Category Archives: Tapas

Taste & See expanding, adding dinner

It started as a cooking school and party venue. Then last year, executive chef Jason Febres started serving lunch at his Taste & See at 3825 E. Harry.

Now, he’s about to achieve a long-held goal of adding dinner to his offerings.

Starting on June 1, Taste & See will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Febres said he will be serving a long list of tapas plus lighter options such as sandwiches and fish tacos. The heavier entrees on his menu, which he’s perfecting right now, will focus on global cuisine — Italian dishes, Spanish paella, Argentinian steaks, etc. Febres, who has a full bar, also will serve several exotic drinks, such as sangria, Limoncello and Brazilian caipirinhas.

Taste & See’s dining room recently has been remodeled, and there are now more booths, tables and a bar. Febres is moving his cooking classes and private parties to an adjoined room with 1,200 square feet, which is being fitted with a kitchen and should be done this summer. He also hopes to add patio dining this fall.

Taste & See will continue to serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-7393.

It’s Press time

pressThe east-side Sabor did not work out for Melad Stephan and co. But tomorrow, he’s opening a new concept in the space at 1720 N. Webb Road  that sounds promising.

Press is a new wine a cocktail bar that has a long and tempting list of martinis plus vodka, gin, tequila and rum cocktails and a nice wine list.

There’s also a food menu — small plates and entrees created by chef Douglas Pitts, including oysters on the half shell, beef carpaccio, crispy pork belly, seared sea scallops, sliders, pate and more.

Hours will be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 2 p.m. to 2 am. Saturdays.

They’ve totally remodeled the interior, which I haven’t seen yet but hear is very nice.

You can look at the menu here and here.

Press pockets Pitts

Chef Douglas Pitts

Chef Douglas Pitts

A pretty building and a talented chef both will get new dining life next month when Melad Stephan opens his new cocktail lounge, now called Press.

The pretty building is the Waterfront space at 1720 N. Webb Road that first housed Piztros and then became an east-side Sabor. That Sabor closed in February, but Stephan has a new idea for the space — a cocktail lounge that he originally planned to call D’Vine but now has decided to call Press. As in wine and vodka press.

And now comes word from Melad and Co. that they’ve hired a leader for the Press kitchen — chef Douglas Pitts, who opened 626 Douglas when he first moved to Wichita in 2004 then worked as a chef at Chester’s, Bella Donna and his recently closed downtown lunch spot, DK Kitchen. Pitts will prepare tapas, and the menu at Press also will include all kinds of unique cocktails, Stephan says. Pitts also plans to put on weekly wine dinners.

Remodeling on the space has just started, and Stephan (who also owns Uptown Bistro, Oeno, Sabor in Old Town Square, and Egg Cetera) hopes to have it open by mid-October.

Tapas in McPherson?

Crab cakes with aioli sauce at Amics in McPherson.

Crab cakes with aioli sauce at Amics in McPherson.

Apparently, I missed a biggie in my recent stories about good restaurants in nearby communities.

Reader Carol Skaff wrote to recommend a restaurant called Amics Mediterranean Cafe and Tapas  Bar, a spot in McPherson that serves Spanish tapas and other dishes.

Amics is at 204 N. Main (620-241-1833) and is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for lunch and from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays for tapas, which include chicken empanadas, crab cakes, curried meatballs, gourmet pizzas and more.

“We had the crab cakes and the Valencia orange salad, and the paella, some wonderful wine and flan for dessert,” Skaff said. “Marvelous, marvelous.”