For over 30 years, there’s been a family owned business sitting on north Woodlawn serving soups, salads and sandwiches made from scratch daily. It’s been a favorite among nearby businesses, college students and diners from all around the city. As you can tell from the title of this review, it’s Barn’rds Restaurant.
Having lived and worked in the area for many years, I was amazed at how little I stopped by Barn’rds for any meal so I made it a point to make a few visits to catch up on what I’ve been missing. Let me tell you, I’ve really been missing out.
2037 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS 67208
Monday – Friday: 10:30am – 8:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 8pm
Their menu also found on their website consists of sandwiches, salads, soups, beverages and homemade cookies. All the prices are fairly reasonable for any lunch or dinner visit. My usual orders consisted of just a sandwich, a water, and a side which ran around six dollars and change.
I conducted a poll on the Wichita By E.B. Foodies Discussion group on Facebook to see what everybody’s favorite sandwiches were. If you haven’t joined the group, you should definitely do so! Based on the suggestions, I tried a sampling of what everybody recommended along with other options that looked enticing.
Here’s some pics of past orders.
Of all the sandwiches I tried, my two favorites were the Supreme (pastrami-beef-swiss cheese-lettuce-dressing) and the Barn Stormer (lean beef-tomato-lettuce-dressing). Both sandwiches were so filling and supplied so much more flavor than what could be found at an Arby’s. The bread was also a very high quality with the meat lacking much fat and any sign of grease. And at the price I paid, it was a similar pricepoint to the national chains.
What made the meal even better were the sides. First of all if you love good crispy fries, then Barn’rds has you covered. I was a big fan but in no way could it compete with the pasta salad. It was the perfect ratio of dressing to noodles. The fact that no olives were thrown in immediately bumped it up many points as well. Seriously some of the best pasta salad I’ve had in town.
A popular suggestion was the French Dip which so many people swore by. I gave that one a go as well and like all the other sandwiches, it was very filling and delicious. I was close to drinking the au jus. The only let down of the meals was the Bar-B-Que. The sandwich ended up being a bit soggy and didn’t have much flavor to it.
Otherwise every other meal I had were big hits meaning I’ll have to put Barn’rds back into my lunch rotation given it’s high quality and convenience. In addition to the food, the service is always friendly and the staff does a great job of keeping the place clean.
Are you a fan of Barn’rds? Post in the comments what your favorite sandwich is. I’ll be sure to give it a try!
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