Dining With Denise Neil

Want your recipe on Cheddar’s menu? You have until Dec. 8

The new Cheddar’s logo.
The new Cheddar’s logo.

It’s easy to determine which restaurants are Wichita’s favorites. They’re the ones that never, ever, no matter what time or what day, don’t have a line of people waiting for a table. Using those standards, the top three have to be Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden and Cheddar’s Casual Cafe.

As of last week, though, Cheddar’s Casual Cafe is no longer a Casual Cafe. It’s a Scratch Kitchen. The 35-year-old Texas-based restaurant chain, which opened in Wichita in 2007 at 11711 E. 13th St. N., is re-branding itself and now is called Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

The menu hasn’t changed but all the outdoor signs have, and the restaurant also got some new paint, tabletops and booth backs. It wants to draw diners’ attention to its assertion that more than 90 percent of its dishes are made from scratch and prepared in a kitchen twice the size of the average restaurant kitchen.

As part of the change, the restaurant is putting on a local recipe contest. Locals are invited to submit a side dish recipe by Dec. 8, and the winner will receive a $250 Cheddar’s gift card and have the recipe included on the local menu for six weeks. To enter, e-mail the recipe to brandteam@cheddars.com.

For your reference, the restaurant’s current side dishes include mashed potatoes, loaded baked potatoes, mac and cheese, steamed broccoli cheese casserole, coleslaw, corn, broccoli, black beans, green beans, red beans and rice and fries.

For more information, call 316-688-0401.