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I play in a basketball league at the South YMCA and sometimes while driving home, I take the scenic route just to see what random restaurants could pop up.

While cruising Seneca, there's one restaurant I noticed that has been there for years. So I thought to myself, "What's the best way to hydrate yourself after two hours of basketball?"

Mexican salsa and tacos of course.

That brings our latest review: Tacos Mexican Fast Food.


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Quick Scoop:
1533 S Seneca
Wichita, KS 67213
316-266-4949

Open Sunday - Thursday 8am - 12am
Friday and Saturday 8am - 2am
(You may want to call before you go in case they close early)

Facebook

Cash/Card Accepted (Min. $10)

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Tacos Mexican Fast Food is your typical hole in the wall taco shop. Even the name of the restaurant is as typical as you can get!



The menu is what you would find at most quick mom and pop shops that sell tacos and other Mexican fare.

Inside, the place is very tiny with seating for maybe 25 people.

I was on a quick stop so I ordered the two basics I'll try at any place like this: Carne Asada and a couple street tacos. If they can do those two things right, they get my vote of confidence.

After ordering, I stopped by the salsa bar and grabbed little cups of each sauce.


For reference, the middle two were my favorite. It was the green mild and the spicy red. The lady working that day didn't tell me what was what so that's what I'm going to call them. Creative....I know.



As expected, it didn't take long for the food to arrive.

The two tacos started off my post basketball hydration and were excellent; nicely seasoned meat with light toppings that all held well within the soft tortilla. Nothing was over; it was your simple street taco that satisfied.

The Carne Asada was about as good as most quick style Mexican places I've been to in town and trust me, it's been a lot. There was plenty of food to go around on the plate and enough to fill anybody.

All in all, Tacos Mexican Fast Food was on par with most of the similar places you'll find all around town. This one just happened to be on my way home and worth the stop for me.

From the prices, the menu, the food, most adventurous diners will know what to expect.

I read a bad review about the service and my experience great. The young staffer answered all my questions and took care of all my needs. She even spent her downtime, wiping down counters, sweeping, and cleaning anything she could. For a small hole in the wall, the place isn't going to be the cleanest looking restaurant but she valued it enough to take care of it. I appreciated that a lot.

If I'm in the area, I would certainly go again and recommend it to others.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Fetch Neighbor now in Wichita!
Delivery services have come and gone in Wichita but one company is hoping they have what it takes to be a mainstay in the city.

Our latest review covers Fetch Neighbor; a service that delivers what you want on demand.

Fetch Neighbor is relatively new to Wichita and a service that is locally owned in Wichita and not franchised from a national company.


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Quick Scoop:
316-512-1711

Monday - Friday: 9am - 12am
Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 12am

Website
Facebook

Only form of payment accepted is card (no cash)

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I recently heard of Fetch Neighbor and have always been a bit skeptical of using a service like that. Would it be worth the money? Am I too lazy to go get what I needed myself? These are questions I've asked each time a new delivery service would open up in town.

It was time to stop asking the questions.

Before we go into my experiences with Fetch Neighbor, let's go over how the concept works.

At Fetch Neighbor, you pay a flat delivery fee of $7.49 for any place within 5 miles from your location. If it's further away, it is 50 cents for every additional mile. This courier/delivery service will go to restaurants, pick up laundry, grab groceries, you name it. Fetch Neighbor will also tack on an additional 2.34% convenience fee to your order total. That is nothing to be overly concerned about as it isn't much in the grand scheme of things.

There are some extra charges to be aware of though.
  • Your max total for a restaurant can only be $70 before you get an additional $7.49.
  • For groceries, your first 10 items are covered within your $7.49 delivery fee. Every 10 items after that will cost $2 extra. 
  • The same applies for other types of deliveries like dry cleaning for instance.
  • Everything you order must be able to fit inside a sedan. 
  • No alcohol or tobacco can be delivered.
When you figure out what you want ordered, you go to their website, http://fetchneighbor.com/. Once you're there, fill out your contact information, the name of the store/restaurant, what you want, any additional comments and you're essentially all set. You pay for everything when it's delivered.

For my test run of Fetch Neighbor, my colleagues and I decided to place an order at one of my favorite restaurants, Yokohama Ramen Joint. At 8 am, I asked for their Spicy Fried Rice, Yokohama Style Ramen, Miso Ramen and Spicy Miso Ramen in my order. In the notes, I asked for it to arrive before noon. Upon submitting my request, I received an e-mail confirmation within minutes.

By 11:45 am, the driver was waiting outside with our food. He had our order stored in one of their  bags similar to what you see pizza delivery people keep pizza in but much larger. 

Our driver was very courteous and friendly in the very brief time we interacted. All I had to do was give him my card to swipe for the charges, handed him a tip, and we were off. 




The food was still warm and of course delicious. 

Was using the service worth it for us? Absolutely. 

Driving to Yokohama Ramen Joint would have taken us roughly 30-40 minutes there and back. There was also the unknown factor of how long we may have had to wait for a table. The time we saved in productivity definitely made up for it. 

This type of service is definitely something we could see ourselves using again in the future. If there's 5 or 6 of us craving food from somewhere that may be a bit out of the way, we could easily split the delivery fee and it'd be a couple dollars for the convenience and time saved per person. Something, I wouldn't even blink an eye at for the time saved.

If this was just for myself, it probably wouldn't be worth it at that price; so much better for groups of people. 

One co-worker mentioned she could see herself using this when she has a home full of sick kids and can't make it out to go get either some much needed groceries or even food. 

Everybody's use case would obviously be a bit different from one another but from our experiences with Fetch Neighbor, we were very pleasantly surprised with it. 

From what I was able to find out, they are in the works of getting an app made to work with their service along with more features like real time tracking and actual menus on their site. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for discounts they post.

In the meantime, it's very likely we will be using this again. Famous #8 at the Artichoke delivered anyone?

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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If you haven't heard yet, there's a dog-friendly cafe that's now open in Wichita. It's called Fetch Bistro located in the former Pacific Coast Pizza spot at 37th and Rock Road.


I have actually gone twice over the past couple weeks to get a feel for what it was like and totally because it was close to work. When you walk inside, the layout is exactly like the old pizza spot. Let's hope the service is better than Pacific Coast....


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Quick Scoop:
7718 E 37th St N, Ste 500
Wichita, KS 67226
316-927-2227

Open Daily 5:30am - 2:30pm

Website - Menu available online
Facebook

Cash/Card Accepted - Wi-Fi Available

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Fetch Bistro serves home style breakfast and lunch items. The menu which can be found on their website is pretty simple with an assortment of breakfast items, sandwiches and entrees like chicken fried chicken, steak dinners and roast beef dinners.

There is a spacious patio for your canine to hang out at as well.


I don't own any dogs so on my first visit, I brought my dawgs with me. I enlisted the help of two buddies of mine who were able to go on a whim. On that visit, we ordered the Reuben, French Dip, Eggs and Bacon, and French Toast.

Eggs and Bacon
Reuben

Frenh Dip
French Toast

The Reuben was pretty tasty; so much meat in between the slices of rye bread. They didn't overdo it on the kraut so I was very happy with what I ordered. The fries were excellent as well. My friends ended up eating many of my fries so they were either 1.) Fans of the fries or 2.) Those greedy bullying grade school kids that would steal peoples lunch. I would aim for the latter but others would probably say otherwise. There was a nice ranch seasoning over the fries which gave it that extra kick.

My friend found his French Dip to be a bit on the fatty side. He ended up not finishing his entire lunch.

Lastly, my friend who ordered the French Toast labeled it as "the best French Toast I've ever had. Delicious thick pieces of bread along with very thick pieces of bacon."

As for our service, our server took care of all of our needs. She was a little too "in your face" and "peppy" for our taste but she worked hard and it showed.

On the next visit, I was joined by a handful of co-workers for lunch. We went with the Meatball Sub, Big Dog Burger, Corned Beef hash, Grilled Chicken Strips, Chicken Noodle Soup and Banana Nut Envie.

Meatball Sub
Corned Beef Hash

Big Dog Burger
Grilled Chicken Strips

Banana Nut Envie

Two guys ended up going with the Meatball Sub. One said the meatballs were very tasty but the roll was wet and sloppy. The other mentioned many of the same sentiments including the sauce was a little thick and the bread didn't hold up. The meatballs were still wonderful. Both liked the fries but found them to be a little salty for their taste.

The Corned Beef Hash was really good quality. While he would have preferred to have a more crispy texture to the hash, he still enjoyed his meal and would try it again.

Another colleague had the grilled chicken strips and chicken noodle soup (no picture taken). He said the chicken was on the average side and overly chewy. While the corn was good, the best part was the chicken noodle soup which was excellent.

The Big Dog Burger was, in my colleague's opinion, just another burger to him. Keep in mind, he's admittedly one of the blandest of eaters I know. If you ask him how he liked his food, he'll just shrug his shoulders. Getting opinions out of him is like getting me to drink a glass of milk, it's not going to happen.

I had the Banana Nut Envie which was simply banana nut bread french toast. The presentation was five stars. The first few bites were rich and delicious as well. I gave some to a co-worker who loved it. Here's where the problem started, after the first few bites, it started to get too sweet for me. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome but it's a meal best shared with someone or saved for dessert. Overall it was just too much for me for lunch. I needed to "borrow" some fries to counteract the taste.

The service was even better the second time around. When we were checking out, they gave us frequent visitor punch cards that I didn't receive the first time. You essentially get a punch for every visit you spend over $9. After 9 or so visits, the next meal is free.

On both visits, there were some hits and there were some misses. Everybody said they would go again and it could end up being in our rotation of lunches simply for the convenience of location. The people there are extremely nice which alone was enough for us to consider a second (or in my case) a third go around.

Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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What's better than eating out at a restaurant?

Eating at a restaurant and having a portion of your meal price go to charity.

What's better than eating at a restaurant and having a portion of your meal price go to charity?

Eating great food at a restaurant and having a portion of your meal go to charity! Duh....

I was standing on one leg when taking this picture so it's off.
Photography fail.
Introducing Restaurant Week which kicks off January 20th and runs through January 29th!

For those of you who have never heard of Restaurant Week, let me quickly explain what it is. Restaurant Week provides a unique opportunity for diners to eat off of a set menu at prices of $15 and $30. Ten percent of those sales will then be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas.

This year, 32 restaurants are participating. A full list of the restaurants can be found at www.wichitarestaurantweek.com.

At $15, most of the menus you'll find include an appetizer along with an entree. For $30, you're getting an appetizer or salad, an entree and dessert. In some cases, you'll get both a salad and appetizer. It's quite a deal you're getting when you look at the actual value of some of those menu items.

Restaurant Week is very popular in many bigger cities. It's relatively new to Wichita but has been gaining popularity recently. This is one of the best ways to try out new restaurants or even some of your favorites at a great price.

Of the 32 restaurants, there are three I haven't been to and plan on doing so when Restaurant Week starts later this week.

Looking beyond the food, my absolute favorite part is that it's charitable. The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas serve around 1,100 young people within our community. They provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs.

I had the opportunity to meet one of the young men tonight. One of them at the age of seven, mows yards for other families who need it. Last summer he mowed over 100 yards. During the offseason, he makes peanut butter sandwiches and hand delivers them to people in need downtown that he sees. Hearing his story about brought me to tears. I ended up giving him twenty dollars to buy bread and peanut butter and asked to be there the next time he hands out food. He promised to let me know the next time he's out so I can tag along. That's what has become of my life......... begging a seven year old kid to tag along one his excursions downtown. When I talk to him next, he may have to be an upcoming interview for the blog.

Back to Restaurant Week though, definitely check them out. As I stated earlier, there are a whopping 32 restaurants. Some of my favorites on there include Bella Vita, The Kitchen, Firebirds Wood Grille, Georges French Bistro, Cafe Bel Ami, Wings and Things, District Taqueria, Delano BBQ and so many more!

As if I needed another rason to eat out, Restaurant Week went out and gave me another one. Check it out yourself.

If you're on social media, post a selfie with the Wichita Restaurant Week menu or take a foodie photo with your Wichita Restaurant Week meal. Use the hashtag #ICTDINING and Restaurant Week along with Visit Wichita will award 25 lucky winners a $25 gift certificate.

If you use the hashtag #WichitaByEB, I'll also be awarding a gift card to one of the new local breweries around town.

Check out wichitabyeb.com over the next week as I'll be trying some of these restaurants and posting my findings.

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Places listed from the Wichita Restaurant Week Website:


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Happy Dining!
Eddy

Way out in the city of Yoder, KS you'll find a locally owned restaurant who prides themselves on offering the best country comfort foods and homemade bakery items such as pies, bread and cinnamon rolls.

It's a restaurant I've long heard about for years, driven by many times but just never found the time to make a stop by there until recently.

Here is the latest review covering Carriage Crossing Restaurant.


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Quick Scoop:
10002 S. Yoder Rd
Yoder, KS
620-465-3612

Monday - Saturday 6am - 9pm
Closed on Sundays

Website - Menu available online
Facebook

Cash/Card Accepted - Wi-Fi Available

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On average you'll spend around 45 minutes driving there depending on where you live in the city. For me it was 38 minutes there and 47 minutes back. My reasoning for going there was to celebrate my brother's birthday. As with most birthdays, the person celebrating chooses where to eat and he picked out Carriage Crossing. Everybody hopped in their cars and took 96 way way way way way way way way West until they found Carriage Crossing.


When I arrived, I was surprised to see how large the place was. There was plenty of seating to go around and a plethora of  customers already eating dinner at the 5 o'clock hour.

I should preface that Carriage Crossing Restaurant is one of my brother and sister-in-law's favorite restaurants. I didn't know until that day but before they had their baby, they would go here at least once a month. It speaks volumes that they were willing to travel an hours time for a restaurant. One of their friends also joined us as well as my nephew who was making his first blog appearance. #Groundbreaking.

Before we were seated, I ordered a pie to go. It was $9.99. One of my co-workers raves about their pies so I had to make sure I took one back with me. I chose to go with their Snicker pie.


After that was taken care of it was time to order. At first glance of their menu, it felt like I was looking at the menu of Strouds Restaurant which makes sense because they both offer comfort foods. That day it was also Bison Day complete with a separate menu full of Bison themed items. My brother decided to go with the Bison Chopped Steak Dinner and his friend ordered the Bison Burger.

My sister-in-law went with her staple; the fried chicken. After much debate, I settled on the Country Fried Steak and a bowl of chili. My nephew settled for a nap.


One cool thing I liked about Carriage Crossing was the fact that their Hot Chocolate, Lemonade, and Hot Spiced Cider are all free refills. Many other restaurants, you are spending $1-3 on refills.




My sister-in-law loved her Fried Chicken as expected. It's something she orders on most visits. From my perspective, it looked tasty; juicy and perfectly fried.

My chili was excellent; wasn't lacking any flavor and included nice chunks of meat. I'm a chili connoisseur and would certainly order this again. The Country Fried Steak was probably average to good at best. I haven't had many bad Country Fried Steaks but on the flip side I don't think I've ever had one that blew me away. They are either horrible or good; this one in particular was good. The baked beans with the Yoder Meats Bacon however were wonderful.

My brother's friend thought his burger was excellent; nice juicy burger with loads of topping and thick crisp bacon. He had no complaints at all. My brother, on the other hand, was a little disappointed he went with the Bison steak. It was too "gamey" for him but to the server's credit, he did warn my brother about that.

While dinner was going on, I noticed everybody was eating bread and cinnamon butter. I was informed later that every table is supposed to get it and our server forgot.


Pie station
While the bread was soft and delicious, the cinnamon butter was the real highlight for everyone. I was a little disappointed we didn't get it sooner. While on the note of service, ours was a less than par for the day. From watching other tables, everybody seemed to be taken care of well. I'm almost certain it was our server's first day on the job. He was forgetting things left and right that afternoon. He would ask us if we needed refills, which we did, but completely forgot to refill our drinks. The bread wasn't served at the beginning of the meal and during multiple stops, our server didn't take away our used dishes off the table. They began to stack up pretty high until we had to ask someone to remove them.

In the end, all was forgiven because he looked totally new. My brother having gone there so many times didn't even recognize him.

After the bread though, we moved on to dessert. I've heard about the pies and cinnamon rolls so I wouldn't let anybody go until we tried them. We were handed a list of pies they had on hand and went with the Banana Creme, Snicker and Apple Strudel.......and of course the Cinnamon Roll.


For a Cinnamon Roll at a restaurant, it was excellent. The pictures above makes it look like the Cinnamon Roll is bigger than the slice of pie because it indeed is. THE THING IS HUGE and we were able to cut it in fours to split. As for the pies, the Apple Strudel was awesome; far and away our favorite. The Snicker was less than stellar and tasted like pie crust with a bunch of whipped topping. The Banana Creme would probably be a big favorite if you like bananas. That particular pie is one of my co-workers favorites.


My nephew, on the other hand, was having none of it. After waking up from a nap, he wasn't in the mood at all for dessert. I'm sure he will learn eventually.

All in all, I had very mixed feelings about Carriage Crossing Restaurant. The Cinnamon Roll was excellent. The pies were hit or miss depending on your preference, the food was nothing spectacular; just basic homestyle food. The service from what I gathered from other tables was great; ours not so much.

My brother and sister-in-law love it so much they are willing to make the drive out there. I'm not sure if I would again if it was just for dinner. After trying them out, I looked online at reviews and they definitely have a huge following of people which is understandable but there were a lot of people who had mixed opinions like myself.

As with most restaurants, it all comes down to preference on what you like and how far you're willing to drive to eat somewhere. Some may like it, some may not.

Are you a huge fan of Carriage Crossing? Are yours thoughts like mine? I'd love to read your comments below!

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Growing up one of my favorite movies as a kid (besides Bloodsport) was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I'm referring to the classic 1971 version with Gene Wilder; not the 2005 knockoff with Johnny Depp. Watching Charlie being escorted around by Willy and the Oompa Loompas was mesmerizing to me.

For the longest time, I thought a place like that actually existed. It wasn't until years later that I would find out it does exist...... in Wichita...... minus the Oompa Loompas...... minus Gene Wilder.

That place is Nifty Nut House.


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Quick Scoop:
537 St. Francis
Wichita, KS 67214
316-265-0571

Monday - Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Closed on Sundays

Website - Online ordering available
Facebook

Cash/Card Accepted

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Nifty Nut House is a local third generation family-owned business.They offer many varieties of nuts, candy, and gum. The nuts are available raw, roasted salted, and roasted unsalted; all of which are roasted fresh daily in house. If that doesn't sell you on them; they have a wide selection of milk and dark chocolate treats, gummies, dried fruits, mints, ballgum, licorice, and many sugar free items.

Walking in for your first time, it is massive and can be very intimidating.


Perfect picture opportunity!
I've been quite a few times now and try to get something new on every visit but usually find myself getting the same thing.

I thought long and hard about how to write a review about Nifty Nut House. There was no way I could review the thousands of items they have on hand. I decided to do the next best thing I could think of; give you all a visual tour of Nifty Nut House.

There was so much to go through and what felt like such little time since I was there right before closing.

So if you don't mind the barrage of pictures, please enjoy this picture blog on Nifty Nut House:



Shelves are aligned with old candy machines




Some of the best granola mix in town


My personal favorite: Wasabi Green Peas






Valentine's Day candy is all up and ready


Chocolate covered almonds....are...a.....must


Has anybody ever done a kegstand underneath the M&M dispenser?


Nearly every flavor of jelly bean imaginable


My brother's favorite: Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel


or go dark with the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels


Bouquets make the perfect gift for mom.... or yourself


Old classic candies by the pound


Cheaper than the $20 charge at the Warren Theatre


You had me at Hello


Gourmet Salt Water Taffy.....I must admit, I've never had them before


Another kegstand opportunity




Sour belts are also a must!






Some of the best pistachios you'll ever have



Some things to keep in mind:

The Nifty Nut House is PACKED during the Holiday Season when people are shopping for gifts. Imagine Black Friday type crowds. It's ridiculous.

They do give out free samples for items you are interested in trying but scared to buy blindly.

They are still planning on moving to a new building sometime this year. I'll be sure to do a write-up when they have moved.

There are places inside Towne East Mall like Candyopolis or even a candy area in Dillons but nothing compares to the quality, selection and customer service at Nifty Nut House. When you walk in, it's like everybody working there is family. The employees are so polite and helpful. Sometimes I go in just to have them lift my spirits..................... and get Wasabi Green Peas at $3.20 a pound.

When I think about it, Nifty Nut House is ten times better than Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. For starters, the people are nicer than Willy Wonka. Let's face it, Willy was a bit rude at the beginning of the movie. Secondly, it is much safer. You won't find yourself turning into a large blueberry like Violet Beauregarde or falling into a Chocolate river like Augustus Gloop, although that wouldn't be so bad. Everything is compliant with safety laws.

So check out another locally owned favorite in Wichita and one of the stops on the Wichita By E.B. Foodie Bucket List.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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