Back in November of 2017, Petra Mediterranean Restaurant unfortunately burned down. The owners refused to let that bring them down and have since opened a new restaurant on West Central called Omar’s Kitchen. The restaurant features many healthy Mediterranean options such as chicken over rice, shawarma sandwiches, vegetarian plates, hummus, pitas, and wraps.
2801 W Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67203
Open Daily: 9am – 11pm
Here’s the menu:
What intrigued me on my visit was the “Fill up your plate”. It essentially is like a setup at Chipotle. You get a bowl and choose your rice, protein (lamb, chicken, grilled chicken), salads, sauce, vegetables, and other additions like grape leaves or hummus. The staff behind the counter puts it all into a bowl for you and it costs $8.59. Imagine a “Build Your Own Burrito Bowl” at Chipotle but with Mediterranean food.
You can watch a short video of what their food line looks like here.
In my bowl, I chose rice, lamb, grilled chicken, corn, cucumbers, pickles, corn, tomatos, grape leaves, spicy hummus, and tahini sauce. It was incredible and filling. At first glance, I wasn’t sure it was going to fill me up but it was a struggle to finish the last few bites as I was stuffed. Everything tasted so fresh. The lamb was delicious, the spicy hummus had a nice little kick, and the tahini sauce added some zing to the whole meal as I mixed it all together.
As a soup fan, I had to order a bowl of lentil soup and theirs might me the best I’ve had in town. It had a nice lemony flavor to it that I loved.
Originally I wasn’t sure what to make of the whole idea but it was executed very well and something I’d try again.
The gentleman working that afternoon was extremely polite and friendly. I asked a ton of questions and he wasn’t bothered at all by it.
Two thumbs up to Omar’s Kitchen. After the whole incident at Petra’s Mediterranean Restaurant, I really hope they can make it at their new location. The food was top notch and I look forward to going again. Go drop $8.59 on one of their bowls and thank me later for it.
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