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We Xcape

- Tuesday, August 23, 2016 No Comments
Would you be surprised if I told you there was a new escape room open in Wichita?

There is and it's called We Xcape.

They are located at 2020 N Woodlawn Suite 360 which is in the building immediately south of Blarney Stone at 21st and Woodlawn.

Be sure to Like them on Facebook to see what discounts may be available and check out their website for more details.

In an era where escape rooms are popping up left and right, it's time these new businesses start to do something to differentiate themselves from the competition. That is what We Xcape sets out to do with their room offerings.

There are currently two rooms available at the moment called Last Hope and Phantom Treasures and a third room to be completed very soon called Key of the Time. Phantom Treasures takes up to 6 people while the other rooms will take up to 8.

My family and friends stopped by this week to see what We Xcape could do to make them unique and something different than every other room escape we have tried in town. On our visit, we attempted both rooms.

As usual, we won't give anything away inside the room but just offer some thoughts on our experiences.

For starters, we completed one room (Phantom Treasures) and failed to complete one (Last Hope).

What We Xcape does really is different and isn't your basic room. It's more than just looking at a clock, seeing the time and using the time to unlock a keypad. It's beyond that. Each room requires you to really think outside the box and includes very cool mechanisms and puzzles that we haven't seen in the competitors. It's a good mix of technology, electronics and just different brain teasers that we weren't used to that make the room much more interactive. Then add in some things to mess with your sensory and it makes the room that much tougher. All in all, it is an experience that would be extremely difficult to replicate.

It was a fresh experience after literally trying every single other room escape in town. We liked their attempts at offering something new.

Each room runs $25 but if you check out their webpage or Facebook there are discounts available to drop that price down to really make it worth your time. Give it a go and let me know your thoughts!

Happy Escaping!

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Geno's Bar-B-Q Review

- Monday, August 22, 2016 No Comments
Over in Kechi, KS just north of Wichita is a little house turned into a small quaint restaurant. While I don't travel much to Kechi, it could very well be the only restaurant in town.

It is Geno's BBQ, located at 140 S Oliver, Kechi, KS.

As mentioned earlier, the restaurant is rather small. There are seven tables inside that will accommodate roughly under 30 people.
Inside Geno's Bar-B-Q

The restaurant is also a family business and their hours are limited:
Friday: 5pm - 8pm
Saturday: 12pm - 7pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm

This has been a restaurant I've long wanted to go to but given their weekend hours, it's been tough for me to make it out. Finally over the weekend though, the adventure to Kechi came full circle.

Given it's a simple mom and pop shop, the menu is limited but offers enough choices to satisfy any diner.

With the group of four that went, we ordered a little bit of everything on the menu. One friend order the Smoke Stack sandwich and a ham sandwich for his three year old son. Another friend ordered a combo dinner with turkey and brisket. I went with a combo dinner with ribs and brisket then made an additional order of ham and all three sides they had to offer. I figured at 65 cents a side, it couldn't hurt to try everything they had.

The prices at Geno's Bar-B-Q are very affordable for everyone. It's certainly much cheaper than most of the options in Wichita. A combo dinner is $6.75 while most single meat dinners run around $6. It's worth noting, the food portions do reflect those prices. While smaller, it's more than plenty to satisfy most appetites.

As for the actual food though, we felt a little underwhelmed by it all. For starters, the sides were very simple but nothing to really set itself apart from what you can find in Wichita. While a good filler, they were sides that won't leave you coming back for more. But at 65 cents a side, I really can't complain.

The meats were a little bit of the same. My friend who ordered the Smoke Stack found his sandwich to be fairly dry but with the assistance of their BBQ sauce made it much more manageable. Speaking of their sauces, they had two different offerings in Mild and Hot. The Hot had much more flavor and of course bite to it while the Mild sauce was fairly simple. His son didn't even touch his sandwich, Bubble Guppies was taking too much of his attention. My friend ended up eating his ham sandwich later in the day when he got home and really enjoyed it though.

My other friend and I had the brisket and we both felt the same on the fact that it was just about average. It didn't have a real smoky taste, it didn't taste spiced up or anything; just basic brisket. She also had the turkey and found the texture to be much different than most turkey. It's a little hard to describe. I even took a bite and not sure I've had turkey feel like that before.

The ribs though were splendid; very tender, came off the bone easily and had a good smokey flavor to it which I love. Dipping it in the hot sauce, made it that much better. If I had to go again, I would have ordered strictly a Rib Dinner.

Their water cups were the size of a child's sippy cup, so our waiter had to continually come back to refill our drinks. Service was very good and quick though.

Of course the prices were fantastic but the food was about average with some spots that shined through. One of my friends noted he was eager to go back and take his wife to give them a second chance. We all agreed the atmosphere inside the house was great, warm and welcoming.

For the price and coziness alone, we would go back to give this place another shot. The best word to describe Geno's for us is probably "simple". While it doesn't compete or beat some of the top BBQ options in Wichita, it can certainly be convenient if you already live on the north side of town.

Happy Dining!

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Must Try Menu Item: Malaysia Cafe

- Saturday, August 20, 2016 No Comments
Welcome back to our "Must Try Menu Item" Feature where we go around from restaurant to restaurant and pick one item on the menu that everybody should try at least once.

This time we head over to Malaysia Cafe over at 7777 E 21st St. They are located on the north side of the Tallgrass Centre strip at the southwest corner of 21st and Rock Road.

Malaysia Cafe serves primarily Chinese and Malaysian cuisines.

For starters, they are open Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm and closed on Sunday. They accept cash and card.

When you walk into many Asian restaurants, there is such a huge list of items to choose from. There are Lo-Mein dishes, Fried Rice entrees, appetizers, combination plates, dinner specials, chicken dishes, meat dishes, noodle dishes..... It can all be very cumbersome. So let the friendly unpaid staff at Wichita By E.B. lend you the assist.

One of my friends and fellow foodies, Mike, turned me on to a particular dish there about a year ago that I have since had more times than I should admit. It just so happens to be their best selling dish there and they even have a sign up to prove it.

The menu item is called Char Kway Teow or menu item MS3 which runs for $7.29. The menu notes, it is Hokkeinese stir fried flat rice noodles flavored with special thick soy sauce. The menu even says "It Simply Famous" (Seriously it says "It" and not "It's" but who's judging?)

Dropping a little more knowledge today, Char Kway Teow literally means "stir-fried ricecake strips". This dish is also considered a national favorite of Singapore and Malaysia.

It's loaded with a ton of meat, eggs, and an insanely amount of bean sprouts. If you want to add some spice to your life, include some jalapenos.

I'll be the first to admit, I am no fan of bean sprouts. Growing up, my mother and aunt used to include bean sprouts in their Pho and made me eat it as a child. It scarred me for life. BUT I will actually eat the bean sprouts in the Char Kway Teow.

Between the tender meats, eggs and noodles, everything is so soft that the bean sprouts give the whole meal a nice little crunch and substance to it. The thick soy sauce soaked into the sprouts give it a little additional flavor as well.

While not the healthiest of meals, it delivers so much flavor and at $7.29 can either fill you up or give you two meals.

Certainly a winner of a meal and so glad my friend Mike introduced me to this.

If YOU have a suggestion of a certain menu item we should try at a particular restaurant, comment below or shoot us an e-mail at wichitabyeb@gmail.com

Happy Dining!


Check out Past Must Try Reviews:
Tsunami - Closed
The Store
Newport Grill
Cafe Asia
Manna Wok
Nu Way
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Chiquita's Corner Review

- Thursday, August 18, 2016 1 Comment
If I had to choose two ethnicities of food I eat most often, it would most likely be Asian and Mexican food. Having half of my heritage being of Asian descent, it was always around me. When I say I could eat Asian food everyday, it's because there are times I actually did growing up. Friends used to love coming over and having eggrolls made by my mother and aunt.

Then there's Mexican food. Who doesn't like a good taco? Or enchilada?

When it was brought to my attention that there was a little restaurant that serves a little bit of both, I dialed up some family members and we made our way there immediately.

Enter in: Chiquita's Corner.

Chiquita's Corner is a small little quaint building with a limited menu that's great for carryout or picnic table dining. They are located at 828 W 11th street at the northeast corner of 11th and Bitting. That area sound familiar? Probably because our most recent review covered Songbird Juice Co. located a corner over!

Their hours are: Wednesday and Thursday 11am - 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am - 11pm, Sunday 11am - 9pm and closed Monday and Tuesday.

All the food is ordered at a window located at the front of their building. The food is then brought out to you. There are colorful mismatched pieces of furniture scattered around the building where you can dine at. It's a very nice setup they have. I would almost call the area the Clifton Square of Riverside with the whole ambiance.

Having it essentially be a small carryout stand, the menu is very limited for still tough to choose from. My brothers and sister stood there for a while just trying to figure out what we wanted to eat:

The menu includes your basics like tacos, enchiladas, pork eggrolls, pork sandwiches, and hot links. Every now and then they will also offer some other items such as a Lil Chino or Chorizo Burger on our visit.

We eventually settled on every single food menu item they had with the exception of the beans and rice which I'm kicking myself about still.

The food came out pretty quick and we were all excited to chow down; probably more so my sister-in-law who's been eating for two lately (future blogger on the way!).

Being a family who isn't afraid of germs, we all split bits and portions of each of our meals with each other so everyone got a taste of Chiquita's offerings.

The hands down favorite of the group was the Lil Chino. Before ordering it, the lady taking our order described it their version of a Mexican Banh Mi. It included many of the similar toppings found inside a Banh Mi but placed in a fried tortilla shell. Wow...... that thing was amazing. The marinated pork was just full of intense delicious flavor and then including all your Banh Mi basics like pickled vegetables just made it an absolute joy to eat. Another regret we had: not ordering more of those.

The taco was excellent as well. It was deep fried and larger than we all expected. My brother, for one, loves places that deep fry their taco shells. The eggroll came in a spicy and non-spicy version so we went with both for research purposes of course. Although we felt $2.50 was a little pricey for an eggroll having receiving them free our whole lives, it was still worth it. The hot link was just as advertised. It was your basic hot link with onions, mustard and spicy bbq.

The biggest letdown for us was the enchilada. Everyone noted it had way too much cheese, so much cheese that it really overpowered the entire meal. It needed a little more sauce on it for our taste. It didn't dawn on us either when ordering that it's vegetarian; completely our fault on that one. It's probably not something either of us would order again.

The service was friendly and quick; no complaints there. Outside of the million flies that wouldn't leave us alone, we really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of Chiquita's Corner. For those wondering also, they except cash and card.

After having gone to Songbird Juice Co and Chiquita's Corner, we really recommend that everyone check out the corner of 11th and Bitting at least once. R Coffee House is also located next door to Songbird Juice Co. for all your coffee fans.

Don't forget to Like Chiquita's Corner on Facebook

Happy Dining!

P.S. - I would also like to give a shout out to the P.E. teachers at Christa McAuliffe Academy. Thank you for the great feedback on the blog. It's always great to hear from the readers.


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Songbird Juice Co. Review

- Tuesday, August 16, 2016 No Comments
In the latter portion of 2015, a new juicing bar opened up in the heart of Riverside.

They focused on 100% raw juice, no high pressure processing, no additives or preservatives, and made with clean, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Besides the juices, they decided to also serve smoothies, Acai bowls, and much more.

They are Songbird Juice Co.

Located at 1142 N Bitting, near the southeast corner of 11th and Bitting, Songbird Juice Co. has really helped bring a cozy feel to Riverside. Just walking up to their doors, there was plenty of seating outside under an overhanging balcony along with other tables further out closer to the street..

The true beauty of Songbird Juice Co. could be found inside once you entered through their front door.

My family and I made a little brother/sister trip to check out the whole Riverside area and get a glimpse..... scratch that.... taste of what Songbird Juice Co. was all about. On our visit, there was just one person staffing the whole place and fortunately it was right before close and she wasn't busy at all.

This was all our first experience at a juice bar and we had so many questions and she politely took the time to answer all of our questions and make many different suggestions to us.

Just looking at the menu, there was so much to take in!

With so many different items to choose from, we decided to make an evening of it and try as much as we could. My brothers and sister-in-law went with three different signature smoothies: the Optimist, Banana Bliss and Sunny C.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted. I was so ecstatic everything was made with Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or Rice Milk. For someone like me who is lactose intolerant, it was such a joy to see. After the lady on staff through many great sounding suggestions to me, I eventually settled on the Sunflower Acai Bowl.

We were able to watch the lady make all our orders. Her attention to detail and making sure everything came out perfectly was quite impressive especially with the Acai Bowl.

The smoothies were a hit with my family. They all loved each of the flavors they get; not too thick but at the same time not watered down. But what everybody had their eyes focused on was the Acai Bowl.

It was served in one of those plastic bowls you find at a Frozen Yogurt shop. At 16 ounces, it was probably the best bang for the buck we spent at Songbird. Included in the bowl was banana, rice milk, granola, berries, sunflower seeds and honey. Everything was fresh and after mixing it all, it may have been one of the greatest things we've ever tasted. If you've been reading these reviews for some time, I tend to get overdramatic about REALY good food and by no means am I over-exaggerating when I say the Acai Bowl was fantastic. Our one regret may have been not ordering their other Acai Bowl on hand that evening.

After the smoothies and Acai bowl, our eyes turned towards their cold pressed juices which is the focus of the entire business. Many of their juices are healthy blends of fresh fruits and vegetables ranging from cucumber, spinach, carrots, beets, ginger, kale, tumeric, mint, apple, pineapple, celery, the list goes on and on.

We were able to try a sample of all their juices available in little shot glasses. It was definitely refreshing taking something healthy out of a shot glass for once in my life. Admittedly some of the juices are not for everybody's taste palate. Many of the juice options like Vitality and Gratitude just weren't for us because of the inclusion of beets which really stood out. Recovery which included spinach, parsley, cucumber, romaine, celery and green apple just tasted too "earthy" or "natural" for us. We needed something with a little more zing to it which led us to Shine and Harmony; our two favorite of the juices we tried. Shine, for sure, was the favorite. It included pineapple, apple and mint.

While some of the juices weren't for us, they all went down rather smoothly and felt clean upon touching our lips. Definitely, the easiest shot I've ever taken in a bar or juice bar in this case.

One drawback of it was a 16 ounce bottle of juice runs $8 which is a bit pricey.

Next on our tasting tour was a flight of their teas which included Kombucha, a fermented tea that offers many health benefits. There were four flavors on hand that evening: Peach/Balsamic, Grapefruit, Ginger and Blueberry. With none of us being fans of Ginger, that narrowed down our favorite teas to the Grapefruit and Blueberry. My brother loved that they had the teas on tap and planned on making a return there for more.

All in all, it was a fantastic impromptu visit for us. The lady working that evening was just a true pleasure to talk to about the business and the benefits of juicing (Not the Alex Rodriguez type of juicing). The business and surrounding area just had cozy written all over it. It would make a great hangout spot with friends or even a date location.

Everyone who went said the would be back again in the future. Such a pleasant surprise for all in attendance.

For more information on Songbird Juice Co, visit their website.

Happy Juicing!


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Burger King's Whopperito

- Saturday, August 13, 2016 No Comments
If there's a disgusting new fusion food out at a restaurant, you can bet your bottom dollar that the staff at Wichita By E.B. will risk everything to try it as soon as possible and get the scoop on whether it's worth it or not.

After such experiments as the Mac N' Cheetohs and Chicken Fries, Burger King is back at it with the Whopperito.

You guessed it, it's a Whopper essentially put inside a burrito. Sound gross? To most of my colleagues it did. To most of my friends it did as well.

Burger King has done well with many of their fusion food creations so it's no surprise they are up to their crazy ways again with this wacky invention. If you're a Whopper fan, be aware that this isn't exactly a Whopper inside a burrito. Instead of the usual sauces and seasonings, they switched out the seasonings and sauce to give it more of a "Tex Mex" feel.  There is now a queso type sauce instead of what you've become accustomed to with a regular Whopper or even a Whopper Jr.

The price of a Whopperito is $2.99 and then $4.99 for a meal which includes fries and a drink.

I was only able to talk one friend into trying this. He's pretty much my only friend I can count on to risk any health repercussions for the sake of pure entertainment in the form of a blog. I would go over lunch to order mine while he grabbed one for dinner.

Upon opening the Whopper to see the contents inside, I knew heartburn would be in my future.

Is it worth it?
You may want to sit down for this. A Whopperito contains 570 calories, 1110 mg of sodium, and many angry looks from your doctor.

So aside from all the bad news about health, is it still worth it?

To quote my friend, a Whopper was meant to be between two buns.

Also the queso sauce really through it off and wasn't that tasty. It needed more of the same old mayonnaise in the Whopper. While filling due to it's size of around four inches, the tortilla shell did break apart easily.

The meat inside was fairly greasy too. It did not make for a pleasant return to work.

It was nothing mind blowing amid the expectations we had. My friend said he would order a regular Whopper next time instead. Keyword being regular because he did try the Halloween Whopper last year.

Ultimately this was a fail for us and another Burger King fusion food we can cross off the list for trying.

Until the next one comes out, Happy Dining!


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Goyo's Mexican Fast Food Review

- Friday, August 12, 2016 No Comments
It's no secret by now that I'm a big fan of Molino's Mexican Cuisine. When I heard the owner's daughter was opening up a restaurant on her own, I was excited at the possibilities.

Enter in Goyo's Mexican Fast Food which recently opened in Park City at 5355 N. Broadway.

The restaurant is open Monday - Saturday from 8am - 8pm except for Friday/Saturday when they close at 10pm.

One of the nice parts about Goyo's is nothing costs more than $7.99.

Click each menu picture to expand:

Inside there are roughly 10 tables that can seat roughly 40 people comfortably. Upon entering, you order at the counter and they bring you your food:

As the name says, it's Mexican Fast Food but I would consider it higher quality than what people come to expect with "fast food". I would call it "quick service" which I consider a term to be a step above "fast food".

Fortunately, I have quite a few friends that live in Park City and was able to talk a handful of them into joining me for a quick dining adventure. With not many Mexican options in Park City, they were excited at the opportunity for something new. .....And let's face it, nothing is more exciting than a new restaurant opening in town!

Everyone ordered a little something different. Chips and Guacamole, Elote, Carne Asada Burrito, Chimichanga, Fish Tacos, Carne Asada Combination, and the Colorado,

To nobody's surprise, the food came out very quick.

Everyone mentioned how good their guacamole was which is a huge plus since there are a lot of Guac fans out there.

As for the rest of the food, I really liked my Carne Asada. Many other fast food and quick service restaurants I go to, the entree is very greasy which never sits well with me. Their portion I found to be much cleaner in that aspect.

A couple people, myself included, tried the Elote and it needed a little more spice to it. While not horrible, there was a high about of mayo inside the Elote. It doesn't compare with my favorite Elote in town but I'll save that thought for another article in the future. For other friends, it was their first time trying Elote and I don't think it was for them.

The other opinions in our group ranged from "they wish they had ordered something different" to "needed more seasoning" to "the food was good" to generalized thoughts like it was ok. In regards to the fish tacos, my friend mentioned she wasn't as big a fan and probably had her expectations to high. Judging from everyone's thoughts, this was your basic quick service Mexican food that doesn't lack in quality but doesn't leave you feeling like it's the best ever. It's right in the middle.

More importantly, this certainly isn't to be compared to Molino's either so keep expectations tempered.

Nearly everyone said they wish they had tried the breakfast burritos which are served all day long. On top of that, they were very happy with the prices as well; all very affordable.

It's likely a place my friends who live in Park City will try again in the future just to see what else they may like on their menu. As stated earlier, it's an affordable and quick meal. The service was very friendly as well.

For more information, you can also Like them on Facebook.

Happy Dining!


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