.F. Chang’s I got today struck me as pretty random and strange because I’m not sure if P.F. Chang’s could be LESS Scranton- or Michael Scott-relevant. But it is not for me to judge. It is just for me to report.

P.F. Chang’s is offering a 20 percent discount on all online orders picked up next Thursday, April 28, the day that the last ever episode of “The Office” starring Steve Carell as Michael Scott airs. Diners just have to type SCRANTON in the promotion code field during checkout.

Visit www.pfchangs.com/orderonline to order and schedule a pick-up time.

Wonder what Chili’s has planned…

Did someone say limoncello bread pudding?

Limoncello bread pudding

Carrabba’s proprieter Joe Parten has been telling me for a while that his restaurant was about to add some new seasonal specials to the menu.

But he didn’t happen to mention that one of them would be LIMONCELLO BREAD PUDDING. Does this sound beyond fabulous to anyone but me?

Among the other specials Carrabba’s will be offering through late June:

A Parmesan-crusted chicken topped with fresh arugula and grape tomatoes tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and served with choice of side for $16.90.

Prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin medallions that are grilled and topped with an apple and fig infused port wine sauce and served with the vegetable of the day for $16.10.

And then there’s that beautiful limoncello bread pudding, which is made with brioche, Madagascar vanilla beans and rich custard then topped with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Caravella limoncello liqueur sauce. It takes 20 minutes to make it, so diners are advised to order early in their meal. It’s $8.

Joe also sent some pictures of the other dishes over, and there’s nothing I love more than pretty food pictures.

Parmesan-crusted chicken arugula

Prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin

A bite at the end of the tax tunnel

It’s the weekend before tax day, which means many people will be stressing and grousing and sending themselves into a tax tizzy.

But P.F. Chang’s, the tasty China bistro at 1401 N. Waterfront Parkway, is offering a little post-tax-day relief. To celebrate the end of tax season, P.F. Chang’s will give diners a 15 percent discount on April 18, which is a week from Monday.

The discount will be automatically applied to all dine-in and take-out orders, though it counts only on food and not on alcoholic beverages or Happy Hour items.

Movement at Mike’s

The bar at the Dive.

I stopped into Mike’s Wine Dive at 4714 E. Douglas for lunch on Thursday, and manager Brad Beyer handed me a long, long, long list of all sorts of new menu items, specials, events and additions planned for the restaurant. Among them:

Krupp Brothers wine dinner: The venue will host a wine dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It’s a four-course meal paired with wines from the Krupp Brothers winery of Napa Valley. The menu will include items such as rack of lamb with gorgonzola potatoes au gratin, and venison meatballs with pasta ribbons. The dinner is $80 a person. Call 316-613-2772 to make a reservation.

Blue-plate specials: Starting in mid-April, Mike’s will begin offering daily blue-plate specials at lunchtime that all cost $7 plus tax. They’ll have chicken fried steak on Mondays,  chicken noodles over mashed potatoes on Wednesdays, Burgandy beef tips on Thursdays and fish tacos on Fridays. Tuesdays will offer a “chef’s choice” special.

Fish tacos: Speaking of fish tacos, Mike’s has recently begun serving them on Fridays, and Beyer says they’re going over so well, they’re considering adding them to the menu permanently.

Wine cellar: Mike’s has turned a room in the restaurant’s basement into an attractive and classy wine cellar that people can use for small, private events. It’ll be available starting in mid-April.

Delano bread: The restaurant recently began buying its burger buns and sandwich bread from Delano Bakery.

Odds and ends: Every Monday, Mikes offers 20 different bottles of wine for $20 apeice, and it serves $5 martinis and $2.50 wells on Thursdays. Karoke starts at 10 p.m on Thursdays.

Irish eatin’

It’s St. Patrick’s Day week, which means that soon the green beef will be flowing and the cabbage will be simmering.

Several restaurants and bars in town are offering Irish-flavored specials this week in honor of the greenest of holidays. Among the specials you might consider checking out:

Bierocks, Brats n BBQ at 1225 W. Douglas is offering corned beer and cabbage, shepherds pie and Irish creme cheesecake today through Thursday.

Toni D’s, 650 N. Carriage Parkway is offering several St. Patrick’s day specials, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner with new potatoes and bread, Reuben sandwiches and decorated cookies. The specials are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The Artichoke at 811 N. Douglas will serve mulligan stew as a special all day on Thursday and will feature the music of my harmonizing pals Erin and Alan Craddock in the evening. She’s very Irish, FYI.

Old Chicago’s St. Pat’s Mini Tour: The restaurant known for its beer selection is offering its annual tour of Irish beers, including Guinness Irish Stout, Killian’s Irish Red Lager and Odell Myrcenary Double IPA. The tour started last month and is available through Thursday.

The annual Blarney Breakfast, a fundraiser for Rainbows United, is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Old Chicago, 7626 E. Kellogg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at Old Chicago east or at the door the morning of the event.

Know of anything I’m missing?

Made your Valentine’s plans yet?

Restaurants and cooking schools are getting creative this Valentine’s Day. Several are putting on special wine dinners, chef’s meals, cooking classes and prix fixe menus.

If I were going to choose, I’d probably pick the sushi class with Chef Jason at Taste & See Everyday Gourmet. Or maybe the VIP dinners at Michael Gonzalez’s Metro Grill II in Andover. Or maybe the wine dinner at Oeno? Oh, I can’t decide.

Peruse my story about some of your options, and then make a phone call. These places could possibly book up once the story hits the paper tomorrow morning.

BREAKING LUNCH NEWS!!!

I don’t have breaking lunch news to report very often, but today I do.

Heroes in Old Town just posted on Twitter that, in honor of Snowmageddon, they’ll serve any menu item featuring bacon for half-price. Keep in mind that Heroes is home of sweet pepper bacon.

That might just be worth the pain of going outdoors.

Pei Wei + patience = Free Korean BBQ

Pei Wei at 2441 N. Maize Road will distribute cards good for a free Korean BBQ Beef entree to diners who visit the restaurant today and Thursday.

The cards are redeemable starting Monday, when the restaurant debuts the new dish, and are good through Feb. 6.

The new dish features beef sauteed with green apples and red peppers and is said to have a sweet and smoky flavor. For more information, call 316-729-7285.

Happy birthday, Kanai

Wichita became a much tastier place on Jan. 15, 2010.

That’s the day Kanai, a fabulous sushi restaurant improbably located way out west at 119th and Maple, opened its doors.

The restaurant is celebrating the birthday all month with special cocktails and rolls, including a red snapper rolled in panko, deep fried and topped with spicy tuna. Customers who visit through January also can register to win one of three $50 gift cards, which will be given away on Feb. 1.

In other Kanai news: The restaurant usually is closed on Mondays but will open on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 10 p.m.

Martini Madness at Mike’s

Mike’s Wine Dive is the place to be on Thursday nights for people who like martinis and microphones.

Last night, Mike’s started a new $5 martini menu that’s available on Thursday nights and features 20 different concoctions, most named for people on staff. (The Blondie, for example, features Stoli Vanilla, Tuaca, Triple Sec, Amaretto d’ Saronno and pineapple juice. Chef and general manager Brad Beyers is the namesake of the Beyers Bakon Bloody Mary, made with KaKon Vodka, Zing Zang and A-1.)

Also, Mike’s is hosting karaoke starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday nights. Mike’s is at 4714 E. Douglas. For more information, call 316-613-2772