Anytime I travel to the coastal cities, mainly the northeast, I always get platters and platters full of oysters. Often times I catch myself ordering 24-26 of them and gorging myself. Living in Wichita, my chances of slurping on oysters are very minimal. I’ve had them at 8-9 different restaurants in town and never walk away impressed. Listen, I get that we are in a landlocked city. But we have some wonderful sushi in town, fresh fish, and other seafood so why not oysters?
1900 N Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67206
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Well, the answer is Newport Grill.
If you’ve never tried their happy hour, they have select east coast oysters for $1.25 during happy hour (between 3-6pm and 9-11pm) and lunch. For starters, here’s their happy hour menu.
I feel it’s a crime to ever order under a dozen oysters. So on my most recent visit, I went with 15 with plans to order more. They didn’t say which type of east coast oysters they were but honestly, I never both to ask. All I know is I love them all.
The oysters that were brought out were a good size that filled the half shell and were briny and had more of a mineral flavor to them. That didn’t stop me from embarrassing myself with some slurping noises. With each oyster, I felt as though I was one step closer to heaven.
Along with the oysters, we of course had some drinks. Newport Grill has one of the best patios in terms of ambience and views. When the weather is nice (and it was that afternoon), it’s the ultimate dining experience.
And since it was happy hour we also ordered some calamari, ceviche and steak tartare. Out of those three (and the complimentary bread), my favorite was the steak tartare. The ceviche was very toned down from others I’ve had; I was missing the vibrant acidic blast in it.
Unfortunately with all these extra appetizers, I was too stuffed to order more oysters. That only means I’ll need to return soon. And when I do, I’m only eating oysters.
One thing I’ve never had an issue with at Newport Grill has been the service. It’s always been amazing, pleasant and quick.
That happy hour oysters are probably one of the best deals in town. And like I said, if you can catch it on the patio on a beautiful afternoon you are in for a treat.
Here’s the rest of their menu:
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