Dining With Denise Neil

Kansas City magazine calls Wichita ‘the perfect weekend getaway,’ maps stop-by-stop visit

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(FILE VIDEO) Wichitan Tyler Engle and a friend shot some footage with a drone in April 2016 and made a quick video for his Facebook page.
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(FILE VIDEO) Wichitan Tyler Engle and a friend shot some footage with a drone in April 2016 and made a quick video for his Facebook page.

You’d think Martin Cizmar was a Wichitan, so perfectly has he mapped out a dreamy weekend in the ICT for the Kansas City magazine he edits.

Cizmar recently penned an article for 435 Magazine with the headline “Wichita’s art, food, and spectacular new riverfront make it the perfect weekend getaway.” And he really sells it.

The article breaks down every step a Kansas Citian should take to enjoy a weekend in Wichita, which the article describes as having recently undergone “an explosion of civic pride.”

A visitor’s Friday night, the article says, should start with drinks at Central Standard Brewing followed by dinner at Dempsey’s Biscuit Co., where one should order hot crispy tenders, a biscuit and some smoky Gouda mac and cheese. Afterward, the article says, visitors should either catch a show at Roxy’s or see who’s performing at Wave.

A perfect weekend visit to Wichita would include catching a show at the new Wave venue, a recent article out of Kansas City says. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

Saturday should start with breakfast at Milkfloat (which the article mistakenly labels as a cocktail bar) followed by museum hopping at places like the Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum or the Kansas African American Museum.

Lunch should include pho slurping at one of North Broadway’s “dueling pho shops,” Saigon or Little Saigon, followed by a drive past the giant Horizontes mural on the grain elevator at 519 E. 20th St., a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House, and a trip past the Keeper of the Plains on a Bike Share ride.

Saturday’s dinner should be at Piatto (and this is my favorite part), “one of only three local restaurants ever awarded four stars by the local daily’s longtime food critic. (That’s me.) Drinks and a show at Nortons Brewing Company should round out this very active Saturday.

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Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria made a Kansas City list of must-stop places in Wichita. Jaime Green The Wichita Eagle

Before heading out of town, the article says, visitors should indulge in some banana buckwheat pancakes at “hip-meets-hippie” restaurant Beautiful Day Cafe then do a little shopping at The Spice Merchant and The Workroom.

Wow. That’s a quality Wichita weekend, and it hits many of my favorite spots. I might only suggest the addition of a stop at Nifty Nut House or Thai Binh Supermarket to make the experience complete.

What do you think, Wichita? Are there any other mandatory stops an out-of-towner might want to make to experience the perfect Wichita weekend? Can it get any better than this?

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.