In a city full of Mediterranean- and Lebanese-influenced restaurants, it only makes sense that there should be a Moroccan option, as the cuisines share many of the same influences. Enter Marrakech Cafe, which opened earlier this year. Here diners can find traditional food from the owner’s native Morocco.
Connie’s Mexico Cafe, the oldest family-owned Mexican restaurant in Kansas, recently celebrated its 51st birthday and still prides itself on family-owned recipes and more than generous sized servings. It’s not your typical chain Mexican restaurant that overdoes the decor and wrecks the ambience with loud music, low lighting and servers in bright colored garments. This is a place where you come and enjoy a well-prepared, home-cooked meal. The story of the family, headed by matriarch Carmen Rosales, has been well-published and, just in case you missed it, you will find it on the menu’s cover page.
Wichita, thankfully, has no shortage of Asian cuisine. However, with such a variety, it can be easy to overlook some of the smaller restaurants with more to offer. Bann Thai has been in a strip mall on the southwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn since 2012. It offers a menu that includes popular Thai dishes from soups and salads to fish, pork and beef as well as vegetarian-friendly tofu dishes.
Dragon Express at first glance seems like your average Wichita Chinese restaurant. Upon entering, you see a menu that is stocked with dishes such as Moo Goo Gai Pan and Kung Pao shrimp sold by the pint.
Sitting on the corner of 11th and Bitting in Riverside, among beautiful trees and quaint apartments, next to a little barber shop and disc golf store, is R Coffee House. It’s a place where everyone in the neighborhood hangs out to enjoy coffee, good food, live jazz, open poetry and stories.