WICHITA — An executive with a large corporation, who also happens to be a family friend, got stranded in Wichita Monday night after his plane from Dallas couldn’t make it here due to weather.
He’s someone who’s quite the world traveler (he’s already flown 80 times this year) so it was interesting to get his perspective on Wichita and a few of the businesses here. First, he was impressed with the DoubleTree by the airport and its amenities for top-tier travelers. It’s not hard to believe that the DoubleTree is nice, but it’s a little surprising to imagine it’s so nice that a well-traveled person would remark on it.
Then it was off to Old Town, where our visitor particularly enjoyed all the neon in Old Town Square. Mort’s, where it was cheap martini night, was absolutely packed, making Wichita seem like quite the happening place.
Finally, Sabor Latin Grille was a tasty end to the evening. It was half-price night on bottles of wine, so we sprung for the Keenan cabernet, which we got for $45 instead of the usual $90. The waitress was gleeful, but not because of what it meant for her tip.
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“The last person who ordered that was Harrison Ford!” she said.
It gave us a chance to explain to our visitor that the actor is just one of many notables who pop into the Air Capital for training or to buy planes.
Instead of the paella that Harrison ordered, we shared the parilla platter, which is a meaty staple of Argentinian cuisine. Not, perhaps, a dish that one might expect to be having in Wichita, Kansas, on a Monday night.
As we parted ways with our guest, it was obvious he’d truly enjoyed his night on the town in Wichita. He’s already planning a return trip.