Monday, February 23, 2015

Meddy's Reviewed

Sometimes the best way to get a grasp on the quality of a restaurant is to gather a bunch of friends and grub on an assortment of menu items. Go on, order a variety of items and see what everybody thinks.

That was my goal in checking out one of Wichita’s latest Mediterranean restaurant: Meddy’s.
Meddy’s is located at 7906 E Harry St at the northwest corner of Harry and Rock. (Website: http://meddys.com/)  For us, it was best described as “fast food” Mediterranean. You order your food at the counter; they give you a number and bring you your food fairly quickly. Their menu posted on their wall includes falafel, chicken and beef shawarma, salads, kabob wraps, and more.

My group went in the late afternoon when it wasn’t too busy. We ordered the following items off of the menu: Build your own bowl with chicken over rice, a chicken shawarma wrap, a shawarma and hummus combo, beef shawarma wrap, fries, fattoush salad and the Mediterranean salad.

The staff at the time didn’t seem too knowledgeable on some items. For example, when ordering the shawarma wrap, we asked if it came with shoestring fries and the young lady nodded but we didn’t realize the shoestring fries came INSIDE the wrap. We would later find out it was one of the ladies first day there. We gave her a pass on that.

The time it took to order food to receiving food was only about 10 or so minutes; fairly quick. It should be noted that out of the five of us who went, only 3 have had Mediterranean food at other Mediterranean restaurants in Wichita. So this was a new experience to two people in our group.
After thirty minutes of eating, talking Shocker basketball, people watching and eating some more, everybody reached a verdict.  
  • The Build Your Own Bowl was not tasty. My friend didn’t finish it at all and wasn’t sure if she’d ever go again.
  • One friend had the chicken shawarma with fries and liked his food. His food and said he’d give it a go again. He commented that he really loved their fries.
  • Another friend had a beef shawarma and wasn’t sure he really liked his meal. He also had a Mediterranean salad and it wasn’t his preference for salads. He also had the rice and was done after two spoonfuls. He’s not the most adventurous eater though and sticks to what he likes. He too commented on how great the fries were.
  • Another friend had the chicken shawarma and felt it was pretty average and wasn’t sure she would go out of her way to make it to Meddy’s in the future. To keep with the consistency, she mentioned the fries were really good.
  • I had the beef shawarma and hummus combo. It’s best described as ok. The hummus wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t bad. The beef was pretty dry. I also ordered the fattoush salad and it was pretty delicious. I actually finished that compared to my combo meal. The fries? I had to admit they were good.

Build Your Own Bowl

Chicken Shawarma

The Fries

Fattoush Salad

Mediterranean Salad

Beef Shawarma and Hummus Combo

Judging by all comments, we all came to a conclusion the place was average to below average. The best part of the meal was the fries and that’s a problem if you’re going to a Mediterranean restaurant for fries. There are plenty of Mediterranean options in Wichita and this one would be lower on our list of places to try. Overall a thumbs down by our group. If they removed the “M” from their name, we may be inclined to give the place a thumbs up though.

Have you been? Were your experiences better? We’d love to read them.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kababs Reviewed

Every time I’m on the west side of town, it’s almost a must to try a new restaurant out there because of the limited amount of time I spend out there. I just happened to be out west this past week and a friend suggested we try out this restaurant she’s been meaning to go to. Knowing my fascination with trying out new restaurants, my answer was immediately “of course”.

Loyal blog fans, occasional readers, people who clicked this link by accident and children who are just pressing buttons on their parent’s cell phones and stumbled upon here, I bring  you the latest review:

Kababs

Kababs is an Indian Pakistan restaurant located at 746 N Tyler Road. It’s conveniently located near Central and Tyler and about 3 hours away from the east side of Wichita for those who like to be overly dramatic about the drive time from one side of town to the other……like myself.

When we stopped inside, we were immediately greeted by their hostess/server and had a choice between a four top table or a cushioned booth. The place looked very cozy and had a couple TV’s on with CNN on one TV and ESPN on the other. They had Indian music playing in the background to create the mood of the restaurant.



On that afternoon, they happened to have a lunch buffet which is common for them. For those familiar with Zatun on the east side of town, the place had a similar feel to it regarding the buffet and food options.

The options for the day included (please excuse any spelling errors): White Rice, Veggie Biryani, Vegetable Soup, Roasted Potato, Okra, Kardhai, Chicken Curry, Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kabab, Tandori Chicken, Hummus, Salad, and an arrangement of different vegetables.

 

We tried an assortment of items from the buffet and the main items that stuck out as being very delicious were the Veggie Biryani which was essentially like rice and veggies and the Tandoori Chicken. The best item of the buffet was the Seekh Kabab which looked like an all-beef link. The remainder of the items would best be described as ok. Unfortunately the hummus was below average. It wasn’t exactly runny but it wasn’t as solidified like most hummus you can find at other restaurants if that makes sense. If you put the hummus on a pita bread, it would slide off.

At a smidge over $10 a person, it was about what you’d pay for a buffet style meal at most Indian restaurants. Compared to other places in town, I’d rank this on the average side. Not sure how many other Indian restaurants are on the west side of Wichita so this may be your only option. Since people’s opinion of food and what is good varies, go ahead and try this for yourself. I’d love to hear if you think differently than I.

Otherwise happy dining all!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Gánh Háng Rong Bakery and Deli Reviewed


Growing up one of the common staples we would eat for lunch at home were Bánh Mis. A Bánh Mi is technically a Vietnamese term for bread but here in United States, more popularly known as Vietnamese sandwiches or subs.
For whatever reason, I just wasn’t a big fan of a Bánh Mi but other family members and friends were. When it came down to it, I simply wasn’t a big fan of sandwiches and subs. In recent years, I’ve slowly started to eat it more probably because I don’t have it put in front of me all the time as I did when I was a kid.
A little over a year ago, a Bánh Mi restaurant opened up at Central and Woodlawn at the northeast corner called Bánh Mi Ngon Bakery and Deli. I would occasionally stop by there for lunch and the times I did, I recall it being pretty delicious. 
Not sure if it closed down, was taken over by new ownership or what but I noticed the name of the restaurant changed and I’ve been meaning to go back to try it out…..and so I did…….eventually.
I bring you all Gánh Háng Rong Bakery and Deli. They are located at 6540 East Central Avenue at the northeast corner of the Central and Woodlawn intersection. They are tucked in the back corner of the strip center there just a bit west of the Planet Fitness building.
They have an assortment of Bánh Mi sandwiches, pastries, and drinks made in house. They are a small little building with a cozy feel to it with leather couches to eat at, cushioned seats and bar stools.

 
My adventure to try them out took some time. Let’s revisit:
My first attempt to go there they were closed unknowingly. When I stopped by, there was a sign apologizing for being closed due to some technical issue.

My second attempt to go there, the “new” restaurant no longer accepted credit cards so I had to go elsewhere.
My third attempt to go there, I was heading home and saw they were opened. I got in there 10 minutes before they were closed and told they couldn’t serve me since they were closing. Being a former server, I hated when people came in right before close but would also serve them. I was a bit put off by this but let it go.

My fourth attempt was finally my chance to try it. Going in, I noticed their menu was simply a few piece of bent up paper on a clipboard. I decided to go with the Thit Nuong Bánh Mi and some spring rolls. My total ended up being $7.24 which isn’t too bad (good thing I had cash on me).
It took around ten minutes for my Bánh Mi and spring rolls to be done and I was headed home to give this new restaurant a try. Upon getting home and taking the food out of the bag, I noticed my spring rolls were extremely cold. It looked as though the spring rolls were made well in advance in kept in the fridge all day long. The sauce that came with the spring rolls was close to being a solid instead of a sauce due to the temperature. Actually trying the spring rolls was about the same level of satisfaction. Cold spring rolls are not good.




Second attempt was the Bánh Mi. First bite in and I was pretty sure I knew what the verdict was going to be. The bread was pretty hard and there wasn’t much filling inside. By the end of the meal, I was left craving something else.
After all the attempts it took to try Gánh Háng Rong Bakery and Deli  out, I was left with a disappointed feeling. My search for a really good Bánh Mi continues. I’m always open to suggestions.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Yummy's Carryout Reviewed

If it’s one thing I haven’t done in a while, it’s go to a restaurant that is off the grid; a restaurant I would wager a majority of readers have never heard of. The other night, I set my eyes on finding some place while driving around the streets of Wichita that had the “Hmmm What’s This Place About?” feel.

My drive took me down the streets of south Hydraulic where I randomly saw a building that stuck out of nowhere thanks to their bright glowing sign. I pulled over to the side of the road and quickly did a google search on them before deciding to head on in.

What’s the place? It’s Yummy’s Carryout located at 1935 S Hydraulic St right across the street from Linwood Park. Yummy’s Carryout is a small, locally owned restaurant that features mostly burgers and sandwiches.

The building is quite small and features only four bar stool seats, a drive thru, and two tables outside thus the name “Carryout”.

Upon walking inside, I was politely greeted by a gentleman working there. I struck up a conversation with him and told him I had never been and what to order. He suggested the most popular item being discussed on their Facebook page was the Brick House Burger (picture on their facebook page) which is big enough to feed around three people. Jokingly I told him to look at me and noted that my body probably couldn’t handle that much food and asked what the second most popular item was. His suggestion was the Wolf Burger which was a hot link, hamburger patty, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and special sauce on toasted bread. For me it sounded pretty delicious so I went ahead and ordered it, minus cheese along with some of their homemade French fries.  




The Wolf Burger
It took around 13 minutes for my burger and fries to be done from the moment of ordering.
When it came out, the smell of the burger alone was appetizing. Grabbing the burger alone was hard enough that I had to request a knife to cut it in half. The burger had a great blend of spices. I usually order my burgers with no onions but the onions added really good flavor to it all. Pretty sure there were some jalapeños in there which I didn’t mind at all. The toasted bread was an excellent substitution to the sometimes boring hamburger buns.

My preference is usually thin cut fries similar to what you find at Freddy’s but the seasoning and lack of grease made Yummy’s fries…well…….yummy.

All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised with my Yummy’s Carryout experience. The service was very friendly, the food was delicious and the only knock I would say is the speed of food delivery. If it was all done carryout, 13 minutes would have been a little long.



This place does accept cash and cards but there is a dollar charge to use a card.

Otherwise, Yummy’s Carryout gets my approval. Check this place out if you’re into venturing out in that area or happen to be around Linwood Park.


Here's their menu:


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Garcia's Tacos Reviewed

Sometimes you wake up and just have a craving for certain types of foods, earlier this week I just had to have a taco. I wanted something that wasn’t bland and boring; I wasn’t looking for your run of the mill fast food taco.

So headed over to the Wichita By E.B. Facebook page and asked for requests on places to go for tacos. Thank you to everybody who posted as I eventually decided on one of the suggestions.

Garcia’s Tacos was the eventual selection. This is a locally owned Mexican restaurant at 2138 N Market Street. You can’t miss the building driving down on Market as a big sign sticks out while you’re driving north on Market Street. They are only open during the day from 9-3 pm so take notice they are not open for dinner.


The place is very quaint and somewhat small inside. There are about ten tables and the entire menu is displayed on the back wall of the restaurant. They have an assortment of tacos, burritos, tortas, fajitas, and other items you could probably imagine; all cooked with an authentic feel.

For my lunch, I decided to go with an asada (steak) taco and an al pastor(pork) burrito. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Tacos are $2.39 each unless you get a platter and the burritos are $5.49. You can get them with asada, pastor, lengua (tongue) and alambre.

The chips and salsa I received were very delicious. Chips came out as if they were made right then and there and the salsa was a spicy green salsa with jalapeños . The salsa at Garcia’s was some of the best I’ve had. I’m pretty sure I went through two bowls before my food even came out.

So how about the food? The taco while small was surprisingly very filling. They loaded on plenty of meat and toppings that made it remarkably bigger than the original look of it. I think two or three of the tacos and I would have been full. The burrito was delicious as well; filled to the brim and bursting with flavor. I’m wondering if I drowned out some of the flavor though because I kept pouring that delicious salsa on there.


All in all, Garcia’s Tacos was an enjoyable experience and somewhere I’m going to bring some friends to in the future. The food was great and the service was just the same. I asked a couple questions here and there and was answered each time with a smile.
If you want some authentic Mexican food, take yourself over to Garcia’s Tacos. You won’t be disappointed.


If you’ve gone before, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Happy Dining.

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