Dining With Denise Neil

They’re serving WHAT? New year brings new weirdness to many Wichita menus

They sound like ideas cooked up after a wee bit too much New Year’s cheer.

On the other hand, they might just be brilliant – and delicious.

Now that 2018 has arrived, several restaurants in Wichita have been announcing the addition of some off-the-wall menu items – dishes that combine two great tastes, and we’ll just have to find out if they taste great together.

I’m willing to give ‘em a go. Are you?

Here are several nominees for the weirdest menu additions I’ve seen in 2018 so far.

S’more burger at Whiskey Dicks, 801 S. Seneca: The January burger of the month at this local sports bar seems questionable, but as owners said when they posted it on Facebook, “Don’t knock it till you try it.” The burger is made with a 1/3-pound patty then topped with marshmallows, dark chocolate and graham crackers. On Wednesdays, the burger is half price.

Mac and cheese pizza at Ziggy’s: 3700 E. Douglas and 12115 E. 21st St: This Wichita pizza restaurant sent its customers into a New Year’s frenzy when it announced the addition of its “Mac Attack” pizza” earlier this week. “Try it plain, with bacon or buffalo chicken...either way it's delicious,” owners boasted in the post. The pizza is available for a limited time.

Sweet Pepper Bacon Burger Pizza at Heroes, 117 N. Mosley: The new owners at Heroes are preparing to reveal a new menu, but they’ve been teasing one of its most decadent additions: A Sweet Pepper Bacon Burger whose buns are tiny pepperoni pizzas.

Falafel tacos at District Taqueria: 917 E. Douglas: This downtown taqueria has just introduced a Medi-Mex special that stuffs falalfel patties in a tortilla and tops them with tahini sauce, pico and pickled chiles. They’re $3 each or three for $8.50 and should be available through the month.

Hot chicken ramen at Dempsey’s Biscuit Co, 3425 E. Douglas: The Biscuit Co.’s inventive head chef Bill Crites is bringing back this popular mashup of two favorites – Nashville-style hot chicken and Japanese-style ramen. It’s made with pork broth, pickled shimeji mushrooms, soft boiled egg, ramen noodles, green onion and chili oil, and it’s topped with sliced Nashville hot chicken. It’ll be available as a dinner special after 5 p.m. throughout the week of Jan. 8.

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