Saturday is the Fourth of July. Let's eat!
1. Palomino party: The Palomino Grill inside Terradyne Country Club in Andover is throwing a Fourth of July bash on Saturday that will include a backyard barbecue buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. The buffet will feature smoked brisket, pulled pork, baked barbecue chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, pie and more. The event will include live country music and a fireworks show and costs $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 6 to 12.
2. Freddy's Frozen Custard: The locally owned hot dog and hamburger chain (which recently announced it'll expand to Derby) will be open on Saturday and serving up its normal menu of hot dogs, Chicago dogs and chili dogs — and those famous flat-grilled steak burgers. Wichita has Freddy's at 8621 W. 21st St., 310 N. Rock Road and 11525 E. 13th St.
3. Dog-N-Shake: Why grill your own dogs when you can buy them (along with a shake) all over town at another popular locally owned chain. Local Dog-N-Shakes are at 8800 Maple, 1706 E. Central, 1659 S. Broadway, 1640 S. Hillside, 4323 S. Seneca and 259 S. West St. and also will be open their regular Saturday hours.
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New food at Mead's>
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Two restaurant closings >
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