Let’s face it, Delano continues to grow and grow for the better. There’s one spot that’s been there for six years and been through much of the change. That’s The Monarch. It’s been a common stop for my friends and I before and after baseball games at the late Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. It’s always been a convenient gathering for drinks after work, drinks after a round of golf at Sim Golf Course or drinks in general. There’s one thing I’ve never done though in all my years though since they’ve been open….. eat lunch there. That came to an end.
579 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67213
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 12am
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 12am
I was impressed with how busy they were over lunch time. I was expecting a smaller crowd but nearly every table was taken. It’s a seat yourself establishment so I eventually found a table. Based off of recommendations posted in the past, there was no question what to order on the first lunch outing: wings and the reuben with a side of pasta salad.
The wings were on the appetizer menu but deserve to be in its own category especially considering the portion size. It was 5 whole wings dry rubbed, smoked and finished with their house made Bourbon Sriracha BBQ. What I loved about the wings was it hit all of the five major senses.
- Touch: They came out nice and hot
- Smell: The aroma was excellent
- Sight: The five big wings were visually appealing
- Taste: That house made sauce should be bottled up; so delicious
- Hearing: The wings were like music to my taste buds
I’m really picky on my reubens and pasta salads. It all comes down to personal preference so its not a knock at all on The Monarch. I prefer my pasta salads to be more saucey with less big chunks of vegetables. I enjoyed the noodles though and could easily eat a bowl of that by itself. The reuben though made up for it ten-fold. I’ve lost track of how many reuben’s I’ve had around town and this easily moved into my top five. The hickory smoked corned beef was excellent. There was a noticeable difference in it compared to other establishments. It was juicy, tender and the right thickness for the sandwich. Between the sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing, it was a combination made for bite bursting mouthwatering flavor. Then the rye bread did a wonderful job of maintaining it’s hold of the entire sandwich throughout my dining experience. I can’t stand a soggy reuben. The Monarch nailed it with theirs.
There are restaurants that get a lot of local pub and you wonder if it’s actually as good as advertised. That was my main thought heading into lunch at The Monarch. I was worried my expectations would be so high and tried my hardest to make sure I went in there with an open mind. After my lunch, I walked away extremely impressed and will have to add it to my lunch rotation moving forward.
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