If there’s one thing Wichita does right, it’s Mediterranean food. There is an assortment of restaurants in Wichita listed on Urbanspoon to fill your appetites. At last check, there was over 25 places listed that were classified as Mediterranean.

This past weekend, a few friends and I gathered for lunch at College Hill Deli and Catering.

They are located at 3407 E Douglas in College Hill right next door to Fork and Fennel. They’re open from 11 to 9 pm Monday through Saturday and from 11 to 3 pm on Sundays. They’ve been open in that location for five years now and surprisingly, Sunday was my first time there. They have a small little quaint building with a small patio that seats a rough count of 12 people. They were too busy inside so I didn’t get a chance to see how many seats were inside. Besides the weather was nice enough to spend a lunch time under the sun.

Of the four of us who went for lunch, only one had been to College Hill Deli and Catering and enjoyed his earlier experiences to go again. Looking through the menu, there are all sorts of items from salads to soups to sandwiches to pasta dishes and other Mediterranean options.

To start off, we ordered some hummus and tabouli. It was served with pita chips and pita bread. Both were delicious. The tabouli was very fresh and tasty. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had tabouli but really should start ordering it more.

For our lunch we ordered the Fattoush Salad with chicken, the soup of the day which happened to be the Creole Chicken, the Beef Gyro, the Biryani Chicken Spinach Wrap, and the Chicken Shawarma. Our lunches were served rather promptly.

While we waited, we did notice that there was only one server for the entire place and it was pretty packed that particular Sunday. We were quite amazed with her ability to be able to handle all tables with the look of zero stress on her face.

Digging in, all first bites were very positive. I thoroughly enjoyed my Fattoush Salad with the chicken. The chicken was seasoned very well and the Fattoush itself had a lot of flavor to it. As for the soup, I loved it. I could have had five more bowls of it if I truly wanted to. All other opinions on the food were very positive. My friend gave his Chicken Shawarma two thumbs up and my friend who had the Biryani Chicken Spinach Wrap really liked what he had and wants to go back already. As for the Beef Gyro, my other friend noted it was a really good gyro. College Hill Deli cuts their meat thicker so it was not dry at all. He liked the Fattoush Salad and how they put a slight pickle on the cucumber to give it crunch and extra flavor. 

With only one server, the service was a little on the slow side. It took around 15 minutes to just get our server’s attention for our ticket. With how small the place is, we understood why they would only want to staff one server. We were ok with it because the food was good. The owner did however show face later in our lunch and was willing to help out and made us feel good about eating there.

After a run of some bad restaurants, we’ve recently been on a run of some real good choices lately. It’s time to add College Hill Deli and Catering to the list of fantastic eateries in the College Hill area if you haven’t done so already. For sure it will not be our last visit there.

Have you been? Please comment below, I’d love to read your thoughts.

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Happy Dining.

 

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