The made from scratch Artisan bakery out of Utah, Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, is set to open Friday morning at 7am. It’s the newest bakery that’s hoping to make waves in Wichita with their bread. We stopped by a day early to get a first hand look at Kneaders.
1821 N. Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67206
Monday – Saturday: 7am – 10pm
Closed on Sunday
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe sits across the street from Bradley Fair. They did a fantastic job with the renovations giving it a very warm and comfortable feel inside as well as outside with their patio.
What Kneaders prides themselves on is their bread that they make daily. At the end of each day, Kneaders all around the country donate any unsold bread to charity. On my visit, I asked them which one and was told they haven’t made that decision yet. I offered the suggestion of the Lord’s Diner to their management. So whether it’s them or any other charity in town, I can only hope they come through with what they say. Back to their bread though, they sell it all fresh and have a variety to choose from. Whether it’s rye, country white, Asiago cheese, baguette, ciabatta, sourdough or even the popular chunky cinnamon, they have any preference covered. I actually received some pumpkin bread I look forward to sharing with my co-workers.
At Kneaders, the ordering process is simple to many other bakeries in town. You walk down an aisle and wait to order at the register. Once your order is ready, they will bring it to you.
While you’re ordering, all their soups, breads, and desserts are displayed….. talk about impulse buying! They have over 40 pastries on display so it’s hard to really say no. Remember being a kid and seeing the candy displayed by the cashier? That’s what it’s like at Kneaders except it’s pastries, desserts and breads and you’re not a kid anymore.
After you place your order, you’re welcome to go take a seat or you can do some simple gift shopping. They even have an area where an employee will wrap the gift for you.
I went with a couple family members and we ordered the Reuben on Rustic Rye, Chicken Pesto on French Country, and the French Dip on Baguette. We also went with the chicken noodle soup and the three cheese cauliflower soup.
This is one of the few times we can say we’ve enjoyed onions in our reuben. It’s not too often you come across that. There was a great balance of dressing, pastrami, and swiss cheese and sauerkraut. We were worried the onion might throw it all off but it didn’t.
Both soups were fantastic. My cousin said she was extremely impressed with the three cheese cauliflower and had to make it a point to say that in the review.
All in all the amount of food and quality were top notch. We discussed how Kneaders could really put a dent in Panera’s business just down the street. Wichita loves supporting new restaurants especially if they’re good. You can tell Kneaders cares a lot of their quality and how their customers perceive them.
After a successful dinner, it only made sense to move on to dessert.
Just take a look at those pictures. Could you go wrong with the chocolate caramel apple or the cheesecake or the fruit tart? No. My niece actually ordered a second caramel apple to go. Why? Because we are a family who loves their food. I went with the fruit tart and it was hands down the best thing I had all night. I am almost considering waking up early to stop by at 7am Friday to get another one.
Kneaders is just not what we showed earlier. They also have salads, breakfast, smoothies, frappes, rolls, and many more items than we could fit in our stomach in one evening.
It’s highly likely we will be back for a return visit to see what else catches our eye. Until then, check them out for yourself and let us know what you think!
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