Category Archives: Seafood

Bonefish Grill introducing Saturday lunch

bonefishgrilllogoWichita’s Bonefish Grill is adding Saturday lunch.

The first one will be this coming Saturday, April 12, at the restaurant, 10250 E. 13th St N. The restaurant now has a separate lunch menu that includes a fish sandwich, fish and chips, a vegetarian pasta, a burger and its famous Bang Bang shrimp served in both a Po’ Boy and tacos. It also has a few items from the main menu, including crab cakes and filet mignon, served at  a reduced price. You can check out the full lunch menu on the website.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when Bonefish will switch over to the regular menu. Only a few Bonefish Grills across the country are serving Saturday lunch.

For more information, call 316-315-0299

Bonefish Grill adds Sunday brunch

Wichitans have a new Sunday brunch option. This weekend, Bonefish Grill at 10250 E. 13th Street N. introduced a new Sunday brunch that lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s not a buffet. Diners order off the menu and chose from dishes such as creme brulee French toast, a crab-topped omelet and a chocolate croissant. There’s also a long list of beverages, including mimosas and Bellinis, as well as some non-alcoholic drinks.

Bonefish is adding the brunch to all its locations but rolling it out at a select few. Wichita and Tulsa were among the early adopters.

Check out the full menu here. I’ll take the shrimp and creamy corn cake with the chocolate croissant, please.

Even more ideas for Lenten dining

These meatless enchiladas from Our Lady of Perpetual Help look muy delicioso.

***UPDATE***

This morning I’ve learned of yet another meat-free dining option for Lent, though this one has nothing to do with fish. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Catholic church at 2409 N. Market, offers meatless Mexican meals on Friday nights through Lent. The church serves potato tacos, cheese enchiladas, tostadas, chile rellenos, beans, rice and fideo from 5 to around 7 p.m. They take cash only, and items are sold a la carte. Diners can eat at the church or take the food to go. The dinners are a fund-raiser for children who attend Catholic schools. For more information, call 316-838-5750.

As for Lenten fish feasting, here are a couple of options I’ve recently discovered:

The Red Barn in Goddard, home of the Friday Fish Fry buffet.

The Red Barn, a cool little family-run business at that specializes in barbecue, Mexican food and breakfast, is putting on a fish-fry buffet from 3 to 8 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The buffet includes hand-breaded fried catfish, smoked salmon lemon butter pasta and sides for $12.99 a person. The Red Barn is a bit of a drive — it’s on the east side of Lake Afton (technical address: 24401 W. MacArthur Road, Goddard.) But it’s worth it. I enjoyed the rib and tamale feast I had there last year. You can see the full menu here.

Also, I’ve learned that Pig In Pig Out, the barbecue restaurant at  1003 E. 13th St., is serving a killer smoked lemon pepper salmon on Fridays through Lent. It’s a big hit, said manager K.J. Huelsman, and it often goes quickly on Fridays. “People wait all year for it,” he said. Pig In Pig Out is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Where to get your Lenten fish

Newport Grill in Bradley Fair

Even though Wichita is no where near an ocean, we still have some decent fish and seafood in town. We even have several restaurant’s whose No. 1 focus is fish.

Recently, I’ve heard from several Lenten observers who are asking for alternatives to Long John Silver’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Long John Silver’s, home of the fabulous hushpuppy.)

Here’s a list of ideas.

FINE FISH DINING: Wichita has two finer restaurants whose focus is fish: The upscale Newport Grill at 1900 N. Rock Road and the popular chain Bonefish Grill at 10250 E. 13th St. There’s also always Red Lobster, the reliable chain that has stores at 555 S. West St. and 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive:

FAST AND FRIED: Fish fans also can choose from less fancy fish places, many of which have a loyal local following. Fast fried fish is available at In And Out Fried Chicken & Fish at  447 N. St. Francis and Wichita Fish Company, 1601 W. Douglas, and Pirate Pete’s Seafood Restaurant, 1648 S. Rock Road.

SUSHI SPOTS: Wichita’s list of great sushi places keeps growing. Among the spots to consider sampling during Lent: Kanai at 12111 W. Maple, Hana Cafe at 325 N. Mead, Sumo at 11233 E. 13th St. and Wasabi, which has locations at 912 E. Douglas Ave. and 3242 N. Rock Road.

ALSO: River City Brewing Co. at 150 N. Mosley offers some of Wichita’s most popular fish and chips. Freddy’s Frozen Custard always offers fried fish sandwiches and fish and chips during Lent. And When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que at 7011 W. Central will offer fish specials such as lemon pepper smoked salmon and BBQ tilapia tacos on Wednesdays and Fridays through April 6. And The Seafood Shop at 6470 E. Central Avenue sells not only fish and seafood to be cooked at home but also carryout fish lunches.

Big oyster dinner is Tuesday at St. James

Miles and miles of oysters.

I learned to love oysters on the half shell while vacationing in Florida last summer, so this event appeals to me.

On Tuesday, St. James Episcopal Church is putting on its annual oyster dinner, which features miles and miles of all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, breaded and fried oysters, oyster stew, beer and wine.

The event, a fundraiser for Episcopal Social Services, involves 100 church volunteers and 500 pounds of fresh-shucked oysters. Usually, around 400 people attend.

The church offers two seatings — one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance by visiting the church office at 3750 E. Douglas or calling by calling 316-683-5686. They’re also available at the door for $50.

Two restaurant openings

Two more reasons to give thanks this Thanksgiving week: Wichita is getting two new restaurants.

A.V.I. Sea Bar & Chophouse, Ben Arnold’s and Adam Courtney’s new restaurant inside the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, is now officially open. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant’s bar will be open later. You can view the meaty, seafoody menu right here.

Also, La Fiesta Mexican restaurant opens Saturday in the former La Mesa space at 6960 W. 21st St. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Good news: My friend, Jaime, regularly dines at the La Fiesta in Wellington and says it is muy bueno.

Newport Grill adding lunch

Newport Grill, the year-old seafood restaurant at 1900 N. Rock Road, will begin serving lunch the day after Thanksgiving — on Friday, Nov. 25.

Though managers are still finalizing a menu, they say it will include smaller, lunch-sized portions of several regular menu items plus some new sandwiches and burgers.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Newport added a Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., earlier this year. The restaurant also has introduced other regular specials, including $6 glasses of wine on Sundays, $5 martinis on Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays.

For more Newport Grill information, call 316-636-9555.

A.V.I.’s official opening date: Nov. 21

A.V.I. Sea Bar & Chophouse, the restaurant that’s going into the newly remodeled Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, has a pretty new sign — and an official opening date.

Owner Ben Arnold, who’s partnering with local chef Adam Courtney on the restaurant, told me yesterday that it will open on Nov. 21. Arnold has been waiting on an elevator from Canada that has been delayed, delayed and then delayed again. He’s decided to stop waiting and open, though the elevator is supposed to arrive in a couple of weeks.

Once open, A.V.I.’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant’s bar will be open later.

I peeked my head in while I was shooting the pic of the sign yesterday, and crews were busy finishing up the interior, which included muted, classy colors, a stone wall and a balcony overlooking the main dining room. I have plans to meet Arnold for a tour next week.

While you wait, feel free to study the menu. And check out the cool sign I shot a few weeks ago at the Broadview while hanging with the Democrats.The guy in the red coat is Courtney.

MamaDeaux being revived in Marco’s banquet room

MamaDeaux Seafood House, a Cajun restaurant that operated at 606 N. Winterset St. from 2003 to 2006, is being revived.

Former owner Sam Eddine, who also has Marco’s Cantina across the street at 6600 W. Central, is planning to turn a banquet space at the back of Marco’s into a new version of Mamadeaux, meaning essentially that he’ll have two restaurants in one building.

The front of the restaurant will remain Marco’s, and the back will become MamaDeaux. Eddine recently moved the MamaDeaux sign off the former building and onto the Marco’s building. The two restaurants will have separate entrances and separate menus, though Eddine says people dining at Marco’s can get MamaDeaux food and vice versa.

The new MamaDeaux menu will be slightly smaller than the original’s but will offer fried catfish, oysters, crawfish, frog legs, fried alligator, Po’ Boys and more.

“People tell us all the time that they loved it,” Eddine said of the former MamaDeaux.

He plans to make the changes after the holidays.

As for the former MamaDeaux building, Eddine said he sold it to someone who was planning to turn it into a night club, but those plans are off. A “for sale” sign is back up on the building.

A little AVI update

Two things of interest from AVI, the restaurant Ben Arnold is busily working on inside the newly remodeled Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel. (I posted the menu a few weeks ago.)

1.) The name has been lengthened to more appropriately reflect the menu. The restaurant officially will be called AVI Seabar & Chophouse.

2.) The opening date has been pushed back a month to Nov. 14 because of delays with some elevator construction.