Wichita shops offering freebies on National Doughnut Day

LaMar's Donuts is participating in National Doughnut Day on Friday.

LaMar’s Donuts is participating in National Doughnut Day on Friday.

Friday is National Doughnut Day and a few local doughnut shops are celebrating with freebies.

National Doughnut Day was dreamed up by The Salvation Army in 1938 as  a way to pay tribute to people who’d served in World War I. It’s been around ever since and is celebrated on the first Friday in June.

In Wichita, Krispy Kreme at 7777 E. Central will give away one free doughnut of choice to each customer on Friday. Both the Flying Donuts at 4618 E. Central and LaMar”s Donuts, which has Wichita locations at 3130 N. Rock Road, 3301 E. Harry and 10051 W. 21st St. N. also are participating, offering one free doughnut (as long as it has a hole in it) to each customer. No purchase is necessary for any of the free doughnut offers.

Know of any specials I’m missing? Let me know in the comments below.

Savories Tasty Shop will open soon

The inside of the about-to-open Savories Tasty Shop & Coffee House.

Savories Tasty Shop & Coffee House, a new stop for donuts, pastries and coffee drinks, is set to open in a couple of weeks in the Mid American Credit Union branch 2900 Webb Road.

The shop is owned by Shawn Blattner, one half of the duo that created Dolci & Joes. That sandwich shop operated at 3425 E. Douglas (where Taco Tinga is now) opened in 2009 but closed a year ago.

Savories, which will open on Feb. 11, will have a drive-through and seating for about 18. It’ll open to anyone — not just credit union members — and it’ll serve donuts from the Flying Donuts, cupcake-shaped servings of cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake and more, and a full line 0f coffee drinks.

Hours will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Blattner said he and Josh Crowe still hope to bring Dolci & Joes food back to Wichita some time, but it’ll likely be two or three years from now. The problem with their spot, Blattner said, was that there wasn’t enough parking. Business went way down after College Hill Deli & Catering opened next door in 2010, and Blattner theorizes that parking was part of that.

Anchor open Sunday for Prairie Fire

The Anchor's star runner, Schane Gross.

Anchor owner Schane Gross is one of the local Twitter celebrities committed to running this Sunday’s Prairie Fire 5k race. (She and a handful of others have been Tweeting about their training progress for weeks now.)

In observance of the big race day, which also will include a half-marathon and marathon route that goes right past the bar at 1109 E. Douglas, Gross is opening at 9 a.m. Sunday. Usually, the Anchor is closed on Sundays.

Beer will be flowing at 9 a.m. (It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere, right?) Flying Donuts will be serving their doughnuts at the bar that morning, and the Anchor’s lunch menu will be available. The bar will close at 3 p.m.

Question of the week: Most delightful doughnut

A sampling of doughnuts from Paradise Donuts, 3107 W. Central.

For this week’s dining page in Go!, I’m providing mini-reviews of three of Wichita’s newest doughnut purveyors: Paradise Donuts, Flying Donuts and Prairie Donuts.

I enjoyed sampling all three, even though I made myself and my co-workers fairly ill for the rest of the day. (Perhaps sampling one shop a day for three days would have been a more prudent idea.) Our favorite of the three was Flying Donuts, though they all had their redeeming qualities.

The question of the week: Which Wichita doughnut maker makes Wichita’s best? Do you have a particular doughnut at your favorite shop that you crave more than others?

Answer in the comments section below.

New restaurant roundup

fizzLittle tidbits of restaurant news have surfaced over the past few weeks that I’m not sure I paid adequate attention to. So please allow me this little restaurant roundup.

John Browns is a new bar and restaurant in the former Clifton Wine and Jazz space at 3700 E. Douglas. It serves a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and unique desserts from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. One of its coolest features: A bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

Bocco Deli opened recently in the former Zoomdweebie’s Tearoom space at 3010 E. Central. It’s owned by Nathan Toubia, son of the late Antoine Toubia, and features soup, salads, sandwiches and pasta. A colleague of mine ate there today and said it was tasty and inexpensive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles opened a couple of weeks ago at 7718 E. 37th St. N. featuring a menu of gourmet burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The bottles in the name refers to a list of unique beers, wines and bottled sodas. The number is 316-260-2888.

Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery opened last week at 5255 N. Maize Rd in Maize featuring a menu that offers gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes plus regular old sandwiches, casseroles and daily specials.

Flying Donuts also opened last week next to Bella Luna Cafe at 4618 E. Central. In addition to donuts, it offers croissants, sandwich croissants and kolaches from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Full Moon Pub, owned by the same people behind Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill and Mulligan’s, should open in a couple of weeks in the Yogi’s Bar & Grill space at 2804 S. Seneca. It’ll feature burgers, pizza and other bar fare.