Category Archives: Soup

Tanya’s menu, en total

I’ve seen a lot of pictures of the new Tanya’s Soup Kitchen menu on Facebook this week, but I couldn’t really read any of them to my satisfaction. So I’m taking matters into my own hands.

Click here, and you can view, inspect and drool repeatedly over the menu.

Tanya’s opened Wednesday at 1725 E. Douglas to much jubilation and hype. The menu physically looks identical to the previous one but has a few differences. Here are some highlights I noticed:

1. A flight of soups: Tanya will serve four to six fresh-made soups daily, and for those who just can’t choose, she’s offering a “flight of samples” for $5. Soup is served in three sizes — 10 oz., 16 oz., and 24 oz., and prices will vary.

2. New sandwiches: Tanya brought back customer favorites such as the Milano, Olive, Blue Key North and City Chicken. She’s also added the Junie, a Cuban-style sandwich made with bacon, provolone, romaine and Caesar dressing on a Kaiser bun: and the Lulu, made with edamame and roasted garlic hummus with spinach, roasted peppers, toasted almonds and avocado on wheat toast.

3. Salads and desserts: The menu still includes the Ella, Spinach, Cleopatra and more, and bread pudding is still on the dessert, as well as a “chef’s special” dessert.

Anyone been yet? Tell us what you thought in the comments below.

Tanya’s opens Wednesday

On the off, off, off chance you hadn’t yet heard…

Tanya Tandoc had to delay the opening of her new Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas by a couple of days. (Originally, she’d planned to start accepting jubilant crowds starting today.)

But the whole inspection process took longer than she thought it would (it always does), so the new opening date is now Wednesday — which works out perfectly because Wednesdays are chicken curry over rice day, and everyone loves that stuff.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Any of you planning to be in the opening day crowd? I’ll expect dispatches. And photos!

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen to open April 11

Tanya looking saucy in the aprons she'll have for sale, along with Soup Kitchen T-shirts.

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas should open on Monday, April 11, assuming that the inspection process goes smoothly, Tanya Tandoc told me this morning.

I called her because I’ve been teased lately by Facebook posts put up by Tanya and her brother/biz partner, Warren, showing the restaurant in progress. (I’ve also seen her husband and head construction dude Wayne around town lately, looking exhausted and dusty.)

The restaurant is taking shape, she said. She had to shout over the noise in the background, which she told me was crews putting her new floor in. She has light, and all of her kitchen equipment — including a fancy 10-burner range — is in the restaurant waiting to be installed.

“Everything is sort of gelling,” she said. “You know how you wait and wait and wait for something to gel and all the sudden it’s there?”

Tandoc’s plan is to open at lunchtime on April 11, then throw some sort of grand opening celebration later in May. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Also, Tanya has posted her daily soup specials on Facebook for those of you wondering when your favorite will be available: Mondays — chicken noodle on mashed potatoes; Tuesdays — gumbo; Wednesdays — chicken curry on rice; Thursdays — chili; Fridays — chowder and tomato curry; Saturdays — chicken tortilla. She’ll have tomato dill and bread pudding every day.

Keep scrolling for a few more pictures from the construction zone.

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A Tanya update: Weekend dinners & social media

Work is speeding along on Tanya Tandoc’s soon-to-be-revived Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, which she says will likely open at the end of the month or early April at 1725 E. Douglas.

On Saturday while we were judging meatloaf, her husband Wayne popped in looking exhausted from hours of sawing and hammering and other husband-as-contractor jobs. He was too exhausted even to eat MEATLOAF! Can you imagine?

In the weeks since she announced her opening, Tanya’s had a chance to ruminate on her plans and has decided to stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, when she’ll offer her regular menu plus a few off-the-menu specials that are bowl-friendly comfort foods. Think stew and mac-and-cheese.

The hours Tanya and her brother Warren have settled on are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

If you want to keep up with the progress, you can follow the restaurant’s new Facebook page or follow its new Twitter account.

Question of the week

It’s cold outside, which makes soup sound even better.

While we’re waiting for Tanya to get that soup kitchen open, let’s compile a list of Wichita’s best bowls.

What’s your favorite Wichita restaurant soup?

Answer in the comments section below.