Question of the week: Wichita’s best barbecue place?

Wichita just gained Bite Me BBQ at 132 N. St. Francis and just lost Bubba’s Nekkid BBQ at 2428 West 13th Street N.

The barbecue places seem to come and go on a fairly frequent basis. Which one is your favorite? Which one would you miss most if it evaporated like Bubba?

I liked Bubba, but I also have enjoyed many a meal at Pig In! Pig Out! at 1003 East 13th Street N. and When Pig’s Fly at 7011 W. Central.

Submit your barbecue favorites in the comments section below.

Even more ideas for Lenten dining

These meatless enchiladas from Our Lady of Perpetual Help look muy delicioso.


This morning I’ve learned of yet another meat-free dining option for Lent, though this one has nothing to do with fish. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Catholic church at 2409 N. Market, offers meatless Mexican meals on Friday nights through Lent. The church serves potato tacos, cheese enchiladas, tostadas, chile rellenos, beans, rice and fideo from 5 to around 7 p.m. They take cash only, and items are sold a la carte. Diners can eat at the church or take the food to go. The dinners are a fund-raiser for children who attend Catholic schools. For more information, call 316-838-5750.

As for Lenten fish feasting, here are a couple of options I’ve recently discovered:

The Red Barn in Goddard, home of the Friday Fish Fry buffet.

The Red Barn, a cool little family-run business at that specializes in barbecue, Mexican food and breakfast, is putting on a fish-fry buffet from 3 to 8 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The buffet includes hand-breaded fried catfish, smoked salmon lemon butter pasta and sides for $12.99 a person. The Red Barn is a bit of a drive — it’s on the east side of Lake Afton (technical address: 24401 W. MacArthur Road, Goddard.) But it’s worth it. I enjoyed the rib and tamale feast I had there last year. You can see the full menu here.

Also, I’ve learned that Pig In Pig Out, the barbecue restaurant at  1003 E. 13th St., is serving a killer smoked lemon pepper salmon on Fridays through Lent. It’s a big hit, said manager K.J. Huelsman, and it often goes quickly on Fridays. “People wait all year for it,” he said. Pig In Pig Out is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Pig In Pig Out’s big TV moment

I’ve been hearing rumors for a week that film crews were in Pig In Pig Out at 1003 E. 13th last week filming some sort of reality show. Initially, I thought it was “Man Vs. Food.”

But now, sources are saying that Pig In Pig Out will be featured on a show debuting this summer on The Discovery Channel called “Road Eats.” Though there’s not a lot of info out there about the new show, it is said to follow a truck driver around the country as he stops at his favorite restaurants. The Internet is full of reports of the show stopping recently in places such as St. Louis and Tucson.

Managers at Pig In Pig Out said they weren’t allowed to discuss the topic. I’ll let you know when an air date is set.