Even more options for Sunday brunch

I have a complicated relationship with Sunday brunch.

I love it. Really love it. But it’s difficult for me to stop eating, especially when I have access to an amazing buffet. I am no longer allowed anywhere NEAR Granite City’s eggs Benedict station. (Self-imposed banishment.)

Three restaurants in Wichita have recently added or are about to add Sunday brunches, which will make my weekends even more complicated.

Among them:

1. Twelve Restaurant & Bar, 12111 W. Maple, 316-440-2812: The new restaurant recently launched a buffet-style Sunday brunch that features items such as salads, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, beef and chicken entrees, made-to-order French toast, peel-and-eat shrimp, pastries and more. It’s served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and costs $15.95 for adults and $6.95 for children 12 and under. It’s free for children 4 and under.

2. Mike’s Wine Dive, 4714 E. Douglas, 316-613-2772: Mike’s has been serving its Sunday brunch for several months. It features a la carte dishes such as French toast waffles served with three slices of bacon and two eggs for $9 and a lobster potato hash made with sliced onions, asparagus, and lobster that’s served with two poached eggs and topped with hollandaise for $12. It also offers a Bloody Mary bar. The brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

3. Taste & See Global Cuisine, 255 N. Washington: Chef Jason Febres, who is very close to opening his Taste & See Global Cuisine at 255 N. Washington, will offer a Sunday brunch at the new restaurant. The first one will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. It’ll be an upscale buffet brunch, he said, and it will feature some expected breakfast items but also will have Spanish tapas. He’s still deciding what he’ll charge.

Question of the week: Wichita’s best meatloaf?

Redrock Canyon Grill's yummy Persimmon Hill Meatloaf.

As I prepare my stomach for Saturday’s Loaf Off, a meatloaf cooking competition I’ll help judge, I can’t get meatloaf off my mind.

It’s a divisive dish. Some people love it. The rest of them loathe it. I fall into the “love it” category.

Serving meatloaf in restaurants has become a bit of a trendy thing over the past decade or so. One of my favorites in town is the sorta spicy Persimmon Hill meatloaf served at Redrock Canyon Grill, 1844 N. Rock Road. Oh, my, it’s yummy.

Granite City has a good one, too, and several local diner-y places often have it as a blue plate special.

This week’s question: Which local restaurant serves your favorite meatloaf? Answer in the comments section below.

Updated Valentine’s Day dining list

Luciano' owner Luciano Mottol has special plans for Valentine's Day diners.

As promised, I’ve updated my list of Valentine’s Day dining options and have added the special meals being offered at Luciano’s, Granite City, Hangar One and Mediterranean Grill.

There’s probably still time to make reservations if you act soon.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse coming to Towne East

The first clue was when they started advertising on the internet for a manager for a Wichita store.

Now there’s confirmation that BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, a California-based chain, is planning to open in Wichita.

The restaurant should be open by this summer. It features a menu that has handcrafted beers plus steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and other entrees. The menu reminds me a lot of Granite City’s.

It’s going into a new building on the northwest corner of Kellogg and Rock, just south of Logan’s Roadhouse.

Question of the week: Best Cuban sandwich

Cuban sandwiches very likely may be my very favorite sandwiches. When they’re done right, they’re served on crusty bread with roasted pork, ham, yellow mustard, sliced pickles and melty Swiss cheese. Yummmmmmmmmmmm.

Lately, Cubans are getting more popular in Wichita. Sabor, Granite City, Metro Grill have had versions for a while, and when Tanya’s Soup Kitchen introduced its new menu, a Cuban was on it. This week, I stopped by Planet Sub and sampled the very delicious Cuban sandwich they’re perfecting before adding it to the menu.

In your opinion, who has Wichita’s best Cuban sandwich? What makes it so good?

Good eats at Winefest

I love Winefest. I love it so much. Look how much fun I had there last year with my friends Kim and Jill. We ate at least a pound of sushi-style ahi tuna, learned that we love SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc,  hobnobbed with Guy Bower and Brett Harris, and went out to Chester’s for Tumbleweeds when it was all over. Ahhhh. Good times.

This year, I can’t go because I’m otherwise engaged, and I’m very unhappy about missing it. This is one fun event.

You can read my story about the Grand Tasting online tomorrow and in the Go! section on Friday, but in the meantime, I have a list of all the restaurants that will be at Saturday night’s Grand Tasting and what delicious bites they’ll be serving. Organizers secured 14 restaurants this year, including a few new ones — Newport Grill and Gaslamp Grille among them.

Tell me how it is if you go. Sniff. Sniff sniff.

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Sunday brunch, only on Saturday

Wichitans love buffets, particularly on Sundays, when they flock to local eateries for huge spreads of eggs, potatoes, waffles, fruit, prime rib and more.

A couple of smart restaurateurs have recently realized that the Sunday Brunch formula might translate to Saturdays as well.

Starting on Sept. 4, Piccadilly Grill at 7728 E. Central Avenue will begin offering a Saturday morning brunch buffet in addition to its existing Sunday buffet. It’ll be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. include made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy  plus panini sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. It’ll be $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for seniors and  $5.95 for children 6 to 12. (Kids 5 and under eat free.)

Granite City restaurants in Wichita also offer a brunch buffet on Saturdays, though it’s a little smaller and a little less expensive than its whizz-bang Sunday spread. It’s offered from 9 a.m. to noon and includes an omelet station, homeade cinnamon rolls, eggs, sausage, potatoes and other breakfast fare. It’s $9.99 for adults, $5.99 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Granite City has restaurants at 2244 N. Webb Road and 2661 N. Maize Road.

Winner, winner, chicken fried steak dinner

Winner, winner, chicken fried steak dinner

Winner, winner, chicken fried steak dinner

Waayyyyyyyy back in December, the Eagle put on its annual holiday open house, and one of the prizes we gave away was the chance to accompany me on a restaurant review.

The winner waaayyyyyyy back in December was Jan Cummins (left), who has very patiently waited for seven months to collect her prize (courteously reminding me every few weeks). She finally did over the lunch hour today.

Jan brought her niece Stacy Schilling along, and the three of us had a fun time chit chatting and sampling the home cooking at a local restaurant.

The two were quite knowledgeable about Wichita restaurants and frequently dine at places such as Kwan Court, Granite City and Bella Luna.

You can find out where Jan, Stacy and I were eating when I publish the review next Friday.

SPEAKING OF WINNERS: Lori from the online team notified the five winners of the Taste of Wichita tickets this afternoon. Thanks to the 354 people who entered.