So we had a special dining event this past Friday. It just happened to be my birthday, Good Friday, Earth Day, and Easter weekend. So many events rolled into one so dining out seemed like a good idea. I was tasked to pick one place I would want to eat.
Immediately, one place came to mind. Newport Grill. I've been here before but Tiffany hasn't along with some other friends who joined us.
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Wichita, KS 67206
Newport Grill is located in Bradley Fair in the old Cibola restaurant. (21st and Rock vicinity). They are owned by the same people that own Yia Yia's. They specialize in seafood. They are one of the few restaurants in Wichita that fly their fish in fresh daily (I know Bonefish Grill here in Wichita does as well). I love seafood, might be my favorite type of meal so we just had to go.
Called two weeks before and set up reservations for the following week. They told me they can take reservations as late as the last date in their calendar, so that was nice. The lady at Newport called me up to verify reservations the day of. Confirmed and we're set.
We arrive a little before seven and we wait for the rest of the party to arrive. We are seated probably a little after 7, maybe 7:10 or so which is pretty good for a party of 14 at 7 pm on a Friday night, holiday weekend nonetheless. Many places could take 30 minutes sometimes an hour to be seated for a large party even if your entire party has arrived *cough*Sumo's*cough*.
We all grab our seats and we are met by two gentlemen who are our servers for the night. They fill our glass with either sparkling or distilled water. Don't ask me what the difference is besides the bubbles. Tasted the same to me. One person at our table was amazed by the bubbles though, he also happened to be the oldest of the group. One of our servers then goes through the specials, an introduction of Newport for those who haven't been. All very descriptive. Only problem when someone makes one of those spiels to me, I have probably say.... oh.... zero recollection of what was said. I'm reliant on others after that. Wait, one server did mention they infuse their own vodkas. So vodka stuck out in my mind but that doesn't make me an alcoholic, does it? Servers then take our drink orders.
Note, they do not put more than a 30% markup (I believe is what they said on their wines). A bottle of Dom Perignon (which I might add is delicious) is ~roughly $175 at Newport Grill. At Press Wine Bar (located in the Waterfront) its $275. Another reason why I don't give Press more than three to five months to still be in business. Too expensive. But back to Newport......
We order our drinks and a friend orders a side of fried calamari for us to share. Cost around $11 and we were all pretty sure it was the biggest serving of calamari in any Wichita restaurant. Not total size but individual pieces of calamari. I totally forgot to take a picture because we dug right in. But my phone probably wouldn't have been able to fit one piece in a single picture. Huge exaggeration though. But you get the picture (not literally).
Tiffany and I decide to split a Caesar salad. When they bring everybody's salads out, they forget to bring one out. Of course it’s their luck the only people they forget to bring a salad to are the ones reviewing them. Ha ha. So we ask about the salad and they apologize to us. Something about not being able to read the handwriting on the food order. They bring us one out quickly and that salad would later be comped from the meal. They have three different salads which all run $7. We ate the salad and a couple bites in Tiffany says, this isn't as good as Cafe Bel Ami. It wasn't. But the salad was not bad at all. Still pretty good. Didn't have the overpowering dressing taste. Was light on the dressing but not too light.
|Melts in your mouth, not in your hands|
|Leaving people speechless|
Happy Birthday Mr. President
Happy Birthday To You!!!!!!!!
Another friend ordered the chocolate cake and had maybe one or two bites before giving it out to everyone. He said it was a little too rich which it was. And for the size of the cake, not sure it was worth the $15 price tag my friend told me he paid. It was no bigger than a ding dong LITERALLY.
|He's just a little guy!|
Newport Grill is already one of my top three favorite restaurants in Wichita. Tiffany and I have been to Bonefish Grill many times, home of the best app in Wichita, the Bang Bang Shrimp. People I've spoken too are split on which they like better. You can't really go wrong with either one. But I choose Newport Grill. What sets them apart because both offer great service and have the same price of food is the ambience. The inside is wide open and not too dark. They have an outside patio that offers a great view of the back of Bradley Fair. A walking area, you don't seem too crowded in there. Plus its a local chain. Gotta support the local stuff.
I give this place a rare 5 stars out of 5 and Tiffany gave this a 4.5, docking it half a point due to price. So on our super scientific scale, this place gets an official 4.75 from WichitaByEB.com. Service and Food was top notch and the value was just a smidge below perfection. I'm going to have to break it to Tiffany that it’s just not economically smart to eat there everyday as much as we'd like to.
This place definitely receives our seal of approval. Go check it out. "Like" this blog post today to help spread the word.
Next up Letter H. So those suggestions will be needed shortly.