Where to get your Lenten fish

Newport Grill in Bradley Fair

Even though Wichita is no where near an ocean, we still have some decent fish and seafood in town. We even have several restaurant’s whose No. 1 focus is fish.

Recently, I’ve heard from several Lenten observers who are asking for alternatives to Long John Silver’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Long John Silver’s, home of the fabulous hushpuppy.)

Here’s a list of ideas.

FINE FISH DINING: Wichita has two finer restaurants whose focus is fish: The upscale Newport Grill at 1900 N. Rock Road and the popular chain Bonefish Grill at 10250 E. 13th St. There’s also always Red Lobster, the reliable chain that has stores at 555 S. West St. and 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive:

FAST AND FRIED: Fish fans also can choose from less fancy fish places, many of which have a loyal local following. Fast fried fish is available at In And Out Fried Chicken & Fish at  447 N. St. Francis and Wichita Fish Company, 1601 W. Douglas, and Pirate Pete’s Seafood Restaurant, 1648 S. Rock Road.

SUSHI SPOTS: Wichita’s list of great sushi places keeps growing. Among the spots to consider sampling during Lent: Kanai at 12111 W. Maple, Hana Cafe at 325 N. Mead, Sumo at 11233 E. 13th St. and Wasabi, which has locations at 912 E. Douglas Ave. and 3242 N. Rock Road.

ALSO: River City Brewing Co. at 150 N. Mosley offers some of Wichita’s most popular fish and chips. Freddy’s Frozen Custard always offers fried fish sandwiches and fish and chips during Lent. And When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que at 7011 W. Central will offer fish specials such as lemon pepper smoked salmon and BBQ tilapia tacos on Wednesdays and Fridays through April 6. And The Seafood Shop at 6470 E. Central Avenue sells not only fish and seafood to be cooked at home but also carryout fish lunches.

When Pigs Fly’s birthday rib eating contest

When pigs turn 1, they celebrate with a rib eating contest.

On Saturday, When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que at 7011 W. Central is marking its first birthday with a rib-eating contest featuring representatives from Wichita EMS, the Wichita Fire Department and local radio personalities. The restaurant also will be giving away prizes and balloons.

The fun starts at noon, and spectators are welcome to watch the contestants chow down.

I’d also recommend you eat lunch while you’re there. Read my When Pigs Fly review to get yourself ready.

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.