We are over a quarter of the way into 2021. The first part of the year was a busy one in the local dining scene with over 30 new dining options to choose from. That’s a lot to choose from and could be overwhelming when wanting to find something new to try.
I’m here for you. I’ve personally stepped foot into every new place, ate the food and I am narrowing that down to eleven personal recommendations.
Asian Wok – 2929 N. Rock Road
They started Cafe Asia but wanted to start anew and bring something different. Asian Wok was one of the first restaurants to open in 2021. Their menu features many dishes that span across different Asian cuisines.
I expect a variety of new food trucks to pop up in 2021 and have already heard a few that are in the works. But until then, let’s focus on the ones that arrived this year. Cousin Hector’s serves Mexican/American fusion food.
Broadway Mart-N-Diner – 1815 S. Broadway
This convenience store/diner has been in the works for a while and finally opened in 2021. Their menu features breakfast along with whimsical and creative fair-type dishes like burgers with donuts for buns.
Slider Shak – 4628 S. Seneca
I love little sliders and that’s exactly what they serve. Not just sliders but sliders of different types like taco burgers, chicken sandwiches, meatloaf burgers, pulled pork and many more.
Blue Hook Cajun Seafood & Bar – 2244 N. Webb Road
While it’s not your typical Cajun food, this new seafood restaurant has an Asian fusion mix. They have seafood bags along with fried and grilled fish options. It’s all something different and unique from many other restaurants in northeast Wichita.
A food truck completely dedicated to all things potatoes and the toppings to compliment it. They advertise themselves as more than one way to eat a potato and they aren’t lying.
Donut Palace – 1235 N. Broadway
North Broadway is filled with Mexican restaurants, fast food joints, and Vietnamese options. It’s nice to have something different like some wonderful donuts. While there are plenty of donut shops around town, don’t sleep on Donut Palace.
Kiko’s Mexican Fast Food – 2800 E. Central
If carne asada is your thing, Kiko’s is the place to go. They specialize in all things carne asada and offer you multiple ways to have it: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. Slide thru to see what you’re missing.
Pho H&M Restaurant – 1750 N. Broadway
They’ve taken over the former Pho Hien space and tried their best to take it to a different level. They’ve worked on keeping the same pho from the Pho Hien recipe and added a plethora of Vietnamese cuisines to introduce Wichita to.
Headz & Tailz Whisky Bar – 301 N. Washington St.
Cajun food with Cambodian flare: don’t knock it until you try it. Their crawfish and selection of Cambodian dishes are a knock-out. If you’re looking to really elevate your dinner, grab a party of friends and check out their dirty platter.
Eggroll Express – 331 W 31st St S.
South Wichita received an excellent surprise when Eggroll Express opened in a newly renovated strip center off of West 31st street. The owners of the old Hunan Cafe jumped right back into the restaurant industry with this gem of a place.
Any restaurants listed or not that stick out as your favorite? Leave us a note in the comments below!