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Quick Hits 11/20/15: Special Olympics Sports Memorabilia Auction

- Friday, November 20, 2015 No Comments
Marcus Allen
If you're into Sports Memorabilia, there's one event you should put on your calendar for this weekend.

That's the 23rd Annual Sports Memorabilia Auction which benefits the Special Olympics of Kansas. It's one of their largest fundraisers of the year that goes to benefits some of the best athletes in our state; a truly wonderful organization.

Two special guests, Marcus Allen and Cheese Johnson will be on hand from 4:30 - 6:30 pm to sign photos, jerseys, footballs, basketballs, whatever you would like for them to sign.

There are literally hundreds of silent and live auction items ranging from all sorts of memorabilia from as many sports as you can come up with.

I've gone before and it's crazy the amount of items they have on hand that are donated and gathered solely for the Special Olympics.

This event is on November 21st at the Cessna Activity Center. The auction starts around 6:30 pm and ends when the last live auction item is sold.

For more information, you can check out their webpage: or their Facebook page.

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery Review

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Sometimes you just need to treat yourself to a dessert. That was the case on a random Thursday afternoon when some coworkers and I figured why not go out, buy a ton of cupcakes and just gorge on them.

Our destination was Smallcakes: A Cupcakery located at 8338 E 21st St N in the Shops at Tallgrass. They have been around now for two years in Wichita. It's a locally owned franchise with many locations around the nation.

Their website is for all locations so if you want information on the locally owned establishment in Wichita, head over to their Facebook Page. On their Facebook page, you can find out deals they have going on throughout the week, special cupcakes they have on certain days and more.

They are open Monday thru Saturday 10 am - 8 pm.

Cupcakes run $3.50 a piece or $39 for a dozen. Cookies are $1 a piece and Cookie Sandwiches are $2.25.

The sticker price might bring some shock to people but a single cupcake there is about the size of 2-3 regular cupcakes. One cupcake would certainly be enough for one person maybe even two. Most desserts in restaurants will run you $5-10 so if you are comparing things, a $3.50 cupcake at Smallcakes isn't really a bad idea.

Let me tell you what is a bad idea. Ordering over a dozen cupcakes and trying every single one with your coworkers to the point where you have to type a blog out with one eye open because you're so tired from the sugar high you had earlier in the day.

So let me share with you our thoughts on the cupcakes we had.

Some select ones really stood out among all the cupcakes we had tried that afternoon.

Lemon Cupcake: The runaway favorite of the group. It was light and fluffy and a very refreshing taste. This was one of the first cupcakes we tried so nearly all cupcakes stood no chance being compared to the Lemon Cupcake.

Cinnamon Bread Cupcake: At least I think it was the Cinnamon Bread Cupcake. Everybody really liked the frosting on this cupcake. The actual cupcake itself was also really tasty. It had a nice touch of cinnamon flavor to really make it stand out among all the chocolate based cupcakes we had been trying that day.

Birthday Cake was probably the third favorite of the group. The best part of the cupcake was the actual cupcake itself; not so much the sprinkles. It was very moist and flavorful was one person put it.

There was a caramel chocolate cupcake that tasted just like caramel through and through. It was topped with pretzels which gave a good salty compliment to the sweetness of the cupcake.

One of our issues in reviewing every cupcake was the typical person would probably go in and get one cupcake for themselves. Not us, we did things a little unorthodox and ordered a random variety of cupcakes and just cut them into 4th's or 5th's and ate away.

Many of the chocolate based cupcakes started to taste the same after so many different ones with the only difference being the frosting on them. I'm sure we would have found one we liked had we not overdosed on the large amount of physically large cupcakes. We literally had so many cupcakes, one coworker coined the term "cupchuck" based on what she felt like doing after trying probably eight different kinds of cupcakes.

Our final verdict on Smallcakes was we felt they were fantastic. The cupcakes were creative, beautiful and of good quality ingredients; not a single cupcake tasted cheap. One person said she would give a big thumbs up on presentation. To give an honest review though, it should be said that one person out of six came away unimpressed. She said she was let down and just had higher expectations. So after that 5 of 6 left very satisfied.......and full.

These cupcakes would make great gifts for spouses, children, coworkers, anybody. They have great hours so you can even stop on in and pick one up randomly if you're in the mood for something sweet. Just be warned; be careful of how many you pick up AND eat in one sitting.

Happy Dining


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Delano Barbeque Company Review

- Thursday, November 19, 2015 No Comments
Delano Barbeque Company
Where is good barbecue in Wichita? It's a common question asked by many people who not only visit Wichita but live in Wichita. Admittedly I have not been to every BBQ joint in Wichita so I have to preface that to everybody who has asked me that I'm not the biggest connoisseur of BBQ in town so my opinion may not be the most valid. Well in most instances in life, my opinions aren't the most valid but that's neither here nor there.

I'm all for trying new places out as are some of my colleagues so there a group of us were able to visit a long heard about establishment in town for some Wichita Barbeque.

Delano Barbeque Company

They are located at 710 W Douglas right in the middle of the Delano district. Hours of operation are Monday - Wednesday 11 am - 2:30 pm and Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 8 pm. If you plan on going during the week just be aware they are only open for lunch time from Monday thru Wednesday.

You can check out Delano's menu on their website:

At Delano all orders are taken by the cashier, then you seat yourself and wait for your name to be called to pick up your food. It's a very seamless process. The afternoon we went, we just barely beat the rush. The line just to order food was nearly out the door. That was a good sign we could be in for some good food.

On our visit, the five of us all ordered either a 2 or 3 meat dinner. The meat options offered are pulled pork, turkey breast, ham, chicken breast, hot links or smoky joe (chopped brisket) similar to a Sloppy Joe but with chopped brisket. Although not on the menu, Burnt Ends were also offered on the day we went in. (Note: Burnt Ends are offered on Friday and Saturday while supplies last).

Three sauce options are also offered at each table: All-American Host Sauce, Hawg Sauce and Mild BBQ Sauce. Nearly everybody avoided using the sauces so I gave each one a try separately just to get a good sense of how they all tasted. By far my favorite was the Hot Sauce. It had a very nice bite to it and possibly some of the best Hot BBQ sauce I've had around town. I love all things spicy so it was a nice condiment to the lunch.

Everybody noted the food came out very quickly and in very good size portions sure to fill anybody up.

Two of the favorite meat options by the group were the Burnt Ends and the Smoky Joe.

The Burnt Ends nearly melted in your mouth with a decent smokey flavor. I was also told they were fantastic and full of flavor. Most people who had them called it their favorite. The Smoky Joe was just as advertised. Imagine Sloppy but with Brisket cooked in a delicious BBQ sauce.

The Turkey was thought of differently especially when compared to the other meat options. One person thought it was just a little too dry. Although it had a decent flavor to them, it just wasn't to their liking. My other meal was the pulled pork which was fantastic. It wasn't overly smokey or dry; just good tender meat.

The Pasta Salad was pretty good. While I wouldn't call it the best, I enjoyed it. It was more of the drier pasta salads I've had. What was nice about it was the fact that it wasn't coated in Italian dressing or covered in Olives. The fries, I was told, could have been more crisp which is a personal preference of course. They are a little soggier than you find at most places. The beans were good but nothing outstanding by any means. One colleague had the spicy Cole Slaw and he noted it had too much sauce.

The overall opinion by the group was (and I was given this on a school grading system by them) was in the range of B+ to an A. My personal opinion was I thoroughly enjoyed the place. I would certainly go again anytime.

One colleague just loved the comfortable casual atmosphere of Delano. As I was told by another colleague, the ambiance was on target.

Between a group of five guys going to lunch, we marked this one down as a winner.

Ever near downtown and looking for some good BBQ? Give Delano a try and add it to your list of good BBQ in town.

Happy Dining.


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Lastly with the end of the year coming up, we are going to try something new here. I've had many suggestions from readers asking for a Reader Poll of such for favorites around Wichita. Something that isn't a popularity contest of sorts of a push for advertising dollars.

If you're like to participate in the first Wichita By E.B. Foodie Favorites Survey for 2015, please click this link to vote for your favorite restaurants around town.

Delano Barbeque Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wichita By E.B. Foodie Favorites Survey

- Monday, November 16, 2015 No Comments
Vote For Your Favorites!
Welcome to the Wichita By E.B. Foodie Favorites Survey. We are trying to get a pulse of the readers and what restaurants they like.

I have suggestions from many readers to conduct our own poll which hopefully is an unbiased look at what really is the favorite spots around Wichita. A poll not swayed by restaurants politicking for votes or a huge popularity contest.

Just a simple vote from genuine readers and foodies around town on what they like.

If you'd like to participate and have a few minutes to spare, feel free to vote below.

One restaurant per category. Don't feel obligated to vote for every single category. On December 21st, I'll publish what the favorites in each category are as well as award a gift card to one of the favorite restaurants as voted on by you all: the readers.

You can also vote by clicking this link.

Happy Dining!


Granite City Sunday Brunch Review

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Granite City
I'm slowly knocking off Sunday Brunches in Wichita one by one. This past weekend, I was able to cross another one off the list: Granite City.

For those unfamiliar with Granite City Food & Brewery. They have two locations at 2661 N Maize Road and at 2244 N Webb Road.

The Sunday Brunch is available from 9 am - 2 pm on Sundays and cost $14.95 + tax.

I stopped by on Sunday with some friends to see how this brunch compared to others in my past experiences. I came hungry and left full so that was definitely a positive.

So everybody is probably wondering what the Sunday Brunch consists of. Here's a sampling of everything they have:

There's a little bit of everything for somebody. This past Sunday was extremely busy but the staff did a wonderful job of filling everything up as items came close to gone.

The biggest hit by nearly everybody at the table was the cinnamon rolls. The large rolls were baked fresh and being taken up by so many people dining in that morning. They were so good one of my friend's mother just had to take some to go. While I enjoyed them, I didn't like them as much as the majority of the table. The rolls were so large, there was just too much bread to them for my taste.

My personal favorite of the brunch was the french toast which included syrup and strawberries to add on. I could not get enough of them and the strawberry toppings just added that nice sweet taste to blend in with the syrup on top of the french toast.

Other highlights from people were the pasta and bacon options. Seriously, how do you go wrong with pasta. Another favorite was the prime rib which was very tender. Some cuts had quite a bit of fat to it if you are into that sort of thing.

If you like Bloody Mary's avoid Granite City's though. Theirs was mostly bland, lacked any spice and tasted almost as if it was just tomato juice and vodka.

Items that missed on the brunch, first and foremost, were the eggs. The eggs were dry, not fluffy, and very bland tasting as if it was a powder mix.

One item I missed out on because I was so full was the Poached Egg bar. You could get a poached egg on top of a muffin with whatever toppings and sauces you would like.

The line for this was pretty long and by the time the line died down I was so stuffed from non-stop plates of pasta, french toast and veggies. Adding in the cinnamon roll didn't help my appetite much either.

Here are some sample plate creations from the diners I went with:

The verdict from the majority was that Granite City came away a big winner with their Sunday Brunch. There were more hits than misses from their offerings.

Compared to other Sunday Brunch's, I wouldn't call it the best but this is one I would certainly go to again in the future. It had a good enough variety of options at a competitive price that it wouldn't shy me away.

Looks like Granite City is another winner for Wichita Sunday brunches.

Happy Dining.


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Lastly with the end of the year coming up, we are going to try something new here. I've had many suggestions from readers asking for a Reader Poll of such for favorites around Wichita. Something that isn't a popularity contest of sorts of a push for advertising dollars.

If you're like to participate in the first Wichita By E.B. Foodie Favorites Survey for 2015, please click this link to vote for your favorite restaurants around town.

Granite City Food & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Quick Hits 11/13/15: Delta Market and More

- Friday, November 13, 2015 1 Comment
So what's going on in Wichita this weekend besides the start of the college basketball season?

Well for those that know me personally, they know I'm a big fan of charity events, especially events that go to help out children who are in need.

Mark you calendars for this Saturday, November 14 from 12 - 4 pm at the Holiday Inn at Kellogg & Rock.

There's an event taking place there called the Delta Market. It's free to enter and open to the public. It's put on by the ladies of Delta Delta Delta of Wichita State University.

Delta Market is a shopping event where many local vendors come and display and sell products with 15% of their sales going to charity. There are also over 25 baskets being raffled all with 100% of the funds raised going to the charity.

What charities you ask? Delta Market raises funds for cancer charities: Wichita Victory in the Valley and St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.

All of the details of the event can be found at their webpage:

On top of all the great vendors on hand, they have some great gift baskets like tickets to the Wichita State/UNLV game, Wichita State/Utah game, Golf Outing at Tallgrass Country Club, Wine Tasting for 6 at Wyldwood Cellars, and much more.

Definitely check it out if you are free Saturday afternoon.

Otherwise, don't forget to get caught up on recent blogs we've posted:

Pho Le's Noodles and Sandwiches Review