Discovering new restaurants that I’ve never heard of has been a big passion for me over the years. I like to think I have a good pulse on what’s new in Wichita but when a small tiny little restaurant opens up sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Fortunately many friends, colleagues and readers have helped me. For this visit, I have to give some kudos to a colleague of mine, Warren, who made me aware of a Philly cheese steak restaurant that opened up a few months ago: Philly’s Inc.
1714 E Wassall
Wichita, KS 67216
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Closed on Sunday
The menu keeps it very simple sticking with either two different types of Philly’s or three different types of hot dogs. The sides are all fries related with your regular fries, chilly fries or Philly fries.
The restaurant was opened by a gentlemen who has lived in both Kansas and in Philadelphia. He has spent time perfecting his own Philly cheese steak and finally opened doors in November of 2017. Last month, Philly’s Inc was the victim of a burglary where much of their equipment was stolen. Even with that, they did their best and have continued to stay open.
I stopped in this past week and the owner was still in great spirits. I’m guessing having his Eagles win the Super Bowl had a lot to do with it but his positive attitude was very infectious. After chatting him up for a while I decided to give his two most popular options a try: the Philly Cheese Steak and The Works hot dog along with a side of fries.
The Works included little everything you could imagine on it, chili, steak, chicken, onions, mushrooms, and sliced up hot dogs. This thing was magnificent. I wanted to finish it so bad but knew I had to save room for the Philly cheese steak. The chili on the Works was had some great flavor and was the perfect complement to the rest of the toppings on the hot dog; easily one of the best hot dogs I’ve had in town and well crafted.
The Philly Cheese Steak was another hit. The owner told me, he seaonsed his steak different from what you can find around town. He wanted to put his own little spin on his food and it paid off. The meat was so tender and well seasoned. The bread held the cheese steak as good as it could. It was soft and just the way I like it. I cannot stand extremely hard bread when eating a Philly. While I can’t say I’ve ever been to Philadelphia and claim to know what a real Philly should taste like, this was as good as any one I’ve ever had in town.
The fries were also fresh-cut and cooked on spot and served immediately.
As for the service and friendliness, that was enough to get me to go back. The quality of the food was just the cherry on top.
This is definitely one restaurant you’ll want to add on your list of new places to try in 2018. I was impressed and odds are you will be too.
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