Category Archives: Seafood

Fishy, Lent-y stragglers

As is apt to happen, when my story outlining places to eat fish and avoid meat during Lent was published in this morning’s paper, helpful readers and restaurateurs helped me remember who I’d forgotten.

One restaurant named by a couple of readers was Just Catfish at 3800 S. Seneca, a place I’ve never tried by have heard many good things about. The callers said that Just Catfish serves not-t0-be-missed Southern fried and Cajun fried catfish as well as great sides and sinful desserts.

Also, Bocco Deli let me know about their Lenten special. The cozy restaurant will offer special veggie sandwiches and soups on Wednesdays and Fridays. One of today’s sandwiches, for example, was a grilled portabello sandwich with roasted red peppers and goat cheese on homemade flat bread.

Something fishy

My dining story for this week’s Go! goes out to all you fish lovers who have accepted your landlocked fate and power through anyway.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of many meat-free Lenten days for some local religions, and to help out, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best and most interesting fish and seafood dishes in Wichita, from deep fried and fabulous to freshly-flown-in and high-dollar.

I’m sure I’ve missed some. And I’m even more sure you’ll let me know what they are.

Lenten dining

Lent starts on Wednesday, which always gives me an excuse to talk about fish. In my younger, better metabolism days, it also gave me an excuse to eat fish and chips at Long John Silver’s. But I’ve had to move on from that destructively delicious habit.

I’m putting together a list of Lent-friendly specials and dining spots if you have any to suggest. In the mean time, you might be interested in signing up for a Lenten cooking demonstration being put on March 13.

Newport Grill’s chef Jake Lippincott will lead the demonstration as a fundraiser for the Treehouse, a nonprofit organization serving Wichita women and babies.

The demo will be at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, 9747 E. 21st St. North. It’s $75 a person and will include a seafood meal, beverages, recipes and a silent auction. Sessions are available from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Make reservations online by Tuesday at www.wichitatreehouse.com or by calling 316-686-2600.

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.

New restaurant roundup

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If you are among the zillions of Carrie Rengers’ Have You Heard devotees, you already know everything I’m about to tell you. But it never hurts to talk about my favorite topic — NEW RESTAURANTS — as often as possible.

We’ve recently reported about several restaurants planned for Wichita. Among them:

Newport Grill: I’m most excited about a new seafood restaurant that will open in November in the former Cibola Space in Bradley Fair. Newport Grill is a new concept by PB&J Restaurants, the same Kansas City-based company that owns Yia Yia’s Eurobistro in Bradley Fair. The restaurant will fly in fresh fish six days a week and will offer a menu full of gourmet fish and non-fish dishes.

T.J.’s east: The owner of Delano’s popular T.J.’s Burger House at 1003 W. Douglas has plans to open an east-side location. It should open in late September near Harry and Webb, behind Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant.

Cafe 151: Ben Arnold, whose Corporate Caterers empire just keeps growing and growing, announced this week that he’ll take over the restaurant space at Cargill’s Wichita headquarters that Piccadilly Express just vacated. It’ll open in November or December and will serve breakfast and lunch.

Summer raw bar

MBRChester’s Chophouse, the gourmet-est of gourmet restaurants in Wichita (at 1550 N. Webb Road), is offering a unique feature for summer — a raw bar.

What’s a raw bar, you ask? It’s an uncommon Wichita offering — a buffet of raw oysters served over ice.

Chester’s bar will feature four different kinds of fresh shucked oysters served with cocktail and mignonette sauces. Customers can get ½ dozen or full dozen and can mix and match to get a perspective on oysters from different waters.

Chester’s also will offer some cooked seafood specialties for summer, including oyster pan stew, New England Clam Chowder and fried oysters, as well as cold offerings such mini shrimp ceviche tacos, cold smoked salmon and Maine lobster rolls.

For more information, call 316-201-1300.

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