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There's a new classy little bar downtown that is more than just a bar. It's a distillery, a cocktail bar, it's attached to a huge event venue, and it's ten times safer than it's previous predecessor at that location.


Of course you know by the article title, it's Wheat State Distilling which is the former Doc Howard's location.

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Quick Scoop:
246 N Mosley
Wichita, KS 67202
316-831-7413

Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 12am
Friday - Saturday: 2pm - 1am

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There's a huge venue attached that holds over 500+ people. All of that information can be found on their webpage, Distillery 244 Old Town. But for my Saturday afternoon, my friends and I strictly focused our time at the bar called Wheat State Distilling. You'll want to make sure you get that down. Even I was confused and thought they were the same thing as did my friends.



Inside the place is beautiful. They did a fantastic job of remodeling the place.

This place may sound familiar because it is. There's a Wheat State Distilling at 37th and Hydraulic so many of their fine liquors are featured on their cocktail menu. From their bourbon to their gin to their spiced rum to their vodka, there's really something there for everyone. They will also provide tastings to those who are unsure as to what they'd like.

They even have a small patio which we found to be fantastic given the weather Mother Nature has blessed Wichita with recently.

While they don't serve food, they did provide every table with a spicy nut mix to snack on.

As for the service, it was a little on the slower side the afternoon we went from ordering our drinks to retrieving our drinks to tabbing out. We stopped by when they first opened and it wasn't busy so we weren't sure to what may have caused the slowness. Outside of that, the staff was very friendly and informative on throwing suggestions at us.

It was something we were able to overlook and would certainly go again in the future given our fondness of alcohol.......in moderation of course.

If you are wanting to support the Drink Local movement, this is your spot. I'm a fan, I have a couple different Wheat State bottles at home and can vouch it makes for a wonderful cocktail after a long day.

Here's their cocktail menu for that particular day:


Happy Drinking!
Eddy

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What's better than custard? How about 92-cent custard!

From now until February 26th, Freddy's Frozen Custard is offering 92-cent frozen custard treats. It's a one week offer to celebrate the 92nd birthday of it's co-founder and namesake, Freddy Simon.

It's available at all participating Freddy's with no other purchase obligations necessary. The 92-cents nets you a single scoop of chocolate or vanilla frozen custard in either a traditional cake cone or dish.


My niece couldn't decide between the chocolate or vanilla, so we decided on both. It was her first time trying the frozen custard at Freddy's and she loved every ounce of it. She loved the versatility of the custard. By versatile, I mean she found it to be a great dessert as well as a condiment for her fries. She noted, "the chocolate is so much better than ketchup!"

Then after you're done, don't forget to take a picture with the cardboard stand-up of Freddy!


Happy Dining!
Eddy

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It's been almost a couple years since we last covered Adrian's. After chatting with a friend on where to go for lunch, we decided on Adrian's so it was to my surprise when I found out they had a lunch buffet. It sounded like the perfect time for another lunch review.


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2121 N Rock Road #300
Wichita, KS 67206
316-681-1148
Lunch Buffet Monday - Friday - 11am - 2pm
Lunch Buffet Saturday & Sunday - 11am - 3am

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Website - Menu available online

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For starters, it's a $11.99 lunch buffet offered everyday of the week.

Here's pictures of everything they offered that day.







There were many options of favorite Mediterranean staples like fattoush salad, hummus, and tabbouleh. Other dishes on their menu can be found like tilapia, pork with butternut squash, eggplant stew and beef stroganoff.


For $11.99, they had great offering of Mediterranean food that would normally run you $11.99 for just one plate of one item with a salad. We ran through the line a couple times and tried a little bit of everything. It wasn't like other lunch buffets where you the food feels so heavy once you're done.

Even with the stroganoff, pasta salad and hummus, it all felt fairly light and we left completely satisfied. The food quality was fantastic and the staff did a great job of getting fresh food out on the line. Service was quick and friendly; they essentially had all the tools put together on a fantastic lunch outing.

I can definitely give this lunch buffet a recommendation from Wichita By E.B. It's worth the $11.99 + tax + tip if you're wanting to try an assortment on Mediterranean foods.

For our regular review on Adrian's from 2015, head here.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Since the 1920's, there's been a tiny burger joint that has been serving little sliders to people all over the world. It's crazy to think they've been around for nearly a century now. For all the times I've driven through Salina, KS, it has never dawned on me to stop by.

All that changed the other night, when we finally made it a point to head into the heart of Salina for.....


...........The Cozy Inn!!!!!!


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Quick Scoop: 
107 N 7th St
Salina, KS 67401
785-825-2699
Monday - Saturday - 10am - 9pm
Sunday - 11am - 8pm

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While I was trying 30 different burger places in Wichita, multiple people reached out to me regarding The Cozy Inn. When I say multiple people, it was probably like two but let's not take away from a great story.

The Cozy Inn is considered one of those places that everybody should try at least once. The hype was there but was the food equal to it? My friends and I were about to find out.

We arrived 35 minutes before closing. There was a nice bright neon sign hanging high, three benches outside for diners and even a walk-thru so people could stop by and place their orders. Oh, not just one walk thru but two. One at the front of the building and another at the side.



We wanted the full Cozy Inn experience so we went inside and found a counter along with six stools for people to dine at.



Even though they were ready to close, the two ladies working that evening were incredibly welcoming to us. They found out we were just passing through town and were happy to hear it was our first time there.


The menu is very simple. It's just sliders and bags of chips. The sliders are similar to what you would find at a White Castle. In fact, the original owner got the concept from White Castle and opened The Cozy Inn a year after White Castle opened in Wichita. The biggest difference is the Cozy Inn stayed in Salina while White Castle ditched Wichita.

The slider/Cozy Burger is $1.14 a piece. You can get a value meal of 6 burgers which includes a drink and chips for $8.27 or the 4 burger option for $6.44. We all went with the 6 burger option.

All their burgers are cooked with just onions.


We were told sometimes people will bring in their own cheese.

A big part othe Cozy Inn is the grill they use. Their grill is decades and decades and decades old; that's the secret to what makes their burgers taste so good. There are some Cozy Inn's in Manhattan for instance but Cozy Inn fans swear the older grill in Salina makes all the difference in the world.


It didn't take long for our Cozy Burgers to arrive then that silence started where people are too busy eating.



Everybody ended up having six Cozy Burgers. We found that four burgers was the number where you felt satisfied. Five was the amount you could be full and six was the number where you thought to yourself, "I can't finish this but I don't want to waste food."

The burgers were awesome. Full disclosure, I love little sliders and am a big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big fan of White Castle. I was happy to hear my friends liked it as well because they actually aren't fans of White Castle.

The burgers were so simple yet delightful. It really made my day that we were able to stop by The Cozy Inn. It's great to have friends who are so willing to give in to my time-wasting and unhealthy food ventures. I could only imagine how much worse it would be if I was pregnant; glad that's humanly impossible.

On our way out, we had to double check to make sure a pin was placed on Wichita.


There was one major drawback to The Cozy Inn. When we left, our clothes reaked of onions and meat. When we arrived in Wichita, the car reaked of onions and meat. When I got to work this morning, I'm pretty sure I still smelled like onions and meat. Outside of that, the staff there was incredible. Food was great; all around a great foodie adventure.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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The newest restaurant to hit the Wichita streets has officially opened as of Wednesday, February 8th. It took everything in me to wait one more day to check it out with friends but we finally did it.

Ladies and gentlemen, bored people on the internet browsing around, friends I force and pay with friendship to read this blog and fellow Wichitans, it's time to talk Dempsey's Biscuit Co.

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3425 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67218
316-260-8659
Monday - Friday - 11am - 10pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9am - 2pm (brunch) 3pm - 10pm (dinner)

Facebook - Menu available online
Website

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Dempsey's Biscuit Co. is located in the former Fork and Fennel location. It's been home to other restaurants and now hopes to break the streak of failing eateries. The restaurant may sound familiar because it is familiar. The owners also own Dempsey's Burger Pub in Clifton Square just a hop, skip and jump over on the other side of Douglas.

This new spin-off serves a favorite menu item of mine that was sold once a month at Dempsey's Burger Pub, their Nashville Hot Chicken! The moment I heard about this new restaurant I put it on my calendar and was ready to get in line to try it again.


The inside is pretty limited in seating with only 14 tables but with additional seating outside when it gets warmer. There's also an area to the east of the building that looks like it could be expanded for an even bigger patio.

I was joined by five friends on that afternoon and everything on the menu looked glorious. From their biscuit sandwiches to the chicken to the waffles; it was hard to decide what to order. Then after that, you had to choose the spiciness level of the chicken. The options were hot, hot hot or reaper.

Since it was our first time there we had to make sure we got a good sampling of the menu. Here's what we ordered:

Hillside Sandwich (Fried chicken, house made pickles, coleslaw)
Douglas Sandwich (Fried chicken, pimento cheese, fried egg)
Belmont Sandwich (Fried chicken, bacon, extra sharp cheddar, house made pickles, fried egg, covered in house made sausage gravy)
Clifton Sandwich (Fried chicken, bacon, covered in our house made sausage gravy)
Central Sandwich (Bacon, Egg, lettuce, tomato, and house made aioli.)
The Light Hot Chicken (Breast and a wing)
The Combo Bird (Breast, thigh, leg)
Chicken and Waffles
Pea Salad

No expenses were spared. We ordered as much as we could; it's a good thing they had take out containers.

For the chicken, a majority of the people all ordered theirs hot, while I had an order of hot hot and reaper.

Belmont

Hillside

Pea Salad

The Combo Bird (Hot Chicken)

Chicken and Waffles

Douglas

Central

The Light (Hot Chicken)

Clifton
It was a lot of food. Some people may worry about the price but it really does fill you up and (spoiler alert), it's all delicious. Everyone who joined me loved their food.

The biscuit sandwiches were all a hit. One friend's favorite part of the entire meal was the actual biscuit. If you love biscuits, you will love the sandwiches. And if you love biscuits and gravy, this is certainly the place for you.

One glaring misconception some people may have is how hot their hot chicken actually is. As mentioned earlier, there are three levels: hot, hot hot, and reaper. Their hot is advertised as hot and spicy. There wasn't a single person in the group who felt the hot had any spice to it; very mild according to our taste buds. The hot hot is advertised as "feel the burn". To some people they may but for those people who love spicy foods like myself, it won't burn. I actually found the hot hot to be the most flavorful. Then there's the reaper which is described as "for those who ain't got no soul". I liked it which finally confirms every thing most ex-girlfriend have said about me. It's got a lot of heat and can definitely burn after but goes away quickly.

Everyone besides myself ordered hot and plan to step up to the next level of hot hot on their next visit.

The Chicken and Waffles was another hit. My buddy said if the chicken doesn't fill you up the waffles certainly will. The syrup and additional hot sauce really added that extra touch to the meal for him.

I should also note that if you want additional sauces, Dempseys has bottles of hot sauce and honey available.



If you head to their website, they have a Sunday Brunch that runs from 9am - 2pm which is already on my list to try soon.

I had great vibes on Dempsey's Biscuit Co. and can see myself adding it to one frequent stops since I'm always in the area. It's a very comfortable setting and can get even better once the weather cooperates and the patio fits the temperature.

The service and people there were excellent as well. You order your food at the counter and they bring it out to you. Even though they give you a cup to get your own drinks, they still had someone going around refilling waters and cleaning up tables.

Also they do have a fully stocked bar and many beers on hand.

How bow dah!
It's been great to see 2017 kick off to a great start with this new restaurant in town. I'm so excited to see what's next.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Did you know Wichita's Art community is alive and well? It's thriving with so many events around town displaying local artist' work.

Today at Wichita By E.B., we sit down with one of those artists who's work has been displayed all over town. He is Johnny Freedom and the latest guests in our Q&A Series!


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Johnny's artwork
Eddy: Johnny, I know this Q&A, has been a long time coming. I want to thank you for taking the time to be here with us. Could you tell the readers about yourself?

Johnny: My name is Johnny Freedom. I’m a native of Wichita, born and raised here. I have been married to my wife, Aimee (also a native Wichitan) for 22 years this May. We have three kids, all teenagers.  I left Wichita after high school and couldn’t wait. I thought Wichita sucked. It was 1991 and it was kind of the thing to say, “I’m from Wichita. Yeah, it sucks.”  I was in the Marine Corps, living in California. Then moved to Arizona and then onto some other places where my job took me. I kept coming back to visit family and I noticed Wichita kept developing.  Downtown was developing, as was Old Town and Delano. Then the Design District. The east side grew and so did the west side. I told my wife, “Wichita got cool!”  Eventually, I requested a transfer back to Wichita and moved back in January 2009. I couldn’t be happier to be back and prouder to call Wichita my home. 

Eddy: I must admit I was in the same boat except I never had the balls to leave town. But once getting to college at Wichita State and meeting some friends that would last leave a lifetime, I came to realize I loved the city. Back to you though, you're most recognized for your artwork. How did you get started into painting?

Artwork from Johnny can be found on his Instagram
Johnny: I got my start in painting 2 years ago. I work at the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County in the Internet Crimes Against Children unit.  I’m an ultrarunner, which is great to clear my mind from some of the things we experience in this type of work. I knew I needed a way to clear my mind by expressing myself, rather than just running.  I began to work on some pallet projects that I saw online. Since I’d moved back, I’d become obsessed with the Wichita flag after learning about it. I decided to use one of the pallets I’d found to make a Wichita flag. Jennifer Ray, the owner of The Monarch, contacted me and asked to buy it. JACO General Contractors bought the next one I made. Then a couple friends started reaching out to me and other people through Instagram. Before I knew it, I’d made over a dozen Wichita flags. I started painting other Wichita landmarks and our city landscape on pallet wood and other materials I’d recovered from trash bins and old homes and the response was great. A friend, Shannon Boone, offered to host my first Final Friday. To be honest, I had no idea what a Final Friday was. Shannon guided me through that first show and teamed me up with Brickmob, who are an awesome group of designers, artists, and activists I now call my friends, and the rest is kind of history.

Eddy: Any inspirations you were able to draw from in helping you grow as an artist?

More samples of Johnny's work
Johnny: I’m really new to the art scene in Wichita and I really struggle with calling myself an artist because I respect the artists in this city so much.  The artists, designers, and makers in Wichita have all been so kind, encouraging, helpful…I could go on and on. They are all just a great group of people I love very much. The artists in this town don’t get enough credit for the wonderful things they do for our city. Armando Minares, Curt Clonts, Wade Hampton, Hannah Scott, Christopher Garcia, Sean Christopher Ward, Christopher Gulick, Dustin Parker, Kody Ramsey…these are all people I’ve had the opportunity to interact with and they encourage me. I admire them so much and appreciate how much they contribute to the art community in Wichita.  I have learned something from each of them and they are only a few of the wonderful creators doing amazing things in Wichita. The gallery owners and business owners that host artists have also done so much to encourage artists and grow the art movement in Wichita. MakeICT and Yellowbrick Street Team are both organizations that are helping connect people and provide resources for creation.  Lots of exciting things are happening and it’s more of a challenge to fit things into your schedule than to find something to do. It blows my mind when people say there’s nothing to do. There’s TOO MUCH TO DO!  The city and its people are my inspiration. Also taking things that people throw away and transforming them is a great source of motivation for me.  We are a throw-away society and I hope some of the creations I make will open people’s eyes to changing that. Recently I’ve done some collaborations with people like Brewer Ryan Kerner and DJ Carbon, who are artists of their own crafts, and that has been an awesome source of inspiration for me.

Wichita Flag
Eddy: So where can people find your art? Or even just pictures of it?

Johnny: My Instagram page has been a great source for me to showcase my pieces, sell them, and connect with other amazing people in the city. I do a lot of bartering and trading with local businesses for Wichita flags. I love to barter and so do the businesses. I have Wichita flags in River City Brewery, Central Standard, Hopping Gnome, First Gear, The Monarch, and FNL Denim to name just a few places. Janelle King from The Workroom contacted me to be involved with the very first Avenue Art Days in the Design District and that’s what got the Wichita flag murals going.  Right now there are four Wichita flag murals: the insurance building east of the QT at Washington and Douglas, the Doo Dah Diner, Dunning & Dunning building, and the apartment building across from Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

Eddy: I think the Wichita Flag has been the single most piece of artwork that has really gone "viral" so to speak in the social media presence in town. I'm not crafty at all and wish I was. What advice would you have to people like me or even anybody else who may be interested in taking it up as a hobby?

at FNL Denim
Johnny: My advice: Just go for it. Wade Hampton said something a while back and I’ll butcher it, but basically he said to make what you want. Some people will like it and some people won’t, but just keep doing your thing if it makes you happy. That struck home with me.  Initially I had been so worried about only making things that I thought people would like. Now I just make what I like and I can always find someone who likes it, too. I’ve made some things and thought, “wow, this is going to kill it” and it sat in my garage for months. I’ve made things and thought, “wow, this is crap” and it sold in 5 minutes. You never know, so just create and have fun.

Eddy: What's funny is I have the same reaction every time I write a blog....."wow, this is crap." but then I hit publish and wait for all ten people who follow my blog to read it. So moving on to my favorite thing to do in town....eating. You definitely make your way around Wichita so you must be familiar with the restaurants. What are your three favorite places to eat in town?

Johnny: This is messed up because I could eat a different great place in Wichita every night. There are some really good food spots and food trucks in Wichita. These are definitely in my Top 10 and I’ll even tell you my go-to dish.  The Penny’s Special at Dempsey’s is so good I ate it two nights in a row the last time it was the special.  It’s so good, I wanted to make out with the chef. The Kansan pizza at River City is delicious and make sure to pair it with one of the infamous sours by Brewer Ryan Kerner. The Brisket Salad sandwich at the Monarch is off the hook with the BBQ kettle chips. Plus the Monarch has so much local art hanging up it should be considered an art gallery.

Eddy: Anything else about yourself readers should know?

Johnny: I’m also the voice of FC Wichita, the 4th division soccer team that plays in the summer at Stryker Soccer Complex.  Josh Kippenberger and I call the games on the team’s YouTube channel. Mike Zarich from MJ Productions and I travel with the team to all the away games and stream the games back to the fans. I’m also the announcer for the Friends Falcons men’s and women’s soccer teams.  Josh and I used to call the games for the now defunct, Wichita B-52’s indoor soccer team.  Soccer is one of the loves of my life.

Eddy: Well Johnny, it's been a true pleasure getting to know you. I follow you on Instagram and your stuff is incredible. Keep up the good work. Readers, you'll definitely want to follow his Instagram if you want to see come cool work and get details on where you can find his stuff displayed at.

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If you know of anybody that would be great as a guest of the Wichita By E.B. Q&A Series, feel free to e-mail me at wichitabyeb@gmail.com. I'm looking for anybody who impacts Wichita in any sort of way whether they be business owners, restaurateurs, volunteers, whomever. Thank you!

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Are you sick of restaurant reviews featuring tacos? I hope not because here's another one for you.

It's Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant.


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1225 W Douglas
Wichita, KS 67203
316-927-3936
Monday - Saturday - 11am - 9pm
Closed Sunday

Facebook - Menu pictures available at the end of the blog
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Los Pinos serves your typical Mexican fare of tacos, burritos, enchiladas along with some American staples like hamburgers. I went to Los Pinos strictly at the suggestion of my barber. He knows I'm a pretty adventurous eater and wanted my opinion on one item some people may not order. So I stopped by on a whim to give them a try.

That particular item was "Tacos de Tripitas" aka Tripe Tacos. Some people may not like tripe and understandably so; it's the lining of the cow's stomach. I'm pretty much used to it having it in my Pho so it wasn't much of a challenge to try the tripe tacos.

For safe measure in case I didn't like them, I also went with some pork and barbacoa tacos.


At $1.90 per taco, it was well worth the risk to see just how I liked them. I started off with the two safer options and they were splendid; very simple tacos with little garnishes, plenty of meat and all full of flavor.

Next up were the Tripe Tacos.

The tripe I'm used to in Pho isn't fried so I was expecting something different when the tacos came out. At Los Pinos, the tripe is fried so that actually may be a more appealing option to some trying tripe for their first time.

I took a look, took a whiff and was ready to go all in.

After the first few bites, I was pleasantly surprised with how good they were. For it being cow lining, it was pretty darn good. There was a nice crunch to it and you could definitely tell it wasn't your typical meat offering but it still tasted just fine to me.

Would they be something I order again? Certainly. I would have ordered more on my visit had I not been so full with all my other tacos.

....oh yeah and the chips and salsa that was provided.


Both hot and mild salsas were excellent. The hot packed quite a bit of heat so it wasn't the type of salsa I could take a huge chip full. I had to do it moderately to keep my mouth from catching fire.

On my quick visit to try the Tacos de Tripitas, the service was wonderful. Every table was taken and customers were waiting. They had only one server but she did a magnificent job of tending to everybody's needs. I could tell there were a lot of regulars because the main cook, who I believe was the owner, came out to say hi to multiple people.

Add this place to your list of mom and pop shops to stop by if you're looking to get your taco fill in. Go ahead and try the tripe tacos. If those worry you, all of their other tacos are equally as excellent, if not better.

Happy Dining!
Eddy




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