You’ve gotta try it: Cafe 151

This might literally be the worst food photo I've ever taken, but it was the best one I got. Trust me, the food is way more attractive than this.

I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from Andrew Gough, one of several local foodies who I rely on for news and guidance, saying that he’d tried Corporate Caterers’ new restaurant, Cafe 151, and was impressed by the food AND by the low, low, low prices.

He sold it so well that late last week, I stopped by the new restaurant, which recently opened in the former Piccadilly Express spot in the Cargill building at 151 N. Main.

My boss Lori and I, who had planned an excursion to view the super amazing Kansas art at nearby Emprise Bank, so we decided to swing by Cafe 151 for a quick lunch first.

She had a Philly panini, which was an amazingly melty delight, made with beef, caramelized onions, red peppers, mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese.

My Southwestern chicken wrap, which is pictured in the subpar photo above, was also amazingly delicious, had grilled chicken breast, a black bean and corn relish, Spanish rice and honey mustard all stuffed inside a jalapeƱo-cheddar wrap,

The most amazing part: Lori’s sandwich was $6, my wrap was $5.50, and both included a drink, a side AND sales tax in the price. It was one of the most filling, satisfying and inexpensive lunches I’d had in a long time.

The resturant is a little busy and chaotic, and it’s hard to find a spot to sit over the lunch hour. And Lori and I foolishly parked at the back of the building and had to sweetalk our way through a locked employee entrance, so don’t make that mistake. But for people who want lunch-on-the-go, Cafe 151 is a great option.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. You can see the full menu by clicking a link from this post on Carrie’s blog.

Friday afternoon appetizers

Ben Arnold will open his Cafe 151 on Monday.

A few little restaurant tidbits that might interest you, in case you hadn’t heard.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries announced this week that it’s chosen Sept. 1 as an opening day for its downtown location, which will sit at the southwest corner of Douglas and Ida.

Cafe 151, owned by Ben Arnold of Corporate Caterers and chef Jeremy Wade, will open Monday in the former Piccadilly Express space at 151 N. Main. It’ll open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch, including hot and cold sandwiches and burgers.

Pita & Paninis, Roni Attari’s restaurant at 602 N. Tyler formerly known as Yuca, is closed, and Attari says he will focus on catering.

Taco’s a Cunadito is a new Mexican restaurant at 2247 N. Broadway with an apostrophe I don’t approve of but a menu that looks pretty good and includes tacos, burritos, tamales and more.

Pho Chopstix is the new restaurant in the former Chopstix space at 2233 N. Ridge Road. It specializes in pho and noodle dishes.

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.