Attention blogger fans, we've received some e-mails wondering what's the status? We are taking a brief hiatus from the site. I'm working on going through a complete rehauling of the site and having everything point just to http://www.wichitabyeb.com/. We look to be back soon with a complete redesign to make this place look bigger and badder.
Happy Friday to you all. Missed out on the Quick Hits last week so let’s try to get everybody caught up with what's been going on in Wichita and our dining lives.
Our review on Il Ponte Cafe was probably the most well received blog that has been posted up. I received messages from over a handful of people raving about their food AND their service. It was really a great feeling writing something that other people agreed with. Word of mouth is the best advertising and we're glad it worked.
While our Il Ponte Cafe review was the most well received, do you know which blog had the most reads of any other blog? Twin Peaks! Does that mean our demographic is mostly men ages puberty to pre-Viagra?
Groupons! I recently got into Groupons. I'd say it’s been a few months. There are actually two decent ones out there today; one for Fox & Hound and another for Fat Tony's. You may remember that Fat Tony's was our Letter F restaurant on dining by the alphabet.
Has anybody participated in any Wichita River Festival events this year? I have not but I have lived vicariously through the PeopleofRiverfest.com. The site even received a little write-up on Kansas.com. I'll be the first to admit, the site can be rather harsh on people but the evil side of me can't help but laugh. Some of those pictures are staged though. I'm pretty sure since the site came out; some people have tried to get themselves on there. It's unfortunate for those that don't try though.......
Stopped in to Linkhaus for lunch this past week. It's just so sad that place has been a failure. I noticed they now close at 8 pm everyday, a good four hours earlier than what they used to. Their prices dropped dramatically. Instead of spending $100 for a hot dog, drink and tots, it’s now around $5-7. I don't think that extra zero was a typo either but a rough estimation of how much it felt like. Linkhaus made all their changes too late as has been noted before in past blogs. Guess they are moving, not sure where though. Anybody know?
Beer Fans. Goebel Liquor rocks! My friends and I stopped by Goebel Liquor located on West st (near Maple) to purchase a wide assortment of beers for a weekend get together. The son's owner John Miller was nothing but helpful. He was able to give suggestions and recommendations on what everybody at our get together would like. It had a real mom and pop feel inside....probably because it is family owned.
Getting back into the golf groove for the summertime. Played a round over at Clapp last weekend (located at Harry & Oliver). That course was probably in the best shape I've seen it in for some time. If anybody finds any Callaway balls just lying around or in the creeks, those are mine. I lost plenty. Feel free to keep them as a Wichita By E.B. souvenir. Another thing thing missing this past week.....LeBron James. Has anybody seen him lately?
And lastly, Letter J is just around the corner and on schedule for next week. Quite a few good suggestions out there. Looking forward to making that final decision.
Decided to take a quick break from the dining especially with this hot weather and focus on something a little different this week: my health!
I have a confession to make. I can't recall the last time I've been to an optometrist to get my eyes checked. I come from a family where all my siblings, parents, cousins where glasses or contacts. It's so bad; I even have a niece that is adopted who wears glasses. I have relatives by marriage that even wears glasses. Yes, I'm a genetic anomaly.
I don't recall ever having any real issues with my vision so I've just never went. But with old age creeping up on my year by year, I decided to finally give in. I've been looking around for a new (or should I say my first) optometrist. I wanted somebody who wouldn't just consider me a customer. I didn't want to go to a place like Target or Sears where I'm just another patient and they don't know me by name. In any form of service provider/customer interaction, people want that personal interaction. To quote Cheers, "Where everybody knows your name."
After some research and discussion with friends, I ended up with Opticology Eyecare. They are located near 37th and Rock in the Siena Plaza that houses Pacific Coast Pizza, Fizz Bottles and Burgers and Orange Leaf.
7724 East 37th Street North
Wichita, Kansas 67226
Phone: 316-337-5500 http://www.opticologyeyecare.com/
Opticology Eyecare is run by Dr. Greyson Barger. After speaking with him he mentioned regardless of how you well you "think" you see it's good to get your eyes checked regularly for preventative maintenance. "It's better to spot something early and fix it than to catch it when it's too late." He has a lot of different tools and tests.
On top of the regular looking and reading of letters on an eye chart, he had this machine that takes a picture of your eye. In essence it's an x-ray of your eye. With the x-ray, he can then spot glaucoma, MS, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It was pretty cool looking at the picture of the inside of my eye and learning about it. There's also a dilated pupil examination that comes with the exam, I was unable to complete it since I had to be back at work but plan on going back soon.
Dr. Barger was extremely friendly, personable and helpful. One of my friends recently switched over to Opticology Eyecare and liked it so much, his entire family switched over as well. Any doctor you choose whether it is an audiologist, optometrist, pediatrician, you should get along well with and feel comfortable around. Well outside your dentist, because they are all evil!!!!
I was able to walk away with my vision in tact and no need for glasses or contacts. Knock on wood. But if you do need glasses, there's a wide selection of frames you can choose from. I've never had the need for glasses or contacts so I don't envy anybody that doesn't (knock on wood.............)
I know if you check out their Facebook page, they are giving away a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses too.
If you're looking to switch optometrist or haven't even been in ages like myself, I'd highly recommend Dr. Barger and Opticology Eyecare. Their phone number and website has been posted above. Walk-in appointments are allowed if you're looking for something to do while you wait for a pizza at Pacific Coast Pizza right next door. For the record, I don't work for them nor do I own stock or a paid sponsor of them! Just always ready to pass along something in Wichita I enjoy like say, Il Ponte Cafe (which I've received many great responses from) and Newport Grille. The only difference is Dr. Barger doesn't have any banana nut bread pudding to offer after the examination.
Lot of great things started with the letter J. Joe Montana. Junkyard Dog. Julius Erving. Juicy Juice. and a pretty cool guy that's pretty famous Jesus.
But let's move the focus to restaurants. What's good for J?
We probably want to avoid major franchises like Jimmy's Egg and Jimmy John's. My male friends tell me there's a really good place out south on 47th street but I'm about 138% sure most girls would not want to go there. I heard that place makes Twin Peaks look like church.
So where to go for J? Ideally the best place to go is somewhere that isn't extremely popular and would be new for most people.
Any ideas readers?
P.S. - Stopped by Pacific Coast Pizza last night for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Been there many times and love the food. The service is usually decent to good but last night............good lord.........horrible to the point that a couple people in the group commented they weren't sure if they'd return again. Not sure what the explanation was either since the place was NOT busy.