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Merle’s Place: Our New Favorite Reuben in Town

Merle's Place

For years on my way to Sim Golf Course, I’ve passed by a little bar. I knew they served food but for whatever reason my friends and I would never drop by after a round to get a quick drink and bite to eat. This past week, I threw out the suggestion we should stop by. One of my friends mentioned it has been years since he last went but noted how good the food was. So we swung to grab some sandwiches at Merle’s Place.

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440 N Seneca St.
Wichita, KS 67203
316-263-0444

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Closed on Sunday

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Merle’s Place is your typical bar and grill. There aren’t many bells and whistles to it; it doesn’t look corporate inside and feels like one of those establishments you could spend hours inside drinking and not realize it.

The food menu (available at the bottom of this review) looks like little newspapers. Some people may not even realize they are the menus until they unfold it. The one thing people will rave about are the sandwiches at Merle’s. Given that info, we ordered three sandwiches:

  • Merle’s Club
  • Reuben
  • French Dip

We also went with the pasta salad and potato salad. Since they had spicy creole soup as the special of the day, I figured why not. On our visit over lunch, the food came out in great time.

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Let’s start off with the bad. The spicy creole soup was pretty greasy and rather bland. From there, my friend felt his french dip was just average. There just wasn’t much to it. Everything else we had was very positive.

The pasta salad was great. The noodles were boiled just right with a nice layer of creamy Italian dressing over the top. The Merle’s Club was filling, well constructed and all stuffed between two perfectly toasted pieces of bread.

But the winner………..the winner was the Reuben. I split this with one of my buddies and we both agreed it was one of the best, if not the best Reuben, we’ve had. It certainly was the best Reuben I’ve had in recent memory. Not a single part of the Reuben was overdone, it was proportionately created. Only having half of the Reuben meant I had to take my time eating it to really soak in the moment. If you ever go to Merle’s Place, you must try the Reuben.

The service was quick and attentive. Our drinks were constantly being refilled and everybody there was very friendly. I’ll be sure to add this to my rotation of post golf outing lunches. If you don’t golf, then just go for the hell of it. You won’t regret it.

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Merle's Place

Happy Dining,
Eddy


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