Even more turkey cookers at your service

Green Acres is taking turkey orders.

Green Acres is taking turkey orders.

Last week, I published my story about restaurants and specialty grocers who are offering to cook your Thanksgiving turkey, ham or whole meal — for a price.

Since then, I’ve learned of two more good offers, which you’ll see below. One is a sumptuous-sounding full-meal menu from Green Acres that offers a choice of roasted organic turkey, ham or prime rib plus lots of sides. The other is a meal from vegan restaurant Garden Grill Cafe, which will not only co0k meat-free deliciousness but also is willing to deliver it on Wednesday.

Also, stay tuned. My list of restaurants serving buffets and plated meals on Thanksgiving Day is done and in the process of being edited. I’ll try to get it online on Tuesday. Sneak preview fact: Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel has joined the buffet fray this year.

Here are the details on the other meals to go:

Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St. N., 316-634-1088: Green Acres is serving three full holiday meals plus sides that serves four to six people. A dinner with an organic roasted turkey is $119, with a ham is $109 and with prime rib is $149. Available for pickup between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Make reservations by Tuesday.

Garden Grill Cafe, 300 N. Main, 316-978-9213: This vegan restaurant is serving vegan Thanksgiving dishes to-go. Items can be picked up between noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, or the restaurant will deliver between 3 and 7 p.m. The menu includes several options of dishes that serve eight, although diners can order for more or less than eight. Among the choices are candied sweet potatoes, Southern kale, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie and more. Reservations are due by Monday. To see the menu, visit www.facebook.com/gardengrillcafe.

When restaurants close on unexpected days

My Tho: Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I spent weeks telling a friend how amazing the tacos were at Paleteria La Reyna, 2925 Arkansas Ave., and we made a date to go. We pulled up, hungry, on a Wednesday afternoon, only to find the parking lot empty.

Panicked, I ran to the door. The restaurant was closed. The chairs were on the tables. On a Wednesday. “OH NO!” I screamed. “They’ve gone out of business!!!”

But, no. The restaurant was simply closed. It’s closed every Wednesday, I learned.

Restaurants closing on unexpected days — which in my book is pretty much any day other than Sunday or Monday — have always thrown me. Inevitably, cravings for My Tho’s fabulous pho hit me on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — the very random days they are closed.

I’m printing a list of three restaurants with unusual closing hours in the paper on Friday, and the story already is generating discussion online, with several readers adding their two cents.

Here’s a list of strange closing days I have so far. Know of any others? Maybe we can help each other avoid Wednesday taco cravings.

1. My Tho, 500 E. Central, 316-262-5452: It never fails. A hankering for pho hits you on a Tuesday. But this popular purveyor of the delicious Vietnamese soup can’t help you on Tuesday – or on Wednesday, either. Those are the restaurant’s two days off. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays.

2. Paleteria La Reyna, 2925 Arkansas, 316-831-9196: It’s usual for Mexican restaurants to close on Mondays. But this restaurant, known for its fabulous tacos and colorful Mexican ice cream counter, chooses to closes in the middle of the week – on Wednesday. Don’t worry. If you forget and show up anyway, Taqueria El Paisa is just a few blocks the other direction at 2227 Arkansas and an excellent choice, too. Paleteria La Reyna’s hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Garden Grill Cafe, 300 N Main St., 316-978-9213: You won’t want to plan to meet your friends for a fabulous vegetarian pizza on Saturdays at Garden Grill Cafe. It’s the only day of the week the cafe is closed, which chef/owner Miguel Larcher takes off for religions reasons. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

4. DeFazio’s, 2706 N. Amidon: This popular Italian restaurant closes on Mondays and Tuesdays.

5. Ah-So, 855 S. Oliver St: The tiny Asian restaurant is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Know of any others? Let me know in the comments section below.

Two Friday restaurant reviews

Yummy food from Chiang Mai

This morning’s Wichita Eagle has not one but TWO restaurant reviews for your reading pleasure.

I wrote the one about Garden Grill Cafe, which is vegan chef Miguel Larcher’s new restaurant in the Occidental Building at 300 N. Main.  I’m a steak girl, but I loved this place because I’m also a mushroom and tomato girl.  I can’t wait to go back and have more of the restaurant’s fabulous vegan pizza. I felt downright healthy when I left.

The other is a review of Chiang Mai, a fabulous Thai restaurant at 3141 S. Hillside, has been around for years. It’s one of those “hole-in-the-wall” finds that make foodies happy. This review was written by Wichita Eagle Dining Panel star Philip Warren.

Do yourself a favor and eat at both of these restaurants soon. Do yourself a bigger favor and go after a few days have passed. Restaurants are usually busy the day their reviews are published.

d’Sozo chef back with Garden Grill Cafe

Inside the new Garden Grill Cafe.

Since d’Sozo went out of business last spring, I’ve been getting frequent e-mails from vegetarian/vegan diners wanting to know where chef Miguel Larcher was and when he’d be cooking again.

On Thursday, Larcher finally opened his new restaurant he’s been working on for months, Garden Grill Cafe, on the first floor of Occidental Plaza, 300 N. Main. (Longtime Wichitans will remember Two Feathers, El Torero and other restaurants operating in the space.)

The restaurant focuses on vegetarian and vegan food made with Greek, Italian and Mediterranean flavors. Larcher is offering daily specials and a menu full of smoothies, sandwiches, pizzas and pasta dishes. (You can see the menu here. 

The Garden Grill Cafe is inside the Occidental Plaza.

Larcher, a native of Martinique, plans Tuesday-night cooking classes and Monday-night lectures by health professionals. He’ll open for Sunday brunch starting on Nov. 4.

Until then, his hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with dinner hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, call 316-978-9213.