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These Wichita restaurants best known for lunch and dinner have just added breakfast, too

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Bradley Monahan shows us how to make a Fried Pie at his new Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies drive-through near 13th and Tyler. The drive-through-only business opened to the public in August 2018.
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Bradley Monahan shows us how to make a Fried Pie at his new Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies drive-through near 13th and Tyler. The drive-through-only business opened to the public in August 2018.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And lately, it seems like the Wichita restaurant community is solidly behind that theory.

Several restaurants best known for lunch and dinner are following the lead of The Oasis, the West Wichita bar known for its burgers, and adding breakfast to their menus and hours to their mornings.

Here are a few that have recently added the morning meal.

Dempsey’s Biscuit Co., 3425 E. Douglas: This hot chicken restaurant has long had a popular Saturday and Sunday brunch. Last week, owners decided to add weekday breakfast, too. Dempsey’s is now opening at 9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and serving a menu of some of its most popular weekend offerings, including biscuits with gravy, french toast, waffles, breakfast burritos and more. Breakfast items are available until 2 p.m. “The brunch has been such a success on the weekends, we decided there’s no sense in not making it available all week long,” said co-owner Sebastian Gordon.

El Vaquero Mexican Grill, 1320 E. Central: This new Mexican restaurant, which opened in the spring, just added breakfast last week. It’s served from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast menu includes several Mexican-inspired dishes like breakfast burritos but it also has classics like bacon and eggs, pancakes, omelets and eggs Benedict.

The Light Dry Bar and Grill, 1051 N. Broadway: This new restaurant, which opened in May, added breakfast this week. It’s served from 8 a.m. until close daily. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Fried Pies, 8520 W. 13th St.: Wichita’s new drive-through fried pie shop just started serving its breakfast pies all day long. The menu includes a bacon, egg and cheese pie and a sausage, egg and cheese pie. Both are $4.75. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

FILE VIDEO -- Sasnak Management president Jon Rolph shows off the company's new breakfast concept, HomeGrown, at NewMarket North. (Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle/May 23, 2017)

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