Ernie Fincher has been serving meals to south Wichita and surrounding communities since opening Fat Ernie’s Family Dining in 2000. Located next to Pop a Top, also owned by Fincher, Fat Ernie’s offers seating for 130 diners in one of two large rooms lined with booths and tables.
When Vernon and Sherry Underwood purchased the Tee Time Cafe four years ago, little did they know that it would become the best-kept secret in Clearwater, a community about 20 miles southwest of Wichita.
When it comes to pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup is set apart by the quality of the broth; it’s the base that brings all of the other ingredients together. Pho Ong 8 goes well beyond the standard, putting in copious amounts of red onion, scallion and black pepper. The aroma is redolent with star anise and clove. It’s one of a handful of pho places where I don’t feel compelled to throw in handfuls of bean sprouts, chiles, fish sauce and Sriracha.