Tempting neighbors and passersby on Waco with his amazing, decadent, bready Mexican pastries just wasnt enough for Juarez Bakery owner Manuel Fernandez. He had to go and open a sister restaurant next door, enticing diners with freshly prepared Mexican dishes.
It’s not difficult to find classic bar fare in Wichita. What is difficult to find is a place that serves that classic bar fare in an environment that’s anything but standard.
Wichita loves Juarez, and I love its churros. But another Mexican bakery, Las Tarascas, could give Juarez some competition.
The popular new BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is so new, it’s still being overwhelmed with crowds that are testing the abilities of the just-trained kitchen and staff. It opened in mid-July in a giant, just-built space at the high-profile intersection of Kellogg and Rock Road. Employees meet the challenge some days better than others, but if you go with an open mind — knowing that it’s too soon for things to be flawless — BJ’s is a fun place to have a drink and a bite. BJ’s is part of a California-based chain that has restaurants across the country.
Having moved to Wichita in 1952, I have had the distinct privilege of eating in some of Wichita’s most notorious burger joints — Big Bun and the original Kings X to name a couple. When I saw that a new Walt’s had opened in Wichita, I had to give it a try. Having been a long-time Walt’s fan, I could not wait.
Very few restaurants in Wichita have been around longer than Old Mill Tasty Shop, which has been a downtown Wichita landmark for decades.
When Pour Haus Restaurant & Tavern opened in March at Maple and Seneca, the menu got my attention.
Little Saigon at 1015 N. Broadway has been open about two years and is one of the best — if not the best — Vietnamese restaurants in town. Prior to opening, the owners remodeled the space, and it’s clean, modern and uncluttered, with granite tabletops that lend a classy touch. Service is fast, friendly and attentive.
In the summer of 2011, Bite Me BBQ was a little Goddard restaurant with a reputation for pretty good ’cue.
For me, Manna Wok is the perfect hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Located near the intersection of Harry and Oliver, this Asian and Korean eatery is in a teeny-tiny building that can hold no more than 36 people at a time. I have introduced many co-workers to this gem, and they often were scared to venture in solely based on the exterior appearance. But once inside, you will find a welcoming family-run establishment with walls that are covered from floor to ceiling with pictures of customers from the past 20 years.
Food courts make sense in a mall. But when little food courts open in their own buildings, they can get sort of confusing.
Sometimes you just need a good cheeseburger and beer to reaffirm that all is still well and good in the world.