The sandwich shop recently opened at 3425 E. Douglas (316-613-3515) in the space formerly (and briefly) occupied by Breezy's. It's open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Featured on the menu:
1. Sandwiches: Diners can choose from 17 different sandwiches, all $6.99, made with turkey, chicken, pork, beef or veggies and a variety of toppings. One example is the Sophia's Sophisticated Chicken, made with pulled chicken, Applewood bacon, Wisconsin Muenster cheese, avocado, vine-ripened tomatoes, bibb lettuce, red onion and garlic aioli on cheesy rosemary bread.
2. Burgers: Four varieties, each sold for $5.99, are served with toppings ranging from Stilton blue cheese to caramelized onions to jalapeno-apricot mustard.
3. Salads: Six salads include selections such as the Martha's Vineyard, made with spring greens, cranberries, red onions, cashews and raspberry maple vinaigrette. Small salads are $4.99 and large salads are $6.99.
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4. Sides: Dolci & Joes serves sides of fresh-cut fries, sweet potato fries and hand-battered onion rings for $1.49 for a small serving or $2.49 for a large.
Next week is "Restaurant Week" at Empire restaurants, the businesses owned by Melad Stephan that include Uptown Bistro, Oeno Wine Bar and both Sabor restaurants. The event, meant to mimic the famous restaurant week in New York City, offers prix-fixe menus (fixed meals at fixed prices). From Tuesday through Nov. 24, diners can order a $25 three-course dinner at Sabor or Uptown Bistro ($37 with wine pairings) or a $30 three-course dinner with wine pairings at Oeno. Each restaurant will offer several choices for each course. Advance reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 316-262-3232.
Give a turkey, get a pizza
Papa John's Pizza is putting on its sixth annual turkey drive, with a goal of collecting 400 frozen turkeys for the Lord's Diner, from 6 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Those who drop off a turkey will receive a coupon for a free Papa John's pizza for each turkey donated. Drop-off points are Genghis Grill at Douglas and Rock Road and the Papa John's at 21st and Tyler.
Cakes for cans
Local IHOP restaurants will put on their "Cakes for Cans" food drive starting Saturday through Dec. 14, during which time IHOP will give customers who bring in nonperishable food items a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes. The donations will be given to the Kansas Food Bank. There's a limit of one free short stack per party. Wichita's IHOPs are at 515 S. Ridge Circle, 11855 E. Kellogg and 3505 N. Rock Road.