Question of the week: Best hibachi grill

Inspired by a reader who wants to take her 10-year-old daughter out for her first shrimp-catching, spatula flying experience at a local Japanese hibachi grill, I got to thinking about Wichita’s hibachi scene.

Years ago, I wrote a story about how Wichita has more hibachi grill restaurants than most cities larger than ours. I’m pretty sure that’s still the case. Sumo. Osaka. Kobe. Sal’s. Sake. The list goes on and on.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite Japanese steakhouse? How often do you go and what do you like (or not like) about the show?

Answer in the comments section below.

Bloomin’ onion for lunch, hibachi eggs for breakfast

If you read this blog, you know that  restaurateurs are a very giving people. Every week, our town offers more ways to eat for a cause.

But I really like the sound of these two approaching food fundraisers, mainly because they give people the opportunity to do something they don’t usually get to do, namely eat Outback Steakhouse food for lunch and watch their breakfast being cooked on a Japanese hibachi grill.

Sake Japanese Steakhouse, the new business in the former Kobe Steakhouse building at 650 N. Carriage Parkway, will open special for a charity breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Attendees will be asked for a $20 donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and they can watch as chefs prepare traditional breakfast items on the restaurant’s hibachi grills. For more information, call 316-689-0888.

Then on Monday, students and staff from Paul Mitchell the School-Wichita will be serving lunch at the Outback Steak House at 2020 N. Rock Road (which normally isn’t open for weekday lunch), to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health. Diners can buy a $15 ticket for either an 11:30 a.m. or a 12:30 p.m. seating, and they’ll get a choice of a chicken or steak dinner, Bloomin’ Onion appetizer, side salad, baked potato and beverage. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event by calling 316-630-0600 or at Paul Mitchell the School, 3242 N. Rock Road.