Pre and During Lenten Friday

Okay, these two restaurants I’m writing about have no connection other than I ate at these two places during this first week of Lent.  I’m always up for going to a new mom-and-pop restaurant and it was no different this week.

Phojo Greg and I were already downtown for an interview, so, we decided to check out a restaurant that replaced the Quiznos at the corner of Murdock and Waco.  We visited “El Piminiento” for the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I had two tamales, rice, and beans for about six dollars.  The portion was more than generous and the taste of these tamales was just perfect.  I’m a huge fan of tamales and these did not disappoint.  I chatted a bit with the owner, Havier, and he told me that all of his food is authentic Mexican food and that he’s enjoying being an entrepreneur in Wichita.  I highly recommend this place for Mexican food but you’ll have to find out their times.

El Pimiento

738 N. Waco

316-440-5122

After working all day and then volunteering on Friday evening, I must have been a bit tired because I got us lost!  Since it was Lenten Friday, I knew I could eat seafood.  Having heard about the Wichita Fish Company by a friend, I suggested that restaurant.  Unfortunately, they close by 8 p.m. and we don’t get out of the Lord’s Diner ’til 7:35 p.m.  We called them and they suggested we go to Haysville Fish Company which doesn’t close ’til 9 p.m. on Friday.  I thought I knew where I was going but apparently I did not.  I got us lost for a good 10-15 minutes but we got back on track to arrive at the Haysville Fish Co. by 8:15 p.m.

Since, it was Lenten Friday, we knew we’d have to wait for our food.  And, it was well worth the wait!  While we waited for our food, I chatted with the owner, Larry.  He told me the Haysville restaurant had been open for a little over year and that it gets very busy on Lenten Fridays.

I ordered the crab cake dinner and it was delicious!  Only problem was that it was too much food for me to finish.  Bright side, I had some leftovers so I could have it again.  I tried some of my brother’s Haddock strips and they were perfectly seasoned.  I recommend what I ordered but would order one additional smaller item with the crab cake dinner and share it.

Haysville Fish Company

7301 S. Broadway, Haysville

316-260-3400

Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-8p.m.

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All-American Hamburgers

Besides my love for soups, I love to eat a good ol’ All-American hamburger with plenty of ketchup and mustard!

But after doing a story on Type 2 diabetes, I’m afraid my love for these hamburger joints might have to become a less frequent affair.  There’s nothing wrong with eating hamburgers as long as it’s in moderation and not a daily staple in my diet.  Let me share some of my favorite burger joints in/around Wichita.

If you have any suggestions of other places that I should visit, comment and let me know.

  • The Anchor – 1109 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita
  • Charlie’s Famous Burgers – 3200 West 13th Street North, Wichita
  • TJ’s Burger House – 1003 West Douglas Avenue, Wichita
  • Timbuktu Bar and Grill – 1251 North Andover Road, Andover

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Time For Soups

It’s that time of the year where cooler temperatures are among us and what does that mean?  Well, for those that only like soup when it’s cold, then, its time for soups!

I re-introduce to you “Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.”  It truly is one of my favorite lunch spots and it’s even better now that it can warm me up so that I can report in the frigid cold winds of Kansas.  I introduced Tanya’s to both phojos Scheffer and Gio, and I believe they are fans too.  Every time I walk into the restaurant, I’m eager to see what’s on the board.  There’s always a new soup that I haven’t tried and I’m never disappointed with my selection.

Another favorite spot of mine is Barn’rds near 21st Street and Woodlawn.  They have my favorite vegetable beef soup.  I always combine it with the delicious BBQ beef sandwich.  It reminds me of my days in college whenever I eat there.

My favorite sushi place, Wasabi, also has a warm treat.  I enjoy eating their seafood udon noodles with the beef stock soup.  Although, I have to say that in terms of udon noodles, I still prefer the sweet udon noodles at Kanai (on the west side of Wichita).  In one of my next entries, I’ll have to introduce you to pho, Vietname noodles in soup.

Volunteering in south Wichita has its perks…re-visiting Restaurante Usuleteco.  After my friends and I volunteered at the Lord’s Diner, we visited the restaurant at about  7:45 p.m.  The staff was kind enough to let us order and eat our food, even though they closed at 8 p.m. on Friday!  I don’t recall any soups on the menu but I thought this would serve as a nice reminder of this mom-and-pop restaurant.  If you’re looking to break from the routine or are looking for something good and new, then I recommend this place…just don’t show up at 7:45 p.m., like us.

Italian in Kansas

Luciano's at 216 West Main Street in Mulvane

For my birthday, back in September, I decided to venture down to Mulvane for some Italian food.  I’d been there a few years ago with a friend and was missing some good Italian food. Luciano’s in Mulvane sure didn’t disappoint!  For lunch, they have a salad and entre special.  It took me a while to make up my mind but I chose wisely and the result was perfect!  I had the Insalata Mela Verde, spring mix salad with green apples, grapes, and crushed walnuts.  For my entre, I had Mottola Sugo di Carne, which the menu said it was a penne pasta with Luciano’s family recipe for meat sauce.  It was DELICIOUS!  And, as an added bonus, I had free dessert because it was my birthday!  Let me tell you, that creme brulee was nearly to die for!

Luciano's Insalata Mela Verde and Mottola Sugo di Carne

Luciano's Crema Bruciata

If you don’t feel like driving, I have a great recommendation…Marchello’s Restaurant in South Wichita! Their meat lasagna is one of the best I’ve ever had.  During lunch, you can even get the salad and lasagna special for less than $8!  They are quite generous with their sauce and a perfect match with their garlic bread.  Can you say, delicious and affordable?

Marchello's Restaurant at 3107 S. Seneca in South Wichita

Marchello's Lasagna

Back in the summer, I tried the fairly new Italian restaurant in Old Town called Luca.  I had a glass of wine, cup of Stracciatella soup, and gnocchi for nearly $40.  The food was alright but I would rather spend the gas money going down to Mulvane for more Luciano’s.

Luca's Gnocchi

Germany in Kansas

It was my first time eating German food with a group of friends.  We ate at Imbiss Grille at 315 N. Mead, in the heart of Old Town Wichita.  Overall, it was good food and good fellowship time.

After volunteering for nearly 3 hours, the group was ready for some cold beverages imported from Germany.

One of my friends ordered the sampler platter and I got to try everything from the sauerkraut to the bratwurst.  My favorite was the sauerbraten with a heavy brown gravy.  The meat was tender and very tasty.  (I’ll probably order that the next time I’m there.)   I’m also a fan of the red cabbage especially when eaten with the sauerbraten; it gave it a crunchy, sweet texture mixed with the tender meat.  The spatzel was okay…tasted much like bland pasta and needed the brown sauce to give it some flavor.

Sampler Platter

I ordered the chicken schnitzel sandwich…that was delicious.  For a side, I ordered the German potato salad, which is served warm…that was not my favorite.  The sandwich was served with a potato pancake inside, which was truly perfect!  I think this sandwich, with a different side, would make for a great lunch.

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich

Dinner would not be complete without desserts.  Both of these were delicious.  Although the caramel bread putting takes 15 minutes to make, it was well worth the wait.

German Desserts

The group left Imbiss Grille very satisfied!  As Heidi Klum says in her show, “Auf Wiedersehen”…until next time Imbiss Grille!

Hungry Rotaractors at Imbiss Grille in Old Town Wichita

Affordable Mediterranean Food in Wichita

Phojo Schaeffer and I must like eating Mediterranean food when we work together. In this blog, we visit two different Mediterranean places in Wichita – N&J on the east side and Le Monde on the west side.

The photo at N&J’s (5600 E. Lincoln St.) was taken after we enjoyed our evening meal with Intern Kameron.  It was Kameron’s last day interning at the station for the summer before he returned back to KU to finish his last year.  (Thanks for helping us out, Kameron.  He joined me on several stories, including the Teen Hero At Turnpike Accident, Saving Abandoned Dogs, and Spirit Union Contract Vote).

I had heard of N&J’s for years but it was my first time eating there.  The food was delicious and affordable — the only down fall was the strong odor in the restaurant.  I had the chicken shawarma wrap which had one of the most delicious shawarma sauces I’ve had in a long time.  I think the only one that can top that is the sauce I had when I ate Mediterranean food in NYC.

The Le Monde restaurant at 602 N. West Street is only a few blocks south of our station.  We’ve driven by the restaurant several times but haven’t had time to stop by, until a couple of weeks ago.  Schaeffer and I went to get their greek gyro and fattoush salad special for $7.29 (tax included)!  Pretty good deal for a filling evening meal.

The gyro had a lot of seasoned beef that was overflowing.  It’s a messy but delicious wrap with the cucumber yogurt sauce.  Highly recommend this with the fattoush salad.  Also, their buttermilk biscuits are delicious but only eat one or two or else you’ll get stuffed before your main dish comes around.

Overall, two affordable restaurants with delicious Mediterranean food.

Summer and Soups

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love soups!  I love soups all-year-round!  So, it’s no surprise that I would love a restaurant called Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

I heard about this restaurant a long time ago when they were in a different location, but they closed shop before I could ever go there.  Then, a couple of months ago, our anchor, Larry Hatteberg, did a story on Tanya and her new location.  Also, phojo Rex is friends with Tanya and her husband.  So, it was only a matter of time that I would go there.  During one of our weekend lunch breaks we went to the new location and met Tanya.  She’s everything Larry had said about her.  From the brief conversation I had with her, I could tell she truly has a passion for cooking and serving great food to her customers.

We arrived after shooting our story and well after the lunch hour period…but it was still packed when we got there around 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday (more evidence that the food had to be delicious).

When we walked in there was a board that showed the daily soups (there are 4-6 soups made fresh daily).  The one that caught my eye was the gazpacho, especially after being outside shooting a story in the 105+ degree weather!  Another reason it caught my eye was because I love sweet corn and avocados and this gazpacho had both.  Might I also add, that it was delicious and perfect cold soup for summer!

I had the soup and half Chef’s Club sandwich combo.  The sandwich was delicious with the smoked turkey, bacon, and avocado.  I highly recommend the combo – – it filled me up but wasn’t so heavy that I couldn’t produce my story afterward.

Looking forward to more soups from Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.  I’m ready to go there again very soon…

Address: 1725 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-7687
Closed on Sundays

Southside Subs

When I was younger, I remember passing by “The Grinder Man” on East Pawnee.  We used to go next door to Braums to get ice cream but never went inside the G-Man.  I finally went inside to eat and walked away quite satisfied.

On Saturday, Rex and I filmed our story outside in the extreme heat, so we were ready for a nice cold drink.  It is then, he suggested the G-Man.  Good choice, Rex.  They had cherry limeades with free refills!  Definitely helped quench my thirst.

I had the turkey sub special with a drink.   The 6″ sub was nice and warm but wasn’t enough for me.  I should have ordered the regular 12″ sub instead.  Perhaps it was just the right size since we still needed to go back to the station to produce our story.

The G-Man doesn’t accept credit cards, so if you go, remember to bring “real dough.”

Address: 510 E. Pawnee St.
Phone: (316) 264-3462