Wichita restaurants will be on Travel Channel

Two local restaurants will be featured on national television next week, and one is putting on a watch party to celebrate.

Public at the Brickyard, the gastropub at 129 N. Rock Island in Old Town, and Jet BBQ at 1100 E. Third St., both will be featured Wednesday in back-to-back episodes of a Travel Channel show called “BBQ Crawl,” which features host Danielle Dimovski, a Canadian barbecue champion, traveling the country, competing, and sampling ‘cue.

The episode featuring Public is on first at 9 p.m. and is called “Bison, Beer and BBQ.” During the episode, Dimovski stops in to try Public’s buffalo sliders. Then, at 9:30 p.m., an episode called “Firehall Q, Cattle Auctions and Strawberry Banana Cake” features Jet BBQ and owner “Jet Man” John Thien giving Dimovski a tour in his signature fire truck.

The watch party starts at 8 p.m. at Public, which will offer $2 drafts and food specials. For more information, call Public at 316-263-4044.

Watch this trailer for a preview to the episode featuring Public and keep watching to see the Jet BBQ episode preview.

Wichita bars, restaurants share summer cocktail recipes

For our Perfect Summer section, I was assigned to try and persuade a few local bars and restaurants to share recipes for favorite summer cocktails. That was an assignment I happily accepted.

Melad Stephan, who owns Sabor, Caffe Moderne and Oeno in Old Town Square, gave me the secret to Sabor’s sangria and mango mojito.

Emma Russell at Mort’s shared the recipe for a Golden Mean martini.

And Brooke Russell at Public at the Brickyard not only shared two drink recipes, including one for a very delicious concoction called Gordon’s Cup, but she also agreed to star in a how-to video, which you will see above. I sampled the Gordon’s Cup, and it was refreshing, potent and completely summer-rific.

You can find all those recipes here.

If you burn through this list of cocktails, you could move on to the list of cocktail recipes I got last summer, including one from Taste & See, the Monarch and Heroes.

The burgers battled… and Fizz won

The Fizz burger fixers, hard at work.

Saturday night’s Battle of the Burgers, a first-time fundraiser put on by KETCH at Old Cowtown, was fun. I know I’ve never eaten so many burgers in one sitting.

I joined a panel of three other judges, and we blind tasted at least 14 different burgers and ranked them, looking for winners in three categories: Traditional, contemporary and gourmet.

Judges. Can’t. Move. Too. Full.

The participants were Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, and they topped their burgers with sauces, pickles, onions, pickled onions, onion strings, bacon and more.

The evening’s big winner was Fizz Burgers & Bottles, which is at 7718 E. 37th St. N. Their burger, which was topped with chopped lettuce and a nice sauce, was not only the judges’ choice for “best traditional” burger, but it also earned the People’s Choice trophy.

A bit of the burger submitted by Public at the Brickard.

The Anchor, which grilled up a very big, beefy burger on an onion bun, won the best gourmet category.

And Mooyah, the new burger restaurant that opened last fall at 352 S. West St,  had the best contemporary burger.

KETCH employees say they hope to make the event an annual happening. It’d be fun to see even more burger cookers there next year.

Old Cowtown overflowing with food, drink

Old Cowtown Museum will be full of food and drink lovers this weekend. The venue at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. has two big food events scheduled.

Local restaurants will be competing for these beautiful burger trophies this weekend.

On Saturday, a new fundraiser called Battle of the Burger will fill the grounds.  The event, a fundraiser for KETCH, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and will have six local restaurants serving samples of their burgers, trying to claim the title of best burger maker.

The participating restaurants all have good burgers, so competition should be fierce: Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill.

In addition to sampling the burgers, attendees also get a beer, dessert, chips and access to  car show, wagon rides and live music by the band Turnback Creek. I’m a judge at the event, so I’ll see you there.

Tickets are $35, available at the door or by visiting ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

Just look at these folks, moseying with their wine.

Then, on Sunday, the fifth annual Wine Mosey will move in.  It’s scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature hors d’oeuvres provided by the Double Tree by Hilton Airport and a barbecue dinner by Wichita Wagonmasters. It also will feature stagecoach rides, saloon girls, antique bowling and gunfights plus a live auction and music by the Diamond Wranglers. Admission is $40 a person at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-350-3323.

Public at the Brickyard: A new brunch player

Public at the Brickyard, the newish Old Town gastropub with a cozy atmosphere and a kitchen full of locally produced ingredients, has added a Sunday brunch menu.

The pub at 129 N. Rock Island quietly tried out the new brunch last week, and it went well, so it starts for real on Sunday.

It’s not a buffet. Rather, customers order from the menu items such as eggs made your way, smoked chicken biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast and steel cut oats. Bloody Marys and mimosas also are available.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.  For more information, call 316-263-4044.

Drink beer in Public — and have a brisket tamale

UPDATE: Now I think this is sort of humorous, but I don’t think the person who sent me the press release does.

The beer dinner tomorrow actually will have BRISKET tamales. Not cricket tamales. Even though eating cricket and other insects is a thing, that’s not happening at this dinner. 

The culprit? iPhone autocorrect.


If you read my review of Public at the Brickyard last week, you know how much I loved the warm, well-decorated interior of the new gastropub at 129 N. Rock Island.

It seems like the perfect place for a beer dinner, and on Wednesday, they’re having one.

The dinner, put on by Boulevard Brewing Company, will be at 6 p.m. and will feature a four-course meal, each course paired with a  beer from Boulevard’s Smokestack Series line of artisan beers. A beer rep will be on hand to talk about each beer. (Take note: The third course includes a cricket tamale.)

Tickets are $30 a person and are available at the restaurant. For more information, call 316-263-4044.

Meanwhile, here’s the menu:

First course: Long Strange Tripel paired with endive, cornbread croutons, asiago and Mayfair dressing
Second course: Double-Wide I.P.A. paired with cricket tamale, dirty rice and tomatillo salsa
Third course: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale paired with rosemary pork loin stuffed with fig and brie, curry whipped sweet potato and haricot vert
Fourth course: Dark Truth Stout paired with Mexican chocolate, espresso creme cheesecake

Now open: Public at the Brickyard

Former high school buddies Drew Thompson and Travis Russell have just opened their new restaurant, called Public at the Brickyard at 129 N. Rock Island in Old Town, in the building adjacent to the Brickyard bar.

I popped in yesterday to grab a menu and take a look around, and the space was big, open and clean with an inviting bar and several interesting beers on tap.

The menu looks interesting, too, and features items such as homemade pickles, a panini made with bacon, tomato marmalade, basil and brie, plus brisket tacos and several pizzas, including one topped with corn, red onions, vegetables, mozzarella and cheddar on rosemary dough.

So far, owners say, their bison sliders are the most popular item on the menu.

A picture of Public's pizza, pickles, pumpkins an a pint.

The guys are putting a little Oktoberfest event starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, which will take place on the Brickyard’s outdoor patio.

For $5 at the door, attendees will get two drink tickets for Oktoberfest beers and a German-style brat from Yoder meats. Musician Aaron Lee Martin will perform at 3 p.m.

Public’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 316-263-4044.