When you go to a restaurant that specializes in Japanese and Chinese cuisines, you expect to go in and order traditional entrees. But on Thursday there’s one restaurant that breaks away from the norm and offers burritos that are surprisingly crazy good. It’s Kyoto Garden located inside the Garvey Center.
220 W Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67202
Monday – Tuesday: 8am – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 7am – 3:30pm
Thursday – Friday: 8am – 3:30pm
Closed on Saturday & Sunday
There was a reader who made me aware of this Thursday special and made it a point to make sure I knew they were highly recommended. On National Burrito Day last week, I told some coworkers my plan to make a burrito run at Kyoto Garden to celebrate. Two of my colleagues were overly excited. I guess they use to work at a firm close by Kyoto Garden and would make multiple visits there to order their burritos or as they called them BABS (Big Ass Burritos…. I’m still unsure what the S stands for and am too scared to ask). One colleague said, “My mouth is watering just thinking about it!”. My expectations were increasing with each comment I heard.
When you get to Kyoto Garden, you first pay for your burritos at the counter and then go stand in line to order your burritos. The burritos are around $7 with tax. You also have the option of ordering it in a bowl. The two meat options are chicken or steak which they grill early Thursday morning before they open. From there, you get the option of rice, corn, black beans, different salsas or pico, shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, different vegetables, guacamole, and hot sauce. Imagine a Chipotle except cheaper considering the guacamole is included and you are supporting local.
The lady running the burrito stand inside the restaurant was a firecracker with loads of personality and incredibly friendly. There were so many customers she knew and would be able to make their burritos how they liked it without even asking.
There was a guy standing behind me in line that happened to be the actual reader who informed me about the burritos at Kyoto Garden. What are the odds? Since he was the one who let me know about it, I let him build my burrito to his recommendation.
So I had a burrito with chicken and let me tell you the chicken is bonkers. It had a wonderful delicious smokey flavor that was the star attraction of the burrito. All the salsa and hot sauce in the world couldn’t take away from it. That was a huge positive to me as some burritos or even tacos hide the flavor of the meat by drowning it in toppings. It was great to see the feature item in a burrito also be the feature flavor. I couldn’t stop eating it. All the built up hype lived up to my expectations. Of course my two colleagues who also ordered their burritos loved it.
A Japanese and Chinese restaurant that offers crazy good burritos? Yes, it’s a real thing!
For those wondering what their regular menu looks like, here you go:
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