An adventure of “Locals Love” restaurants

In November, Dillons released a new set of gift cards centered around local businesses in Wichita. The main selling point of the cards were to encourage others to support local by purchasing gift cards that featured restaurants and entertainment venues around town.

One of my favorite gift cards out of the set was the “Locals Love” one.


This gift card is good at The Artichoke, Angelo’s, Fairmount Coffee Co., Malaysia Cafe, and Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant. And in case you hadn’t heard, Noble House recently reopened their food truck, so the card is good there as well.

Let’s cover some recent visits I’ve had.

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant

5900 E Central Ave | 316-612-9058 | WebsiteFacebook

Angelo’s recently moved to 5900 E. Central and also opened their dining room to the public. For our latest visit, though, we dropped in for some carryout. This was a massive feast of Italian goodness. We had fettuccine alfredo, sausage manicotti, house salad, antipasto salad, lasagna and more not pictured.

The kids loved the fettuccine, which was a huge positive trying to feed picky kids. Angelo’s house and antipasto salads are some of the best in town. Angelo’s should consider selling their signature pickled eggplant by itself. There’s a reason why Angelo’s is one of the most popular spots in town.

The Artichoke Sandwich Bar

811 N. Broadway | 316-263-9164 | WebsiteFacebook

So many of Wichita’s best sandwich restaurants have closed, but The Artichoke continues to stand the test of time. While The Famous #8 Sandwich is one of the most recognizable sandwiches in town, we opted to try two different ones.

Most recently, we had the Paddy’s Pickled Pepper Wrap and The Rachel Sandwich. If you love pickles, cream cheese and Swiss cheese, the Paddy’s wrap is for you. Rachel Sandwich is their take on the reuben, but with turkey. It’s sweeter and 100% filling.

Malaysia Cafe

7777 E 21st St N | 316-685-8838 | WebsiteFacebook

This is a lunch rotation for us. I would go as far as to say this is an underrated restaurant in town. Where else can you get better Malaysian dishes? Most fans know about the Char Kway Teow, but don’t sleep on the Hokkien Char Mee which is Udon noodles stir-fried with thick soy sauce, combo meat, eggs, bean sprouts and carrots.

It’s our favorite dish at the restaurant and big enough to feed two; the dish is that big.

Fairmount Coffee Co

3815 E 17th St. | 316-684-5224 | WebsiteFacebook

I’m at Wichita State University often and if it’s in the morning, I surpass going to Starbucks and choose Fairmount Coffee Co. It’s a locally owned coffee shop ran by some of the sweetest people. It’s warm, cozy and offers a great place to get some work done.


I’ll need to get back to Felipe’s and Noble House soon, as those are two of the other dining options featured on the cards. A flaming cazuela is calling my name.

All the gift cards are available now for purchase at Dillons and can be in any denomination from $20 to $500. If you happen to use Dillons fuel points, NOW is the best time to get them because it’s 4x fuel points on all gift card purchases.

If you’re a restaurant or venue owner and interested in participating in their next round of gift cards, let me know and I can point you in the right direction.


Disclosure: Kroger sponsored this post. Please note, all video, pictures and opinions are our own. 

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