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Adrian's Cafe Review

- Monday, August 17, 2015 No Comments
For as much as I go to Best Buy at 21st and Rock on the east side of town, I'm surprised I have never made the time to go into Adrian's Café which is almost next door. I've heard some good things about Adrian's so I made it a point to head there for lunch with some colleagues.

Adrian's Café is located at 2121 N Rock Road. They are open Monday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pm. Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 10 pm and on Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm. For those who like live music, they offer Live Classical and Flamenco Guitar Music every Friday and Saturday night.

Their website is chock full of information and includes their menu. You can visit that here: http://www.adrianscafe.com/index.html

Walking inside, Adrian's is larger than you would think judging by the size of their entrance. While narrow, Adrian's runs pretty far back and is rather deep. There's plenty of room for many customers.

On our visit to Adrian's, we stuck to meals. Nobody ordered any hummus. Unfortunately I still haven't had hummus since I did my Best Hummus in Wichita project back in May. Adrian's serves many Greek and Mediterranean dishes.

Between the four of us, we ordered two Gyro's, a Reuben, and the Lasagna Roll.

The food came out pretty quick; there was a slight hiccup where one person was delivered the wrong item but that was resolved in seconds.


Both of my co-workers who had the Gyro's were satisfied with what they received. They thought the Gyro was tasty, had quality meat, was cooked right with the only drawback being it didn't feel like an authentic Gyro. One colleague mentioned it felt and looked more like a Panini with the grill marks on it. Outside of that point, both were pleased with their lunch.


Another colleague ordered the Reuben and was quick to mention how good the fries were. He ended up being a huge fan of the fries. As for the Reuben, he didn't comment to much on it besides that it was good. Sorry I couldn't provide more feedback :(


I went full Ms. Piggy and ordered a Greek Salad along with the Lasagna Roll. The Greek salad was excellent. Some Greek salads I've had are loaded with dressing; such was not the case with Adrian's Café. It was a good start to the lunch.

As for the Lasagna Roll, I'm 100% glad I ordered it. I saw another lady eating it from a distance and it looked very appealing and I went with it. It was a good thing I saw it because everything from the lasagna rolls to the sauce were magnificent. The size of the meal was just the right amount for a lunch.

Even with the slight hiccup in the wrong meal being delivered, the service was excellent.

Everybody gave Adrian's Café a thumbs up in our group with even one colleague saying he planned on taking his wife there for dinner sometime soon. I have the same sentiment as well when I get married.................in 25 more years.

Adrian's is one of many good Mediterranean restaurants in town. Just another option for you to try if you are into going to all the different places Wichita has to offer.

Happy Dining!


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Must Try Menu Item: Nu Way's Root Beer

- Thursday, August 6, 2015 No Comments
August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day.

In preparation for this big amazing holiday, I figured it would only be fair to bring you all to the place where the best Root Beer is served. And when I say you all, I meant taking Cylee and Bella to try something I find to be dangerously delicious.

If you don't know by now, Nu Way has the best root beer in town. No question. If "Crumbly Is Good" than "Root Beer is Better".

While I'm a fan of many of the offerings at Nu Way, there is one thing I'll always have while I'm there and it's their Root Beer. This past weekend, I wanted to introduce Cylee and Bella to a place their parents have never taken them to. Oddly enough, Bella has never had a Root Beer Float before so it only made sense that her horrible influence of an uncle introduced her to more not so healthy things.

If you've never been to Nu Way, don't fret. There are plenty of locations to choose from. Just check out their website for more details.

The Root Beer Floats at NuWay are $2.49 for a regular and $3.09 for a large. If you are trying to avoid ice cream as I was, Root Beer is $1.79 for a regular and $1.99 for a large. You get free refills on drinks there.

You can also purchase 2 liters of their Root Beer for $2.99. I just happened to buy a few to surprise my co-workers with on National Root Beer Float Day so hopefully they aren't reading this too early to ruin the surprise.

So for the next installment in the “Must Try Menu Item” series, I bring you these beauties:

 

I've had some good Root Beer in town but nothing compares to the mouth watering, thirst quenching goodness at NuWay.

When Cylee and Bella were given one Root Beer Float to share, they were unsure of what to do. I had them drink some of the Root Beer first to get their opinions. I was given comments such as "So delicious", "it tastes like what daddy drinks", and "Can I try what you're drinking?"

Then I gave them spoons to try the ice cream with the Root Beer and was able to gather more opinions like "this is better", "I love ice cream!" and "Can I try what you're drinking?"

If the table could talk, I would have asked its opinion because the table seemed to get a lot of ice cream on it too.

Both girls really dug the Root Beer Floats and finished it fairly quickly with a large mess and the occasional bickering because one girl's spoon was taking too long in the mug while the other had to wait. I let it slide. I'm not here to teach them obedience and discipline. I'm just here to spoil them and let them spend my money.

When they finished their Root Beer Float, I finally let them have some of my Root Beer and the couldn't get enough of it.

If you've never had the Root Beer or Root Beer Float at NuWay, this is your notice. Get over there and get some. It's probably the best alcohol free beverage out there.

Otherwise, I hope this helps you all out. Happy Dining!

Check out Past Must Try Reviews:
Tsunami
The Store
Newport Grill
Cafe Asia
Qdoba
Manna Wok

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A Sneak Peak Into SpringRo: Home of Spring Rolls and Bowls

- Sunday, August 2, 2015 No Comments

There's a new Asian restaurant opening in Wichita on Monday, August 3rd: SpringRo.

This weekend, a couple friends and I were fortunate enough to sample some of the items off of the SpringRo menu.

SpringRo is located at 6524 E 37th Street in the building that use to house Tsunami and will be open Monday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm. SpringRo has an open layout. It's much more open than the old Tusnami used to be.


The concept and menu of SpringRo is very simple. It offers mainly Spring Rolls and Spring Bowls. A spring bowl is essentially a bowl of spring rolls but without the rice paper. So imagine everything that goes into a spring roll; that is what you're eating out of a bowl. It's the same concept as a burrito bowl but without the tortilla.

According to the owner in a recent interview, the concept is healthy, fresh and fast. With a limited menu of spring rolls, bowls and a few other items like egg rolls, wonton soup and drinks, it is all food that is quick and easy to make. They also feature a drive thru.


One our visit to SpringRo we were able to sample a wide selection of items. We tried the pork spring rolls, the steak spring rolls, a pork spring bowl, a steak Vietnamese Sandwich, crab rangoon and Wonton soup with macaroni. I also ordered a strawberry lemonade because it was 200 degrees outside and I wanted something refreshing to drink on top of water.

Everything is made fresh to order. Please keep in mind the pictures seen below will not be the presentation you get when SpringRo officially opens on Monday. The owner told me she's really big into presentation so be on the lookout for that when you go after they open. We were just there to sample some items.




Two of my friends could not get enough of the crab rangoon. Both of them were gushing over how good they were with one friend saying it was one of the best in the city he's ever had. The other friend liked it so much he had to use profanity in his comment because they were that ______ good. I told him I couldn't print his comment in full as this is a family friendly blog. Just due to the cream cheese, I had to avoid eating the crab rangoon but they received the four thumbs ups from my friends.

Next up were the Spring Rolls. The Spring Rolls served are much bigger than what you get at many other Vietnamese restaurants. They were about 7-8 inches long unlike the small stubby ones you get. A basic serving of Spring Rolls at SpringRo is three which will be enough to fill most people up. All reviews by everybody were positive. One friend mentioned he wished the Spring Rolls included Thai Basil inside them but it wasn't a big deal for me. It's also important to note, that there are sides of Peanut Sauce, Hoisin Sauce and Fish Sauce set aside for dipping if you need that.

The steak Vietnamese Sandwich was next. While I didn't try it, my friends both said they liked it especially if you included the fish sauce. They both love sandwiches in general and said it would be something they'd order again. If you try it, give it a whirl with the fish sauce.

The Wonton Soup with Macaroni was next. The soup was your basic broth with a very delicious serving of Wontons with Macroni. We all tried the Wontons and found them to be very tasty. My friend was glad they didn't use cheap tasting meat inside their Wontons. He also said this would be something he could eat a lot of and could see himself eating this everyday when it gets cold. Along with the Wontons, the soup is filled with Macaroni which is a novel idea because in most Wonton Soup you get maybe 3 or 4 Wontons and then it's just broth. At least now, the macaroni gives diners something more to fill up on. Great idea.

Lastly, I dined on a Spring Bowl with some Cherry Lemonade. I finished the Cherry Lemonade in seconds. I was either that thirsty or it was that good.......probably a mixture of both. It was interesting eating a Spring Bowl. I could remember the times watching my mom and my aunt sitting at the table making Spring Rolls at home while I sat there as a kid and just picked away at the noodles they had prepared in a bowl, sneaking a couple shrimp here and there, all this time I could have saved them time by putting it all in a bowl instead of having them make Spring Rolls. It's a concept that sounds so simple I'm surprised it took this long to come to fruition. One of my friends wasn't sure about the Spring Bowl but I was a fan of it. I can see how some people will prefer a Spring Roll over a Bowl or vice versa. They both have their benefits and ultimately the rice paper isn't going to make much difference to the overall taste of the product.

We all left with very positive thoughts on SpringRo. The people who live and work in that area of town will be very excited when they are finally able to try out the product on Monday. I think SpringRo is going to be a winner if they can maintain great customer service, a good fresh product and stay consistent.

Be on the look out folks. SpringRo opens Monday, August 3rd at 11 am. Give this delicious Vietnamese food a try and let me know what you think! I'll for sure be going back this week when they officially open.

Happy Dining!

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Walts Sports Bar: Chicken and Noodles

- Thursday, July 30, 2015 No Comments
Many bars around Wichita have advertised food specials. They have steak night, burger night, taco tuesdays, but one special I was made aware of I just had to try.

It was for Wednesday night's at Walt's Great American Sports Bar and Grill. They have a Wednesday special of Homemade Chicken & Noodles for $7.99. It's a breast of chicken & egg noodles served over mashed potatoes & buttermilk biscuit.

A couple friends were up at Walt's one evening and told me about the special. I love me some chicken and noodles so it only made sense I went.

Walt's Great American Sports Bar and Grill is located at 7732 E Central in Piccadilly Square right at Central and Rock. They are open from 11 am - 2 am everyday but food is only served until 10 pm. You can check out their website for their menu and food specials: http://www.waltsbarandgrill.com/index.html

I saw some other friends while I was up there and they too mentioned they heard that the Chicken and Noodles were great. Oddly enough, everybody I spoke with said that's what they heard but nobody had actually try it. I didn't mind being the first since everybody else ordered burgers that night.


When the bowl of food came out, I was like "Hey, what's up, hello?" The bowl was a huge monstrosity and the picture doesn't do it justice. The bowl was probably around a foot long in circumference and enough to feed 17 to 38 people. It really was a heaping portion of food and unlike other places that charge around $8 for a bowl of food and give you a tiny little bowl.

I really like black pepper doused all over my chicken and noodles so I added much more than what is seen in the picture.

Right dead center in the bowl of food was a big healthy scoop of mashed potatoes. It looked very visually appealing and smelled fantastic. But how did it taste?

The noodles were amazing. I'm a huge fan of the thick egg noodles and the noodles included in the meal reminded me of the Reames Noodles found in stores; my favorite. The Chicken and Noodles wasn't too brothy and there was a very generous amount of chicken cut up in the bowl.

As for taste, the noodles were great, the chicken was good and the mashed potatoes were about average. I could see why though people talk about Walt's Chicken and Noodles. For the most part, I would say it was great. They are much better than average but at the same time for those people who love to compare restaurant food to home cooked meals (which is almost never fare), Walt's Chicken and Noodles is not as good as the ones home cooked in my experiences. Let me rephrase, Walt's Chicken and Noodles is not as good as the ones home cooked by other people besides me in my experiences.

For $7.99, I was very pleased with what I got as would most of  you readers out there. Plus if you're in the mood for a drink, there's that option too. The service is great there; I've never had an issue there before.

Just make sure you allow yourself time to nap after the meal. It's that filling.

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Newport Grill Sunday Brunch Buffet Review

- Tuesday, July 28, 2015 No Comments
As a fan of buffets and as a fan of Sunday brunches, I feel it's only right I should start covering more brunch buffets in town.

One of the more popular ones I've been told about and have never been to is Newport Grill. (Newport's website).

Newport Grill's Sunday Brunch Buffet runs from 10 am - 2 pm. It is $21.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 5-10.

All non-alcoholic beverages are included in brunch except: Cappuccino Espresso Latte Virgin Bloody Mary Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Virgin Pina Colada. According to their website, the menu includes: House Cured Scottish Salmon, Peel and Eat Cold Spiced Shrimp, Fresh Fruit Platter, Zesty Pasta’,s Fresh Salad’s, Home Made Biscuits and Gravy, Crispy Bacon and Smoked Sausage, Whipped Potatoes, Seafood Paella, French Green Beans, Omelet Station, Carving Station, Waffle Station, Assorted Dessert Bar.

A friend and I decided to go check it out this past weekend and my cousin along with her family stopped by as well to get in their thoughts.

Newport Grill has long been one of my favorite restaurants. I've done a couple reviews on them before so honestly, expectations were high for this brunch. They layout was quite spectacular; they truly had plenty of options to choose from.





The pictures above are a basic visual of what you can expect from the brunch buffet at Newport Grill. There's plenty more than what is shown above like eggs, bacon, waffles, etc.

When we stopped by around 11 am, it was not too busy and moving up and down the buffet lines were quick.

As with any buffet you go to, there are items that will be a big hit, items that are ok and items that are not your cup of tea. Surprisingly the biggest favorite of not just my table but my cousin's table were the cinnamon rolls; they were truly a taste to behold. They weren't too gooey; just right and perfect. Every single person who tried it, loved them. That and the fruit was a favorite; very fresh.

Among the favorites between my friend and I were the waffles, the seafood paella, and cocktail shrimp. The seafood paella was excellent. Between the spices, shrimp and rice, it was all a blended slice of heaven. The prime rib was a little tough, the server carving it even had an issue getting it cut at the time we grabbed some. Some other items that did not score well were the spicy shrimp and cous cous, the tenderloin hash and pasta salad. The cous cous for example was overly buttery; it was all you could taste. The hash and pasta salad were both dry as well. The salmon was about average to us, not much flavor to it.





My cousin and her family had a different experience than us. They really loved the cheesy potatoes, the shrimp and the salmon. They also sampled all the dessert and liked everything they had exceptfor the cheesecake.

Please note, my favorite dessert in Wichita, the Banana Bread Pudding was not available during the brunch.


$5 Mimosas
One thing we did not get to try was the Omelet Station. While eavesdropping on the servers talk to other tables, it looks as though you had to order omelets through your server. This was something servers were telling other tables. Oddly enough, they did not tell our table; nor did they tell my cousin's table. That's a strike in my book.

Overall opinions were mixed upon the group. My cousin and her family felt this is the best Sunday brunch buffet they've been to out of all the ones they've tried. She plans on going again in the future. Keep in mind, I didn't tell her about the Omelet Station and she probably won't know until she reads this.

My friend felt this was average to slightly below it.

I was really mixed. There were a lot of average items and a lot of really good items. I'd probably go again in the future but it'll probably be a while until I do again. It probably wouldn't be my first choice.

I usually have great service at Newport but this time the service was a little spotty. Maybe just based on past experiences, my expectations may have been a little high. I guess overall I was just a little disappointed with my experience but that's just my opinion. Keep in mind my cousin felt like it's the best brunch buffet she's been to.

So if you go, go with an open mind. The price is about on par with most brunch buffets in town. Definitely get a cinnamon roll and just take small samples of everything until you find something you like.

Happy Dining!

Quick Hits 7/24/15: Wingapalooza, Doo-Dah Diner, Food Trucks and more

- Friday, July 24, 2015 No Comments
Last weekend of the month, you know what that means.

Food Trucks at the Fountains. 


This is by far the biggest food truck event they've had this year. According to Denise Neil, the list of food trucks include:
 B.S. Sandwich Press, RT's Hot Pit, Big Chill Ice Cream,The Brown Box Bakery, Charlie's Pizza Taco Wichita, Chino's Parrilla, Falling Star Concessions, Funky Monkey Munchies, Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice, Hopperoni Express, The Kamayan Truck, Kind Kravings, Kona Ice, Let'm Eat Bräts, Lynn's Curbside Cookout, Mr Natural Soul Kitchen, Ms. Tosha's Chicken, Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch, Smallcakes Wichita, Strada by Luciano's, Sunflower Espresso and The Flying Stove.

It's going to be a brutal 100 degrees this weekend so make sure you drink plenty of fluids. I went last month and the lines were long in the 90 degree weather. I'm interested to see how the turnout is for this weekend.

If you'd like to see what the event is about, check out my two previous blogs about Food Trucks at the Fountains:
Food Trucks at the Fountains: What to Expect
Food Trucks at the Fountains: What to Expect Part 2

I'm still back and forth on whether I want to go because the next bullet point has me intrigued as well.....

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Doo-Dah Diner is starting up a Sunday breakfast buffet that will take place once a month.

They will be having it this Sunday, July 26 from 8 am to 2 pm. It's $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids 4-10.

I'm sure they will be drawing a huge crowd that morning as well.

Speaking of crowds, if you hadn't heard Doo-Dah Diner now features call ahead seating. Timirie Shibley at Doo-Dah gave me the heads up a while ago and it is sure to save everybody lots of time.

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We are in the works of locking down another interview soon! Be on the look out for it.
 
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Wingapalooza takes place on August 15th.

Anybody going?

What is Wingaplooza? According to the site:
SMG and INTRUST Bank Arena are pleased to introduce Wingapalooza on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at INTRUST Bank Arena. The one-of-a-kind event will feature Wichita-area restaurants and chefs showcasing their best wings. Wingapalooza will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main arena floor and will include all-you-can-eat wings, The Samuel Adams Beer Garden featuring select local craft beer options, and entertainment and music from a live DJ. Fans will have the opportunity to sample unique chicken wing recipes from the more than 20 restaurants and local chefs who will be showcasing their culinary flare and craft and competing for the best chicken wings in Wichita. Participating restaurants and chefs will vie for two awards at the event: a People’s Choice Award or “Lord of the Wings” and a Judge’s Choice Award.

Tickets are $20 in advance at $25 at the door.

If you're a big fan of wings, this could be the spot for you on August 15th at 11 am. Let's just hope this event is organized better than Ribfest and Baconfest.

Want to get tickets?

Head here.

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We've had some pretty popular write ups that have received lots of reads lately. Feel free to catch up on the following blogs!

The Best Ten Burgers in Wichita Countdown! (#1-10) - Over 17,000 people have read this making this our most popular blog ever!

First Look at Molino's East 37th Street Location
First Look at Hurts Donut
and lastly the return of Dining by the Alphabet:
 

Happy Dining!