On the Border offering $1 margaritas on Saturday

The frozen house margarita at On the Border are just $1 on Saturday.

The frozen house margarita at On the Border are just $1 on Saturday.

This is my kind of week.

Tuesday, apparently, was National Drink Wine Day. (I tend not to celebrate that one, though, because EVERY DAY is National Drink Wine Day at my house.)

And Saturday is National Margarita Day. Now that one I can celebrate.

Mexican chain On the Border, which has Wichita locations at 1930 N. Rock Road and 2347 N. Maize Road, will observe the day by offering $1 house margaritas all day. Customers can order the 12 oz. house margaritas either frozen or on the rocks, and the restaurants also will offer their CoronaRitas, which are dramatically served with a beer turned upside down inside of them, for $5.

When I do go to On the Border, I’m usually lured by the restaurant’s giant frozen swirl margaritas served in glass that reminds me of a fish bowl, and I’ve also been known to visit Jose Pepper’s and Ziggy’s Pizza¬†on its discount margarita nights. Don’t even get me started on those Carlos O’ Kelly’s margaritas in a plastic yellow cup that always tempts me at Intrust Bank Arena concerts.

Who has Wichita’s best margarita, in your opinion?

Eat a taco, help an orchestra kid

No idea what to do for dinner tonight? Print out this flyer, take it with you tonight to the On the Border at 1930 N. Rock Road, and 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Robinson Middle School orchestra.

Students are raising money for a trip to Chicago in December, where they will perform at the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference. Robinson’s orchestra is the only¬† middle school orchestra in the country that was selected to perform.

I’ve noticed a lot of restaurants participating in these kinds of fundraisers in the past several months, including Il Vicino, Panda Express and more. Has your school or nonprofit ever put on a “restaurant night” to raise money? How has it worked? Let me know. I might put together a story soon.

Pass the salt (salt, salt salt salt)

I’m not sure how this escaped my attention until just now, but people, IT’S NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY!!!

Obviously, my inner Buffett sensed last night that it was Margarita Day Eve because I made a batch of these babies, and man oh man, were they good to the last drop.

If you don’t have any tequila on hand, though, plenty of Wichita restaurants serve up fabulous margaritas. One of the best is the aptly named “Perfect Margarita” at Redrock Canyon Grill. And I’ve always been partial to those swirls at On the Border.

Carlos O’ Kelly’s also plans to join in the fiesta, according to Twitter.

Autumn & Art: A culinary report

autumnandart.jpg 002Sorry for my absence on Monday. I was off because I worked on Saturday covering the new Autumn & Art event — a juried show and sale that stretched all along the road behind Bradley Fair.

While there, I did my food writer duty and sampled dishes from the dining tent, and I was pretty impressed. All the good Bradley Fair restaurants participated, including On the Border, Redrock Canyon, Outback and Yia Yia’s. Cocoa Dolce was there, too, selling gelato and trying to keep their delicate chocolates from melting in the not-very-autumny atmosphere.

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The yummy flat bread taco I ingested can be seen at left. Stacked nachos are at right.

After perusing the selections, I chose a flat bread taco from On the Border, which was made with caramelized roast beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce and a nice roasted red-tomatillo salsa. It was delish and not too expensive –$5 for a generous serving that came with a side of tortilla chips and salsa.

I can’t speak for the art, which I admired by couldn’t afford. But in culinary terms, Autumn & Art was a success in my book.

Gluten-free dining

pfchangslogo I received an e-mail today from a reader named Deanna, whose young grandson has just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an inherited autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damanged from eating gluten and other proteins found in grains. People with that disease must have gluten-free diets, and Deanna was wondering which local restaurants serve gluten-free meals.

She found a few options at Bonefish Grill, and I already knew that P.F. Chang’s had a gluten-free menu. A quick Google search turned up a list of several more restaurants that maintain gluten-free menus. Among them: Chili’s, Carrabba’s, Outback Steakhouse, On The Border and Ted’s Montana Grill.

Hope that helps, Deanna.

*UPDATE* : Thanks to an alert reader, I can add two more names to the gluten-free menu list: Carlos O’Kelly’s and Olive Garden.