Question of the week: Breastaurants — yay or nay?

Twin Peaks is causing quite a stir in Wichita, although as I point out in my review this week, that’s probably more about the voluptuous wait staff than the cuisine.

The servers’ outfits are definitely in the PG range, yet when I visited, the place was full not only of tables of guys but also of older couples and families.

What are your feelings on these establishments, affectionately referred to as “breastaurants?” (Hooters is another example.) Are they more harmless fun or sexist ickiness?

Answer in the comments section below, but be nice.

Dining dispatch from 29th & Rock

I drove out east today to check on Oh Yeah! China Bistro, the restaurant formerly known as Zen (and formerly known as vegetarian), and I was struck by how much restaurant activity is going on in the block of Rock between 29th and K-96.

Oh Yeah! opened at 3101 N. Rock Road with its new name and approach on May 15. The restaurant had operated as a vegetarian place for a couple of years, but the owners decided to put meat back on the menu and rename the place.

Across the street, a sign announces that El Agave will soon take over the space at 3320 N. Rock Road that most recently held Top China, a Chinese buffet place. El Agave will be a Mexican restaurant with a big tequila and margarita menu, and its owners hope to have it open later this summer.

A little further south, another sign announces that Wasabi, the sushi restaurant downtown at 912 E. Douglas, will open its east side location in the former Froz spot at 3242 N. Rock Road. Owners say it should be open in August.

And of course, right on the corner of 29th and Rock, Ben Arnold is busy working on his new breakfast-and-lunch spot in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road. He plans to open in July.

The new Noodles & Company is on that block, too, at 3300 N. Rock Road, and it’s always busy. And Amber Dunn just opened her Yogurt Xplosion yogurt shop at 3236 N. Rock Road.

That doesn’t even count the recently closed restaurants on the block, including the Bossa Grill at 3242 N. Rock Road and the Taco Tico at 3131 N. Rock Road. Wazabz Sushi Bar and Grill, which just opened in February at 3236 N. Rock Road, also is already closed.

The only restaurants on that block not hopping on merry-go-round, it appears, are Carlos O’ Kelly’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings,  Il Ponte, Jimmy John’s, and Jimmie’s Diner.

And Hooters.

Twin Peaks opens today

Ladies and gentelman, er, gentelman: Your wait staff.

Twin Peaks, a new bar and grill going into the former Timberline spot at 8310 E. 21st St., joins Hooters and Emerson Biggin’s on Wichita’s growing list of double-entendre, male-focused, scantily-clad waitress restaurants when it opens today.

Its specialties (besides waitresses in super low-cut short-shorts and Daisy Duke, chest-baring crop tops) appear to be standard bar food fare such as chicken fried steak, burgers and sandwiches.

A first glance at the menu reveals a few unusual, tantalizing options: BBQ pulled pork nachos, a flat iron steak, venison chili and blackened fish tacos among them. Entrees average about $11 or $12.

The restaurant will open from5 p.m. to midnight today. It’ll keep those hours until Monday, when its regular hours will take over: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Chicken champ

My big food adventure this weekend was judging the Midwest Beerfest’s brand new chicken wing competition, which was sort of risky considering it was the first food I’d eaten since recovering from the 24-hour stomach flu.

The wings were good, as were my co-judges, local television personality Sierra Scott and “The Good Life Guy” (and Beerfest founder) Guy Bower.

We gave the “Best of Show” prize to Bubba’s Nekked BBQ, which presented a wing with layers of flavor, including a hint of cinnamon and a nice kick of spice. The originality prize went to The Anchor, whose chef Ben George brought a tasty Thai wing that he punctuated with spicy Sriracha sauce.  That wing also earned The Anchor the people’s choice award.

Other worthy competitors included Hooter’s, When Pig’s Fly, Dad’s, and Fox and Hound.

My weakened stomach handled the wings fine, but sadly, it wasn’t up for much beer. Maybe next year. Cheers to my Beerfest date Jaime Green for making the above video.