In 2015, a family owned restaurant opened in downtown Augusta, KS called Sugar Shane’s Cafe. Over the years, I’ve had many requests to make the drive out for a review. After years and years of recommendations to go out, I caved in, grabbed some of my cousins and made the trek out to Augusta.
430 State St., Augusta, Kansas 67010
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Closed on Sunday
Since the weather was beautiful, we asked to sit outside. We’ve never been to Sugar Shane’s and was quite surprised at how nice their outdoor patio space was. There were yard games, tables and so much wide open space. It was easily one of the nicer outdoor spaces I’ve seen at any restaurant in the Wichita and surrounding area.
Everyone was starving so we started our lunch with two appetizers: the “Big O” onion rings and Santa Fe egg rolls. Both were phenomenal starters. The hand breaded onion rings were huge and big favorites of my cousins. They had zero probably finishing the large fried onion rings off. The breading was as pillowy soft and had very minimal grease on them. I don’t know if there’s a definition for a perfect onion ring but if there was, this would be it.
The Santa Fe egg rolls were another hit at the table. They were stuffed with chicken, corn, black beans and peppers. There was no shortage of stuffing either.
For our main entrées, we had the pan seared white fish which had a Cajun seasoning and white wine sauce, a side salad, spicy chicken sandwich, and a half order of chicken tenders.
When it came to the spicy chicken sandwich, my cousins had sweat dripping from their face with each bite. They smiled noting how spicy it was but really enjoyed the heat. In hindsight, I wish I snuck a bite in to see for myself as I love spicy everything. I had the pan seared white fish and it was a heavier dish than I thought it’d be. The white wine sauce was thick and creamy. Of course, having rice with it didn’t help matters much. I was completely stuffed by the time I finished my meal. Fortunately I ordered the small plate of it and the fish wasn’t all that large. As for the chicken tenders and the fries, my cousin was pleased but said there wasn’t anything all too memorable about them.
From looking at the menu before we arrived, it looked to be your standard bar fare with some diner food mixed in. But for what we had, we were more than happy with not just our food but the service and the ambience of Sugar Shane’s. It was easily a place we could have spent all day hanging out.
Our food came out quick and our server along with other members of the staff were out greeting and checking on every table on the patio. The owner even walked to every table and asked how all the guests were doing. It was a nice touch.
I’m glad I finally made the visit out to Augusta as it was well worth it. Sorry to all the people who spent years suggesting this place and me taking so long. What can I say….. I’m a guy, I operate slowly.
Here’s their menu:
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