For over 40 years, a classic little diner called Syl’s has been serving the community of Colwich, KS. They’ve been serving comfort dishes for years and has long been on my list of restaurants to try. In my lifelong quest to eat at every Wichita restaurant, I’ve included the neighboring cities to my list. Syl’s is one place I’ve never been to but finally crossed off my list with this visit.
205 W Wichita Ave
Colwich, KS 67030
Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 1:30pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Syl’s has a menu of burgers, salads and sandwiches but I came for another thing. They have an all-you-can-eat buffet of classic comfort dishes. Fried chicken is always on the buffet line and the other dishes rotate by the day.
I’m a huge fan of bierocks but an even bigger fan of beef stroganoff. Tuesday just so happened to have both items on the buffet line. I made it a point to visit on that particular day.
The buffet runs $12 for adults, $6.75 for kids 4-10 and free for 3 and under. The price of the buffet also includes tea or lemonade.
It should be noted the buffet isn’t a grand display of everything you would ever want. Syl’s keeps it limited…. quality over quantity.
There was a salad bar along with a limited selection of fruit. A couple of stations for green beans and potatoes. Then it was the fried chicken and whatever the feature items were for that day.
Syl’s seemed to draw a good crowd of locals along with construction workers who were on nearby jobs. Then there was me who had the “I look like I’ve never been here before” look all over me.
Fortunately, all the ladies working were extremely kind and helpful. They gave me a quick rundown of everything including hand sanitizers at the start of the buffet. Guests were asked to clean their hands on every trip.
I grabbed a little of everything on multiple visits. The salads and sides were fairly basic but also didn’t disappoint either.
The beef stroganoff was excellent. I’m such a fan of it and they really nailed it. It was creamy with plenty of huge egg noodles and beef to go around. It was great home style cooking in a restaurant setting.
The fried chicken was pretty good too. There was a very nice golden crisp to the chicken. It had the right look with the taste to match. The skin was crunchy and crispy, and the meat underneath was piping hot and juicy.
Lastly, the bierocks were slightly above average. I’m not sure sitting underneath the heat lamp helped matters. The bread exterior was a harder than I would have preferred. But on the bright side, there was plenty of meat inside.
For everything I had though, it was a fantastic value for $12. They took good precautions at making me others feel safe inside and I have to say again how nice all the ladies were. They really made me feel at home and welcome on my first visit.
Two thumbs up for Syl’s over here.
Here’s their menu:
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