Restaurant News & Reviews

THREE WAYS TO GET FED FOR FREE OR CHEAPly

1. Free kid meals at Chipotle: To help spread the word about its new kids menu, which includes cheese and meat quesadillas and assemble-your-own tacos, all Wichita Chipotle restaurants will offer free kids meals (with the purchase of an adult meal) on the first four Sundays in October — Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

2. Half-price noodles at Pei Wei: Diners who visit Pei Wei today will receive a ticket for half off the price of the new Thai River Noodles Dish, featuring wok-tossed wide noodles in sweet soy sauce with choice of meat, broccoli, carrots, Fresno peppers and Thai basil. The coupon can be redeemed Saturday through Oct. 10.

3. Chris Cakes at Wichita Scottish Rite: The guy who flips great cakes and cooks fabulous sausage links _ Chris Cakes _ will serve his famous food at the third annual Scottish Rite Pancake Feed, which will be from 11 am. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Scottish Rite, 332 E. First St. Tickets are $5, and proceeds will help with the continued restoration efforts at the Scottish Rite building. For more information, please call 316-263-4218.

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Chili fest results

Last weekend's Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff attracted about 7,500 chili fans. The competition was tight, but judges chose a long list of winners, some of which are now qualified to compete in this weekend's World's Champion Chili Cookoff in New Hampshire. Among them are Judie Ellis, who won the International Chili Society Red Chili category, and her daughter, Julie Brown, who had already qualified in the chili verde and salsa divisions in other cookoffs she's entered. Also placing in the event: The Anchor, which earned second place in the People's Choice category. For a full list of winners, visit blogs.kansas.com/dining and search for chili.

Press pockets Pitts

Melad Stephan has hired chef Douglas Pitts to cook at his new cocktail lounge, now called Press, which he hopes to open mid-month in the former eastside Sabor spot at 1720 N. Webb Road. (Stephan originally planned to call the lounge D'Vine but now has decided to call it Press. —as in wine and vodka press.) Pitts, who opened 626 Douglas when he first moved to Wichita in 2004 then worked as a chef at Chester's, Bella Donna and his recently closed downtown lunch spot, DK Kitchen, will prepare tapas and also plans to put on weekly wine dinners.

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