I believe in the constant evolution in all aspects of life. We all need to evolve to not let things get so stale, and the same can be said with restaurant menus. Local Flavor Grill & Tapworks recently unveiled a new menu to show off their creative side and give the city more of an idea of what they can do in the kitchen. I stopped by with family to get a look at many of the new dishes, and left, realizing I need my daughter to get her driver’s license because I was drunk on food at the end of the evening.
5400 E. Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67208
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Here’s everything we had that evening:
Rick Reuben – smoked pastrami, big eye Swiss, kimchi, pumpernickel rye
Smoked Salmon – Roasted brussel sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes
Smoked Salmon BLT – Salmon, bacon, lettuce, tomato, herb cream cheese
Plato Vallarta Fajitas – Carne asada, al pastor, sauteed shrimp, sauteed zucchini, squash, onion, peppers, rice, beans, tortillas, gauc, crema
Smokey Fried Thighs (Nashville Hot)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Tres Leches Cake and Crème Brûlée
Here are some other dishes that I didn’t get the name of or try, but was able to snap some pictures:
The Rick Reuben was hands down my personal favorite. I love kimchi and would have never thought to replace sauerkraut with kimchi in a reuben. It was intuitive and was perfectly executed. The kimchi paired with the smoked pastrami was a match made in heaven. That’s not to say the other dishes weren’t great, but this was just mind-blowing and gave the rest of Wichita a run for their money for best reuben.
My family was huge fans of their smoked salmon. While we tried the BLT version and the salmon standalone, both were equally impressive. For example, Megan loved the standalone dish, but my father thought the BLT was the better. I couldn’t decide.
It was also nice to see some more fajita options in the area of town Local Flavor is located at. Fajitas are pretty limited around Central and Oliver, so this is just another reason to stop by.
Oh, and I should also add, those fried green tomatoes were excellent. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of fried green tomatoes in general, but perhaps that’s because I haven’t had a superb one yet. I’d definitely order them again at Local Flavor.
All in all, it was a delicious family excursion to Local Flavor. While the restaurant primarily serves burger, BBQ and Mexican dishes, they aren’t afraid to push the boundaries and not limit themselves to just one or two styles of food. If they think a dish could be a winner, they’ll add it on the menu.
Here’s the new menu. It may be hard to read, so if you want a different version, check this link out.
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