Dining With Denise Neil

Delano's La Galette turns 25

This week, I wrote my dining story for the Go! section about La Galette, one of my favorite neighborhood eateries. The restaurant’s owners, Tony Abdayem and his family, are celebrating 25 years in business this week.

This is an accomplishment considering that many restaurants these days struggle to stay open past 25 months. And it’s especially amazing when you consider how much the restaurant has grown from the tiny, seven-seat, can’t-afford-a-sign operation it was on May 17, 1986.

I sat down with Tony on Tuesday, the actual anniversary, and before I knew it, more than an hour had sped by. He’s an interesting many with a passion for his business.

What do I love best at La Galette? There’s no better fattoch dressing in town, in my opinion. Their’s is a vibrant purple-pink color and is made with sumac, olive oil, lemon juice and emulsified red onion. I also am addicted to their quiches, made in individual round crusts, which to me taste like dessert. And for actual dessert, I can’t get enough of the crumbly French petit fours and the heart-shaped, crispy-sweet palmiers, which are visible just in front of Tony in my picture above.

Happy Birthday to a Wichita treasure.