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Win two tickets to Amber Waves beer walk

Amber Waves Logo LargeIt’s only about a week until the new Amber Waves beer stroll, a fund-raising event on May 16 put on by Starkey that invites people to sip and snack their way through Delano, and organizers are giving away two tickets to readers of  Dining with Denise. That’s a $100 value, people!

To register, go to the Dining With Denise Facebook page, and “like” the page, then find the post that says “Amber Waves Ticket Giveaway” and post a comment. I’ll randomly choose a winner from the comments section at noon on Wednesday. Note: You have to “like” the Dining with Denise Facebook page to win.

The event includes 13 participating Delano businesses who will offer 2 oz. pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Those who attend buy a $50 ticket and stroll from store-to-store sampling the beer. Several of those stores also will offer hors d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. The list of participants include All Things BBQ, Bluebird Arthouse, Twist Yarn Shop and more. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of those businesses would normally be closed. Money raised goes to Starkey, Inc. More information and tickets are available at www.amberwavesict.com.

Here’s a list of the food and drink lineup so far: Read More »

Cinco de Mayo specials in Wichita

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Cinco de Mayo is Monday, and several bars and Mexican restaurants are celebrating with parties and specials – some of which are starting this weekend. Here are a few:

Molino’s, 1064 N. Waco: The restaurant is offering $1.99 margaritas and will have its new Pasta del Mara, topped with red and green peppers, corn, roasted onions and chicken and served with a side for $7.79.

Jose Pepper’s: The east-side restaurant at 11423 E. 13th St. North will have live bands on Sunday and Monday and specials such as $2.50 Coronas. On Monday, margaritas will be on sale all day, and Corona drinks drop to $2. The west-side restaurant at 2243 N. Tyler Road is planning an all-day fiesta in a tent set up on the north side of the restaurant on Sunday and Monday that will feature $1.99 margaritas and $7.99 fiesta nachos. A DJ will perform in the tent from 5 to 9 p.m. both days.

On the Border, 1930 N. Rock Road and 2347 N. Maize Road: Wichita’s two On the Border restaurants both will have Dos Equis and Coronas for $3 as well as $4 Cinco-Ritas and shots.

Carlos O’ Kelly’s: On Monday, the locally-based Mexican chain is bringing back its annual Cinco de Mayo El Guapo challenge, which challenges customers to eat five enchiladas and one taco in 10 minutes. If they do, they’ll get the food free plus get a commemorative T-shirt that says “I conquered my El Guapo.” It’s $15 for those who don’t finish in time. The restaurant also is offering half-price kids’ meals Friday through Monday. Wichita’s Carlos O’ Kelly’s are at 7703 E. Douglas, 527 S. Ridge Road Circle, 3025 N. Rock Road and 4872 S. Broadway.

Twelve, 12111 W. Maple, 316-440-2812: The restaurant will offer a guacamole appetizer special, a fiesta burger with guac, a $5 margarita and tres leches.

Heroes, 117 N. Mosley: The Old Town bar is offering several $3 beers, including Corona and Dos Equis, as well as $3 house margaritas, $4 Jose Cuervo gold margaritas and shots and 69-cent tacos.

Abuelo’s, 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway: The restaurant on Monday will celebrate with draft beers on special for $2.50 and Mexican flag margaritas for $5.95.

Felipe’s, 2241 N. Woodlawn: The restaurant will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday on its new patio with $5 margaritas, $4 grande drafts, $3 queso and $8 Felipe’s tequila blend. There also will be gifts, sombreros, beads and shot glasses.

Public at the Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island: The restaurant/bar is closed on Sunday and Monday but will celebrate Cinco de Mayo through the weekend with adult snow cones and taco specials. Its sister business, the Brickyard, will serve $3 Mexican bottled beers and tequila shots and Corona-ritas.

An updated list of Easter brunch options

Last week, I published a list of restaurants in Wichita offering special Easter brunches, from lavish ham-and-prime-rib-laden buffets to plated breakfast dishes with $5 mimosas on the side.

Since then, I’ve learned of several more and have updated the list to include them.

Use it to make your Easter dining plans, and do it soon.

The big dining event is now only about 72 hours away.

 

Douglas Avenue Chop Shop’s sample-palooza on Saturday

The Douglas Avenue Chop Shop staff.

The Douglas Avenue Chop Shop staff.

I love steak. I love sausage. I love chicken and pork and butter infused with beef fat. I’m not sure if I love rabbit, but I’ll be finding out soon.

My story for Go! this week is about Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, a new butcher shop that Anchor owner Schane Gross opened right next door to her bar, which is at 1109 E. Douglas.

I went to interview her and her staff earlier this week, and I’ve been hungry ever since.

The marbling speaks for itself.

The marbling speaks for itself.

I bought some of her Dale’s Pale Ale-infused sausage and grilled it up that night. So good.

And you oughta see the rib eyes for sale in the shop. Oh wait. You can see them. I’m going to post a picture right here.

The shop will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and will offer lots of samples of its meats and gourmet cheeses along with samples of beers that pair well.

I anticipate I’ll be spending a lot of time and money in this place when grilling season officially arrives.

Birds on the Roof Restaurant: New name, new chef, new approach

Among the pretty new dishes being served by chef James Risner at Birds on the Roof Restaurant: Eggs Benedict.

Among the pretty new dishes being served by chef James Risner at Birds on the Roof Restaurant: Eggs Benedict.

The owners of Birds on the Roof have found a new chef, and they’re also taking a new approach with their whimsically pretty restaurant, which opened in August at 550 N. Rock Road.

The new chef is James Risner, who most recently worked at Taste & See. He’s been revamping the restaurant’s menu, adding new breakfast, lunch and dinner items such as eggs Benedict with salmon, seafood crepes, omelettes,  filet mignon and more. (Chef Nathan Toubia, who had spent several months working at the restaurant, recently took a new job at the Wichita Country Club.)

Owners Jimmy Nguyen and his wife, Thao Luu, also changed the name from Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe to Birds on the Roof Restaurant and want to focus more on “romantic, French-style dinners.”

The owners also have lowered prices, they said, and retrained the staff. Anyone whose food takes longer than 20 minutes to arrive gets 50 percent off.

To celebrate its grand reopening this weekend, diners on Thursday and Friday evenings will get 50 percent off the dinner menu. (Reservations are required to get the deal.)

Saturday’s grand-reopening activities will include live music and giveaways.

For more information, call the restaurant at 316-558-8288 or 316-708-9799.

There’s still time for Fat Tuesday fun

Some Cajun critters waiting to be devoured at Doo-Dah Diner.

Some Cajun critters waiting to be devoured at Doo-Dah Diner.

There’s still time to get to one of Wichita’s many fun Fat Tuesday events.

I checked out Doo-Dah’s Cajun buffet over lunch and am spending my dinner hour and beyond at Heroes with the Mudbugs.

And I know St. James has plenty of oysters and beers for slurping.

It’s for sure more fun than a typical Tuesday.

 

All kinds of Mardis Gras fun next week

404785_10151352827183893_167595882_nShould they be so inclined, Wichita Mardis Gras fans could celebrate Fat Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. this year without taking a breath or a break.

I’ve gathered up a list of Fat Tuesday event scheduled for this coming Tuesday.

Among them: An annual all-you-can-eat oyster dinner, a mega Cajun buffet at a popular local restaurant and a performance by Wichita’s Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band.

Check out the story, and laissez les bon temps rouler.

Two Wichita restaurants say “We’re still here”

ZWL6W.SlMa.80Two Wichita restaurants are reminding longtime customers that they’re still in business. One is battling incorrect rumors. The other is battling inconvenient road construction.

Earlier this week, I heard from Ruben’s Mexican Grill owner Anita Acosta, whose husband and the restaurant’s namesake, Ruben, has been battling serious health problems since January. Anita has struggled to run the place by herself, she said, but has never considered closing. She became concerned when her landlord called recently and said he’d heard a rumor she planned to close.

That’s not the case, she said, and in fact, Ruben has been able to come back to work for a few hours at a time recently. The Acostas moved their Delano restaurant several blocks west on Douglas last year.

Meanwhile, DeFazio’s, the family-owned Italian restaurant at 2706 N. Amidon, also is reassuring customers that it’s still open. Roadwork that’s about to begin in front of the restaurant has caused its street sign to be removed, owners said.

But they’re working on getting new signage up that will point the easiest way to the restaurant, which will remain open throughout the project. Managers say they’ll keep customers posted on the progress of the construction via their Facebook page. 

Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers now open in Old Town Square

The interior of the new Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers.

The interior of the new Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers.

Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers opened in the former Luca Italian Kitchen space at 301 N. Mead on Tuesday.

The business belongs to Cafe Bel Ami owner Nabil Bacha and is a self-serve yogurt spot that also has burgers. Bacha has completely remodeled the space and gone with the same tile-on-the-wall, futuristic-pastel-colored- chairs motif that is employed by competitors such as Orange Leaf and Cherry Berry. He’s chosen pale purple and white as the colors.

The restaurant offers self-serve frozen yogurt at 42 cents an ounce, and the lineup includes 14 flavors including peach, raspberry, green apple, cheesecake, chocolate and salted caramel. There’s also a well-stocked topping bar, including a wall of hard candy dispensers and serving trays with fruits, chopped up candy bars and more.photo (31)

There’s also a short menu of order-at-the-counter burgers and sandwiches, including a fried egg-topped burger, a fried skirt steak sandwich and a grilled chicken sandwiches. Burgers average about $3.29 and fries are $1.39. The menu also has hot chocolate, shakes and parfaits.

Yo-B is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Brints Diner, a Valentine diner, is back in business — again

unnamed-16You just can’t keep Brints Diner down.

The restaurant, which operates out of a tiny Valentine diner at 4834 E. Lincoln, closed late last month, the third time the restaurant has closed since longtime owner Jessie Medina shuttered it in October of 2012.

New owner Larry Harmon, the founder of Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill, gave the place a thorough cleaning and quietly reopened the doors a couple of weeks ago, he said.  His menu is similar to what regular Brints customers had come to expect and focuses on “country breakfast” items plus diner lunches ranging from burgers to salads.

Brints hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It’s closed on Sundays.

The restaurant is famous not only for its 2007 inclusion on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” back in 2007 but also for operating inside a Valentine diner. About 2,000 of the buildings were made by Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing between 1938 and 1971, and architecture buffs are still passionate about them.

For more information, call 316-440-8338.