When it comes to drinking establishments, often times you find the same old meny with all the boring old fried food. Fortunately Deano’s Grill & Tapworks has avoided all of that and has been serving some great food since they opened in the fall of 2013. Located at 21st and Webb Road, I really feel they have been one of the maybe not-so-little-secret gems in terms of really good food inside a bar.
9747 E 21st St N, Ste 101
Wichita, Kansas 67206
Monday: 11am – 9:30pm
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11am – 10:30pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 9:30pm
We stopped in for lunch and I already knew what I was going to order. My girlfriend surprised me and went with their veggie cheese burger.
I had the sweet garlic bone-in pork chop. It’s been a long-time favorite for my friends and I. For $11.55, we always think it’s an excellent value in terms of portion and quality. The pork-chop is marinated in red chiles, garlic confit and Thai basil. It’s a really unique blend of ingredients that provides a taste like no other pork-chop I’ve had in town. It’s not too sweet as the name implies and it isn’t heavy on the garlic either. Just a wonderful piece of meat that’s flavorful and tender.
As I watched my girlfriend eat her food because that’s what I do….I’m creepy. In all seriousness, I watched because I had no idea what to expect as I’ve never seen her order a veggie burger. She took her first bite and her eyes lit up. She said from a texture standpoint it was REALLY soft but extremely delicious. The veggie patty was made with panko Japanese bread crumbs, black beans, corn, red bell peppers, red onion and lime juice. It had almost a southwest type of flavor to it that was really vibrant and made you forget how soft the patty was. I took a bite and was quite impressed with it. I must say, meat-free foods have come a long ways over the years. She completely finished off her plate and commented multiple times how surprised she was with it.
Overall just a great lunch. Deano’s really does provide some of the better foods you’ll find at a bar. One of my other friends highly recommends their tacos.
Sometimes the kitchen can be a little on the slow end, outside of that the service has always been excellent. One last thing I’ll suggest is do NOT order the bottomless shoestring onions to share with your friends if you intend on a long evening of drinking there. That results in a ton of burping among friends at the table. Not good!
Here’s the menu (the lighting was way too bright so you can also find their menu here):