Starbucks just this week returned its famous pumpkin spice latte to the menu for fall, as well as a variety of pumpkin-flavored pastries including scones and cream cheese muffins.
Panera's fall menu includes several new items, including a BBQ chicken chopped salad, a Napa almond chicken salad sandwich, and a breakfast power sandwich, made with eggs, Vermont white cheddar cheese and lean ham grilled on whole grain bread.
Pei Wei's new Japanese chile beef ramen "demolishes the notion of dehydrated, pre-packaged dorm room fare," according to P.F. Chang's publicists. The new dish, which was added on Monday, features egg noodles glazed in a soy mirin-chile sauce, wok-seared vegetables and flank steak topped with cilantro and lime.
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Empire restaurants, the group that includes Uptown Bistro, Sabor, EggCetera and Oeno , has introduced a new rewards program. Customers sign up for a free card and then collect points — one point for every dollar spent. After they accumulate 150 points, they'll get $15 to spend on their next visit to one of the restaurants.
New Asian restaurants
Sit @ Thai Bistro, an authentic Thai restaurant with a modern twist, is now open at 7603 W. 21st St., in the former Wong's location. And Great Wall is planning its 11th Wichita-area location, this one at 21st and Amidon near Dillons.
New Denny's open 24/7
The new Denny's at 8045 E. Kellogg is open, featuring an updated interior and the same 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week schedule in place at Wichita's two existing Denny's at 5700 W. Kellogg and 4024 E. Harry. To reach the new Denny's, call 316-682-1008.
Carrabba's wine dinners
Carrabba's is putting on wine dinners on the third Wednesday of every month. The dinners include five food and wine pairings, and often include items that aren't on Carrabba's menu and wines that aren't on its normal list. The tastings range in price from $25 to $35 a person, and the next one is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16. For more information, call 316-315-0777.