Category Archives: You Write the Review

Wanted: Your food court reviews

The remains of a deep friend cinnamon sugar pretzel, demolished by my assistant reviewers in the newsroom.

One of my many jobs as Chief Wichita River Festival Reporter for the last 13 years (that’s not my official title, by the way, but it’s accurate) has been to sample and write about delicacies from the food court.

The job has been… greasy. And fattening. But also fun and educational. Through my reviewing, I’ve discovered some of my favorite River Festival treats, including deep fried pickle spears.

So far this year, I’ve reviewed the deep fried mozzarella stick, the nacholupa and one of the most obscene things I’ve ever purchased — a breaded, deep-fried footlong bratwurst.  Today, I ventured back over to the sweaty food court to retrieve tomorrow’s subject, a deep fried cinnamon sugar pretzel (pictured above.) I asked my newsroom buddies to help me taste it, and, well, that’s all that’s left.

I’d love to have your help reviewing River Festival fare. If you had something you liked this weekend (or even something you didn’t like) share your review with me. Maybe I’ll even publish it in the paper. Follow the link to my mozzarella stick or nacholupa review above and copy the format. Don’t worry if you can’t remember the price. I have a guide at my desk and I can figure it out.

Either post your review below or send it to me here. Be sure to include your first and last name.

Restaurant review sneak peek: Kababs

Tandoori chicken kabab at Kababs.

Tandoori chicken kabab at Kababs.

You know the drill: The Wednesday before a restaurant review is published in the Go! section, loyal blog and newsletter readers get to see it early.

This week, I’m visiting Kababs, a fabulous new Indian restaurant on the west side that serves some of the best Indian/Pakistani food in town. That’s why I gave it 3 1/2 forks out of four.

Anyone else been there? Chime in with your review in the comments section below.

It has to have A FLAVOR

Carter Green loves food as much as I do, or maybe more. Not sure I would have eaten this head-on fish he devoured on his honeymoon last year.

Carter Green loves food as much as I do, or maybe more. Not sure I would have eaten this head-on fish he devoured on his honeymoon last year.

I love people who love food as much as I do, and one of those people is my best friend Jaime’s husband, Carter Green.

He loves food. No matter what you make him, he acts like it’s the best thing he’s ever tasted, and I think he’s being totally sincere every single time.

Carter also loves to update me when he’s tried a restaurant he loves. In his book, a restaurant gets top marks if it has a mysterious quality he calls “a taste,” as in, “It HAS to have a taste.” To him, the equivalent of a four-star experience is a restaurant that has not only “a taste” but also “a flavor.” Having “a flavor” is a big deal.

On Friday, I got this voice mail from Carter with his 30-second review of Bella Vita Bistro, a local Italian restaurant at 120 N. West Street. I’ve already reviewed it, but his summary was so delightful, I didn’t even mind that he didn’t know that.

Carter Green’s 30-second review

Sneak peek: Mike’s Wine Dive review

mikesI loved it. So sue me.

I went to Mike’s Wine Dive not expecting to love it, but I did. It wasn’t a perfect experience, but the food I had was deeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious.

The review will be printed in the paper on Friday, but because you’re cool enough to read this blog, you can see it now.

Anyone else have a similar (or vastly different) Mike’s experience you’d care to share? Do so in the comments below.

You write the review: Yuca Bistro

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Here’s the wider shot of the mystery photo I published a few days ago. It’s a Madrid flatbread from Yuca Bistro, the restaurant I’ve reviewed for Friday’s paper. Topped with Spanish chorizo, corn, black beans, roasted poblanos, onions and a Caribbean pico, it was one of many yummy dishes we sampled there.

You can read my review early here and then post your own in the comments section below. Anyone tried this place?

You write the review

The philly cheese steak sandwich with sweet potato fries and the tropical spinach salad with salmon, both from College Hill Deli & Catering.

The philly cheese steak sandwich with sweet potato fries and the tropical spinach salad with salmon, both from College Hill Deli & Catering.

This week, I’m reviewing College Hill Deli & Catering, a tasty little lunch spot at 3407 E. Douglas. The review will be published in the paper on Friday, but you — as a reward for being so blog-o-riffic — get to read it today.

Every time I write reviews from now on, I’m going to invite you to add your own two cents and write your own mini-review. We’ll start now. If you’ve been to College Hill Deli & Catering, please go to the comments section of this post and tell us all what you thought about the food quality, the atmosphere, the service, etc.

If you don’t mind, do it here rather than in the comments section of my review so that we can keep it all together.

Specifics are appreciated. Start typing!