Restaurant News & Reviews

Give the gift of Tanya

Chef Tanya Tandoc, still famous for her soup five years after her popular Tanya's Soup Kitchen closed, is once again selling her recipes for the holidays. Here's what you need to know to get the goods and cook like a pro:

1. There's a fifth volume: Tandoc is adding a new volume of her favorite soup recipes, including mushroom wheatberry, North African pumpkin, creamy yellow squash bisque and Pyrenees bean and sausage stew.

2. You can still get the first four volumes: Along with the new volume, Tandoc will sell her previous four, each of which also costs $10. Among the hits in those volumes — tomato bisque, chicken curry, chicken noodle and bread pudding.

3. Get them downtown: The recipes are for sale starting today at Lucinda's, 329 N. Mead, and The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas.


Abuelo's, the Mexican restaurant at 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway, is offering customers who buy $50 worth of gift cards an extra $10 voucher that can be used in the restaurant at a later date. The offer is good through Dec. 31, and the vouchers can be redeemed from Jan. 1 to March 31. For more information, call

316-634-2230 or purchase them online at


Firefly Cafe

Office workers near the R.H. Garvey building at 300 W. Douglas are celebrating a new lunch option. Firefly Cafe recently opened in the lower level of the building, offering salads, sandwiches and soups (including the already famous cheeseburger soup). It also offers coffee and breakfast items such as muffins and fruit and yogurt. It's open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 316-303-2551.

Restaurant news

* The Knolla's Pizza at Harry and Webb is now called Geno & John's pizza, and owner John Giroux has plans for another location on West 21st between Tyler and Ridge.

* Sprouts, the long-awaited vegetarian restaurant at 1812 S. Seneca, will open on Jan. 25, but it won't be called Sprouts after all. The name was already trademarked elsewhere, so despite already hanging the sign, owner Larry Cook will have to come up with a new name. He's working on it.

* Dyne Quick, the Valentine diner at 1202 N. Broadway, should reopen by mid-January. It closed in 2008.

* Get Franked, the former Let's Be Frank, at 2425 E. Douglas reopened Wednesday with a new name.