Local eateries prepare for first Wichita Restaurant Week

06/21/2013 6:52 AM

06/21/2013 9:49 AM

Correction: The number of restaurants participating was incorrect in a previous version of this story.

Wichita foodies, sharpen your knives and break out those elastic-waist jeans: Wichita Restaurant Week starts Friday.

For the first time in Wichita, 24 local restaurants will offer specially priced multicourse meals, and 10 percent of the cost of each meal will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas.

About 30 cities around the country – including Dallas, New York and Chicago – put on annual restaurant weeks during which restaurants offer fixed-price, multicourse meals, often for a price that is slightly lower than usual.

James Williams, spokesman for Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is sponsoring the event, called the partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs and local restaurants “a perfect fit.” He said the goal is to introduce residents and visitors to a variety of dining options in Wichita.

His advice is to explore the website wichitarestaurantweek.com to find a participating restaurant nearby or make a list of eateries to try.

Williams said there are different price points to suit every taste and budget: breakfast is $7, lunch is $15 and dinner is $30, no matter the restaurant. You can read the full menu offerings at the website.

Here’s a small sample of what you will find at a few of Wichita Restaurant Week’s dining destinations.

For breakfast, there’s Doo-Dah Diner, which is offering a crispy corned beef hash or gluten-free banana bread French toast.

When lunchtime rolls around, you can head to AVI Seabar and Chophouse for a starter, soup and entree or check out Siena, where the lunch option includes a Panzanella salad and burger with duck fat fries.

The dinner options are by far the most diverse, and many restaurants offer options for two people. You can start your evening at Oeno, where $30 gets you a bottle of wine and a fruit and cheese plate. Avivo Brick Oven Pizza is offering two salads, an appetizer, two pizzas and a dessert.

For a little Latin flavor, head to Sabor for the Parrila Plate for two. Follow up any of these options with a Wine and Chocolate Flight – three chocolates paired with three different wines – at Cocoa Dolce, or try an entree and ice cream at Harvest Kitchen and Bar, where the ice cream flavors include campfire s’mores and sweet potato casserole.

Williams said Wichita was rated one of the “Top Ten Foodie Cities” by Livability.com, a website whose stated mission is to “tell the story of the great places to live in between the big cities.”

“Wichita is a great food city,” Williams said. “Restaurant week is going to do a great job of highlighting that.”

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