The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas is teaming up with Go Wichita and the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association to put on a “Restaurant Week” in Wichita. They’re planning it for June 21 to 30 and hope to get 25 local restaurants involved.
1. Westside Ciao is open: Wichita’s second Ciao Italian Kitchen is now open in the space at 2121 N. Tyler Road vacated when Tommy’s closed in April. It serves lunch and dinner and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. It serves the same menu of homey Italian food as the eastside Ciao, which opened a year ago at 1720 N. Webb. For more information, call 316-616-2426.
The Douglas Design District — the folks responsible for October’s Food Truck Rally — have another event planned that involves tasty treats. Counter Culture Christmas will be from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at Karma Konnections, 1123 E. Douglas, and Lucky’s Everyday, 1217 E. Douglas. The afternoon will include gift shopping at local vendors, and live music from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Karma Konnections and from 9 p.m. to midnight at Lucky’s Everyday. Among the performers on the bill: Brook Blanche, A.J. Gathier, Rudy Love, Jordan Dee Minnis, Lacey Cruse and Whaddya Moe. The event will also include free light appetizers prepared by Don Lucero, who’s the chef at Via Christi Hospital on Harry and two-time winner of the Make-A-Wish Loaf-Off, an annual fundraising meatloaf competition. Lucero is starting his own catering business on the side and will provide items such as fruit kabobs, veggie pinwheels and pulled pork.
Doo-Dah Diner at 206 E. Kellogg will open on Friday evening to host an art show as part of this month’s Final Friday event. The restaurant will display art that’s part of Create Donate, a traveling installation of work by local artists who donate between 25 and 100 percent of the money they make to local nonprofits. The restaurant will be open from 6 to 8 p.m., and although it won’t be serving from its menu, it’ll be serving appetizers and beverages. For more information, call 316-390-3553.
When searching for an authentic Mexican meal, we often think of several restaurants on the north side of Wichita.
When the bulldozers finish their work in a few weeks, a part of Wichitas dining history will come to an end. (Although its waffles will survive.)
Sometime after Sunday, Wichitas final Kings-X at 2014 W 21st St. will be torn down to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy that will go up this summer on the lot where the restaurant has operated since it opened in 1968.
For those of you who refuse to go downtown for anything but work, Cafe Bel Ami will change your mind.
1. When Pigs Fly, 7011 W. Central, 316-440-3823: The restaurant is selling 12- to 14-pound Butterball turkeys that are smoked and injected with a butter/herb mixture for $35.99. A full meal plus sides is $59.99. Customers must make reservations by Friday for pickup on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving dinner doesnt have to require basting the turkey, doing the dishes and calling the plumber to plunge the potato peels out of the clogged garbage disposal.
So many restaurant chains are offering dining specials for veterans on Sunday and Monday, Im not sure how a veteran is supposed to choose.
I never can decide which Vietnamese dish I love most.
Three opportunities to drink and eat
Hole-in-the-wall discoveries are one of the best perks of writing about restaurants, and thanks to the urgings of several sushi eaters in-the-know, I’ve discovered another one.
The GreenAcres Market offers more than just organic and specialty foods and products. Inside the store, past the produce section, is an amazing deli that offers a variety of sandwiches and wraps, soups, salads, entrees, sides and desserts. The deli also offers healthy smoothies and juices.
O.J. Moore knows his meat.
Wichita can’t seem to get enough breakfast places, which are packed all over town on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The 32nd annual celebration of Asian culture, put on by the Wichita Asian Association, is scheduled for Saturday at Century II, 225 W. Douglas, and it’s known among local foodies as a great place to get amazing Asian cuisine. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the flavor:
The star attraction at this weekends annual St. George Lebanese dinner is a decadent serving of baklawa a traditional dessert with layers of flavor thats sweet, syrupy, chewy and crunchy all at the same time.
Indian food often gets a bum rap from many people as a cuisine that is too spicy and intense for their liking, even though they probably have never even sampled it. Fortunately, Passage to India offers a way for diners to experience the variety and deliciousness of Indian food.