Local blogger tracks gluten-free goodness

Dale Huntington, Wichita's king of gluten-freeness.

I love food blogs, especially those created locally.

Dale Huntington, a local food fan who has Celiac’s disease, moved from California to Wichita in 2009 and was a little alarmed to find the local college mascot was a shock of wheat. People with Celiac’s must avoid foods that contain wheat gluten.

He started a blog called “Gluten Free in Wichita” pointing other gluten-free diners to delicious meals he’d discovered, and the blog has become very popular. Dale has found endorsable meals at restaurants ranging from When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que to Jason’s Deli.

Check out his blog, whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not. It’s full of pretty pictures of food and interesting info that even non-gluten-avoiders can appreciate.

Feed the kids without guilt

Red Robin is one of Wichita's most kid-friendly restaurants.

Parents magazine is out with the results of its 10 Best Restaurant Chains survey, and Wichita has all but three of them.

The survey was intended to gather a list of restaurants where families can get the most nutritious foods for the best price while having the least stressful experience — a trifecta that most parents would insist doesn’t exist.

Here’s the list, which will appear in the April issue, scheduled to hit newsstands on March 15.

1. Jason’s Deli: Wichita has two of these — one at 7447 W. 21st and 2000 N. Rock Road.
2.  Cosi: This sandwich and soup chain has its nearest location in Tulsa.
3. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes: This chain specializes in soups and salads, too, and has a store in Overland Park.
4. Red Lobster: Wichita’s are at 555 S. West St. and 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive.
5. Chipotle: We have four– at 515 N. Hillside, 2241 N. Maize Road, 3015 N. Rock Road and 535 S. Rock Road.
6. Noodles & Company: The city’s first Noodles & Company opened late last year at 3300 N. Rock Road.
7. Red Robin: Kids love Wichita’s Red Robin, which is at 9990 E. 13th St.
8. Mimi’s Cafe: This chain offers healthy home cooking and has a restaurant by Oak Park Mall in Overland Park.
9. Panera Bread: Wichita has three existing Panera’s, and a fourth will open soon at Maple and Ridge.
10. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Wichita’s P.F. Chang’s is at 1401 N. Waterfront Parkway.

Cheap eats for kids

MOMS SCHOOLHABITS KCThis just in! Today, June 30, is Kids Day Out at Fazoli’s, the fast-Italian chain. Kids who visit today get a 99 cent kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. (See details below.)

Cheap or free kids meals are a big draw for families, and several restaurants around town offer frequent price breaks to attract families. One of my favorites is kids night at Jason’s Deli, which happens every Tuesday after 5 p.m. and offers free meals to kids who are dining with a paying adult.

What’s your favorite kid meal deal? Post it below. We’ll get a list going.

(On another note, if you have kids and you like to dine out, you might find this article that my friend Suzanne sent to me pretty interesting. It argues that restaurants don’t need to be kid friendly but rather that kids need to be restaurant friendly.)

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