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Dempsey's Burger Pub's Nashville Hot Chicken

- Thursday, October 20, 2016 No Comments
One of my friend's has this rule at restaurants. Never order a burrito at a bar and grill; never order fish at a steak restaurant; never order steak at a Mexican restaurant.

I also have a rule at a restaurant. Order whatever you want that sounds good. So chicken at a burger restaurant? Why not!

So that brings us to Dempsey's Burger Pub. We have reviewed them before and they are certainly one of the favorite burger joints at Wichita By E.B.

Once Wednesday a month, they have been serving Nashville Hot Chicken. Every one of those times, I have been unable to make it so I made it a point to block my calendar for dinner the next day it came up.

Nashville Hot Chicken can be hard to come by in Wichita. KFC has it at their restaurant but it can be very greasy. I was fortunate enough to attend the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival in Nashville this summer. It was my chance to try some of the best Hot Chicken from all around the country with some friends on one really hot summer day. Since then, I've always had a craving for it. When done right, it can be an excellent foodie experience.

Dempsey's Burger Pub has their version of Nashville Hot Chicken and as stated earlier, it's done once a month. The best way to find out when they are doing it next is to follow them on their Facebook page.

Their Nashville Hot Chicken runs $12 + tax. It comes with three pieces of chicken, three pickle slices, a piece of bread and your choice of Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad or Homemade Mac and Cheese. You can also order it Hot or Hot Hot.

My brother and I made a to go order. He went with the Nashville Hot Chicken with Homemade Mac and Cheese while I went with the Hot Hot version with Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad.

Take a look at this glorious meal:

Let's start off with the sides. My brother just loved the mac side. He felt it had that home style feel and appeal to it; worthy of being called Homemade Mac and Cheese. Tasted good and a proper amount of cheese to pasta ratio. The Spicy Asian Cucumber Slaw was indeed spicy. It was the type of spicy you don't notice until after a few bites and then it all hits you at once. It was the good type of spicy though. The one where there's flavor and just isn't spicy for the sake of being spicy to burn your taste buds. Great start so far for Dempsey's. Then it was on to the main course.

The first thing we noticed is the sauce wasn't drizzled all over the chicken. It wasn't greasy by any means either. All the flavor and spices was caked on and into the chicken. The portion size was great. I was actually full after eating 2 of the 3 pieces of chicken.

Nashville Hot Chicken was very mild. If you're worried about spicy foods, fear not. If you want some spice, go with the Hot Hot. That's what I had and it's very bearable. Most of the spice is in the seasoning but it's not overbearing by any means.

There was a fine amount of crisp to the skin but once you got inside, there was some juicy succulent chicken to be found. It was not dry.....at.....all which we found surprising in a good way. Very moist and delicious. The flavor was excellent; Dempsey's did a wonderful job of seasoning it all.

After having gone to the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival, I can attest this was right up there with some of the best ones I had.

For the flavor and the food portion, it was something we'd order again.

On top of burgers, there's another thing that Dempsey's does right and it's Nashville Hot Chicken. Definitely be on the lookout the next time it's on their menu. I'll be placing my carryout order again.

Happy Dining!


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La Chinita Mexican Restaurant Review

- Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1 Comment

For forty years, La Chinita Mexican Restaurant has been a longtime staple of the dining community in Wichita. Since 1976, they have been serving real homemade food and authentic Mexican cuisine. At the request of one of my colleagues, we decided to pop in for lunch.

It's been a long long long time since most of us had been to La Chinita so we were excited to see how the restaurant has held up over the years


Quick Scoop:
1451 N Broadway
Wichita, KS 67214

Open Monday - Friday 11am - 8:30pm
Saturday 11am - 9pm
Closed on Sunday

Website: http://www.lachinitamexicanrestaurant.com/ - Menu available online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/980371531980878

Cash/Card Accepted - WiFi Available

They also have a second location we did not visit:
321 N Mead
Wichita, KS 67202

Immediately when we arrived, the staff was very friendly and welcoming; not just to us but all customers that walked in through the doors. The ambiance was great and what you'd expect from a locally owned Mexican restaurant. Those were all major pluses to start our meal.

Between the four of us who went, we all ordered something a little different:
Pork Burrito with Fideo
Combination #3: Pork Burrito, Green Beef Enchilada, and Bean Tostada
Combination #5: Pork Burrito, Beef Enchilada, Beef Taco and a side of Fideo
Combination #7: Tamale, Chorizo Enchilada, Pork Burrito and a side of Fideo

While we waited for our lunch, we were presented with their homemade chips and three different salsas. There was a mild red, a hot red and a spicy green salsa.

The spicy green salsa was warm as if it had been heated. It was unexpected as most salsas are room temperature or cold. While it had good flavor to it, most people enjoyed the mild. The hot didn't have much flavor to it and wasn't all that hot.  The chips were excellent though; I could eat on those for days.

Soon afterwards our food was brought out to us.

My colleague who had the Combination #3 loved her meal. She's a huge fan of La Chinita and it was no surprise she would like it. That is her usual order.

The Pork Burrito entree was lightly smothered with mild salsa. While she thought the beans and pork had good flavor, there was not a lot to it. No cheese or anything else with the burrito to really make it stand out. It was your simple burrito. As for the fiedo, it was described as ok. There was too much salt within the sauce. For the $10 she spent, she wishes there had been more to the burrito or even multiple sides.

The Combination #5 was also less than stellar. There wasn't much to the food to separate it from the competitors. The portion size was ok. He felt all the food was very simple.

Meanwhile I ordered the Combination #7. I gave a portion of my enchilada to my co-worker and she really liked it; much more than her pork burrito. For me, it was too much cheese to deal with. The pork burrito was very basic but the hot sauce drizzled over the top of it added some much needed spiciness to it. The tamale I was less than impressed with. It was fairly dry and had a rough/hard texture to it. The fideo was as described earlier.

Between the four of us, one loved the place while the other three felt it was like your basic average Mexican restaurant. There wasn't much to it that made us feel like it was superior to the competition in town. While the service was great, the portion sizes could have been a little better.

and that readers, is La Chinita Mexican Restaurant

Happy Dining!


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Our Favorite Treat at Rita's!

- Monday, October 10, 2016 No Comments
My nieces were tasked recently with choosing their favorite treat at Rita's. We spent an entire summer going there and having nearly every item on the menu. By now they were pro's and knew how it all worked out.

Let me set the record first that if one girl chooses a favorite, it's automatically the other's favorite and vice versa. It's as if they are twins but with different parents.

When I told them of this task, they knew immediately what they were going to order and did so upon entering the doors of Rita's Italian Ice.

They went straight for the Cotton Candy Italian Ice. After sampling so many different flavors through the summer months, they settled on one favorite treat. I asked them why Cotton Candy was their favorite and was given such responses as, "Cause it's the best", "It tastes so great!", and "Duh!". Such creative responses from a couple six year olds.

After finishing off with their favorite treat, they wanted to try something we didn't notice was on the menu until tonight: Custard Cookie Sandwiches!

It was a combination of two of their items, frozen custard and Oreo cookies. The cookie sandwiches were so big that they couldn't even finish it themselves. They were indeed very large. After the cookies, the girls were so indecisive on what was their favorite and decided both the cookies and cotton candy were both a tie....... so diplomatic.

How often do you get your Rita's Italian Ice fill? If you go often, what's your favorite go to treat?

Post below in the comments below.

Happy Dining!

Bonefish Grill's New Fall Seasonal Menu

- Sunday, October 9, 2016 No Comments
As anybody knows, seafood is one of those rare food types where really good options can be found at a high quality.

One of those places I frequent is Bonefish Grill. They've recently put out their new seasonal fall menu so my friend and I decided to stop by and check it out on a weekday afternoon.

Of course any meal starts off with a couple conversation drinks. We had their Fall Apple Martini and Fresh Pear Martini. Their Fresh Pear Martini was not so heavy on a pear taste; it definitely put the fresh in refreshing. Meanwhile the Fall Apple Martini was light on all the flavors. From the honey to the apple to the cinnamon, not one ingredient was so overbearing it took away from the drink. Great way to start our meals.

From glancing at their specials for the day, I went with the Cedar Plank Bourbon Salmon while my friend went with the Wild Snapper and Shrimp.

As usual both items came out in great timing.

This was my first time ever having salmon served on a cedar plank. I'm used to eating my salmon raw or lightly cooked; that's usually my preference. So having it cooked with a crisp and topped with a fall maple and Jim Beam bourbon glaze was a surprisingly pleasant experience. It had such a nice crisp while still tender. The jasmine rice was a nice filler to go along with it. The Wild Snapper and Shrimp was a light but filling dinner. The warm chorizo "mojo" sauce was a great; it was a wonderful topper that really stuck out. It was my friend's first time having snapper and she loved it. It didn't have a fishy taste to it at all which can really turn off some people who are worried about trying fish.

Once again it was a another winner of a visit to Bonefish Grill.

Remember Bonefish Grill is located at 10250 E 13th street in the Waterfront!

Happy Dining!


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Deep Fried Twinkies: Fair Foods in the Freezer Aisle

- Wednesday, October 5, 2016 No Comments
Many people go to state fairs for one thing: fair foods. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) fair foods are only available in limited doses when fair is going on.

Hostess has changed all of this when they unveiled Deep Fried Twinkies which are now available at Walmart for $4.76 a box. I randomly saw it on display one day and decided why not give this a try with the family?

They are available in two different flavors: Deep Fried Chocolate and Deep Fried Original Golden and from what I can tell can only be found at Walmart in the freezer aisle.

After a family vote, we decided to go ahead and get the Original Golden.

The Deep Fried Twinkies come in a box of seven cakes. You can cook these in the toaster oven, deep fryer or the oven which is the recommended instruction. We set a handful of them out on a try and set the oven to 350 degrees. It took around 6-8 minutes.

After they were done, we let them sit for a couple minutes to cool down. The worst thing is eating food straight out of the oven. Raise your hand if you've ever eaten a frozen pizza immediately after you cooked it and burned the roof of your mouth? I do it EVERY time.

The aroma of a Twinkie was definitely there. Since we didn't deep fry them and my guess is most people won't, the Twinkies didn't have much of a crunch or crisp to it. On the flip side it didn't have the soft texture of a regular Twinkie. It was somewhere almost in the middle. The creme filling in the middle also had a different harder texture to it. To describe the taste, it was almost more like a sugary cake doughnut than a Twinkie.

Nearly everybody preferred a regular Twinkie over a Deep Fried Twinkie. While it wasn't bad, it didn't make any of us feel like we were trying a state fair staple. Although still fun to try and cheaper than spending $200 for one at the fair, this was probably a one shot deal for all of us.


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A Test Run of Two Olives - A Gourmet Cafe

- Friday, September 30, 2016 No Comments
Many fans of Piccadilly Grill finally have some good news on their side. After closing down last September, the owners of Piccadilly have now opened their new restaurant called Two Olives.

The menu has a similar feel to what you could have found at Piccadilly. Many of the same Mediterranean dishes that were popular there are now available at Two Olives.


Quick Scoop on Two Olives:
2949 N Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67226

Open Monday - Saturday 11am - 2pm (Closed on Sunday)

Website: twooliveswichita.com - Menu available online
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TwoOlivesWichita/

Cash/Card Accepted - WiFi Available


It should be noted that Two Olives is currently in the middle of their "test run" phase. They are tweaking their lunch menu, training the staff and developing a workflow. They do plan to be open for dinner eventually.

My colleagues and I decided to drop in during this test run phase to see how everything was going.

The menu we found online sounded incredibly delicious.

We planned on going earlier but when their opening was delayed; we creepily followed their Facebook page until we found a really good time to go.

Upon walking into Two Olives, we were kindly greeted. Our initial reaction was, "Is this a buffet?" From a distance, it sure looked like it. The greeter eventually told us the place was like a Panera and handed us silverware. Not everybody has been to a Panera so that could leave some people confused. We really didn't know exactly what to do, whether to seat ourselves or wait. Eventually we just walked up to the counters and looked at each station to see what was going on. That's when we noticed there was a station where you order and pay for your food.

One of the owners came to us and then finally explained everything. We were given menus to look at, what to do and she gave us all suggestions on what to order. You could see the ingredients that would be included in what you order and kind of see it all being made. That made it much clearer to us all. This is definitely something to work on for the greeter moving forward.

Two people went with the Angie's Chicken Shawarma Bowl (fattouch, shawarma chicken, hummus, quick pickle, roasted vegetables, mint tahini). Another went with the Garlic Roma pasta bowl (capellini pasta, garlic, roma tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, Calabrian chiles) and added shrimp for $4. I ordered the Lamb Kefta (rice and hashwa, lamb kefta, baba ghanoush, poblano -cilantro slaw, harissa, quick pickle , herbed yogurt dressing).

A co-worker and I also split a large Fattouch Salad that I completely forgot to take a picture of.

We paid for our order at the counter and were given a ticket number. After that, we just picked our own table to sit at.

From the time it took to order our food to the time of delivery, it was a while. None of us kept actual time of it but it was probably over 15 minutes for it to come out based on the total lunch time we spent there.

Everything looked great. Presentation was wonderful. The one major drawback from it all was the portion size of the Garlic Roma pasta bowl. For $12 ($8 for the meal and $4 for the shrimp), the amount of food in the bowl was very miniscule. We all joked how hungry she would be after finishing it. At first glance, she was a little upset that she paid $4 for five pieces of shrimp. She mentioned the dish was very good though. It was subtle on flavors but the pine nuts made for a very nutty, earthy flavor whiel the tomatoes brought a little sweet element. The shrimp were a fairly decent size and was probably the best thing about the pasta; very fresh and delicious. Sadly she noted, the portion size did not leave her satisfied for the price; very underwhelming experience.

The Fattouch Salad we split though was wonderful. She noted it was probably one of the best fattouch's she's ever had. The vegetables were incredibly fresh and the pickled vegetables gave it a wonderful zing. It's one item I would certainly go back for.

My Lamb Kefta was filling, that's for sure. The Lamb Kefta was cooked just right. It was tender enough to be cut with a fork very easily and didn't have any gamey taste to it which you can sometimes find in lamb. While I'm a huge carnivore, my favorite part of the meal was actually the poblano-cilantro slaw and roasted eggplant. It was so nice having that in the meal to really compliment the lamb and brown rice.

Both colleagues who ordered the Angie's Chicken Shawarma Bowl were happy customers. They noted the chicken was flavorful; the amount of chicken they received was a great value. The chicken sat on a Fattouch Salad which included hummus and pita bread. Everything tasted fresh; the quality was very apparent.

After lunch, we saw a dessert case in the corner of our eyes and figured why not try what they had to offer.

They had an assortment of different desserts for $1.75 - $6. Upon much debate, we went with their Lemon Bar, Congo Bar and Brownie. They were nice enough to cut it up for us into smaller pieces to share.

Everybody ranked the three desserts from their favorite to least favorite. Least favorite is actually unfair to say because everyone really enjoyed the desserts. Oddly enough though, everyone also had a different favorite.

One loved the brownie because she's a huge dark chocolate fan which means the brownie was right up her alley. The lemon bar was incredibly refreshing compared to the other desserts. Meanwhile the congo bar tasted like a cookie cake.

Some takeaways we had from the test run of Two Olives was the food was excellent. From quality to the ingredients in making it all, they really took the time to make sure it was all fantastic.

The service was a little mediocre. There was a bit of confusion and disorder on how to order and what to do upon entering the restaurant. Refills were a bit slow. We all also noticed when we asked for straws one of the servers handed them to us while holding the ends where you sip at; just not a good look.

While some items were priced right like the Shawarma Bowl and Lamb Kefta; the Garlic Roma with shrimp was just too much to spend for what you got. Also one of my coworkers had a pop he spent two dollars on. It came in a thin, semi-tall glass. When he asked for a refill, the server failed to inform him refills weren't free. The server, after refilling his drink, told him it was 50 cents for a refill but was corrected by another employee. It was $2 for the refill. So he spent $4 for two of these size glasses:

Two Olives definitely has some things to work on but one area that they have down already is the food. We can all see ourselves going here for lunch again since it's in great proximity to where we work. If they can get their menu, service and prices adjusted properly, this could be the next five star restaurant in town especially for lunch.

Happy Dining!


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First Look at Sakana Japanese Grill and Sushi

- Wednesday, September 28, 2016 No Comments
Did you know there's a fine dining sushi restaurant open in Andover?

This was unbeknownst to me until a friend was at the Dillon's parking lot in Andover and had a flyer on her windshield marketing the new restaurant.

Introducing Sakana Japanese Grill & Sushi.

They are located at 626 S Andover Rd.

The hours are Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9:30pm and Friday/Saturday from 11am - 10pm.

Sakana has a full menu and the ability to order online at their website as well which is very convenient: http://sakanacuisine.com/index.php/home

When I first saw there was a new restaurant, my original thought was it was going to be a quick style sushi joint where it's in and out. When I walked in, I was surprised to see it was a full scale sit-down sushi restaurant. There's plenty of seating, good lighting and many servers catering to the patrons.

I went in on a whim and ordered some sushi carryout for my cousin and I.

While they have a full menu that also includes hibachi and other dinner options, it was the middle of the day and just wanted to stop in to see what the place was like.

I snapped some pictures while sitting by the sushi station watching the chefs quickly make roll after roll. I ended up settling on a Tuna Amazing Roll (White tuna & asparagus inside, topped with pepper tuna, avocado and eel Sauce), a Fire Starter Roll (Spicy tuna & avocado inside, yellowtail, jalapeno & caviar on the top with chili sauce) and a Spicy Salmon Roll.

The prices were comparable to what you'd see at a Sumo or Wasabi. What was supposed to be a quick look for a couple items turned into a $40 stop..... the price of being a food blogger in Andover I suppose....

It took around 15 minutes for everything to be made and they even included a free salad for me to try.

If you love ginger dressing, you'll love the salad. I'm such a huge ginger dressing fan; I wish there was a really good version I could buy at the store.

As for the sushi, both specialty rolls were very good; nice big chunks of fish included in each roll. The spicy salmon roll was ok; I'm just not the biggest fan of the mashed up salmon. I'm partial to the spicy salmon rolls that include an actual piece of salmon untouched.

We reserved full opinions on everything until we can actually go in, have a seat and try the restaurant in it's truest form.

But in the meantime, if you're wondering about sushi in Andover, it's there now!

I'd love to read about your experiences at Sakana down below if you've already gone or e-mail them to wichitabyeb@gmail.com

Happy Dining!


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John's Pita Bakery: Restaurant Style Pita In Your Kitchen

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Have you ever gone to one of your favorite restaurants in town, order some hummus, starting chowing down and ask yourself, "Where can I get this delicious pita bread?"

It was brought to my attention that you actually can!

I was recently introduced to John's Pita Bakery. They bake the pita bread that can be found all over Wichita. It's at such restaurants like Bella Luna, N&J's, Cafe Maurice, College Hill Deli, Sabor, Byblos, Public, Meddy's, Kabob's, Taste and See...........seriously everywhere. Being available at some of the best restaurants in town is a true testament to just how good their pita bread is and having is made here locally in Wichita is a big plus.

If you're looking to buy some of their delicious pita, it can be found at such places like N&J Bakery, World Food Market, Whole Foods and Green Acres. The price ranges from $2.50 - $3.00. While at Green Acres, I found it for $2.99. I gave the cashier my Dillon's Plus Card and was given this awkward look. My price was still $2.99 surprisingly enough.

One of the major benefits of the pita bread is it's made with no preservatives; it's all natural. I know there are a lot of health nuts who would love that.

For $3, the price is very comparable to any other pita bread or pita chip you can find in stores. Even better when you take into account the quality you're getting versus something that isn't as fresh.

Quality-wise, it tasted great. After heating it up for a handful of seconds, it was warm and great to use as a dipper for some hummus. I gave a pack to my cousin who was also a big fan of it. It was great to finally find out this pita bread can be purchased in stores. I was so used to finding whatever I could get my hands on to eat hummus with.

If you're in the market for some pita bread, go for the best quality you can get especially since the price is right about the same. Get yourself John's Pita Bakery pita bread.

For more on them, check out their website: http://www.johnspitabakery.com/ 


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