Sitting in Union Station is a restaurant that doesn’t quite get the buzz it deserves. I’m not quite sure if it’s because people don’t know about the place, where it’s located or since it’s not on the list of establishments that gets constant buzz from the Wichita Eagle but that should change. The Kitchen which has been at Union State for some time now has been serving delicious fresh foods made from scratch daily. They sit behind Smoothie King on east Douglas in the former Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.
725 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
We’ve written about The Kitchen before but since then they put out a new menu with many delicious items. My family and I stopped by this week to not just get a glance at some new dishes but to try them out and give you all some visuals on what to expect whether it’s your first time there or your fourth, sixth or twentieth visit.
You can check out their brand new menu here at their website. Now, let’s get to it! For starters, we tried the following items:
The flat breads were crazy good. Between the two, all the men loved the bacon and mushroom while the women preferred the chicken and spinach. For me, how can you go wrong with bacon? I usually am not a fan of onions but when it’s caramelized onions, my opinion changes immediately. Even the kids were blown away by the flat breads. As for the fried zucchini caprese, my brother was a huge fan of it. He loves zucchini and there was plenty of them to go around making it an easy shareable appetizer for the family.
Next in line were the salads.
We continued to be impressed. Two of my family members often go to Doc Green’s and were saying how their salads were just as good if not better especially the BBQ ranch chicken salad. Sometimes all you want is a fresh high quality salad and the Kitchen does it just right.
The next course brought on more amazing dishes.
Of the four dishes, the big favorite from everybody was the ravioli. From what my family was saying, it was as if the spinach cream sauce was what dreams were made of. People kept dipping their leftover food in the sauce. And the ravioli? Phenomenal! It wasn’t even close what everybody liked the most. I was actually partial to the seasonal pasta. The mix of the eggplant, zucchini and grilled asparagus made for a such a light dinner compared to most pasta dishes.
If you’re looking for a burger or sandwich, then both options we had were delicious options. We cut each of them into smaller bites so we could all get a taste. My cousin wasn’t extremely surprised at the southern fried chicken BLT while I was trying to make more room for the Smokehouse BBQ burger because that BBQ sauce was top notch.
Somehow, someway, we saved room for dessert.
We’ve actually tried their crème brûlée before and touched upon it in our last blog about The Kitchen. But there’s something else we have to talk about. You may have heard that the Food Network featured The Kitchen on their ‘Best of Kansas’ list. Their cake was the topic of conversation so that evening, The Kitchen had strawberry cake. OH…………..MY……………..GOD…………. best strawberry cake we’ve had in our lives hands down. Each member in my family actually ordered an extra slice to take home.
It was incredibly delectable and wonderful dinner shared by my family. To make it even better, the service was equal to how good the food was. Great food AND great service? Sign us up every single time for that.
I can’t stress enough that The Kitchen is one restaurant you have to visit if you haven’t. If you have, their new menu alone is worth going again for. Be sure to like them on Facebook and tell them Wichita By E.B. sent you.
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