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On the side Three menu revamps for Wichita restaurants

  • Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

Three menu revamps

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Larkspur Bistro & Bar, 904 E. Douglas, 316-262-5275: The popular fine dining restaurant at 904 E. Douglas, has had the same menu for a long time. But two weeks ago, the restaurant made some pretty significant changes to its menu, adding lots of items and changing some others. Owner Ty Issa, who also owns Ya Ya’s Eurobistro enlisted the help of his YaYa’s chef, Owen Moore, to freshen the Larkspur menu.

Among the additions are a wedge salad with goat cheese dressing, a tomato mozzarella salad, a blackened tilapia taco at lunch, several pastas including lobster rigatoni and cheese and steak arrabiata fettuccine, and a seared ahi tuna and a rocky mountain trout at dinner.

The Metro salad is still on the menu but includes toasted walnuts instead of slivered almonds. Several dishes are topped with new sauces, and a side salad with an entree now costs $3 extra.

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Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, 1725 E. Douglas, 316-267-7687: Earlier this month, owner Tanya Tandoc updated her menu for summer, adding two new sandwiches (a caprese BLT and the Herbert, made with summer veggies, Kalamata olives, herb cream cheese Parmesan and fresh spinach on focaccia.) She also is offering a rotating salad special every Thursday, with options such as Greek pasta salad, seasonal fruit salad and Asian green bean salad. Until fall, she’s serving only three soup choices a day.

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Chester’s Chophouse, 1550 N. Webb Road, 316-201-1300: The fine dining restaurant recently changed up its dessert menu for summer, adding choices such as Granny Smith apple beignets, pina colada almond cake, creme brulee pie and butterscotch panna cotta. It also added three flavors of tumbleweeds, including traditional, chocolate cherry and a toasted almond. Summer upgrades to the dinner menu are coming, too.

Quick bites

Food Network Magazine recognizes local ice cream shop

For the past several summers, Food Network Magazine has put out a “Fifty States” issue, which names the best of a certain dish in each of the 50 states.

Two summers ago, it was pizza, and Wichita Pizza Co’s taco pizza was named the best in Kansas. Last summer, the topic was sandwiches, and the banh mi at My Tho was the Kansas sandwich that made the list.

This summer, Food Network Magazine is listing the country’s best ice cream treats, and the issue on stands now names Paleteria La Reyna’s helado (Spanish for ice cream) the best in Kansas.

The restaurant, which serves delicious tacos and tortas as well as ice cream in flavors of tequila, pine nut, bubble gum and more, is at 2925 N. Arkansas. For more information, call 316-831-9196.

Grand opening for coffee roaster

Reverie Coffee Roasters, a coffee roasting/ brewing shop at 2611 E. Douglas, is having a grand opening celebration this weekend that will feature music, food and free samples.

On Friday, B.S. Sandwich Press will be stationed outside the shop from 6 to 9 p.m., and Elliot Road will be inside performing from 7 to 8 p.m. The shop also will display artwork by Wayne Clark.

On Saturday, both B.S. Sandwich Press and The Flying Stove will be at the shop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Kayla Fitzgerald Jacobs will perform from noon to 1 p.m.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the shop will be offering samples of coffee plus munchies.

The tastefully decorated shop is just getting up and going, but its main function will be selling freshly roasted coffee beans for about $15 a pound. It also has shelves and shelves of very cool coffee gadgets, including vacuum-sealing coffee bean holders, brewers, presses and cups.

The shop also serves coffee — specialty drinks and slow-brewed basics. That’s not the focus of the shop, but it has a nice coffee bar and a couple of tables up front.

For more information, call 316-616-4362.

U-Hungry? Find this truck

The U-Hungry Truck might just be one of Wichita’s pioneering mobile restaurants.

Arturo Ray hit the streets with the truck two years ago. He serves a little bit of everything, including fried catfish, fried shrimp, chicken wings, tacos, burritos, brats, pulled pork and Polish sausage.

He doesn’t operate like the other food truckers, do. Ray tends to drive around an area bordered by 21st Street, 17th Street, Oliver and I-135. When he sees people who look hungry, he stops and cooks for them. Ray said he tried updating his location via Facebook, but when he did, he got a huge line that he couldn’t handle. His method works better, he said, and his regulars know his patterns.

Those who want to try U-Hungry can call Ray at 810-210-2592 to find out where he is. The truck is red and decorated with lots of vintage signs. He is on hiatus until July 8.

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